7/11 Extra bases
Who’s the Cubs’ first half Most Valuable Player? Dale Sveum picked All-Star Travis Wood.
“To have basically every start a quality start but one, and that was iffy itself, he’s definitely our MVP,” Sveum said.
Wood will start Sunday night in the Cubs’ first half finale against the Cardinals. Sveum has talked to National League manager Bruce Bochy, and said it’s up to the Giants manager as to whether he uses Wood in Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Citi Field.
“I’ll let Bochy know it’s OK with us if [Wood] pitches one inning or he wants him to get a left-hander out, whatever he wants to do with him,” Sveum said.
Wood leads the Major Leagues with 17 quality starts in his 18 games. This will be his first All-Star Game.
* Outfielder David DeJesus, on the disabled list with a sprained right shoulder, could increase his rehab and play in games in Arizona, starting Monday.
DeJesus, who injured his shoulder crashing into the outfield wall June 14 at Citi Field, was hitting off a batting tee on Thursday. Manager Dale Sveum said they will evaluate the outfielder on Sunday to see if he is able to swing at full speed, and if so, DeJesus would likely go to the team’s facility in Mesa, Ariz., for the All-Star break to play.
There is no timetable for DeJesus’ return.
“He’s really close,” Sveum said.
* Luis Valbuena moved from third base to left field for two innings on Wednesday. He’s played four games in the outfield in his career but Sveum felt Valbuena could handle it. Valbuena seems to be able to deal with anything.
“He’s been our most consistent player the last two years,” Sveum said. “The at-bats he has, to have good at-bats against left-handed pitching, like the hit he got off [Matt] Thornton the other night, he’s one of those consistent guys. You put him in the lineup and don’t have to worry about him doing anything stupid. He’s a consistent player.”
— Carrie Muskat