Creighton Has Broken Hand

You may have noticed Matt Creighton's name absent from any of the Cubs' minor league rosters. That's because the 26-year-old infielder is currently in Mesa rehabbing a broken hand.                                            

"It's been about two weeks since the injury took place," Creighton said. "It was on a Tuesday; we were playing the Brewers in a spring game and I got a fastball up and in and just couldn't get out of the way."

Creighton hit .249 in 76 games for Double-A West Tenn last year and batted .394 in a brief stint with Iowa that lasted 31 games. He admits there's not a lot he can do right now except wait.

"I'm icing my hand twice a day," said Creighton. "Other than that, I'm making sure I stay on top of my conditioning as far as my weight is concerned. I want to stay in as good of shape as possible until I'm ready to go.

"I undergo diathermy treatment twice a day. That's designed to break up scar tissue and increase blood flow to help with the healing process."

Doctors originally said Creighton could miss up to 12 weeks with the injury. But Creighton says he is hoping to return by the first week of May.

"It's hard to tell where I'll be assigned since rosters are already filled," Creighton said. "I'm not really worried about where I play so much as I am about playing period."

Creighton is a career .288 hitter in 246 games. This is his fourth year with the organization.

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