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Cubs third-base prospect Junior Lake out with stress fracture in rib

Junior Lake

Junior Lake

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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.”



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