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8/29 Cubs injury roundup

* Outfielder Justin Ruggiano is done for the season after undergoing a debridement on his left ankle. In his first season with the Cubs, Ruggiano batted .281 in 81 games with six home runs, 13 doubles and 28 RBIs. He was placed on the disabled list Aug. 23, and had returned to Dallas to see a specialist, where he had the procedure done.

* The Cubs had more encouraging news regarding outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who was headed to Arizona to begin a rehab assignment at the team’s complex. Sweeney has been on the DL since Wednesday with a left hamstring strain.

* Manny Ramirez, who was a player/coach at Triple-A Iowa, was placed on the Minor League team’s disabled list with a knee injury. GM Jed Hoyer said they were impressed with how Ramirez mentored the young players, particularly Jorge Soler and Javier Baez.

“We feel really good about the way that the entire experience went,” Hoyer said. “He was outstanding in Iowa. People focus on Soler and Baez, but Kris Bryant, [Chris] Valaika, and the coaching staff sing his praises. I don’t know what our relationship will be going forward. It’s too early to speculate on that. I’m really happy for Manny. It seems like he’s in a really good place.”

Would Ramirez consider being a full-time hitting coach? Hoyer said the 42-year-old outfielder still wants to play.

“Until a guy is willing to admit he’s done, it’s hard to have those conversations [about coaching full time],” Hoyer said.

– Carrie Muskat

6/7 Extra bases

* Zac Rosscup, on the disabled list since May 10 with left shoulder soreness, was expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Saturday. Outfielder Ryan Sweeney, on the DL since May 3 with a hamstring strain, was expected to start a rehab assignment this week with Class A Kane County.

* Rookie third baseman Mike Olt is hitless in his last five games, and batting .157 overall. He started on Saturday.

“We’re still trying to put these guys in situations where they have a chance to have success,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He had a run there where he was falling into a nice little groove and we let him face lefties and righties, and it’s just like anything, we have to put them in a place where they start to gain their confidence again, and put them in situations where they have a greater chance to do what they do. Hopefully, starting today, facing [Randy] Wolf, will give him a boost. The reality is they’re still learning, still developing.”

* Eli Whiteside started at catcher. John Baker is having a tough time talking after taking a foul ball off his throat on Thursday.

“I know he’s trying to talk to everybody,” Renteria said of Baker, “but he should be trying to avoid talking.”

– Carrie Muskat

5/17 Extra bases

Justin Ruggiano will begin a Minor League rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Iowa, joining the team when it faces Round Rock. He’s been sidelined because of a hamstring strain. However, Ryan Sweeney took a step back, according to manager Rick Renteria, and he’s not close to starting a rehab assignment. Sweeney also is out with a hamstring strain.

5/3 Roster moves

The Cubs made a few roster moves on Saturday. They placed outfielder Ryan Sweeney on the 15-day disabled list with a moderate strain of his right hamstring and purchased the contract of outfielder Chris Coghlan from Triple-A Iowa. Kyuji Fujikawa was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster for Coghlan. Also, pitcher Jake Arrieta was activated from the DL and lefty Zac Rosscup optioned to Iowa. Arrieta is starting on Saturday.

3/11 Cubs lineup

Ryan Sweeney’s right knee soreness apparently isn’t too serious. The outfielder is in the Cubs lineup Tuesday for their game against the Rockies at Cubs Park. Sweeney felt some discomfort during a play Sunday in right. Travis Wood gets the start. The game will be available on webcast on Cubs.com. Here’s the lineup:

Lake CF
Schierholtz DH
Ruggiano LF
Rizzo 1B
Castillo C
Sweeney RF
Murphy 2B
Valbuena 3B
Barney SS

T. Wood P

3/10 Sweeney OK after slip

Ryan Sweeney is OK after a freak slip in the outfield on Sunday. The Cubs outfielder had to leave the game because of soreness in his right knee suffered while chasing a ball in right.

“I just slipped and I don’t know if it was concrete or a drain or whatever down in the corner, and my front foot slipped and twisted my back knee,” Sweeney said. “I felt it pull kind of on the outside and it started to tighten up on me and I kind of got a little scared. They wanted me out of the game to make sure I was OK.”

Sweeney had a brace on Monday, and hoped to be able to take part in all the drills. After a lot of ice on Sunday night, there was still some soreness Monday.

– Carrie Muskat

12/9 Extra bases

* Besides looking for bullpen help and another starting pitcher, the Cubs are searching for players who will be good role models for the current youngsters on the roster.

“I think people forget how young guys like [Anthony] Rizzo and [Starlin] Castro are,” GM Jed Hoyer said Monday at the Winter Meetings. “They need some positive examples.”

The Cubs are hoping new first base coach Eric Hinske can fill that role as well.

“He did a great job as a bench player and being a team leader,” Hoyer said of Hinske, who played last season for the Diamondbacks. “It was always about having different influences on the coaching staff for our players. You want to have different avenues. [Players] might gravitate toward the guy who has been teaching for a long time, or they might gravitate toward the guy who just came off the field.”

* Luis Valbuena, who led the Cubs with 94 starts at third base last season, has been playing strictly second base in the Venezuelan Winter League. That’s by design.

“We want him to be versatile and he is versatile,” Hoyer said. “[Darwin] Barney can play shortstop, Valbuena can play some shortstop, Donnie Murphy can play some shortstop. We have a really versatile infield and that’s a great thing. We may not have to carry a standard utility guy and can mix and match in different ways.”

Speaking of Barney, Hoyer said he expects the second baseman to have a much better season than he did in 2013.

“It’s a big year for him, no matter what,” Hoyer said of Barney, who batted .208 this season. “He had a down year offensively and he’d be the first person to say that. I don’t think it has anything to do with competition among young players. He wants to bounce back and get back to where he was.

“With him, mechanically and approach-wise, he got caught with some things last year,” Hoyer said. “A lot of things with him isn’t the hard work or the swing, it’s the approach.”

The team does have a promising second baseman in Arismendy Alcantara, ranked No. 8 among MLB.com’s top 20 Cubs prospects, but he will open the season at Triple-A Iowa, Hoyer said.

* Andy MacPhail, who was the Cubs’ president and CEO from 1994-2006, including a two-year stint as the general manager (2000-01), is keeping an eye on how the current Chicago front office is trying to rebuild the organization.

“They have to do it the way they’re comfortable with and the way they think most guarantees their success, and I know that’s what that group is doing,” MacPhail said Monday at the Winter Meetings.

“I have a lot of confidence in that group that they’re going to do it the way they think will most assuredly get them the end goal because that’s the prize, winning the whole thing,” MacPhail said. “We got close [in 2003]. You ultimately aren’t successful until you at least get to the World Series.”

* Outfielder Ryan Sweeney hoped to begin work this week with Hall of Famer Rod Carew. The two worked together last season, and Sweeney said he benefitted from the sessions. Sweeney batted .266 in 70 games with the Cubs, and signed a two-year contract extension on Oct. 8.

* New manager Rick Renteria will get together with his coaches in Mesa, Ariz., this weekend to get a tour of the new facility and start preparations for Spring Training. Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 13.

* Kyle Hendricks, the Cubs’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year, recently completed his studies at Dartmouth and graduated with a major in economics. Hendricks was a combined 13-4 with 2.00 ERA in 27 starts between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa.

* Junior Lake is done playing in the Dominican Republic winter league, and those who saw him raved about his outfield play.

– Carrie Muskat

10/8 Cubs sign Sweeney

The Cubs have signed outfielder Ryan Sweeney to a two-year, $3.5 million contract. Sweeney, 28, will get $1.5 million in 2014 and 2015, and the Cubs hold a $2.5 million option for 2016 that includes a $500,000 buyout.

The left-handed hitting outfielder batted .266 in 70 games with the Cubs, hitting six home runs, 13 doubles and two triples. He was sidelined from June 30-Sept. 1 with a fractured left rib suffered when he crashed into the outfield wall in Seattle on June 29. Sweeney was batting .295 before the injury.

Sweeney was one of five potential free agents on the Cubs, along with Scott Baker, Matt Guerrier, Dioner Navarro, and Kevin Gregg.

– Carrie Muskat

9/7 Cubs notebook

* Scott Baker will make his first Major League start since Aug. 8, 2011, on Sunday when he takes the mound in the Cubs’ series finale against the Brewers.

“He’s built up pretty good,” Dale Sveum said of the right-hander, who has been sidelined since undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in April 2012. “I’m not going to put a limit on [Sunday's game]. He’s obviously not going to go over 100 pitches. We’ll see how things go. We have plenty of guys in the bullpen. It’s not a necessity to do anything but evaluate and let him pitch.”

* Ryan Sweeney will get a good look in September so the Cubs can gauge what to do next season with the outfielder.

“He’s pretty savvy, he knows what’s going on,” Sveum said. “He’s a quality left-handed bat, has the ability to hit home runs. You give him 500, 700 plate appearances that he’s never gotten before, I think you could project that to be a pretty good year.”

Sweeney missed time after injuring his ribs when he crashed into the outfield wall in Seattle.

“He’s got an ability in center field to make things look easy,” Sveum said. “You don’t want to put anybody in a Jim Edmonds category but he makes it look easy like Jim Edmonds did without a great deal of speed.”

* Junior Lake leads all Major League rookies in hits since the All-Star break, but on Saturday, the Cubs outfielder got a day off. Lake, who hit his first grand slam on Friday, was not in the Cubs’ starting lineup against the Brewers on Saturday. It’s part of Sveum’s effort to give the outfielders on the roster enough playing time.

In 45 games with the Cubs, Lake has 55 hits, including five home runs. Sveum said he could project the outfielder finishing with at least 15 home runs in a full season.

“He’s got tremendous raw ability,” Sveum said. “We’ve witnessed that since the All-Star break. The power is there. You’re talking about doing things, and people still have to get the 700 plate appearances to project anything. He has the power and ability to obviously hit 15 home runs [in a single season].”

* Sveum was asked how he would judge Anthony Rizzo’s season.

“In his second year, many people in this game would take 85 to 90 [RBIs] and 25 home runs,” Sveum said. “We’re down on the average and all that, but the bottom line is, it’s been a good learning year for him and understanding about playing every day and the pitching and all that. It’s still a pretty good year for a kid who had to play every single day for the first time in his career.”

Rizzo entered Saturday’s game batting .232 with 21 home runs and 73 RBIs.

– Carrie Muskat

9/1 Cubs lineup

Ryan Sweeney is activated from the DL and in the lineup Sunday for the Cubs in the series finale against the Phillies. Here’s the lineup:

Castro SS
Barney 2B
Rizzo 1B
Schierholtz RF
Sweeney CF
Murphy 3B
Bogusevic LF
Castillo C
Arrieta P

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