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Guerrier, Villanueva, Valbuena, Rizzo and more
* Matt Guerrier underwent surgery Friday to repair the flexor mass in his right arm, and will be sidelined six to eight months. Dr. Timothy Kremchek did the procedure. Acquired from the Dodgers in the Carlos Marmol trade, Guerrier was 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA in 15 games with the Cubs. He does not have a contract for next season, and said before the procedure, that he would like to come back to the Cubs.
* Carlos Villanueva’s versatility has kept him in the big leagues, and it also was one of the reasons he was bumped from the Cubs rotation. Villanueva is back in the bullpen because the Cubs want to see Jake Arrieta, acquired from the Orioles in the Scott Feldman deal.
“Villanueva didn’t do anything to get taken out of a rotation,” Dale Sveum said Friday. “It’s more about getting a young kid here who we want to see pitch and finish out the season in the rotation.”
The Cubs could use an experienced arm in the bullpen with the loss of Guerrier. Villanueva began the season in the rotation, then switched to the bullpen when Matt Garza returned from the disabled list. In 15 starts, Villanueva was 1-7 with a 4.50 ERA, and he has a 3.66 ERA in 17 relief appearances.
“I felt I did a good job and I gave the team a chance to win,” he said. “I’m grateful that I got the opportunity to start. If it’s the Cubs or another team that sees me doing that in the future again, then I’m ready for it. Right now, the Cubs need me to be in the bullpen, and that’s where I’ll be and that’s where I’ll do my best.”
* The Cubs did get good news on outfielder Brian Bogusevic, who has been rehabbing a strained left hamstring since July 15. Bogusevic was expected to join Triple-A Iowa to continue his rehab and could be activated soon. He has been playing with Mesa in the Rookie League. In six games, he was batting .286 (6-for-21), and has played center field in four of his six games.
* Infielder Luis Valbuena, sidelined since Aug. 3 with a strained right oblique, has been able to swing a fungo bat, but has yet to hit. He is able to play catch from a short distance.
* Outfielder Ryan Sweeney, on the disabled list since June 30 with a left rib fracture, has been able to hit in the batting cage. He was expected to return in September.
* To make room on the active roster for Jake Arrieta, who started Friday, the Cubs optioned right-handed pitcher Eduardo Sanchez to Triple-A Iowa. Sanchez was 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA in four relief appearances, giving up four runs over 6 1/3 innings.
* Anthony Rizzo’s first Cook-Off for Cancer charity event, held Wednesday night, raised more than $150,000. Players teamed up with restaurants to serve updated takes on traditional ballpark food. All tips and money raised will benefit pediatric cancer care and research. David DeJesus and Cody Ransom raised the most money, teaming with GT Fish and Oyster in Chicago to serve goat sliders and chocolate-covered Cracker Jack.
– Carrie Muskat