7/9 Injury updates

Brian Bogusevic, sidelined since July 4 with tightness in his left hamstring, could be back in the Cubs lineup in time to face the Cardinals on Thursday.

“He’s pretty close,” Dale Sveum said of Bogusevic, who was batting .290 before he was injured. “It looks like the way things have gone the last couple days, by the Cardinals series on Thursday, he should be ready to play in a game. I think he’s at the point where he can pinch-hit and stay on the bases instead of using a pitcher to pinch-run before.”

Catcher Welington Castillo also was feeling better after being scratched from Monday’s game because he was feeling ill because of dehydration.

David DeJesus, on the disabled list since June 15 with a sprained right shoulder, was making progress, and able to hit in the cage and throw.

“It’s getting there,” DeJesus said Tuesday. “There are some movements that are like, ‘oh,’ [and it reminds me] something happened. I have to keep it tight.”

He’s tinkering with his hitting now.

“We’re trying to find a swing that doesn’t bother it but still not make a whole new swing out there,” he said. “We have to find what works best.”

Scott Baker, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, threw four innings in his fourth simulated game on Tuesday in Mesa, Ariz. The next step could be pitching in a Minor League game for the right-hander. If all goes well, Baker could join the Cubs in one month.

– Carrie Muskat

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