Chicago Cubs: Injuries

Arrieta goes three innings in rehab start

April, 6, 2014
Apr 6
By Sahadev Sharma
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta made a successful rehab start on Saturday night for the Tennessee Smokies, the Cubs' Double-A affiliate.

Arrieta tossed three innings of no-hit ball, striking out three and walking just one, but took the loss after allowing an unearned run on a wild pitch. Arrieta, who is working his way back from right shoulder tightness, threw just 42 pitches.

Arrieta is expected to make at least two more rehab starts before returning to the Cubs rotation, which possibly could happen as early as late April. Arrieta, who the Cubs acquired last July in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, started nine games for Chicago last season, posting a 3.66 ERA in his 51 2/3 innings of work.

Baker to make first start since 2011

September, 6, 2013
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Scott Baker, who hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2011, will make his season debut on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers, the team announced on Friday.

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Guerrier to seek second opinion on forearm

August, 14, 2013
Levine By Bruce Levine
CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs reliever Matt Guerrier, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list last week, will seek a second opinion for a tear in his right forearm flexor mass.

"This is very disappointing but it is something I have been dealing with for almost two years," Guerrier said Wednesday. "I have had pain in that area. Hopefully I will get it fixed and maybe have a chance to come back here on a minor-league deal next year."

Guerrier, 35, said he has been told the tear is in the area near the elbow. Recovery time is six to eight months, according to the pitcher.

"The tear is less than an inch displaced," he said. "(The doctor) said the ligament looked good and everything else looked good. The doctor said typically for someone who is not a pitcher you could let it go. It feels pretty good right now but the doctor said for a pitcher this is something you definitely want to get fixed."

Acquired in the Carlos Marmol trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 2, Guerrier was 4-4 with a 4.01 ERA this season. He had a 2.15 ERA in 15 appearances with the Cubs and is in the last year of a three-year contract.

"The recovery is shorter than Tommy John surgery," Guerrier said. "It will be six to eight months. It kind of depends on the rehab and no setbacks. It will be six months if everything went great, seven to eight months if you had to take some time off."

Cubs' Navarro won't need DL stint

August, 9, 2013
By Rob Rains
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ST. LOUIS -- An MRI on the right ankle of Chicago Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro revealed a grade one sprain and he will not need a trip to the disabled list.

Navarro was hurt in a home-plate collision with the Philadelphia Phillies’ Chase Utley on Wednesday. The Cubs called up catcher J.C. Boscan from Triple A Iowa before knowing how long Navarro will be out.

The injury to Navarro has focused attention on the fact the Cubs do not have many prime prospects at catcher in their farm system, something general manager Jed Hoyer acknowledged when speaking with the media before Friday's game.

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Navarro out after collision; C called up

August, 8, 2013
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
One day after absorbing a collision at the plate by Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, Chicago Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro was declared out for Thursday's matinee finale between the teams with a right ankle contusion, according to Comcast Sportsnet.

"It was a good baseball play," Navarro said on Comcast Sportsnet. "We both did what we needed to do. I guess I got the worse out of it."

Utley was the potential go-ahead run as he came home from second on a base hit by Kevin Frandsen. Navarro blocked the plate forcing Utley to come in hard. X-rays taken on Navarro's leg Wednesday night were negative.

The Cubs called up catcher J.C. Boscan from Triple-A Iowa for Thursday's game. The 33-year-old Boscan had 11 at-bats in parts of the last three seasons with the Atlanta Braves.

The Cubs also placed reliever Matt Guerrier on the 60-day disabled list with right elbow soreness and outfielder Thomas Neal on the 15-day disabled list with a dislocated right shoulder. Neal dislocated his right shoulder throwing a ball into second from left field on Wednesday.

Guerrier, acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Carlos Marmol trade, had a 2.13 ERA in 15 relief appearances with the Cubs.

Right-handed pitcher Eduardo Sanchez was also recalled from Triple-A Iowa.

DeJesus activated from disabled list

July, 24, 2013
The Chicago Cubs activated David DeJesus off the disabled list Wednesday after the outfielder missed 33 games with a right shoulder sprain and optioned outfielder Dave Sappelt to Triple-A Iowa.

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Cubs' Ryan Sweeney has broken rib

June, 30, 2013
By Taylor Soper
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Chicago Cubs outfielder Ryan Sweeney will miss four to six weeks after fracturing his left rib while running into the center-field wall during Chicago's 5-3 win over Seattle Saturday.

Initial X-rays did not show much damage, but a follow-up CT scan revealed the fracture. Sweeney will be placed on the disabled list and the Cubs will call up a replacement before Tuesday's game at Oakland.

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David DeJesus sprains shoulder

June, 14, 2013
Ehalt By Matt Ehalt
NEW YORK -- Chicago Cubs center fielder David DeJesus will be placed on the disabled list after suffering a right shoulder sprain in the team's 6-3 win against the New York Mets on Friday at Citi Field.

DeJesus left in the third inning after crashing into the outfield wall and underwent an X-ray. He will be evaluated next week to determine a timetable, and a corresponding roster move hasn't been made yet, according to a team spokesman.

"It felt like I ran into the wall and my shoulder just went the other way. It's a tough one," DeJesus said. "It was just like the pressure didn't want to stop. We'll see."

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DeJesus exits with apparent shoulder injury

June, 14, 2013
Ehalt By Matt Ehalt
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NEW YORK -- Chicago Cubs center fielder David DeJesus is undergoing an X-ray on his right shoulder after running into an outfield wall during the Cubs game against the Mets on Friday at Citi Field. The results are not known.

Mets center fielder Juan Lagares led off the third with a long drive toward the "390" sign in center that DeJesus attempted to track down. The veteran couldn't make the catch, though, and went crashing into the wall with his right shoulder. Lagares ended up with a triple.

As DeJesus laid on the ground grabbing his right shoulder area, Cubs manager Dale Sveum and team trainers ran out to him, along with the majority of his teammates. A few Cubs who were in the team's bullpen, which is mere feet from the incident, came out to check on DeJesus too.

After a few minutes, DeJesus left the field with his left arm draped around a staff member and his right arm looking limp. As he passed the infield, he appeared to say "almost had it" to a teammate. Lagares ended up scoring the Mets’ first run of the game, slicing Chicago's lead to 5-1.

DeJesus, a Brooklyn native, broke open the game in the second as his bases-clearing triple gave the Cubs a 5-0 lead. The 33-year-old is batting .260 with six homers and 21 RBIs in 59 games for the Cubs this season. DeJesus is in the final season of a two-year deal he signed in 2011.

Ryan Sweeney replaced DeJesus in center.

Putnam has bone spur in right elbow

June, 13, 2013
Levine By Bruce Levine
CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum confirmed Thursday that reliever Zach Putnam has a bone spur in his right elbow.

The Cubs put Putnam on the disabled list on Wednesday, and he underwent an MRI later that day.

"I have not talked to Dr. (Stephen) Gryzlo (the team orthopedic surgeon) yet about the test," Putnam told on Thursday.

The Cubs knew that Putnam had the bone spur, and the MRI was given to make sure there is no other damage in the arm, according to a team source.

Putnam was 0-0 with an 18.90 ERA in five relief appearances. The Cubs recalled Brooks Raley from Triple-A Iowa to take his spot on the roster.

Cubs place Camp on DL; Dolis recalled

May, 22, 2013
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
PITTSBURGH -- Chicago Cubs reliever Shawn Camp has been placed on the disabled list with a sprain in his right big toe, the team announced Wednesday.

"I guess it's been bothering him for about a month," manager Dale Sveum said before the Cubs played the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night. "He got treatment on Sunday to start the process, re-aggravated it and the inflammation got too bad. It was getting tough to push off the mound."

Sveum said the Cubs would have considered putting him on the disabled list before designating reliever Michael Bowden for assignment in order to activate Matt Garza from the disabled list. But the team didn't know the seriousness of the problem until it was too late.

"He came for treatment and we didn't know it was that extensive," Sveum said. "But that would have been the obvious move."

Bowden has to clear waivers before he can be reassigned. The Cubs recalled pitcher Rafael Dolis from Triple-A Iowa to take Camp's place. Camp gave up a grand slam to pinch-hitter Travis Snider in the Cubs' 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.

He appeared in 20 games with a 7.56 ERA after leading the league in appearances last season with 80. Sveum was asked if the injury could be a reason for his struggles this season.

"When you can't push off and it's that painful, you're going to lose something in your legs," Sveum said. "We have to get it calmed down."

Dolis has appeared in two games this season for the Cubs, pitching a scoreless 1 2/3 innings.

Camp elected to go back to Chicago to rest his toe while the Cubs continue on their road trip.

Matt Garza back for Tuesday start

May, 18, 2013
By Sahadev Sharma
Special to
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs will activate pitcher Matt Garza off the disabled list on Tuesday to start that night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, manager Dale Sveum said before Saturday's game.

"I'm excited and happy I don't have to rehab again," Garza said. "This actually means something, so I can't wait. It's been 10 months in the making, I'm excited to get back out there."

An elbow injury sidelined Garza last July, and while rehabbing this spring, he suffered a lat strain and has been on the disabled list since the start of the season. Tuesday will mark his first start since July 21, 2012.

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Garza throws 3-plus scoreless innings

May, 12, 2013
By Todd Karpovich
Special to
Chicago Cubs starter Matt Garza continues to make progress with his recovery from a strained lat muscle, inching closer to making his major league debut this season.

Garza pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings Saturday, allowing three hits with two strikeouts and two walks for Double-A Tennessee against the Birmingham Barons, a White Sox affiliate. Garza was supposed to pitch into the fifth inning, but he reached the designated 66 pitches earlier than anticipated. Garza has not pitched a major league game since July 21.

"He felt great and everything, but not real efficient," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Somehow, if not in the next outing, we have to get him to the fifth or sixth inning."

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Garza happy after solid rehab start

May, 6, 2013
Levine By Bruce Levine
Chicago Cubs starter Matt Garza made his third minor league rehab start Monday in Des Moines, Iowa, lasting into the fourth inning and throwing 54 pitches.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum talked to Garza, who is working to come back from a strained lat muscle, after his start.

“I talked to him on the phone and he was really pumped up,” Sveum said. “Everything went really well. The hits (allowed ) were bloopers or a bunt hit. He was pretty efficient and threw all his pitches 100 percent. His slider was up to 87 mph. He was getting after it a little bit today.”

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Baker starts rehab with some light throwing

April, 29, 2013
Levine By Bruce Levine
CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs starter Scott Baker started the long road back to the major leagues with some light throwing on Tuesday.

Baker was rehabbing from Tommy John elbow ligament surgery in spring training when he re-injured his arm in mid-March, straining a muscle near his elbow. After undergoing an MRI and consulting with the Cubs orthopedic specialist, Dr. Stephen Gryzlo, it was determined that Baker should stop all throwing for at least a month.

Baker played catch from 45 feet Tuesday in his first activity since the muscle strain, but there is no timetable for his return.

Baker, who had the elbow replacement surgery on April 17, 2012, signed a one-year $5.5 million contact with the Cubs on Nov. 13, 2012. He has a lifetime record of 63-48 with a 4.15 ERA.



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