Cubs’ injuries: Three strikes, you’re out!
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter August 8, 2013 11:58AM
Updated: August 8, 2013 6:29PM
PHILADELPHIA – Waiver claims, trades, repeated bullpen overhauls, castaway lineups.
And now a five-minute sequence in one inning Wednesday night that might yet put three potentially key Cub players on the disabled list?
“I don’t think I’ve seen that in a game before,” said Cubs manager Dale Sveum, who gets to re-introduce himself to two more players Thursday as he continues a more thankless than usual week of overseeing Theo Epstein’s organizational rebuilding.
After the series of injuries suffered in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the Phillies, the Cubs on Thursday:
--Placed outfielder Thomas Neal – acquired via waivers only Monday – on the DL after he strangely dislocated his shoulder on throw.
--Placed pitcher Matt Guerrier on the DL after he suffered a possibly serious elbow injury on a curve ball to Chase Utley, the first of five batters he faced;
--Called up reliever Eduardo Sanchez and 33-year-old catcher J.C. Boscan from AAA Iowa;
--Treated catcher Dioner Navarro for a bruise and possible sprain of the ankle he injured when Utley plowed him over in a home-plate collision, as they awaited the swelling to subside enough for an MRI later in the week.
“I was pretty scared. I thought it was going to be worse than what it was,” said Navarro, who’s probably will yet wind up on the DL. “I tape my ankles when I play, so I guess the tape did its job, and I’m really fortunate today.”
Sveum said the club’s just glad they seem to have dodged a serious injury to Navarro, who might be the club’s most valuable bench player this year.
“Especially after going out there and hearing him say he thought it was broken, and he heard a pop,” Sveum said. “I think we’re all happy right now that it just seems like a normal, pretty good sprain, like you’d get in a basketball game or something.”
When Boscan – who has played 11 big-league games for Atlanta the past three seasons – makes his 2013 debut, he’ll be the 50th different Cub to play this season.
That’s three short of last year’s franchise-record total for the season – with seven weeks to play.