Izaac Garsez is having a storybook year. The past week, however, is a chapter he wont want to reread.
Garsez, a Caldwell native, had a stellar senior season at the College of Idaho. Shortly after his college career ended, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs.
Then, after a short stint with the Mesa Cubs in the Arizona Summer League, the outfielder was promoted to Boise on July 17.
Garsez couldnt have written it up any better.
Except for this: In his second game with the Hawks, he began feeling pain in his elbow.
It was just kind of like a sore or something, and it just got really inflamed, Garsez said. A couple of days later, my whole arm was swollen.
So, instead of making the most of his first professional season, Garsez has been nursing an infected bursa.
Its been disappointing, but its only been a few days and hopefully it doesnt keep me out much longer, he said.
Garsez would like to be playing again by this weekend, but that might be a little hopeful, manager Mark Johnson said.
Theyre not going to rush him, by any means, Johnson said. You dont mess around with infections.
Johnson understands Garsezs frustration, but said young players like the 22-year-old Garsez need to learn from setbacks.
Injuries, slumps, you have to go through them no matter where you play, Johnson said. Everybody goes through them.
And once the injury is behind Garsez, he hopes to get back to showing the promise he flashed at the College of Idaho. A two-time NAIA All-American, Garsez hit .389 as a senior with eight home runs and 53 RBIs. He led the NAIA West with 93 hits and 75 runs scored as the Coyotes qualified for the NAIA World Series for the first time since 2002.
It was a lot of fun, something Ill never forget, Garsez said. That was the best season Ive put together. There were a lot of good memories.
He had another memorable moment in early June when he learned the Cubs had selected him in the 30th round.
Teams tell you things, but you dont want to get your hopes up, Garsez said. I got my hopes up last year and I didnt get drafted. So, this year, I was just hoping for a call, at any time.
It didnt take long after receiving the call to realize what being drafted by the Cubs could lead to.
The next thing I thought of was, Wait, thats the Hawks, he said.
A little more than a month later, he was in a Hawks uniform.
After putting up solid numbers with Mesa, Garsez still is looking for his first hit with Boise. He went 0-for-7 before being sidelined by the infection, making him that much more eager to return to action.
Until then, however, hes been doing what Johnson would want him to do: soaking up as much information as possible.
Even while Ive been out of the lineup, Ive learned a lot about this league, Garsez said.
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