Cease placed on seven-day DL with leg injury

Cubs No. 3 prospect injured while trying to cover third base

Dylan Cease has struck out 145 and walked 59 over 102 2/3 career Minor League innings. (Jared Ravich/MiLB.com)

By Chris Tripodi / MiLB.com | May 19, 2017 8:32 PM

Dylan Cease was thriving in his first taste of full-season baseball for Class A South Bend, but an injury will temporarily halt his progress.

The Cubs' No. 3 prospect was placed on the seven-day disabled list Friday, a day after suffering a leg injury in a 5-1 loss to Lansing. Chicago's sixth-round pick in 2014 exited after allowing two runs on two hits with four strikeouts and a walk in 1 2/3 innings.

Cease was injured trying to cover third base when teammate Wladimir Galindo charged a slow ground ball. The right-hander went down after stepping on the base awkwardly and walked off gingerly under his own power, the South Bend Tribune reported.

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The 6-foot-2, 190-pound right-hander ranks second in the Midwest League with 54 strikeouts, and he's done it in seven fewer innings than Dayton's Scott Moss, who leads the circuit with 57. Despite a 1-2 record, Cease has allowed two or fewer runs in seven of his eight starts and owns a 2.65 ERA.

Cease didn't pitch in 2014 after injuring his elbow during his senior season in high school and undergoing Tommy John surgery. Chicago still gave him a $1.5 million signing bonus. 

Cease posted a 2.63 ERA in 11 games, including eight starts, for the Rookie-level Cubs in 2015, and a 2.22 ERA in 12 starts with Class A Short Season Eugene last season.

Chris Tripodi is an editor for MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @christripodi. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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