Cubs Injury Update: Nico Hoerner Has Fractured Wrist, Will Miss at Least a Month

Doctors initially diagnosed Nico Hoerner with a wrist bruise that left Cubs fans and executives relieved. After the top prospect experienced a setback in his recovery, however, a CT scan revealed a more significant injury. And — big sigh — the results are not good.

Hoerner was diagnosed with a hairline fracture and will miss another month, Theo Epstein told the Chicago media prior to Monday’s Yu Darvish/Jake Arrieta matchup.

When exactly Hoerner will return to game action is unclear. Bryan Smith hints that the shortstop might be back by early July to rehab before heading back to Tennessee for the final month of their season.

Calling up the middle infield prospect this season wasn’t outside the realm of possibility, as the Cubs brass believed so strongly in Hoerner that they sent him to Tennessee in just his first full year as a professional. It really sucks that his only obstacle this season appears to be an injury.

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