The Tennessee Smokies placed OF Albert Almora Jr. on the 7-day minor league disabled list Tuesday. According to a report from Mick Gillispie, Almora Jr. landed on the DL with a possible concussion suffered Monday diving for a ball in the outfield.
Almora Jr. left Monday’s game in the fifth inning and was listed as day-to-day at the time.
Mick Gillispie spoke with Albert Almora Jr. and he described what he was feeling “as whiplash.”
OF Jacob Hannemann was promoted from High-A Myrtle Beach to take Almora’s spot on the Smokies’ roster. And OF Trey Martin was sent from Low-A South Bend to Myrtle Beach.
In 16 games with the Smokies, Albert Almora Jr. was batting .297/.333/.344 with three doubles, five walks and six strikeouts for a .677 OPS. Almora has shown a lot of improvement this season with his approach at the plate. The adjustments Almora made were noticeable during Spring Training and have carried over to the regular season.
During a recent interview on MLB Network Radio, Jason McLeod talked about what the front office has seen from Almora this year.
“We’re seeing a much more mature approach with Albert. We talked a lot about that with him last year in terms of the over aggressiveness at the plate and so now we are seeing that maturation process.”
“Maybe not manifesting itself yet in terms of the average and the power numbers but in terms of the quality of at bats and just not the number of walks he’s taking now but the pitches that he’s taking rather than just swinging at so many things in the zone because he can get his bat on so many pitches,” McLeod said.
The Cubs have not addressed the severity of the injury or how long Albert Almora Jr. could be on the disabled list.
OF Jacob Hannemann, who turns 24 on Wednesday, hit .328/.388/.393 in 16 games with High-A Myrtle Beach. Hannemann had four doubles and seven stolen bases with six walks and 15 strikeouts.
OF Trey Martin was struggling for Low-A South Bend. In 16 games, Martin was 18-for-72 with five doubles, two triples, two walks and 19 strikeouts (.250/.270/.375) for a .645 OPS.