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7/24 DeJesus returns

David DeJesus, sidelined since June 24 with a sprained right shoulder, was activated from the disabled list on Wednesday, and Dave Sappelt optioned to Triple-A Iowa. The next question, though, is how long will DeJesus stay with the Cubs?

DeJesus was injured when he crashed into the outfield wall at Citi Field. He played four rehab games for the Cubs’ Rookie League team.

“When I’m at the plate, I’m not really worrying about it,” DeJesus said of his shoulder.

DeJesus started in center field and led off on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. Rookie Junior Lake, who had been playing center and had 12 hits in his first five games, was shifted to left field on Wednesday.

“I thought about [the order] for 10, 15 minutes, and decided just get Lake at the top of the lineup, and it doesn’t matter first or second,” Dale Sveum said. “DeJesus’ game is built for that spot. I’ve got ‘Laker’ in the second spot.”

DeJesus’ name has been mentioned in trade rumors, and Theo Epstein did take time to talk to the outfielder, but not about a possible move. Instead, Epstein wanted to thank DeJesus, and tell him how much they appreciate his mentorship of the younger players. DeJesus showed that during his rehab stint with the Rookie League players, many of whom are teenagers.

“He’s a really good baseball player, lived up to his contract, he’s a left-handed bat who has the exact approach we’re trying to teach in this organization,” Epstein said. “There’s a lot of value to having him here. That said, will we make him untouchable? No — no one’s untouchable. We’ll sit and weigh out the options and what’s best for the Cubs.”

DeJesus was prepared.

“My name’s been in the rumors before,” he said. “It’s nothing new. You’ve just got to be professional and play the game and see what happens from there.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/24 Cubs lineup

David DeJesus is back and starting in center field on Wednesday for the Cubs. Alfonso Soriano is getting a scheduled day off, so don’t read any more into that. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus CF
Lake LF
Rizzo 1B
Schierholtz RF
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Barney 2B
Castillo C
Samardzija P

7/24 David DeJesus activated

David DeJesus was activated from the disabled list on Wednesday, and will start in center field against the Diamondbacks. Dave Sappelt optioned to Triple-A Iowa. DeJesus has been sidelined since June 14 after he sprained his right shoulder when he crashed into the outfield wall at Citi Field.

Junior Lake will start in left field and Nate Schierholtz in right. Alfonso Soriano is getting a scheduled day off.

7/24 Minor matters

Tuesday’s games

Guillermo Moscoso gave up one hit over five innings in Iowa’s 1-0 walkoff win over New Orleans. Edwin Maysonet hit a RBI single with two outs in the ninth for the game winner. Logan Watkins had two hits.

Eric Jokisch gave up six runs on seven hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 6-4 loss to Huntsville. Javier Baez hit his fifth home run, and was batting .203 with the Double-A team.

Wes Darvill was 3-for-3 but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost 5-3 to St. Lucie in the first game of a doubleheader. Austin Reed gave up two hits over 4 1/3 innings in relief. In the second game, Pierce Johnson threw five shutout innings in a 7-0 victory. Pin-Chieh Chen hit a home run and Darvill added two more hits, including a double and a triple. Darvill finished the day 5-for-6 with five RBIs.

Kane County had the day off and will open a series at Beloit on Wednesday.

Dillon Maples threw five scoreless innings in Boise’s 6-0 win over Eugene. Jacob Rogers hit his fifth home run, and Jacob Hannemann had two hits and two stolen bases. No. 1 Draft pick Kris Bryant made his Boise debut, and was 0-for-5.

David DeJesus was 1-for-3 and scored a run in Mesa’s 7-2 win over the Indians. DeJesus, who could be activated Wednesday, was batting .364.

7/23 Extra bases

* Outfielder David DeJesus could be activated from the disabled list soon. DeJesus has been sidelined since June 14 with a sprained right shoulder, and was playing for the Cubs’ Rookie League team now in Arizona.

“Everything is going really well right now,” Dale Sveum said of DeJesus’ rehab.

* Sveum and other Cubs staffers toured the team’s new Spring Training facility in Mesa on Tuesday.

“It’s beautiful,” Sveum said. “Obviously, we’re a few months away from the final touches being done but you can see it all coming together and how cool it is and the facility and the space and the weight room are going to be phenomenal. It’s just nice that it’s all ours, I think is the biggest thing, and that stadium will be something to see.”

The new facility is in east Mesa, located near the intersection of highways 101 and 202.

* Jake Arrieta, acquired from the Orioles in the Scott Feldman deal, could start for the Cubs on Tuesday when they play a makeup doubleheader against the Brewers. Arrieta was currently pitching at Triple-A Iowa. The right-hander was 0-2 with a 5.17 ERA in four starts, giving up nine earned runs over 15 2/3 innings.

* Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick, joined Class A Boise on Tuesday. Bryant recorded his first professional hit, a double, and drove in two runs on Monday for the Cubs’ Rookie League team. Bryant had played two games for the Cubs’ Rookie League team, and provided all the offense in a 2-1 win over the Royals on Monday.

The third baseman will be joined in Boise by third-round pick Jacob Hannemann. Bryant, picked second overall, will be the highest Draft pick to ever play for the Hawks. Lou Montanez (2000) and Josh Vitters (2007), who were both taken third overall, did play for the team.

* Scott Baker, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, was scheduled to make his third rehab start for Class A Kane County on Wednesday. So far, Baker has given up 10 earned runs over 5 2/3 innings in two games.

– Carrie Muskat

7/23 Minor matters

Monday’s games: Hendricks continues to shine and Bryant gets first pro hit

Donnie Murphy hit his 12th home run in Iowa’s 9-2 loss to New Orleans in a rain-shortened seven inning game. Nick Struck took the loss, giving up seven runs over five innings. Brad Nelson had two hits.

Kyle Hendricks gave up no earned runs over seven innings and did not get a decision as Tennessee lost 5-4 to Jacksonville. Jacksonville scored three runs in the eighth for the win. Hendricks struck out six and now has a 1.91 ERA. Justin Bour had two hits, including a solo home run. Rafael Lopez had three RBIs.

Daytona’s game against St. Lucie was postponed because of rain.

Juan Paniagua gave up two earned runs over 3 1/3 innings in Kane County’s 5-2 loss to Lansing. Reggie Golden homered for the second straight game and Rock Shoulders doubled in his second straight game.

Boise closed the first half of the season with a 10-0 win over Everett. Rob Zastryzny gave up one hit over two innings. Jacob Rogers hit a solo home run. Cael Brockmeyer had two hits and one RBIs.

Kris Bryant recorded his first professional hit, a double, and drove in two runs in Mesa’s 2-1 win over the Royals. Bryant hit a sacrifice fly and a RBI double. David DeJesus had two hits, including a double, in his third rehab game.

7/22 Minor matters – UPDATED

Sunday’s games

Barret Loux gave up three hits over five scoreless innings in Iowa’s 3-0 loss to Round Rock. Josh Vitters singled, and now has hit in five straight games. Alberto Cabrera struck out two over two scoreless innings in his Iowa debut.

Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara and Rubi Silva each had a hit but that was it for the Smokies in Tennessee’s 8-1 loss to Jacksonville. A.J. Morris took the loss, giving up two earned runs over four innings.

Ben Wells gave up three runs over four innings in Daytona’s 7-5 loss to St. Lucie. Dustin Geiger hit a double and drove in a run, and Elliot Soto had two RBIs.

Tayler Scott, activated from the DL, gave up two earned runs over six innings in Kane County’s 6-5, 10-inning win over Lansing. Reggie Golden hit his fourth home run, Gioskar Amaya was 4-for-4, and Dan Vogelbach drove in the game-winner with a RBI single in the 10th. Albert Almora had three hits, including a triple.

James Pugliese gave up two hits over five scoreless innings in Boise’s 7-0 win over Everett. Shawon Dunston was 4-for-5 with two RBIs, Cael Brockmeyer had two hits and one RBIs, and David Bote had two hits and three RBIs.

David DeJesus was 1-for-4 with a double and struck out twice in the Rookie League team’s 10-9, 10-inning loss to the Dodgers. Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in the June Draft, made his pro debut, and was 0-for-3 and made three errors (two throwing, one fielding) and made a nice catch in the second. Francisco Sanchez hit a three-run homer and Jacob Hannemann started in right and hit a RBI double.

7/21 Extra bases from Mesa, AZ

* David DeJesus is making progress in his rehab from a sprained right shoulder. He started for the Cubs’ Rookie League team Sunday night against the Dodgers in Glendale, and could be activated from the DL by the end of the week.

* Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ first-round pick in the June First-Year Player Draft, was to make his pro debut Sunday night for the Cubs’ Rookie League team. Watching Bryant in B.P. throw from third to first, you appreciate how good an arm this kid has.

* The Cubs’ new Spring Training facility and stadium have come a long way since March. There are actually fields. Don’t have pictures to share — couldn’t get close enough. The facility is scheduled to be ready for the 2014 Cactus League season.

– Carrie Muskat

7/21 Brett Jackson: “I can still help the team”

Taking batting practice at HoHoKam Park with the Cubs’ Rookie League players on a muggy Sunday night was not where Brett Jackson expected to be in mid July.

Jackson, the Cubs’ first-round pick in 2009, was in Mesa as part of his rehab from a sore right calf. He began this season at Triple-A Iowa, and has been limited to 61 games because of a turf toe injury and the subsequent calf problem. The outfielder was examined by specialists in Chicago, and then told to stay off his feet.

“I’m 100 percent now and trying to get back into baseball and playing shape because I missed three weeks,” Jackson said Sunday before his workout with the Rookie League team.

The injuries couldn’t have come at a worse time. The Cubs have needed outfield help because of injuries to David DeJesus (sprained right shoulder), Ryan Sweeney (fractured rib), and most recently Brian Bogusevic (hamstring). Junior Lake, who has played more games at third base than outfield in the Minor Leagues, was called up on Friday, and has started the last three games in center field. DeJesus made his second start Sunday for the Rookie League team, and could be activated from the disabled list by the end of the week.

The Cubs will be playing a few miles away in Phoenix against the Diamondbacks, opening a four-game series on Monday. Jackson could’ve been on the big league roster if he was healthy and producing.

“You can let that frustrate you but it is what it is,” Jackson said about the missed opportunities. “I have no control over that. In a perfect world, I wouldn’t have been hitting the way I was, been injured the way I have been, the same way [the other outfielders] would prefer not to be injured themselves. It is what it is, and you keep pushing forward, upward and onward, and get into shape and get back into games.”

Last Aug. 5, Jackson was promoted to the Cubs’ big league team, and batted .175 in 44 games. He spent time with Chicago manager Dale Sveum in October working on his swing to cut down on the strikeouts — he led the Pacific Coast League with 158 Ks in 106 games in 2012. This season, he was batting .223 before he was injured, and had six home runs, seven doubles, three triples, 23 RBIs, and 77 strikeouts in 215 at-bats.

When Jackson is ready to play, he could be assigned to Double-A Tennessee rather than rejoin Iowa.

“I’m willing to do whatever it takes to better myself as a player and get back to the big leagues and help the team,” Jackson said. “If going back to Double-A is what the team thinks is the right move for me, I have my faith in that decision. To me, it’s baseball and all about getting healthy and back into the shape as a player to have success and help the team win at the top.”

Right now, he’d just like to play anywhere.

“I’ve missed more time than I would’ve liked this year to nagging injuries,” he said. “I’m ready to be 100 percent and playing like I’m capable of.”

The center fielder is still young — he turns 25 on Aug. 2 — and is a valuable left-handed bat with speed. He began this season with a career Minor League average of .282.

For now, he’s working out with the Cubs’ most recent first-round pick, Kris Bryant.

“I’m just trying to stay positive and keep moving forward regardless of what’s happened this year,” Jackson said. “I still believe in myself and still believe I can help the team.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/18 Lake to join Cubs

The Cubs were expected to promote infielder/outfielder Junior Lake to the big league team on Friday to take the roster spot of outfielder Brian Bogusevic, expected to go on the disabled list after he re-aggravated his hamstring in the first half finale. Lake, 23, was batting .295 at Triple-A Iowa with four home runs, 10 doubles, two triples, 18 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases. Ranked ninth on MLB.com’s top 20 Cubs prospects list, Lake was slowed this season by a back injury, and did not join Iowa until June 6. This was his first year at the Triple-A level.

Bogusevic, 29, was batting .261 in 13 games with the Cubs. He felt tightness in his left hamstring July 4, and did not go on the disabled list at that time, but did not start until July 11. On Sunday at Wrigley Field against the Cardinals, he aggravated his leg chasing a ball, and came out of the game.

Lake’s promotion could be brief. Outfielder David DeJesus (sprained right shoulder) is working out in Mesa, Ariz., and could play in Rookie League games this week. If all goes well, he could be activated from the disabled list next week.

The Cubs are a little thin in the Minor Leagues in terms of outfield options. Ryan Sweeney is on the disabled list with fractured ribs. Outfielder Brett Jackson, on the Iowa team’s disabled list with a calf injury, also was working out in Mesa. The Cubs recently claimed outfielder Cole Gillespie off waivers from the Giants.

– Carrie Muskat

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