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Cubs lose minor-league infielder Christian Villanueva to broken leg

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Cubs lose minor-league infielder Christian Villanueva to broken leg

MESA, Ariz. - Cubs minor-leaguer Christian Villanueva broke his leg during Sunday's workout.

Villanueva jumped up for a high-chopper during infield drills and came down awkwardly on his right leg.

He was carted off the field and the Cubs reported after Sunday's workout that Villanueva had broken his fibula and may possibly need surgery.

The exact timetable is unknown, but Villanueva will need at least several months to recover.

"It's really unfortunate," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "This kid came in ready to go. Made a great impression on us at the end of last season. Very good infielder and he's starting to hit.

"Just a tough break - literally - for him. And he's such a good kid."

[SHOP: Gear up, Cubs fans]

Villanueva, 24, came to the Cubs system along with Kyle Hendricks in the Ryan Dempster deal in July 2012.

Villanueva represents third base depth for the Cubs and is generally regarded as a talented defender.

Coming up through the minor-league system, Villaneuva has been blocked by Kris Bryant and now with Bryant entrenched at third base in Chicago, Villanueva's future was open-ended before the injury.

However, the former No. 100 prospect in the game (Baseball America, 2012) put together a strong season at the plate last year, taking over at the hot corner in Triple-A Iowa after Bryant was promoted to the majors.

Villanueva hit 20 homers and drove in 95 runs in 2015, posting a .752 OPS.

"Last year, he came in and people were talking even more glowingly this year about the advances that he had made," Maddon said. "It's just unfortunate."

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.

Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.

At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.

This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.

Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

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