As you might recall, the Chicago Cubs’ top-ranked prospect outfielder Brennen Davis underwent back surgery in early June. Previously the 16th-ranked prospect in baseball, Davis recently fell to No. 29 overall on MLB Pipeline’s list. Any time you drop in the rankings, it’s viewed negatively. However, Davis’s descent seems more about uncertainty and injury concerns than anything else. On Friday, Cubs GM Carter Hawkins shed some light on Davis’s situation with a positive and unexpected update.
“We’re hoping that we’re going to get him back in some games in August,” Hawkins told 670 The Score. “It’s kind of a unique situation with him, had some odd back issues early on in the season, wasn’t playing quite as well as we hoped. We couldn’t quite figure out what it was. It turned out to be a non-structural issue on his back. Now, he had to have surgery, which, anytime you have any type of surgery, that’s serious. But it was a lot less serious than we initially had feared. So we’re hopeful to get him back in games. He’s already out in Arizona starting some baseball activity. So we’ll get him some games in August and then think about what we can do this offseason, whether it be something like a fall league or winter ball, just to get those at-bats back. But he’s progressing well.”
Davis has been out of action since May 3 due to a lower back injury, which caused him to struggle early in the season. The ailment later forced him to have surgery in early June. A cluster of blood vessels caused Davis back and leg pain. It was reported to be similar to sciatica, which can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. Thankfully, as Carter Hawkins explained, Davis didn’t have structural issues.
At the time, the Cubs didn’t provide a timetable for Davis’s return to baseball activities. Come to find out from Hawkins’ interview, Davis has already returned to action in some capacity, working out in Arizona. Not only that, but Hawkins believes Davis will be able to play games in August. Not to get overly excited, but this is excellent news. Many, including myself, believed Davis was done for the season.
The Chicago Cubs can’t afford to rush Brennen Davis at the risk of losing him for an extended period of time. After all, he’s already missed the majority of this season. He won’t get a big-league call-up until next season at the earliest, so getting him healthy and playing is the most crucial part of his development this season. If healthy, the five-tool 22-year-old prospect seems poised to be a part of the next great Cubs team.
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