#Cubs prospect Villanueva hurt
Cubs prospect Christian Villanueva broke his right fibula during drills on Sunday, and will most likely be sidelined for a few months. He was expected to have surgery Monday.
“It was a ground ball — I guess he hopped up to jump up in the air and you come back down and that’s how it happened,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “It’s just crazy. It’s really unfortunate. This kid came in, ready to go.”
Villanueva, 24, began last season at Double-A Tennessee but when Kris Bryant was promoted to the big leagues, then Villanueva moved up to Triple-A Iowa to play third base. He batted .259 there, hitting 18 home runs and 23 doubles, and then played for Obregon in the Mexican winter league, where he hit .322 with nine home runs and nine doubles.
“It’s a tough break, literally, for him — he’s such a good kid,” Maddon said.
— Carrie Muskat