Doctors initially diagnosed Nico Hoerner with a wrist bruise that left Cubs fans and executives relieved. After the top prospect experienced a setback in his recovery, however, a CT scan revealed a more significant injury. And — big sigh — the results are not good.
Theo said Nico Hoerner has a hairline fracture in his wrist and will miss at least a month.
Morrow threw from flat ground and will continue to go through a regular throwing progression.
— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) May 20, 2019
When exactly Hoerner will return to game action is unclear. Bryan Smith hints that the shortstop might be back by early July to rehab before heading back to Tennessee for the final month of their season.
What a bummer on Hoerner. The good news is the extreme caution taken with the initial diagnosis didn’t make things worse. I’d expect him to rehab in the AZL in early July and back to Tennessee for their final six weeks.
— Cubs Prospects – Bryan Smith (@cubprospects) May 20, 2019
Calling up the middle infield prospect this season wasn’t outside the realm of possibility, as the Cubs brass believed so strongly in Hoerner that they sent him to Tennessee in just his first full year as a professional. It really sucks that his only obstacle this season appears to be an injury.