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7/13 Schierholtz, DeJesus & Jackson

Nate Schierholtz did not start Saturday and most likely will not play Sunday to give him time to heal some nagging injuries. Dale Sveum said Schierholtz was “banged up” and the injuries involved several body parts. The right fielder has never had this many at-bats prior to the All-Star break in his career. He’s been scuffling a little at the plate, too, batting .138 in his last eight games.

“He’s a little banged up,” Sveum said. “I’ll probably give him [Sunday] off as well and let him get six days off. I might have to use him to pinch hit or something. He’s just banged up and struggling a little bit.”

There is good news on outfielder David DeJesus. He will go to Arizona and take batting practice at the Cubs facility in Mesa, and if everything goes well, could begin a rehab assignment at the end of the week.

“He won’t have to play in tons of games as long as everything goes good, and then he gets in a real game and hopefully doesn’t swing and miss,” Sveum said DeJesus. The Cubs hope DeJesus doesn’t “swing and miss” and re-aggravates his right shoulder, which he sprained crashing into the outfield wall at Citi Field on June 14.

Other outfielder related news involves Brett Jackson, who has been rehabbing in Arizona from a sore calf. Jackson was playing at Triple-A Iowa, and batting .223 in 61 games, but when ready, he could be assigned to Double-A Tennessee. That’s still to be determined.

— Carrie Muskat

7/11 Extra bases

Who’s the Cubs’ first half Most Valuable Player? Dale Sveum picked All-Star Travis Wood.

“To have basically every start a quality start but one, and that was iffy itself, he’s definitely our MVP,” Sveum said.

Wood will start Sunday night in the Cubs’ first half finale against the Cardinals. Sveum has talked to National League manager Bruce Bochy, and said it’s up to the Giants manager as to whether he uses Wood in Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Citi Field.

“I’ll let Bochy know it’s OK with us if [Wood] pitches one inning or he wants him to get a left-hander out, whatever he wants to do with him,” Sveum said.

Wood leads the Major Leagues with 17 quality starts in his 18 games. This will be his first All-Star Game.

* Outfielder David DeJesus, on the disabled list with a sprained right shoulder, could increase his rehab and play in games in Arizona, starting Monday.

DeJesus, who injured his shoulder crashing into the outfield wall June 14 at Citi Field, was hitting off a batting tee on Thursday. Manager Dale Sveum said they will evaluate the outfielder on Sunday to see if he is able to swing at full speed, and if so, DeJesus would likely go to the team’s facility in Mesa, Ariz., for the All-Star break to play.

There is no timetable for DeJesus’ return.

“He’s really close,” Sveum said.

* Luis Valbuena moved from third base to left field for two innings on Wednesday. He’s played four games in the outfield in his career but Sveum felt Valbuena could handle it. Valbuena seems to be able to deal with anything.

“He’s been our most consistent player the last two years,” Sveum said. “The at-bats he has, to have good at-bats against left-handed pitching, like the hit he got off [Matt] Thornton the other night, he’s one of those consistent guys. You put him in the lineup and don’t have to worry about him doing anything stupid. He’s a consistent player.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/9 Injury updates

Brian Bogusevic, sidelined since July 4 with tightness in his left hamstring, could be back in the Cubs lineup in time to face the Cardinals on Thursday.

“He’s pretty close,” Dale Sveum said of Bogusevic, who was batting .290 before he was injured. “It looks like the way things have gone the last couple days, by the Cardinals series on Thursday, he should be ready to play in a game. I think he’s at the point where he can pinch-hit and stay on the bases instead of using a pitcher to pinch-run before.”

Catcher Welington Castillo also was feeling better after being scratched from Monday’s game because he was feeling ill because of dehydration.

David DeJesus, on the disabled list since June 15 with a sprained right shoulder, was making progress, and able to hit in the cage and throw.

“It’s getting there,” DeJesus said Tuesday. “There are some movements that are like, ‘oh,’ [and it reminds me] something happened. I have to keep it tight.”

He’s tinkering with his hitting now.

“We’re trying to find a swing that doesn’t bother it but still not make a whole new swing out there,” he said. “We have to find what works best.”

Scott Baker, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, threw four innings in his fourth simulated game on Tuesday in Mesa, Ariz. The next step could be pitching in a Minor League game for the right-hander. If all goes well, Baker could join the Cubs in one month.

— Carrie Muskat

6/30 Sweeney has fractured rib

Cubs outfielder Ryan Sweeney has a fractured left rib, suffered when he crashed into the outfield wall at Safeco Field on Saturday, and will not be able to do any baseball activities for four to six weeks. Sweeney was injured after catching Kendrys Morales’ fly ball for the second out in the third inning.

“It’s unfortunate because we started to get things going with the offense and now we lose a big piece of that,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Sunday. “It’s unfortunate for him, too, because he’s trying to get his career going and play everyday. It stinks when those things happen to guys like that who are good players and getting a chance and all of a sudden it’s taken away for a couple of months.”

Sweeney was batting .295, and had taken over in center field after David DeJesus sprained his right shoulder crashing into the outfield wall at Citi Field on June 14.

“The wall is harder now because they put in a new wall,” Sweeney said of Safeco Field. “It felt like a brick wall when I hit it. I grabbed my side because I felt it jolt a little. I feel like I’ve hit that way before and it wasn’t that hard. It must have just hit me in the right spot. I came out of the game and was hoping I maybe bruised it and tried to swing and couldn’t swing.”

X-rays were negative but a CT scan showed the fracture.

“I knew I didn’t feel great, but obviously, you don’t know if a bone is broken,” Sweeney said.

For now, the Cubs will use Brian Bogusevic in center. Sweeney is headed to the disabled list, but no move was made Sunday. After an off day Monday, they will make a roster move prior to Tuesday’s game against the Athletics. The team could add a pitcher, depending on how overworked the bullpen is.

Sweeney was obviously disappointed.
“It’s frustrating,” he said. “Last year, I got a concussion when I was hitting .350. It seems like it comes at the worse time for me. I play hard so it’s not like I was out of control when I hit the wall. It was just a fluke thing.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/29 Sweeney injured

Cubs outfielder Ryan Sweeney had to leave Saturday’s game after the third inning because he injured his ribs crashing into the center field wall. Sweeney was hurt when he hit the wall to catch Kendrys Morales’ fly ball for the second out in the third inning, and suffered left rib soreness. The Cubs expected to know more about the severity of the injury after Sweeney was examined.

Julio Borbon took over in center in the fourth for Sweeney, who has gotten the majority of playing time since David DeJesus sprained his right shoulder colliding with the center field wall at Citi Field June 14. DeJesus is on the 15-day disabled list.

— Carrie Muskat

6/22 Extra bases

* David DeJesus says he’s making progress in his rehab from a sprained shoulder suffered in a crash into the outfield wall at Citi Field. He collided with the center field wall June 14 trying to catch a ball, but ended up with a sprained right shoulder, and was placed on the disabled list the next day. He’s replayed the video of his crash a few times. He also was happy to not need surgery after the freak accident.

“It’s going to take it’s time to heal,” DeJesus said. “When it starts getting better, we’ll move into baseball stuff. Right now, we’re getting more movement and it’s a positive thing. It’s progressing the right way.”

Could he return before the All-Star break?

“We’re not putting a timetable on anything,” DeJesus said. “We’ll see how it goes. It’s tough just sitting here watching the games. I understand it’s a process and I don’t want to go out there and get back on the [disabled list] again. I want it to be healthy enough to go hard and get back out there and grind the rest of the season out with the guys.”

* The Cubs will likely make a roster move prior to the start of a six-game road stretch against American League teams. Chicago will play in Seattle and in Oakland, starting Tuesday. The Cubs are currently carrying eight relievers, and were expected to add another position player before the trip west.

* Kevin Gregg has 11 straight successful save chances to begin the season, the second-longest for a Cubs reliever, surpassed only by Randy Myers, who saved his first 13 chances to open the 1993 campaign.

* A group of 24 kids, ages 7-14, will participate Sunday in the Chicago Cubs championship of the 2013 MLB Pitch, Hit and Run (PHR) program presented by Scotts, at Wrigley Field. The top three scores in each age and gender group out of all 30 MLB Team Championships will advance to the PHR National Finals held at Citi Field in New York City during MLB All-Star Week. Pitch, Hit and Run provides youth with the chance to demonstrate their skills and advance through four levels of competition, beginning at the local level.

— Carrie Muskat

6/19 Extra bases

* Anthony Rizzo was back in the Cubs lineup Wednesday, after getting a one-day “breather,” but stayed in the No. 5 spot instead of returning to No. 3. Nate Schierholtz seems pretty comfortable batting third. In four games batting third, Schierholtz is 4-for-13 (.308) with one home run, one double and two RBIs. He entered Wednesday’s game with a career-high 10-game hitting streak.

“There’s no change,” Schierholtz said of his approach. “Third to fifth isn’t a whole lot different [in the order]. You hit in the first inning always on the road but other than that, I try to keep the same approach no matter where I’m hitting. I don’t over-think it.”

He also leads the Cubs in batting with runners in scoring position, hitting .313 this season.

“I have a game plan that I go up there with and I know it changes with runners on because pitchers pitch you different,” Schierholtz said. “I just try to stick to my game plan and, like I said, not try to think too much and over-analyze anything.”

He already has more doubles (18), home runs (nine) and RBIs (26) than he totaled last year between the Giants and Phillies.

* The Cubs may make a roster move Friday when they open a three-game Interleague series against the Astros, manager Dale Sveum said. The team is currently carrying eight relievers. One option would be to activate catcher Steve Clevenger from the disabled list. He’s been sidelined since April 14 because of a left oblique strain, and was currently rehabbing with Triple-A Iowa.

* There is no timetable for David DeJesus’ return, but the outfielder will most likely be out at least one month after spraining his right shoulder in a collision last Friday at Citi Field.

“It’s one of those injuries, from the time it happened a few days ago, it’s definitely a month before he’s back on the field,” Sveum said.

Luis Valbuena has done well subbing as the leadoff man for DeJesus.

“[Valbuena] is a guy who has always been able to take his walks and see some pitches and drive the ball and do some things,” Sveum said. “So far, it’s really, really good.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/17 DeJesus update

An MRI on Monday of outfielder David DeJesus’ shoulder confirmed a sprain. DeJesus, who was injured crashing into the wall in Citi Field on Friday, still has a lot of swelling in his shoulder. There’s no timetable for his return.

— Carrie Muskat

6/15 DeJesus to DL; Camp added

The Cubs placed David DeJesus on the 15-day DL with a sprained right shoulder and activated right-handed pitcher Shawn Camp from the 15-day DL. DeJesus, 33, injured his shoulder when he crashed into the center field wall during the third inning of Friday’s game against the Mets at Citi Field. He was hitting .260 (52-for-200) with 15 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 21 RBI in 59 games with the Cubs this season.

Camp, 37, was placed on the DL May 22 with a right big toe sprain. He made two Minor League relief appearances with Class A Kane County, tossing three scoreless innings, including two innings Friday night.

— Carrie Muskat

6/14 David DeJesus injured

Cubs center fielder David DeJesus had to leave Friday’s game after crashing into the wall trying to make a catch. DeJesus was taken for X-rays, but apparently injured his right shoulder. The injury happened in the third inning. Check for more updates.