Lefty Steven Brault arrives in Cubs camp with triceps injury, signs non-roster invite deal
Brault said he first felt the injury the day before his physical.
MESA, Ariz. — In the midst of the Cubs’ free-agent pitcher signing spree this spring, the team was in talks with left-hander Steven Brault on a major-league deal.
Then, the day before his physical, Brault said he felt discomfort in his triceps.
“I didn’t think it was anything that would take any time, thought it was some inflammation or something,” he said Tuesday. “Obviously, the MRIs came back differently in the physical.”
Instead, Brault joined camp Tuesday as a non-roster invitee. The former Pirates pitcher will be shut down for a few weeks, but he doesn’t expect his recovery to be “super long.” The Cubs’ medical staff will determine the rest of his rehab plan.
“I’m still glad to have been able to sign here,” Brault said. “Obviously, I wanted to be on the major-league side of things. But now I’ve just got to make my way back up.”
Brault ended last season on the 60-day injured list, with a recurring left lat strain. But he clarified that he doesn’t think his triceps injury is related.
“Worked my butt off like crazy and felt really good all offseason,” he said. “Frustrating, I guess, would be the No. 1 word.”
The Cubs had intrigued Brault as a destination since the Pirates designated him for assignment in late November. Brault had familiarity with the Cubs from playing against them in the division for years, and he liked the idea of making Wrigley Field his home ballpark.
“But I thought it’d be a good fit as well,” Brault said. “I like the staff here. All the guys that I’ve met . . . I’ve enjoyed their company, even though sometimes it’s been them hitting home runs off me and stuff.”
He smiled and added: “That’s fine.”
Right-hander Trevor Williams also gave the Cubs a ringing endorsement, Brault said. Williams, one of Brault’s best friends, signed with the Cubs last offseason and was traded to the Mets at the deadline.
Davis’ X-rays negative
Cubs top prospect Brennen Davis was less sore Tuesday morning than he expected after getting hit by a pitch in the right knee the day before. Davis’ X-rays came back negative, manager David Ross confirmed, and the outfielder was diagnosed with a bruised knee. He was scheduled to take batting practice Tuesday morning before the team headed off to Peoria to play the Mariners.