Chicago Cubs outfield prospect Albert Almora, their top pick in the 2012 draft, broke a bone in his hand and is expected to resume baseball activities in three to four weeks with a return to games by late May.
Almora, drafted sixth overall out of high school in June, tweeted the news early Friday morning and the Cubs later confirmed the injury.
"Not a good day! Broke my hamate bone!" Almora tweeted.
“It's not a career problem or anything like that," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "It's more like a pain-in-the-butt-type thing. It's happened to a lot of hitters, that little bone that doesn’t mean anything that you don’t even need ... Will end up costing him four to six to eight weeks before he gets into a game. The good part about it is it's one of those things you just take out (the bone) and be done with it. If you just leave it in and have surgery then possibly it’s a whole season. It’s a nice injury that you can take it out and be done with it."
Considered a five-tool prospect, Almora, who will be 19 in April, is rated as the 33rd-best prospect in baseball by ESPN's Keith Law.
Almora batted .321 with two home runs and 19 RBIs between rookie ball and Class-A Boise last season. He is expected to open the season at Class-A, possibly with Kane County.