A week after crashing into the outfield wall at Citi Field, Cubs center fielder David DeJesus was back in the clubhouse and while he’s not ready to come off the disabled list quite yet, the veteran outfielder was optimistic about his recovery.
“No surgery, that’s the most important [thing],” DeJesus said. “It’s going to take some time to heal, but when it starts getting better we can start moving into baseball stuff. Right now, it’s where we’re getting more movement, and it’s definitely positive.”
DeJesus’ effort earned the praise of many a Cubs fan that evening, as he sacrificed his body in an attempt to make a catch. But the effort also led to a shoulder sprain and a trip to the DL, putting DeJesus in recovery mode for the near future. When asked if he’d be back before mid-July’s All-Star break, DeJesus refused to speculate.
“We’re not putting a timetable on anything. We’re just going to see how it goes,” he said. “But I want to get back out there, and it’s tough sitting here and watching the games. I understand it’s a process. I don’t want to go out there and get back on the DL again. I want it to be healthy, and I want to go hard and get back out there and ride the rest of the season out with the guys.”
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Perhaps the lasting legacy of this injury will be the video clip of the play, as DeJesus hit the wall pretty hard. He said he’s had a chance to watch it, and he’s pretty impressed.
“I saw it. It’s a pretty good one,” he said with a smile. “I can still see it in my head, going through the whole thing. The best part is them trying to cart me off, and I’m like, ‘No. I’m not getting carted off the field. I don’t need my parents worrying even more about what’s happening.’”
DeJesus, known for his style of play, said this experience won’t change anything, something he explained when he received an apology from the pitcher who gave up the fly ball.
“I talked to [Edwin Jackson], and he said he’s sorry. I was like, ‘That’s the way I play the game.’ I’m going to out there and I’m going to get it fixed, and I’m going to play hard again.”
Still no personal catcher for Garza, but ...
Cubs manager Dale Sveum is adamant in saying that Dioner Navarro is not Matt Garza’s personal catcher. Though, it has been Navarro behind the plate for the Cubs in each of Garza’s last two starts -- both of which have gone very well for the right-hander.
Garza recently mentioned a bit of a disconnect with the Cubs’ starting catcher, Welington Castillo. That was following a particularly bad outing for the pitcher, who allowed nine runs on nine hits -- including three home runs -- in five innings of work against the Reds back on June 11.
Navarro has caught Garza’s last two outings -- which have seen the righty allow just one run and seven hits in 15 combined innings against the Mets and Astros, respectively.
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Sveum insists it’s just worked out that way, that he wanted to start Castillo four consecutive days opposite Yadier Molina during the team’s previous series in St. Louis.
“I’m not going to sit here and say that he’s his personal catcher,” Sveum said a day after Garza’s most recent quality performance. “It worked out that way. I really wanted Welington to catch all four games in St. Louis, kind of be involved and [against] the best catcher in baseball, so you can see the similarities. If you compete against the best guy in baseball -- obviously we want Welington to get to that level or somewhere near it. I really wanted him to play those four games against the Cardinals, so the schedule panned out to where Navarro was going to play anyway.”
While Sveum did mention that making the starting pitcher comfortable is an important thing, he also praised Castillo and pointed out that Castillo is the Cubs’ main guy behind the plate.
“I know it’s worked in the past, but it’s not something I like doing when Welington is our future and our mainstay guy,” Sveum said.
A couple things
-- With stops in the American League cities of Seattle and Oakland coming up on the Cubs’ next road trip, manager Dale Sveum said it will be likely that the Cubs make a roster move. The team has used three different players as starting designated hitters in the three games they’ve played so far this season in AL parks (once on the South Side against the White Sox and twice against the Angels in Anaheim): Scott Hairston, Alfonso Soriano and Dioner Navarro.
-- The Cubs have played 98 seasons at Wrigley Field, yet there was a Wrigley first in Friday’s win over the Astros. According to Elias, for the first time in the stadium’s history, two opposing teams combined for at least four runs with each run being scored on a solo home run.
-- The Cubs made a pair of minor league trades over the past two days, sending infielder Brent Lillibridge to the Yankees for a player to be named later or cash considerations on Friday and pitcher Hisanori Takahashi to the Rockies for the same on Saturday. Both players started the season on the major league roster before being sent to Triple-A Iowa.