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Friday, March 16, 2012
Cubs avoiding serious injuries this spring

By Doug Padilla

MESA, Ariz. -- What looked to be a rough day health-wise for the Chicago Cubs on Thursday has instead shed a light on just how void of serious injuries the club has been this spring.

Ian Stewart, Darwin Barney and Blake DeWitt all missed playing time Thursday with various ailments. But on Friday all three were deemed to have issues that weren’t considered serious.

DeWitt had what could have been the most damaging injury of all when he was hit by a pitch in his right hand. His X-rays came back negative, though, and he could be back playing in a few days.

Also getting rest over the next few days will be Stewart for right quadriceps tightness and Barney for a strained left side. Stewart was even taking ground balls during batting practice on Friday, a solid sign that he could be back soon.

“Everything is a little bit day to day but nothing, knock on wood, has been major so far,” manager Dale Sveum said. “We have been pretty lucky this spring so far.”

Other minor ailments this spring were the back strain for left-hander John Gaub and a groin issue that kept catcher Geovany Soto out of about 10 days of workouts. He is back playing now. Catcher Jason Jaramillo, a non-roster invitee, had probably the worst issue to deal with having quad injuries on both legs.