#Cubs injury updates: Wada, Fowler and more

* Tsuyoshi Wada, who came out of his start Monday after two-plus innings because of soreness in his left shoulder, did play catch on Wednesday but Cubs manager Joe Maddon said they were still uncertain as to whether he’ll make his next start Saturday.

“There’s still some soreness,” Maddon said of Wada. “We’re not prepared yet to say yes or no on the next start. We’re going to wait a little while longer to evaluate all that. It’s better, from what I was told, but we want to be very certain about that.”

Among the Cubs’ options for Saturday’s game against the Cardinals are Edwin Jackson and Travis Wood, who are currently in the bullpen. Maddon said they also are looking at the Triple-A Iowa roster.

“There’s a couple different directions we can go,” Maddon said.

The starters at Iowa include right-hander Donn Roach (7-1, 2.29 ERA) and Carlos Pimentel (5-4, 3.45 ERA), although neither is on the Cubs’ 40-man roster.

* Dexter Fowler, who sprained his left ankle Monday, did not start Wednesday for the second straight day but was available to pinch hit.

“We’re going to take it day by day,” Fowler said. “I’ve sprained my ankle before and I’m going to go out there today [during batting practice] and run around and see how it feels.”

* The Cubs have shut down Jacob Turner after two starts because of soreness in his right elbow. Turner last pitched on June 14 for Double-A Tennessee, giving up two hits over five scoreless innings.

* Javier Baez was headed to the Cubs complex in Mesa, Ariz., to resume his rehab. Baez has been sidelined since June 7 with a fractured middle finger on his left hand. He was batting .314 in 37 games at Triple-A Iowa before he was injured.

* Zac Rosscup, on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation since June 17, expected to go to Arizona on Friday and continue his rehab there.

* The Cubs lead the Majors in one-run games (30) and the most wins in one-run games with 18. What’s the key? Maddon said he remembers when the Orioles led the Majors in that category.

“At that time, it spoke to two things,” Maddon said. “I thought they played hard all the time, a bunch of grinders, and I thought their bullpen was spectacular. I’ll put ourselves in the category of being grinders. On the flip side, our bullpen the last month has been outstanding.

“I think at the end of the day, to win one-run games, I talk about present tense and focus and those kinds of things, that combined with players who just don’t quit and a bullpen that can hold it down [it works].”

The Cubs’ ‘pen has posted a 1.49 ERA and .196 batting average against since May 23.

— Carrie Muskat

15 Comments

How about Soler?

A few days ago soler was about and week away from rehab assignment says cbssports …. So I would guess after July 4th we could see him back

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Szczur 2 for 11 since call up …. Man can’t wait for him to prove me wrong… Still waiting ..

That’s two more hits than you ever had in your life. He has nothing to prove to a jackass. If you know his story and don’t pull for him your no Cubs fan. What he did off the field is better than anything that can be accomplished on it.

Lol I don’t really care what he does off the field unless it hurts the Cubs win baseball games. Him on the field is not helping.

O and just so you know… 2 for 13 now…. Yeah !!!! #notgoodenough

You are wanting a Cubs` player to fail? That makes no sense. Genuine Cubs` fans advocate for all all team members, and want them to succeed for the greater good. Why would a Cubs` fan not pull for each and every Cubs` player? It`s bogus not to.

Javier Baez (finger) is set to resume his rehab at the Cubs’ spring training complex in Mesa, Arizona.

Advice: Baez sustained a fractured left ring finger on June 7, and he’s been sidelined ever since. The infielder isn’t even guaranteed that he’ll return to the Cubs once healthy, as he’d been demoted prior to the injury.

More: MLBlogs.com

(Rotoworld.com)

Who ever posted this yesterday is clueless about Javier Baez. He has been playing with the Iowa AAA team and was not demoted to the minor leagues prior to his injury. He has been with Iowa the whole season.

Bottom line, Lester pitched another `clunker` today. I questioned at the very beginning of the season if the man was healthy, and was `scolded` and ` reprimanded,` for doing so. Guess what: I still believe he`s not right, and has not been most of this season.

Look more in depth at the numbers … They aren’t bad ….

Hey jhosk…just imagine how much worse Lester would be pitching if he were throwing to somebody other than the “must have” David Ross. We were handed the line that Ross makes Lester better…if this is better I would hate to see worse. One of the few moves I do not think is paying off (on the field and in the win column) for the Cubs. If Ross’s value is intangible it should be as a non-player. Still has a good arm and good defensive skills but his bat is near useless and he is evidently not the tonic for Lester as described? A good back up catcher at best but should not be handed Lester’s starts automatically, let Montero have a crack at Lester just to see what Lester can do with a catcher that can hit??

Yes, fonzie, I expressed trepidation about the Ross signing back in December. Once Lester was signed, many observers expected Ross would become a Cub, as they were viewed as a `package.` My biggest concern was the possible scenario of Montero getting injured and Ross needing to fill in on a regular basis. David is `long in the tooth` and he doesn`t hit much and his defense is pedestrian. That was his rep before he came to us. I`ve heard he`s good in the clubhouse and dugout, and is popular with the players, and his future is as a coach. He has the makings of a very good coach, and perhaps he would be aan excellent `mentor` for Schwarber. But in the meantime, we are saddled with David Ross`s liabilities as a player. {On another subject, does anyone know which school won the `National Championship` in Omaha this week? I somehow missed that. (Smiling)}

Aloha jhosk! I was waiting for you to mention the CWS! You know the “metrics-folks,” are not sleeping well because with all their computer models and such, the Cavs should not have won. But as we have said all along, the beautiful thing about baseball is that it is a game played by humans and this team played like one and defeated teams with more “assets” on paper! I love this story, it gives one encouragement. Hope you are having a great Aloha Friday! Mahalo!

Pedestrian may be a little harsh jhosk as Ross has shown some good skills throwing out runners and is still a good receiver. But you are correct, should Montero be DL’d the Cubs would have to play most games with Ross as a relatively given automatic out in the lineup. Brings back horrid memories of Koyie Hill…..arghhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

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