The Chicago White Sox made a very interesting trade last summer. They sent Codi Heuer and Nick Madrigal to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Craig Kimbrel. It hasn’t worked out as well for the White Sox so far but there is still time for Kimbrel to make a positive impact.
The trade has only kind of benefitted the Cubs so far as Heuer made some quality appearances out of their bullpen in 2021. Madrigal did not play for them at all yet as he was ruled out for the season at the time of the trade. He is hoping to return to baseball with the Cubs when the lockout ends.
Unfortunately, the Cubs will not have Heuer in 2022. He announced via his Instagram on Tuesday that he was going to be out for a while due to an injury. Well, now we know that he will miss the entire 2022 season thanks to recovery from Tommy John.
That is tough news for him as he is a great young pitcher that just wants to get out there and compete. He will not be afforded the opportunity to do that until the beginning of the 2023 season. It is less than ideal but he will be better for it on the other side.
Codi Heuer is a great pitcher that deserves nothing but love and respect.
The Cubs are a White Sox rival so it is fair to try and forget the trade but it is impossible. Heuer is such a nice kid with incredible talent so this isn’t fun to see. It would be nice to watch him back on the horse again to begin next year.
His stuff is absolutely nasty when he has it on point. He struggled a little bit with the White Sox but started to get better as the season went along. Outside of some control issues that led to a few walks, Heuer was great for the Cubs in his short time there.
When he returns, he is going to have a chance to make a lot of money. It seems like Heuer is being set up to eventually be a setup man or even a closer which is where the big bucks come in. When your devastating breaking stuff can complement your 100 plus miles per hour heat, it makes sense. He will get back to that level of play when he returns from this injury.