Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Thursday that Chicago Cubs top prospect Javier Baez broke his right thumb celebrating.
Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Thursday that Baez broke his thumb in celebration (via CSN Chicago):
"Celebratory high-five or (something like that)," general manager Jed Hoyer said Thursday. "They don't know exactly when he did it, but it was some sort of odd, non-baseball-playing injury. It certainly wasn't anything negative. He didn't punch a wall or anything. But it sounds like he was celebrating and might have hit it wrong."
Luckily for Chicago, there likely will not be any long-term concerns about Baez's injury. The 19-year-old is expected to be 100 percent by spring training.
Baez was selected No. 9 overall by Chicago in the 2011 draft. He made waves in Class-A Peoria, hitting .333 with a .979 OPS and 20 stolen bases in 57 games. His strong performance there earned him the No. 1 prospect ranking in the Midwest League from Baseball America.
Baez did struggle a bit when he was promoted to Class-A Daytona, and had not gotten off to the best start in Fall League. The infielder, who is a shortstop for now, will likely return to Daytona at the beginning of next season before getting promoted to Double-A Tennessee.