Prized Cubs prospect Albert Almora, who potentially was ticketed to begin the season with the Kane County Cougars, has broken a bone in his hand, according to reports. The outfielder is expected to miss three to four weeks of baseball activities before rehabbing and is forecast to return to games in late May.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum told reporters the injury is “not a career problem or anything like that.”
Almora, 18, was the sixth overall pick in June’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He batted .321 with two home runs and 19 RBIs in 33 games between Rookie League Arizona and Short-A Boise.
The Cougars are set to open the season against Quad Cities at 6:30 p.m. April 4 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.