As expected, Jed Hoyer announced prior to Tuesday’s game that RHP C.J. Edwards should be returning to the Smokies rotation this week.
C.J. Edwards made his second rehab start for the AZL Cubs on Monday night and said after his outing he was hoping that he would be returning to Double-A Tennessee soon.
C.J. Edwards indicated on his Twitter account that he felt good following Monday’s start. Edwards allowed one run on one hit with three walks and six strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. In two outings with the AZL Cubs, Edwards gave up one run on two hits with four walks and eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Edwards felt discomfort in his right shoulder during a bullpen session in April. An MRI revealed fatigue and inflammation in the shoulder, but no structural damage. After prescribed rest, Edwards began a rehab program at the Cubs’ complex in Mesa to strengthen the shoulder. The front office was hoping Edwards would be able to pitch the entire second half in the Smokies’ rotation; instead he will pitch just over a month.
Jed Hoyer told the beat writers Tuesday that Edwards was a “little wild early” in his outing Monday, but he settled down and hit 94 mph on the gun. Hoyer added, “He looked free and easy.”
C.J. Edwards will likely pitch in the Arizona Fall League to make up some of the innings and development he missed this season. The Mesa Solar Sox roster has not been announced yet, but the Solar Sox coaching staff was named Tuesday. Daytona’s pitching coach Ron Villone will be the Solar Sox’s pitching coach this fall.