Injury Updates

Injuries to various pitchers and position players throughout the Cubs farm system begin to rack up every year as the summer progresses.

Keeping track of those injuries across any farm system is never easy.

Speaking from the standpoint of the Cubs' farm system, there has never been a complete or "official" list of injured players at the minor league level made available either to the media or to the public all in one place, and I doubt any club releases such a list, either, and wisely so.

This is done for several reasons.

The biggest is that by releasing every non-major injury a player might have, a club could inadvertently take away the value of that player in potential trade discussions with opposing teams some day down the road.

In all fairness, players who are injured for the most part show little to no hesitance whenever they are asked about various setbacks; nor does the Cubs' front office when asked to give updates on such players.

Another problem with keeping an "official" list of injuries throughout a farm system is that there are much more players to keep track of than, say, a football or basketball depth chart or even a major league roster.

All of that aside, the following is a list of several injuries in the Cubs' farm system this season – unofficial as it is, of course.

Iowa (AAA)

  • Scott Moore has not played since July 24, his first game back with the Triple-A team after being sent back down from Chicago.

    Moore, who has played third base, first, short and the outfield at Iowa this season, has been sidelined for three weeks to date with what a spokesperson in the Cubs' Media Relations Office said was a foot injury.

    Moore is still with the team and could return before the end of the season, the spokesperson said. In 91 games with Iowa, the left-handed hitting Moore batted .265 with 16 home runs, 18 doubles and 61 RBIs.

  • The news is not as good for first baseman Micah Hoffpauir, who underwent season-ending knee surgery after last playing on July 2.

    In 82 games with Iowa, Hoffpauir had perhaps his best season to date, batting .319 with 16 home runs, 24 doubles and 73 RBIs.

    Tennessee (AA)

  • Gary Cates returned to the lineup on Tuesday after being sidelined for a month with a broken finger. The veteran minor league infielder is batting .253 in 81 games with Tennessee. He missed most of the final month of last season after suffering a broken hand while sliding into home plate.

  • Tyler Colvin's stint on the DL (shoulder-related) lasted just over the minimum seven days. Arguably the top outfield prospect in the Cubs' farm system, the first-round draft pick from 2006 was batting .297 through his first 41 games with Tennessee since being promoted from Daytona in June.

  • Chris Walker suffered a sprained right ankle on July 23, ending his season in just his fifth game back with Tennessee after spending over two months at Iowa. The outfielder batted .295 in 24 games with Tennessee and .200 in 54 games at Triple-A before briefly joining Class-A Daytona.

    Daytona (Class High A)

  • Todd Blackford's season ended back in early May after making five starts in the Florida State League. The right-hander was 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 25 innings before undergoing Tommy John Surgery to repair a torn UCL.

  • Michael Cooper (shoulder) also underwent surgery after making just three appearances in relief with Daytona back in April.

    The right-hander was the Cubs' 26th-round draft pick from Cal a year ago, appearing in 19 games in relief and recording nine saves while notching a 1.23 ERA in 22 innings with Class Low-A Boise in 2006.

  • Left-hander Chris Shaver underwent a minor operation to remove a bone spur from his throwing elbow last October and returned to full-season ball back in mid-May. He made only one start with Daytona before undergoing another operation (this one on his left shoulder) in June.

    The 6-foot-7, 250-pound southpaw was 7-10 with a 2.99 ERA a season ago at Double-A West Tennessee, securing Southern League All-Star honors.

    Peoria (Class-A)

  • Two pitchers who began the year in the Midwest League have undergone Tommy John Surgery and will not pitch until 2008.

    They are right-handers Billy Muldowney and Rafael Dolis.

    Dolis (Doh-leese), one of the Cubs' free agent signings from the Dominican Republic in 2004, last pitched in Peoria on May 7. The 19-year-old was 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA in six starts with the team, striking out 24 in 30 innings.

    Muldowney, the Cubs' eighth-round draft pick from Pittsburgh in 2006, also made six starts with Peoria before being sent to Extended Spring Training with elbow discomfort. He made two starts with the Mesa Cubs in the Arizona Rookie League in mid-June before being shut down.

    "Muldowney is a little different," Cubs Farm Director Oneri Fleita said. "They had to move the nerve over. It was in a spot where it was nagging him and they just kind of readjusted the nerve. So his was much more minor."

    To Be Determined ...

  • Right-hander Scott Taylor was sent to Arizona this week right after making his 26th appearance with Daytona. Taylor was 4-11 with a 5.74 ERA in 94 innings and left Sunday's game in Clearwater after facing three batters in relief. The cause and extent of his injury is unknown.

  • Jeff Culpepper was last seen on June 6 being carted off the field with the help of teammate Jesse Estrada after sustaining a collision in the outfield. The extent of his recent injury with Daytona is currently unknown.

    The outfielder batted .406 in eight games with Daytona after coming up from Extended Spring Training. He had undergone off-season shoulder surgery.

  • Josh Lansford injured his knee in a collision with pitcher Jake Renshaw back on July 20 in a game with Peoria and was carted off the field. Lansford, the Cubs' sixth-round pick in the 2006 draft, hasn't played since then and it is not known how long he will remain on the disabled list.


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