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Cubs Injury Notes: Canario, Davis, Amaya


Cubs outfield prospect Alexander Canario suffered a badly fractured ankle and a dislocated shoulder throughout a Dominican Winter League sport on Thursday, in line with a number of sources (together with reporter Arturo Bisono).  Whereas making an attempt to beat out a grounder, Canario awkwardly stepped on the bag after which fell to the bottom in apparent ache.

It will seem to be Canario will face a considerable quantity of restoration time, although no timeline has but been introduced by the Cubs.  That is the second notable shoulder damage of Canario’s brief profession, as he additionally had surgical procedure to repair a torn labrum in November 2020.  Between the canceled 2020 minor league season after which the restoration from his surgical procedure, it isn’t shocking that Canario had modest numbers in 2021, enjoying with each the Giants’ A-ball affiliate and the Cubs’ high-A crew.

Acquired from San Francisco as a part of the Kris Bryant commerce in 2021, the 22-year-old Canario hit .252/.343/.556 with 37 homers and 23 steals (from 26 possibilities) over 534 mixed plate appearances on the high-A, Double-A, and Triple-A ranges final season.  This wonderful efficiency despatched Canario inside the prime 10 of Chicago prospects, as per each Baseball America and MLB Pipeline.  It additionally put Canario on the radar of a number of rival groups scouting the Cubs as attainable commerce companions, in line with The Athletic’s Sahadev Sharma, however Canario’s standing as a commerce chip or as a attainable difference-maker in Wrigleyville is now on maintain till his recovers.

Brennen Davis has additionally been sidelined by damage, as decrease again tightness restricted him to simply 5 video games within the Arizona Fall League earlier than the Cubs shut him down.  Sharma writes that the membership hadn’t decided the character of this new damage, but it surely doesn’t appear just like the issue (a vascular formation on his sciatic nerve) that required Davis to endure again surgical procedure in June.

A consensus decide as Chicago’s second-best prospect and a top-50 prospect in all of baseball, Davis has hit .255/.363/.444 over 906 skilled PA since being chosen within the second spherical of the 2018 draft.  A number of accidents have slowed Davis’ progress, as past his again surgical procedure, Davis has additionally needed to get better from a concussion and damaged nostril (after being hit by a pitch throughout Spring Coaching), in addition to finger accidents in 2019.

Regardless of all these setbacks, Davis was nonetheless transferring up the minor league ladder and enjoying nicely, earlier than his again issues led to a down yr in 2022 and a possible promotion to the majors.  Sharma notes that the Cubs are nonetheless anticipated to position Davis on the 40-man roster this winter, since even with the again issues, he would certainly be taken within the Rule 5 Draft.

Miguel Amaya was positioned on the 40-man again in November 2019, but the catching prospect has barely performed within the following three years.  Past the canceled 2020 minors season, Amaya was restricted to 23 video games in 2021 after which 40 video games in 2022 due largely to a forearm pressure that resulted in Tommy John surgical procedure.  As soon as Amaya made it again this season, he was restricted to DH obligation, after which his path again to catching was halted when he suffered a Lisfranc fracture in his left foot in mid-September.

My offseason focus is to be one of the best model of me for 2023, and no matter occurs, occurs,” Amaya advised Mark Gonzales of The Chicago Solar-Instances.  “I simply wish to be wholesome to indicate everybody who Miguel Amaya is and simply have enjoyable and play the baseball I do know.”

Amaya has been restricted to shoulder and elbow workout routines whereas his foot heals, and whereas he hasn’t a lot current contact with Willson Contreras, Amaya additionally cited the veteran catcher as an necessary mentor throughout his improvement.  In concept, Amaya may’ve already established himself as Contreras’ alternative if wholesome, as Contreras is headed into free company this winter.  A top-100 prospect previous to his Tommy John surgical procedure, Amaya may be an element for the massive league roster later in 2023, although he has solely 51 video games on the Double-A stage and nothing in Triple-A.


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