8/8 Cubs survive rough 7th; Guerrier out
It was a rough seventh inning for the Cubs in Wednesday’s win over the Phillies. Both outfielder Thomas Neal and catcher Dioner Navarro had to leave the game with injuries; Navarro getting carted off the field after a hard collision at the plate with Chase Utley. X-rays came back negative on Navarro’s right ankle — no fracture — and it was being evaluated as a contusion. After the game, Dale Sveum said it was “looking a little better than we thought.”
Neal, however, is headed to the DL with a dislocated right shoulder. He was injured while making a throw from left field.
“As soon as I released it, I knew something was wrong,” Neal told reporters in Philadelphia. “It kind of felt like a dead arm almost.”
The Cubs are short-handed at catcher. Welington Castillo and Navarro are the only catchers on the 40-man roster. On Monday, infielder Edwin Maysonet subbed at catcher because Luis Flores had to come out of the game. J.C. Boscan, the Iowa Cubs other catcher, was ill. Cael Brockmeyer was promoted from Boise to Iowa, and was behind the plate Tuesday. Iowa had Wednesday off. Catchers at Double-A Tennessee include Rafael Lopez, who caught Eric Jokisch’s no-hitter on Tuesday, and Chad Noble.
On Thursday, reliever Matt Guerrier was headed to Chicago with soreness in his right elbow. He did pitch Wednesday, and struggled, giving up two hits and walking two in one-third of an inning. Guerrier allowed an inherited runner to score in the seventh, which tied the game at 2. He appears headed to the DL; Eduardo Sanchez was to join the Cubs’ pen.
Donnie Murphy hit a solo home run in the third and a three-run, tie-breaking homer in the ninth in the 5-2 Chicago win.
– Carrie Muskat