SEATTLE – The Cubs want to get a longer look at Ryan Sweeney, and they’ve seen his range and athleticism across the outfield.
Sweeney’s plus defense hurt him on Saturday, banging into the center-field wall while catching a ball driven by Kendrys Morales in the third inning. Sweeney left the 5-3 win over the Seattle Mariners with sore left ribs. The Cubs are calling it a contusion and seeking further evaluation to determine the extent of the injury.
“X-rays were negative,” manager Dale Sveum said after the 11-inning victory. “We’re just treating it now as a wait-and-see (situation).”
This came the day after Sveum indicated Alfonso Soriano could be looking at a reduced role at some point this summer. Sweeney is 28 years old and has looked like the kind of “two-way player” Sveum and the front office talk about.
After getting released by the Boston Red Sox, Sweeney signed a minor-league deal in April and posted a 1.022 OPS at Triple-A Iowa. He’s hit .295 with four homers and 15 RBI in 44 games with the Cubs.
Sweeney has taken advantage of the extra playing time since David DeJesus sprained his right shoulder crashing into the outfield wall on June 14 in New York. DeJesus is expected back sometime after the All-Star break. While addressing the coming Soriano situation, Sveum did say these things have a way of working themselves out.