Cubs Infield Prospect James Triantos Had Knee Surgery, Per Report
The Chicago Cubs had mostly avoided the spring injury bug at the minor league level, with Nazier Mulé’s Tommy John surgery the big blow.
Unfortunately, there’s another surgery in the mix now:
The estimated recovery time on the surgery is six to eight weeks, so even if all goes according to plan, Triantos is unlikely to make his season debut until well into the season.
Triantos, the Cubs’ second round pick in 2021, was set to start his season at High-A South Bend after holding his own at Myrtle Beach last year. The 20-year-old third base prospect has been many folks’ pick to really break out this year, with more experience under his belt, in a friendlier hitting environment, and with so much latent talent in that swing. He has generally been ranked in the 10 to 15 range in the Cubs’ system.
With any surgery, you worry about the shape of things when a guy returns, which is why surgery is always a last step in the process of trying to work through these things. I wonder what exactly happened to Triantos’s knee – was this a pre-existing issue that just tipped over into needing surgery? Or was there an injury in a game this spring?
I suppose that part doesn’t matter now.
All we can do is hope that Triantos comes out of the surgery fine, that the rehab process goes smoothly, and he’s no worse for the wear – other than the lost time – when he’s able to return to the field in a couple months.
Your rosiest possible reaction here is that at least the time Triantos will miss will be the cold months in South Bend, which can be really tough for some guys to work through. (Of course, sometimes working through that difficulty is good for development, too.)