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Cubs’ top pitching prospect C.J. Edwards to undergo MRI on shoulder Friday
The Cubs’ top pitching prospect, C.J. Edwards, is scheduled to have an MRI on his ailing right shoulder Friday morning after being examined by team orthopedist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo on Thursday.
Team officials said it was too early to speculate on the extent of the possible injury.
Edwards, who pitched a season-high six innings in a victory for Class AA Tennessee on Sunday, experienced “tightness” in the shoulder during a scheduled side session Wednesday.
Baseball America’s 28th-ranked prospect overall is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA in four starts this season with 20 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings.
Edwards, acquired in the Matt Garza trade from Texas last July, is expected to be the fourth prospect to go on the DL already this season among the Cubs’ top six prospects.
AAA shortstop Javy Baez (ankle) and AA pitcher Pierce Johnson (hamstring) have returned to playing. Class A outfielder Jorge Soler (hamstring) still is rehabbing in Mesa.
Soler and another top-five prospect, Albert Almora, missed significant time because of injuries last year.
“Having these guys healthy is a huge part of it,” general manager Jed Hoyer said of the Cubs’ ground-up rebuilding process. “The more at-bats they get, the more innings they throw, the more they learn.
“You can’t develop guys [on] the bench. I almost feel like I’d rather see a guy struggle than to see a guy hurt. A struggle can be a learning experience. I feel like injuries – there’s no benefit from a guy not playing.”