It has been a difficult start for Chicago Cubs’ catcher Randy Hundley. This spring, Hundley suffered a chip fracture on his left thumb sustained in a spring training game against the Oakland A’s. The injury caused him to miss the first week of the season.
Hundley returned to the lineup on April 14, and hit a pair of base hits in every game until yesterday’s contest against St. Louis. Hundley tore the cartilage in his left knee while running the bases in the eighth inning of Chicago’s 9-4 victory.
Fortunately, test results did not reveal any cartilage damage so surgery will not be necessary. However, Hundley will be lost for at least a month because the knee will be in a cast for three weeks.
The burden of the catching will descent on the shoulders of J.C. Martin, the ex-Met whom VP John Holland was lucky enough to acquire in a swap for rookie Randy Bobb following Hundley’s first injury this spring. The intangibles of Hundley’s leadership will be the biggest missing component in the Cubs. However, the fact that Manager Leo Durocher decided not to call up another catcher, but go with Martin and young Ken Rudolph, underlines his confidence in J.C. When Randy was placed on the 21-day disabled list, rookie southpaw Larry Gura who hurled Arizona State to the NCAA title last year, was brought up from Tacoma.