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Dale Sveum calls Zack Greinke injury ‘unfortunate’


Darwin Barney

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Updated: May 14, 2013 6:16AM

Baseball fights such as the one between Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke and Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin are rare and ‘‘unfortunate’’ but sometimes difficult to pre-empt, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

‘‘I know Greinke [who pitched with the Brewers],’’ Sveum said, ‘‘and it’s unfortunate. It seems a long time since someone charged a mound. It’s unfortunate someone got hurt. It’s just unfortunate with tempers and even history between players that sometimes it happens.’’

Greinke, a 2009 Cy Young Award winner with a six-year, $147 million contract, could miss six weeks with a broken left collarbone. Quentin charged the mound after being hit by a pitch, and a bench-clearing brawl erupted.

‘‘A guy you paid a lot to and planned to put out there every five days probably will miss six weeks,’’ Sveum said.

‘‘It doesn’t happen that much anymore because of suspensions. But those things are such a spontaneous thing.’’

First at third

Catcher Steve Clevenger came up as a middle infielder and played some games at third base in spring training, so he was ready for his first major-league start at third Friday.

‘‘I take ground balls at third every day,’’ Clevenger said. ‘‘I feel very comfortable there. It’s just getting the repetitions and comfort level. It’s a reaction position at third — catch it and throw it.

‘‘I thought it would take a little longer than the 10th game [to get a start]. I always keep my infield gloves broken in.’’

Sveum started Clevenger at third to add another left-handed bat against Giants right-hander Matt Cain. He moved Luis Valbuena — also a lefty hitter — to second. Clevenger played seven innings and made two solid plays in the seventh.

Rehab time

Second baseman Darwin Barney heads to Class AAA Iowa on Saturday to begin a short rehab after suffering a deep knee cut on the last day of spring training.

‘‘I’m looking forward to getting back out there, seeing some pitches,’’ said Barney, who received his Gold Glove before the game Friday. ‘‘I feel ready now, but it’s just a matter of getting that first slide out of the way.’’

The Cubs let Barney decide where to play, but instead of Class A Daytona or Class AA Tennessee, he opted for Iowa ‘‘because I decided it’s going to be cold here’’ when he returns Tuesday.

Third baseman Ian Stewart also is expected to begin a rehab assignment shortly. Stewart is still at extended spring after suffering a strained left quadriceps.

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