Dale Sveum on Garza-Navarro: Nothing personal
BY TONI GINNETTI email@example.com June 22, 2013 9:34PM
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Welington Castillo is the catcher the Cubs are counting on now and for the future, but backup Dioner Navarro could become Matt Garza’s regular receiver, which the pitcher has said he prefers.
Manager Dale Sveum has mixed feelings about the situation, admitting Saturday that having a starter feel ‘‘comfortable’’ is important, but adding that he wouldn’t designate Navarro as Garza’s ‘‘personal catcher.’’
‘‘I won’t lie to you that it’s not a thought if it works out,’’ Sveum said of the Garza-Navarro pairing in light of Garza’s last two dominant outings. The two were teammates with Tampa Bay and are accustomed to working together.
‘‘I’m not just going to put [Navarro] in there for that. I know it’s worked in the past, but it’s not something I like doing when Welington is our future and our mainstay guy.
‘‘But you still want the pitcher to be comfortable. Whatever you want to call it, it’s still his game, and that’s why starting pitching is where everything starts. You still want those guys to be comfortable.’’
Sveum said the pairing might work out because of rest days Castillo needs. Navarro could end up working Garza’s games because of scheduling, as he did Friday after Castillo caught all four games in St. Louis.
David DeJesus already has more range of motion in his right shoulder and is beginning to do rehab work only a week after a serious collision against the outfield wall at Citi Field.
‘‘I don’t need surgery, and that’s the most important thing,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s going to take its time to heal, but I’m already able to do more things, getting more range of motion, and that’s positive. It’s progressing the right way.’’
He said there’s no timetable for his return, which Sveum estimated could be in a month.
DeJesus said he has watched replays.
‘‘The best thing was them trying to cart me off the field, and I said no. I’m not letting my parents and family see me carted off and worrying more.’ ’’
Class AAA Iowa reinstated Ian Stewart from the suspended list as outfielder Brett Jackson went on the disabled list with a right calf strain. Infielder Josh Vitters also is on the disabled list, which could mean Stewart gets playing time again.
The Cubs had suspended Stewart after a series of social-media comments critical of the team.
The Cubs traded pitcher Hisanori Takahashi, who was at Iowa, to the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named or cash.
† Catcher Steve Clevenger (left oblique strain) was to come off his rehab assignment at Iowa but felt some discomfort. He will take several days off and be evaluated again, though he told the team he didn’t believe he reinjured himself. Clevenger is hitting .327 in 15 games.