R&R for Renteria: Cubs’ skipper could use a break
BY BRIAN SANDALOW For Sun-Times Media July 12, 2014 9:46PM
Updated: July 13, 2014 2:29AM
The last few months of Rick Renteria’s life have been very busy, so the Cubs’ manager is planning on making the most of the upcoming All-Star break — by not doing much at all.
‘‘Myself, I’ll be honest, I’m going to take a little bit of a blow,’’ Renteria said. ‘‘I’m not going home. I’m going to stay here, but I’m going to try and take a step back a little bit.’’
Since being hired last November, Renteria has been dealing with all that managing the Cubs brings. In addition, he had hip replacement surgery in October and needed to recover while interviewing for and getting used to his new job.
‘‘It might be the first day that I’ve had two or three days in a row where I can just actually take a step back,’’ he said. ‘‘And that’s what I’m going to try to do.’’
Easy does it for Emilio
Emilio Bonifacio began his rehab assignment Friday in Mesa with the Arizona (rookie) League Cubs and went 3-for-4. On the disabled list since June 13 with a strained right oblique, Bonifacio led off and was the designated hitter to help ease him back into action.
‘‘That’s something that we need to make sure that we’re mindful of because intercostals and all those types of injuries can be chronic over the long haul — they can reoccur,’’ Renteria said. ‘‘We’re going to take it as slowly as we have to or as quickly as we have to. It just depends on how he’s moving along.’’
Joe Torre, MLB’s executive vice president of baseball operations, was at Wrigley Field and met with Renteria before Saturday’s game. The trip was part of Torre’s meetings with managers around baseball. The new review system was a topic of discussion.
‘‘We told him that we think it’s been going well,’’ Renteria said. ‘‘As the season progresses, and as it’s continued to be used, all of us will get a better sense of using it better.’’