Cubs prospect C.J. Edwards is in Chicago on Thursday for an examination of his right shoulder.
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Edwards felt some shoulder fatigue during a recent bullpen session and the Cubs want to be sure it's nothing serious. The 22-year-old right-hander has posted a 2.61 ERA, 1.065 WHIP, and 20/8 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings this season for the Double-A Tennessee Smokies. He is the Cubs' top pitching prospect.
Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Thursday that he does not have a designated closer at this point.
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Pedro Strop had an opportunity to grab the job, but he was lit up for four runs in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Cubs fell in brutal fashion to the Diamondbacks. "It's organic," Renteria said. Justin Grimm, James Russell, Hector Rondon, Jose Veras, and Strop could all see save opportunities going forward.
Braves infield prospect Jose Peraza went 2-for-4 with a triple on Wednesday for High-A Lynchburg.
Peraza was a shortstop until the Braves gave a long extension to Andrelton Simmons in the spring, and Peraza has played primarily as a second baseman in 2014. He is behind both Dan Uggla and Tommy La Stella on the depth chart, but he is a much better defender than both and projects to be a .300 hitter with gap power.