Cubs manager Dale Sveum won’t argue value of replay
BY KALYN KAHLER Staff Reporter August 16, 2013 10:16PM
St. Louis Cardinals v Chicago Cubs
Updated: September 18, 2013 6:16AM
Major League Baseball’s decision to extend instant replay in 2014 means the days of managers kicking dirt at umpires may be over.
‘‘It will be strange,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of instant replay’s effect on the culture of managers challenging umps directly. ‘‘The only time you’ll argue is if you’ve already wasted one [challenge] and you’ve got none left. It’ll be a different way of the whole umpire process.’’
Sveum said he doesn’t see any negative aspects to the plan, which is set for an owners vote in November. Under the proposed system, managers will be allowed one challenge over the first six innings of a game and two from the seventh inning until the end.
‘‘There can’t be any negatives to making sure two or three plays each night are got right,’’ Sveum said.
Soriano on an RBI roll
Alfonso Soriano is 13-for-18 with five home runs and 18 RBI over his last four games with the New York Yankees. He had four RBI in his first two at-bats Friday, including a three-run homer.
Sveum said Soriano’s recent success is no different than what he had with the Cubs last season, when he finished with 32 homers and 108 RBI.
‘‘Thirty-plus plus homers and 100 or more RBI — what he’s done there, he’s got an outside chance of doing it again,’’ Sveum said.
‘‘At that age, you’re just happy for him to be able to go over there and do a lot of good things. . . . You’ve just got to give him all the credit in the world for what he’s been doing.’’
This and that
Reliever Matt Guerrier had surgery Friday on a flexor mass in his right arm. The operation, performed in Cincinnati by Dr. Timothy Krenchek, will require six to eight months of recuperation. Guerrier is a free agent after this season.
† Reliever Eduardo Sanchez was optioned to Class AAA Iowa to make room for right-handed starter Jake Arrieta.
† Ryan Sweeney (fractured rib) is expected to go to Mesa after the homestand to continue his rehab.
† Brian Bogusevic (strained left hamstring), who has been rehabbing in Mesa, is expected to begin a minor-league rehab in Iowa on Sunday.