• Hoyer said the Cubs might have discussed promoting 2012 first-round pick Albert Almora from Class A Kane County if the outfielder hadn't missed the first month of the season with a broken hamate bone in his left hand. Entering Saturday, Almora was hitting .340 with a .373 on-base percentage, three home runs and 18 RBIs in 36 games with Kane County. The Cubs are still in the process of evaluating their second-ranked prospect at Class A.
• Hoyer said he's not concerned about the impending July 12 deadline to sign players from the First-Year Player Draft, even though the San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant, the second overall pick, remains unsigned.
"It's not white-knuckle time," Hoyer said. "Sometimes deadlines are what gets things done. I'm glad they moved the deadline up a month so we don't have to wait until mid-August. He can still have a little bit of a summer of playing. We're certainly hopeful and optimistic that a deal will get done on the 12th, or hopefully before then. We're going to be really fair to him with what we offer. We want him to be a Cub certainly, and hopefully what we offer will enable that to happen."
Ethan Asofsky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.