Cubs' Hoerner out at least a month

CT scan reveals fracture in wrist of club's top prospect

Nico Hoerner hit .300 with an .891 OPS in 60 at-bats with Double-A Tennessee before landing on the injured list. (Danny Parker/MiLB.com)

By Joe Bloss / MiLB.com | May 20, 2019 10:54 PM

Nico Hoerner's return to the Minor Leagues has been put on hold.

CT scans revealed the top Cubs prospect suffered a hairline fracture in his left wrist, Chicago's president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Monday. Hoerner -- out since getting hit by a pitch on April 23 -- had begun a hitting progression at the club's complex in Arizona when he felt discomfort after a few days. He'll be reevaluated after wearing a splint for three weeks.

"He'll be out at least a month, obviously," Epstein told reporters.

Video: Tennessee's Hoerner hit on forearm

Chicago's 2018 first-round pick compiled a slash line of .300/.391/.500 in 60 at-bats with Double-A Tennessee before the injury. He impressed with an inside-the-park home run -- one of his eight extra-base hits -- and collected seven walks while striking out seven times. The brief sample followed up a strong pro debut last summer, when the Stanford product reached Class A South Bend and posted a 1.021 OPS across three levels. He skipped Class A Advanced by starting this season with the Smokies.

Then a 2-2 pitch from Chattanooga's Tejay Antone sent Hoerner to the injured list. The Cubs originally believed the injury to be no worse than a bruise.

Hoerner's 2018 campaign ended early after he dove for a ball and suffered a left elbow injury. However, MLB.com's No. 64 overall prospect made up for some of the lost time in the Arizona Fall League, where he posted a .337/.362/.506 slash line with four triples, four doubles and 11 RBIs in 21 games.

Joe Bloss is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jtbloss. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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