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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
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
* 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
* 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
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
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
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 Cubs.com for more updates.
As far as the Cubs and Reds are concerned, both teams would like to put any bad blood to rest as they start a fresh series this week at Wrigley Field. The last time the teams met — May 26 in Cincinnati — Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto threw a pitch over David DeJesus’ head with a four-run lead in the sixth inning. Cueto received a warning from home plate umpire Bob Davidson, Cubs pitcher Matt Garza took exception to the play, and the Cubs went on to win.
“Cueto should learn, you don’t go after guys’ heads,” Garza said after the incident. “Don’t wake a sleeping dog. I think that’s kind of immature on his part and totally uncalled for. He’s lucky that retaliation isn’t in our vocabulary.”
Both teams’ managers downplayed the incident on Monday. Asked if he expected any repercussions, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said no.
“There’s nothing to that whole situation,” Sveum said.
Garza will pitch in Game 2 of the series on Tuesday. Cueto, on the disabled list, will not face the Cubs this time around.
Reds manager Dusty Baker, who said the following day that Garza should address the situation personally with Cueto and that the two could settle it with a fight, said the incident is “over.”
“I think Johnny got fined for it,” Baker said. “So all we can do is play ball. And whoever wants to do something, it’s their prerogative if they want to. … I don’t even know Garza. Never spoke to him in my life.”
David DeJesus and Luis Valbuena get rare starts against a left-hander on Wednesday as the Cubs play host to the White Sox at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:
* Tuesday’s rainout was the second all-time in the Cubs-White Sox series, dating to 1997, and the first at U.S. Cellular Field. The first rainout was June 16, 2009, at Wrigley Field. Tuesday was the Cubs’ third game to be postponed by rain this year.
* The Cubs are hitting .273 in 24 home games, 51 points higher than their .222 average in 26 road games. They also have an .803 OPS at home, 184 points higher than their .619 OPS on the road.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs did their best Monday to downplay comments Matt Garza made about Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, who threw a pitch over David DeJesus’ head on Sunday. Cueto had appeared to take exception to DeJesus stepping out of the batter’s box in the first. In the sixth, DeJesus did it again, and Cueto threw a ball over DeJesus’ head. Home plate umpire Bob Davidson issued a warning to both benches.
Garza took exception to Cueto’s actions, and called it “total immaturity.” On Monday, Dale Sveum tried to dismiss the matter.
“Yesterday is over with. It’s people’s prerogative to make a big thing out of something that was no big thing at all. Those are their comments. I’ve got nothing to really comment on something that’s over with.”
DeJesus flew out to right in the at-bat and was laughing as he ran off the field but that’s because he was looking at the Reds’ Todd Frazier, who is a friend of his.
“I’m not really worried about it,” DeJesus said. “It’s great to have guys who back you, your own teammates. You want your teammates behind you, like Garza, who’s a great guy to have. I don’t think this needs to get blown out of proportion. It gave us a spark that we needed yesterday. We were able to come back and win a big game. We come into this series feeling fresh and feeling positive. I think that’s how we need to go. That’s over with, that’s done with and let’s move forward.”
What about Dusty Baker’s comments that Garza and Cueto should duke it out?
“That’s not a way to do it either,” DeJesus said. “It is what it is now, and hopefully, it’s over with, and let’s just move on. It’s not worth putting any more oil in the fire.”
There is no history between Cueto and DeJesus, who is very deliberate at the plate.
“I do the same thing every at-bat, so it’s not like I’m doing it just against him,” DeJesus said. “I have no problem with him, I respect his game, I respect him as a player.”
Soriano knows Cueto well but didn’t think the pitch was mean-spirited.
“I think Cueto was joking around with him because he takes time getting in the box,” Soriano said. “If [Cueto] wanted to hit him, he’d hit him because he has good control. Cueto likes to pitch real quick, and DeJesus is different, he takes his time at home plate.”
– Carrie Muskat