4/13 Extra bases

* Scott Feldman, bothered by tightness in his back, will take advantage of Monday’s off day and be skipped one turn in the Cubs rotation. Feldman was originally scheduled to start Wednesday against his former team, the Rangers, in the second game of an Interleague series, but now will not start until Saturday when the Cubs are playing the Brewers at Miller Park. The Cubs’ rotation against the Rangers now will be Travis Wood, Carlos Villanueva and Jeff Samardzija.

* Second baseman Darwin Barney flew to Des Moines on Saturday to begin a Minor League rehab assignment. Barney, out since March 30 with a left knee laceration, was expected to play Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the Triple-A Iowa team, and rejoin the Cubs on Tuesday. Barney was injured sliding into the right field wall at Minute Maid Park on March 30.

* Third baseman Ian Stewart was headed to Iowa on Saturday and will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday. He did not play in any Cactus League games because of a strained left quad, injured in the first intrasquad game Feb. 21.

* Scott Baker, still rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, which he had one year ago, was in Chicago to be re-examined by team orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo. Baker has been training at the Cubs’ facility in Mesa, Ariz. There’s no timetable for his return.

* Steve Clevenger could start at third base Sunday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Giants. Clevenger made his first start on Friday, and cleanly handled the balls hit to him. He made the Cubs’ Opening Day roster last year as a backup catcher.

“I’ll put Clevenger at third again [Sunday] and see what happens,” manager Dale Sveum said. “He can swing the bat. He gives you that left-handed bat that changes the way a pitcher pitches and gets pitch count up.”

Clevenger was a middle infielder before he was converted to catcher in the Cubs’ Minor League system.

* Giants manager Bruce Bochy presented Nate Schierholtz with his 2012 World Series ring while San Francisco was taking batting practice on Saturday. Schierholtz came up in the Giants organization, winning a ring in 2010. He was with the Giants until July 31 when he was dealt to the Phillies for Hunter Pence.

* Congrats to Garrett Camp, 5 1/2 year old son of Cubs pitcher Shawn Camp, who scored three goals for his soccer team on Friday in a 4-3 win. Garrett now has seven goals for the season.

– Carrie Muskat

6 Comments

For what it`s worth, USA Today reported last month that Baker would not be available until after the All Star break.

wow didn’t realize you still get a world series ring if you weren’t with the team the whole year. maybe seeing his 2 rings will motivate some of these youngsters. can’t wait to have Barney back. watching Lillibridge is getting painful.

Am thinking there is no hard and fast rule regarding that, Mr. Escuela. Someone please correct myself if I`m mistaken, but this matter of world series rings is often decided by a vote amongst team members. If a player was not with the club the entire season, and he`s regarded as a horse`s a, he may be denied, Conversely, if the individual is well-liked, he is often deemed deserving.

I hope you’re right cause that sounds good to me. glad to see his team thought him worthy.

We better be getting Barney back on Tuesday. And now we have an injured Clevenger? This is getting ugly. I hope Stewart will get back too. Lillibridge made a really great catch today but I think he really needs to not be at Wrigley. He is “painfully” not ready. With all the injuries our team seems to be changing daily. Let’s hope for NO MORE INJURIES!

I’ve just been waiting for Barney to return…I hope he does soon. We need him!

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