NEW YORK -– David DeJesus looked like a wide receiver going over the middle and getting leveled by the free safety.
The Cubs outfielder will land on the disabled list with a sprained right shoulder after crashing into the wall during Friday night’s 6-3 victory over the New York Mets at Citi Field.
The Cubs won the game but lost one of their most dependable players, a steady defender and leadoff man, who jump-started the offense with a three-run triple in the second inning. It’s unclear how long DeJesus will be sidelined, with the Cubs waiting until the swelling goes down next week before getting an MRI.
DeJesus chased after the ball Juan Lagares drove to deep-center field in the third inning. DeJesus reached out his right arm and slammed his shoulder into the “E” in the “GEICO” advertisement. His glove popped off his hand and the ball dropped for a triple.
“Right before I got to the warning track, I looked back at the wall, saw I had some room and gave it a couple hard extra steps,” DeJesus said. “I couldn’t stop. It felt like I ran into the wall and my shoulder just went the other way.”
Manager Dale Sveum hopes DeJesus will miss only a few weeks. The Cubs are discussing their options for the next roster move, with Sveum signaling the bullpen could use a fresh arm and Ryan Sweeney will now get most of the playing time in center.
“It doesn’t seem like it’s the worst-case scenario,” Sveum said. “That’s the kind of player (DeJesus) is -– he plays hard every day. Unfortunately, that fence got the best of him.”
DeJesus, who was born in Brooklyn and went to Rutgers University, had his parents watching from the stands, and they’ve seen this before. He remembered his trips to Yankee Stadium, where he once tore a ligament in his thumb making a catch where the pad meets the glass at the wall and also injured his shoulder diving to the grass for another catch.
“I’m happy that there’s no broken bones,” DeJesus said. “(But) I’ve had some bad luck here.”