PHILADELPHIA – The Cubs are shutting down Matt Guerrier, the reliever they had salvaged in the Carlos Marmol trade.
Guerrier was scheduled to fly back to Chicago on Thursday and have his right elbow examined by Dr. Stephen Gryzlo. The Cubs are calling it soreness for now, but know it’s serious enough to put Guerrier on the 60-day disabled list.
Guerrier told manager Dale Sveum he felt something throwing a curveball to Chase Utley during Wednesday night’s 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. That seventh inning began with Thomas Neal collapsing in left field after dislocating his right shoulder on a throw. Then there was Utley running over catcher Dioner Navarro.
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As Sveum said: “Luckily, Navarro’s isn’t as major as we thought, but it was possible (we had) three major injuries in a five-minute span. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that in a game before.”
The Cubs put Neal on the disabled list and promoted catcher J.C. Boscan from Triple-A Iowa while treating Navarro’s right ankle. Eduardo Sanchez, up from Des Moines, took Guerrier’s spot in the bullpen.
Guerrier, 35, had become a functional late-game piece, going 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA in 15 appearances with the Cubs. That’s more than they could have hoped for after dropping Marmol on the Los Angeles Dodgers last month. Guerrier – who had been designated for assignment on June 30 – is in the final season of a three-year, $12 million contract.
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Boscan is in line to become the 50th player the Cubs have used this season. They set a franchise record with 53 last year. Between the injuries, another summer selloff and a front office that likes to work the waiver wire, there’s been so much turnover in the clubhouse, with September call-ups still three-plus weeks away.
As that seventh-inning sequence showed, it’s been that kind of season for the Cubs.