#Cubs injury updates: Victorino, Schwarber, etc

Shane Victorino, scratched from Friday’s Cubs game because of a tight right calf, expected to be back in the lineup on Monday, while Kyle Schwarber, bothered by soreness in his left knee, could return on Sunday if he passes all the tests.

The problem for Victorino was that he tried to run without putting his orthotics in his shoes.

“What happened was I’d been working out and training with orthotics, and [Friday] I decided to run without them,” Victorino said Saturday. “I’m not saying that’s the reason, but that’s probably the reason. There’s probably other things, too, with the body to get the kinks out.

“I felt it coming, and felt it on the treadmill, and I got off and went to stretch, and I said, I don’t want to make this way worse,” he said. “If we catch it now, make it a one, two day thing.”

He predicted he would be back in the lineup Monday as the designated hitter for the Cubs game against the Padres. And he will have the pads in his shoes.

Schwarber came out of Thursday’s game after two innings when he felt some discomfort in his left knee after making a throw home from left field. He was able to run Saturday, and was on track to start on Sunday.

Tommy La Stella, sidelined with a strained left calf, was making progress but there is no timetable for his return. Albert Almora, who had to leave practice because of back spasms, was in the lineup for the Cubs’ night game against the Dodgers on Saturday.

— Carrie Muskat


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