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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Cubs to go with Clevenger behind the plate

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- Not in the Chicago Cubs' starting lineup after coming off the disabled list, Steve Clevenger is still slated to get the bulk of the catching duties in the near future.

Clevenger was activated Tuesday after spending a month on the disabled list with a strain in his side and a cracked rib, an injury that occurred as he swung a bat during batting practice. Blake Lalli was optioned back to Triple-A Iowa.

Clevenger’s injury was the first in a series of three to Cubs catchers over the course of 10 days. Geovany Soto (partially torn meniscus) and Welington Castillo (MCL sprain) also went to the DL.

Koyie Hill started at catcher Tuesday, but Clevenger will take a huge chunk of his playing time moving forward.

“We’ll ease into it here at the beginning but he’ll play quite a bit once he gets his feet underneath him and gets back into everyday shape,” manager Dale Sveum said. “It will probably be two out of three every other day.”

The Clevenger-Hill tandem should be in action for another two weeks. At that point Castillo and Soto could be close to returning to active duty. Castillo could be sent down when he is healthy again. Hill figures to stay on the big-league roster until Soto returns.