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PhiladelphiPhillies' Chase Utley left collides with Chicago Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro while trying score single by KevFrandsen during seventh inning

Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley, left, collides with Chicago Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro while trying to score on a single by Kevin Frandsen during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Philadelphia. Utley was out on the play and Navarro left the game with an injury. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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Updated: September 9, 2013 3:05PM



PHILADELPHIA — The Cubs snapped a five-game losing streak Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

They also nearly snapped a few body parts along the way in a painful, costly seventh inning during the 5-2 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

In the span of five batters in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Cubs lost outfielder Thomas Neal to a bizarre throwing injury and also likely lost catcher Dioner Navarro to the disabled list with a right ankle injury suffered during a home plate collision with Chase Utley.

Navarro’s injury was the scarier and possibly the costlier of the two. X-rays were negative, but he appeared to suffer at least a sprain. The Cubs say they’re treating it like a “contusion” or bruise and calling him day-to-day.

But unless his ankle is in sudden and remarkably good shape Sunday, a DL move would be inevitable just given the critical nature of the position. The Cubs have no catchers in the minors on the 40-man roster.

“We’ll evaluate it,” manager Dale Sveum said. “Right now he was able to squat and do things like that. So everything’s looking a little better than we thought.

“I thought the worst [initially].”

Navarro, who had his leg bent under him on the collision — similar to the play that led to a compound leg fracture for San Francisco catcher Buster Posey in 2011 — lay on the ground for several minutes before being carted off the field.

Neal — acquired only Monday in a waiver claim from the Yankees — dislocated his shoulder on a throw to second after John Mayberry Jr. led off the seventh with a double to left.

“Welcome to the Cubs,” one wise-guy reporter said after the game.

“I can’t say I’ve ever seen a guy dislocate his shoulder on a throw,” Sveum said. “I’ve done it swinging a bat. But I’ve never seen it throwing.”

“I’ve never seen it either,” said Neal, who once injured the shoulder on a diving play in the field and had surgery for a tear in the joint.

Dave Sappelt is a candidate to be called up to replace Neal on the roster.

The painful seventh overshadowed a big night for another Cubs newcomer, Donnie Murphy, who suddenly has three home runs in two games as the Cubs’ third baseman — including a three-run shot in the ninth to break open a 2-2 game.

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