Clevenger Suffers Setback … and Other Cubs News and Notes

Steve Clevenger had a slight setback on the day his minor league rehab assignment was due to end. Clevenger experienced tightness in his oblique area and will rest for a couple of days before being re-evaluated by the Cubs’ medical staff. Clevenger wasn’t the only injury down on the farm.

The I-Cubs placed Brett Jackson on the 7-day DL with a right calf strain. Jackson hasn’t been able to get on track at the plate between all of the injuries this season.

David DeJesus

David DeJesus told the media on Saturday that he is making progress but he would not put a timetable on when he could return. DeJesus said his sprained right shoulder will take time to heal and would not require surgery. DeJesus said he will not rush the process and risk ending up back on the DL.

Dale Sveum indicated DeJesus may be out for at least a month which would mean that he is not back on the field until after the All-Star break.

Minor League Updates

Jae-Hoon Ha was promoted to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday to take Brett Jackson’s spot on the active roster

Ian Stewart was reinstated from the suspended list on Saturday and rejoined the Iowa Cubs. Stewart took Brent Lillibridge’s spot on Iowa’s roster after the Cubs dealt Lillibridge to the Yankees for a player to be named later or cash on Friday. Theo Epstein said earlier in the week that the Cubs have no intention of releasing Stewart.

News and Notes

According to FanGraphs, Nate Schierholtz is worth going after.

The Cubs will likely stick with a 13-man pitching staff through Sunday’s finale against the Astros. Dale Sveum indicated a roster move could be made prior to the nine-game road trip that begins on Tuesday in Milwaukee.

Dale Sveum was adamant about the fact that Dioner Navarro is not Matt Garza’s personal catcher.

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  • Ripsnorter1

    Poor Steve Clevinger appears to be injury prone.

    • Tom U

      The oblique muscle lies just below the the pectoral (chest) muscle and on either side of the abdominals. They wrap around the body to the back and extend up the the trapezius muscle, located between the shoulder blades.

      It is a very sensitive area for baseball players, who use it in both throwing and batting to generate torque. Trying to come back before it is completely healed can result in re-injury.

      • Ripsnorter1


        And I was worried about Garza’s return. You need your lats to throw.

        • paulcatanese

          Latsy Garza appears to be healed:)

      • paulcatanese

        Very astute Tom, could use you at the medical clinic out here.
        Have had the same kind of injury from playing golf. Not pleasant.

        • Tom U

          I was a personal trainer in another life.

          • paulcatanese

            At my age, I am becoming one also.
            Check this one out.
            The Iliacus muscle, been going thru that one for a while. Very hard to diagnosis. Took several months to convince Doctors that
            is where the problem is.

          • Tom U

            Because the Iliacus muscle is so close to the glutes, that’s why its so hard to pinpoint where the strain is.

          • paulcatanese

            Agree, I have had two scans, an ultra sound Doppler, and still could not be found.
            Until the computer, plugged in the symptom became clear,
            regular Doctors could not diagnosis that, took a sports medicine Doctor.

    • Ray Ray

      I would agree with that statement. He is always hurt.

  • paulcatanese

    Good thing for Dejesus that Davey Johnson is not his
    manager, the short remarks he made about one of his injured players. If he thinks they are ready, will put them in the lineup, and they will play.
    Advantage, Cubs, they do not rush anyone back. Seems the Cubs are more interested in players welfare than Johnson.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Davey Johnson is a manager from another time though. Injuries weren’t as much of a “business” as they are now, but just another part of the game.

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