Prior to Wednesday’s game, Dale Sveum said David DeJesus will likely be out for about a month after a MRI on Monday confirmed DeJesus sprained his right shoulder when he crashed into the wall at Citi Field in New York on Friday night. The Cubs placed DeJesus on the 15-day DL on Saturday morning.
Not only will the Cubs be without David DeJesus likely until after the All-Star break but the injury might prevent the front office from trading him before the deadline. DeJesus was hitting .260/.318/.445 in 59 games with 15 doubles, two triples and six home runs. DeJesus is in the last guaranteed year of the two-year, $10 million contract he signed with the Cubs in November of 2011. DeJesus has a club option for 2014 worth $6.5 million that includes a $1.5 million buyout.
When the Cubs placed DeJesus on the DL, they decided to active Shawn Camp from the DL to add an arm to a tired pen in the middle of a stretch of 17 games in 17 days. Dale Sveum indicated on Wednesday that the Cubs would likely return to a seven-man bullpen on Friday and call-up a position player.
According to reports, Steve Clevenger and Dave Sappelt are two possible options.
Dave Sappelt has hit better of late but has managed only a .253/.301/.363/.664 line in 40 games with Iowa since the Cubs optioned him down last month. Sappelt has hit eight doubles, one triple and two home runs and over his last 16 games is hitting .269/.315/.403/.718.
Steve Clevenger has been on the 60-day DL since April 14 with a left oblique strain. Clevenger rehabbed the injury and has been tearing up the PCL. In 12 games, Clevenger is hitting .364/.429/.682/1.110 with five doubles and three home runs. Clevenger was eligible to come off the DL on June 14. Clevenger is on a rehab assignment that he began on June 3. Position players can be on a rehab assignment for 20 days, which means the Cubs have to make a decision on whether to activate Clevenger and keep him with the big league team or activate him then option Clevenger to Triple-A Iowa. Clevenger has three minor league options left.
The Cubs will have to make a 40-man roster move in order to activate Clevenger from the DL. The Cubs 40-man roster currently stands at 40 players and with Clevenger on the 60-day DL, he does not count against the 40-man roster.
It would seem that Blake Parker is on his way back to Iowa if the Cubs send out a reliever. Kevin Gregg, Carlos Villanueva, James Russell, Henry Rodriguez, Shawn Camp and Hector Rondon are not going anywhere for now, as long as they are healthy, and Jed Hoyer said on Monday that the Cubs are not ready to give up on Carlos Marmol.