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.
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.