Almora Jr. has injury examined by hand specialist


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Mark Rebilas - USA Today Sports
Mark Rebilas - USA Today Sports

The Iowa Cubs have placed 22-year old outfielder Albert Almora Jr. on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 11 with an injured thumb.

Almora Jr. injured his thumb recently on a defensive play in Iowa as he tried to play through it but was lifted from the game after one at-bat.

It appears now that the bruised thumb might be more serious than first thought.

"They’re going to probably be a little more cautious with Albert," manager Marty Pevey said via the Des Moines Register. "He’s, as we know, a special player. He had to go see a hand specialist and make sure there wasn’t anything more than just a bruise."

"I hope it’s just a bruise," Pevey said. “I hope that’s exactly what it is."

Almora Jr. batted .265 with two homers, seven doubles, nine RBIs, .422 slugging, and a .291 on-base percentage in 34 games with the Cubs this season. At Iowa, he is hitting .309 with 16 doubles, three triples, and four home runs.

He was more than likely headed for a September call-up with the big-league team with his standout defense, speed on the basepaths, and his invaluable depth at multiple outfield positions.

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