Cubs Shut Albert Almora Down for Remainder of the Season

According to a report from Wayne Randazzo, Albert Almora has returned to his home in Florida and will not be rejoining the Kane County Cougars for the last 11 games of the season.

Albert Almora was placed on the 7-day DL on August 9 with a groin injury. The Cubs were hoping he would only miss 10-14 days at the time. Almora is a candidate to play in the Arizona Fall League, a move that would help one of the top prospects in the system make up the time he has missed this year due to injury. Randazzo reported Almora would likelybe healthy enough to participate in fall instructs and/or the AFL.

Albert Almora put together a good season after beginning the year on the shelf recovering from surgery to remove the broken hamate bone from his left hand.

Almora hit .329/.376/.466 in 61 games for the Cougars with 17 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 17 walks and 30 strikeouts in 272 plate appearances. The 19-year old played a very good centerfield and put up a .842 OPS.

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  • cubtex

    This shouldn’t slow down his timetable. He is still only 19 and is 2 1/2 to 3 years away at the earliest.

    • Denver Mike

      Agreed, he played well enough at Kane County in his limited time that he should start at Daytona next year regardless of if he finished out the season or not.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    July 2016 the earliest for Almora…..
    July 2014 for Baez……..
    July 2015 for Soler…..
    Sept 2015 for Bryant……
    Sept 2014 for Alcantara……
    Aug 2015 for Vizcaino…..
    April 2014 for Cabrera….

    ??????? for Scott Baker…..


    Sept 2013 for Casey Coleman

    Due to injuries, Vitters and BJax will never return to Wrigley as Cubs.

    • cubtex

      Bryant could be April 2015. Vizcaino will be next year if he is healthy.

      • Theboardrider

        Agreed, Vizcaino might break camp next year with the team. If he doesn’t he will be up shortly thereafter.

        • J Daniel

          If he is healthy he should be counted in and probably shut down early. His innings and count will be monitored tightly I would assume.

      • J Daniel

        Might see Bryant next September depending on how he does next year. His college experience and age are a factor I would think. Does he start in AA next year?

        • 07GreyDigger

          He might do what Baez did and start in Daytona and then move up to Tennesee.

          • J Daniel

            I could see that as well but he is older with more experience. I would like to see him start at Tennessee but I know there are other variables.

          • 07GreyDigger

            They might do the old start him at Daytona, move to Tennessee and end him in Iowa.

        • mutantbeast

          Likely starts in High A and moves up to AA if his numbers are good.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Ha. Casey Coleman.

  • cubtex

    Cool! I was hoping Neil Ramirez would be the PTBNL from the Rangers. Ramirez,Olt,Edwards and Grimm. I think 2 of those 4 will be helping the team next year at some point.

    • mutantbeast

      I wouldnt be all that surprised if Ramirez or Grimm sees lots of time in the bigs next year. Olt has to show hes healthy first.

  • cubtex

    A little scouting report on Neil Ramirez. I saw him pitch and was impressed with his breaking stuff and changeup.

    Ramirez, currently with Double-A Frisco, has bounced back in 2013 with a
    9-3 record and a 3.30 ERA. He’s throwing his fastball 93-95 mph and
    topping out at 98 mph. His curve was voted as the best in the Rangers’
    minor league system in 2007, but it’s his changeup that has developed as
    his out pitch.

    The 24-year Ramirez pitched at all three levels in 2011, then
    floundered in 2012. He was 6-8 with a 7.66 ERA for 15 starts for
    Triple-A Round Rock and was demoted back to Frisco, where he’s rekindled
    his trade stock this season.

    The 44th overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Virginia Tech hasn’t
    pitched since July 5 because of a shoulder issue, but that doesn’t
    appear to be hindering the Cubs from wanting him included in a potential

    • Neil

      Thank you for posting … please copy into the report I just posted on the trade.