Cubs’ Ryan Sweeney could miss two months with broken rib
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org June 30, 2013 10:16PM
Updated: August 2, 2013 7:31AM
SEATTLE — That logjam in the outfield that was supposed to cost Alfonso Soriano all that playing time in the second half of the season?
A CT scan late Saturday showed a broken rib where Cubs outfielder Ryan Sweeney hoped he only had a bad bruise, and the hot-hitting Sweeney could miss the next two months. X-rays earlier Saturday were negative.
‘‘It’s frustrating,’’ said Sweeney, who got hurt crashing into the center-field wall to make a catch during the Cubs’ 5-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday. ‘‘It seems like every year . . . it comes at the worst time for me.’’
Sweeney did three stints on the disabled list last season with the Boston Red Sox, including a seven-day stretch in May for a concussion suffered on a diving catch after a strong start.
‘‘I play hard,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s not like I was out of control [Saturday] when I hit the wall. It was just a freak thing, I guess.’’
The Cubs planned to decide Monday what their greatest immediate roster need is before filling Sweeney’s spot. Lefty-hitting catcher/infielder Steve Clevenger could get recalled.
‘‘It’s too bad. He obviously was a fixture in our lineup,’’ said manager Dale Sveum, who had been using Sweeney as the regular center fielder since David DeJesus injured his shoulder on a crash into the wall in New York two weeks ago. ‘‘He’s been doing a great job [hitting] and with his defense in the outfield. It’s unfortunate because we started getting things going a little bit with this offense, and now we lose a big piece of that.’’
Brian Bogusevic started in center in the Cubs’ 7-6 win Sunday and will get most of the time there in Sweeney’s absence, Sveum said.