I am writing this up in pain as the Chicago Cubs are getting stomped by the Cardinals 12-5 in the eighth inning. Unfortunately, news broke that is more important than anything happening on the field today. According to Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs’ number one prospect and MLB Pipeline’s 16th-ranked overall prospect, OF Brennen Davis, underwent back surgery yesterday.
This season, Davis got off to a slow start, hitting only .195 with a .584 OPS in 22 games played. Some of his struggles could’ve been due to the injury. Davis was placed on the Triple-A IL on May 12 because of lower back discomfort. Initially, the damage didn’t sound too serious. However, today reveals a much different situation.
According to Montemurro’s article, a cluster of blood vessels caused back and leg pain. “The vascular malformation pushed against a nerve, not unlike sciatica.” My father dealt with sciatica, and I’ve seen that situation up close and personal. Seeing the amount of pain he was in, lying on the floor in agony at our house. He had to ask for help to walk, so I can only imagine Davis's discomfort. My dad also had surgery and has been able to make a full return to work without pain. However, my father isn’t a professional athlete.
The good news for Davis is that he doesn’t have any structural issues, and he’s expected to make a full recovery. Unfortunately, Davis’s big league debut won’t be coming soon. No timetable has been set for his return. As always, we will keep you in the loop with any updates on his status and recovery.