Injury updates on Canario, Davis and other Cubs top prospects
LAS VEGAS — Cubs outfield prospect Alexander Canario had a banner year in 2022.
He ends it in a frustrating and disappointing manner.
Cubs vice president of player development Jared Banner said Canario underwent surgery last week to repair a fractured ankle and he has another surgery scheduled for this week on his left shoulder.
Canario suffered the injury on October 27 while playing for the Águilas Cibaeñas in the Dominican Winter League. The 22-year-old was attempting to beat out a play at first base, rolled over his ankle and landed on his shoulder.
“To see him go down like that, it hurts us all,” Banner said. “I know it’s devastating to him as well, but at this point we have some of the world’s best doctors and rehab people and we’ll get him back to where he was in due time.”
Banner said Canario won’t be ready for the start of the season, but that they “expect him back at some point next year, back to his normal self. We expect a full recovery.”
Canario slugged 37 home runs across High-A, Double-A and Triple-A this season and was knocking on the door of a major-league debut in 2023. He was acquired in 2021 from the Giants in the Kris Bryant deal. He missed time this season in the minor leagues with an ankle injury, but it had nothing to do with the freak injury in the Dominican Republic, per Banner. Canario had surgery on his left shoulder in November 2020 to repair a torn labrum following a shoulder dislocation.
Here’s a few more injury updates on other Cubs prospects:
Davis, one of the Cubs top prospects, had a difficult 2022, playing just 53 games after having surgery on his back due to a vascular malformity. He returned to Triple-A Iowa in September and the Cubs wanted him to continue to have reps in the Arizona Fall League.
But he played just 5 games before he was shut down.
“He has some general soreness, and it just became too much time off to re-ramp him back up and him to get back in games,” Banner said. “It just wasn’t worth it.”
Banner didn’t want to contemplate whether or not it stemmed from the vascular malformity, but he did say that missing that amount of time and returning can become “non-linear.”
“Brennen’s pretty close to 100% now,” Banner said.
Davis is expected to be added to the Cubs 40-man roster this month, to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.
Like Canario, 2020 first-round pick Howard suffered a fluke injury trying to beat out a throw at first base. Howard landed awkwardly on his hip and required season-ending surgery in May.
Howard played in 23 games at High-A South Bend, slashing .244/.323/.317 with 3 stolen bases and a home run before suffering the injury.
“He’s in Arizona now working with our rehab group,” Banner said. “Hopefully he’ll begin some light baseball activities after Thanksgiving.”
Once considered one of the Cubs’ top prospects, Amaya has suffered some tough luck in the injury department. The 23-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery in late 2021 and was rehabbing with the intention of returning in 2022 as a designated hitter.
He played in 40 games across the Arizona Complex League and Double-A Tennessee, posting an .824 OPS before suffering a Lisfranc fracture in his left ankle. Amaya was scheduled to begin catching in the Arizona Fall League before he suffered the injury.
“That’ll probably take place for the first time in Spring Training,” Banner said. “Physically, he’ll be ready to go assuming no setbacks with both his elbow and his foot come Spring Training.”