Cubs third-base prospect Junior Lake out with stress fracture in rib
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org March 13, 2013 11:08PM
MESA, Ariz. — Cubs prospect Junior Lake will miss the rest of camp and the first part of the minor-league season after an MRI exam revealed a stress fracture at the back of his top right rib, the club said Wednesday.
Lake, a shortstop making the conversion to third base, had been sidelined the last several days with what originally was believed to be a sore shoulder.
Lake was 7-for-23 this spring with a homer, triple and eight strikeouts.
Manager Dale Sveum hoped to see more of Lake, especially in the outfield, but he saw enough to know how much development the raw 23-year-old needs.
“[He has] all the tools,’’ Sveum said. “Swinging the bat, he’s obviously got a lot to learn. He’s a very premeditated swinger. He’s not getting good pitches to hit. He’s swinging at arm action a lot. And he’s a guy with a lot of bat speed who doesn’t have to be a premeditated swinger.
“It’s a nice player to have, but there’s still development there.”