Jimenez shut down with bone bruise

Chicago Sun-Times - - CUBSBEAT - BY GOR­DON WITTENMYER Staff Re­porter Fol­low me on Twit­ter @ GDubCub. Email: gwit­ten­myer@sun­times.com

MESA, Ariz. — Out­fielder Eloy Jimenez, the Cubs’ top prospect, is ex­pected to re­quire lit­tle more than rest to heal a shoul­der in­jury that an MRI exam and CT scan re­vealed is a bone bruise, gen­eral man­ager Jed Hoyer said Mon­day.

Jimenez, 20, will be shut down for “at least three weeks,” after which he’ll be­gin a throw­ing pro­gres­sion to build back up to game readi­ness. He won’t swing a bat dur­ing the shut­down pe­riod, Hoyer said.

“So he’ll be a lit­tle late start­ing the sea­son,” Hoyer said. “But all in all, we feel like it’s pretty good news.

“He ob­vi­ously opened a lot of eyes this spring, played great and car­ries him­self well. We’ll get this right and get him back out there.”

The power- hit­ting Jimenez, who was com­pared to Edgar Martinez by man­ager Joe Mad­don last week when he was cut from big- league camp, was ex­pected to open the sea­son at ad­vanced Class A Myr­tle Beach ( S. C.). Hoyer said where he starts is less cer­tain at this point.

Jimenez has been side­lined since his throw from left field sailed into the seats be­hind the third- base dugout last Tues­day against the Brew­ers.

“He’s been a lit­tle bit sore [ be­fore that],” Hoyer said. “That sort of pushed things over the edge.”

Jimenez hit .310 in Cac­tus League play, with two home runs and two dou­bles among his nine hits.

“I thought he had a great camp for a 20- year- old kid,” Hoyer said.

| JOHN ANTONOFF/ FOR THE SUN- TIMES

Eloy Jimenez hit .310 in the Cac­tus League.

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