Chicago Cubs: Week two spring training report
Roster Moves and Injury News
Late in the week, the Cubs did announce a couple of roster moves, though none are particularly surprising. Top pitching prospects Adbert Alzolay, Oscar De La Cruz, and Duane Underwood, Jr. were optioned to Double-A Tennessee, eliminating any chance of any of the three to lock up a surprise roster spot on opening day. Each of the three promising arms stand to be in the future plans for the Cubs, but the future isn’t now.
On the injury front, this spring has been relatively calm, which is never a bad thing. The Cubs did run into their first real injury, though, in the form of Javy Baez and a balky hamstring. In legging out an RBI double, Baez came up gimpy during a game against the Padres. Subsequent tests, including an MRI, have come back negative, so at this point it seems like a bullet was dodged. But hamstring injuries tend to linger, so don’t expect to see Javy for a week or so.
In the same game, prospect Chesny Young also got banged up a bit, but that doesn’t seem to be anything that will impact the youngster going forward.