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* David DeJesus says he’s making progress in his rehab from a sprained shoulder suffered in a crash into the outfield wall at Citi Field. He collided with the center field wall June 14 trying to catch a ball, but ended up with a sprained right shoulder, and was placed on the disabled list the next day. He’s replayed the video of his crash a few times. He also was happy to not need surgery after the freak accident.
“It’s going to take it’s time to heal,” DeJesus said. “When it starts getting better, we’ll move into baseball stuff. Right now, we’re getting more movement and it’s a positive thing. It’s progressing the right way.”
Could he return before the All-Star break?
“We’re not putting a timetable on anything,” DeJesus said. “We’ll see how it goes. It’s tough just sitting here watching the games. I understand it’s a process and I don’t want to go out there and get back on the [disabled list] again. I want it to be healthy enough to go hard and get back out there and grind the rest of the season out with the guys.”
* The Cubs will likely make a roster move prior to the start of a six-game road stretch against American League teams. Chicago will play in Seattle and in Oakland, starting Tuesday. The Cubs are currently carrying eight relievers, and were expected to add another position player before the trip west.
* Kevin Gregg has 11 straight successful save chances to begin the season, the second-longest for a Cubs reliever, surpassed only by Randy Myers, who saved his first 13 chances to open the 1993 campaign.
* A group of 24 kids, ages 7-14, will participate Sunday in the Chicago Cubs championship of the 2013 MLB Pitch, Hit and Run (PHR) program presented by Scotts, at Wrigley Field. The top three scores in each age and gender group out of all 30 MLB Team Championships will advance to the PHR National Finals held at Citi Field in New York City during MLB All-Star Week. Pitch, Hit and Run provides youth with the chance to demonstrate their skills and advance through four levels of competition, beginning at the local level.
– Carrie Muskat