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Friday, June 14, 2013
Updated: June 15, 1:07 PM ET
David DeJesus sprains shoulder

By Matt Ehalt
Special to ESPNChicago.com

NEW YORK -- Chicago Cubs center fielder David DeJesus was placed on the 15-day 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.

The Cubs activated right-hander Shawn Camp from the 15-day disabled list and placed DeJesus on the DL Saturday. DeJesus will travel back to Chicago Sunday and undergo an MRI on Monday, manager Dale Sveum said.

"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."

DeJesus was thankful that he didn't suffer any broken bones, but he won't know the full extent of the damage until he undergoes an MRI in Chicago. Sveum is hoping for the best.

"To end up on the DL because of it, hopefully it's not that big of a deal. Hopefully it's just a couple of weeks or something," Sveum said. "That's the kind of player he is. He plays hard every day, and unfortunately that fence got the best of him today."

Mets center fielder Juan Lagares led off the bottom of the third inning on Friday with a long drive toward the "390" sign in center that DeJesus attempted to track down. The veteran didn't think it was hit that hard, but the ball ended up carrying on him.

DeJesus reached out to make the grab and couldn't haul in the ball, and then crashed shoulder-first into the wall before crumpling to the ground.

As DeJesus lay on the ground grabbing his right shoulder, Sveum and team trainers ran out to him, along with the majority of his teammates. A few Cubs who were in the bullpen, mere feet from where the incident occurred, 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.

"I'm trying to make a play for my boy," DeJesus said. "I looked back, saw the wall, saw I had a few steps, but I tried to gain those extra steps and then it got really quick. Hit my glove and the wall was right there and I just turned and that was it. Once I hit, my shoulder is digging into my body. That was it."

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.

"Huge part of our lineup," Sveum said. "When he's going and getting on base, that's usually when we score."

The outfielder said this is the third injury he's suffered in a New York ballpark, previously suffering a pair of injuries at Yankee Stadium. His mother, father and a close friend were in attendance Friday.

"One of my best friends is here and he's been to all three," DeJesus said. "He's like, 'I don't know if I'm coming anymore to check you out.'"

Ryan Sweeney replaced DeJesus in center, and Sveum said that Sweeney likely would get most of the work in center, if not all of it, with DeJesus sidelined.