DeJesus Likely Out a Month, Cubs to Recall a Position Player

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.

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  • calicub

    Clevenger or Bogusevic! Although Clevenger probably wouldn’t get much playing time with the 3B platoon doin its thing, Garza prefering Navarro and Rizzo rarely taking days off.

    .316/.421/.509/.930 9 hr 31 RBI in 232ABs and a cannon of an arm


    .261/.308/.373/.681 with 2 HRs and 25 RBI in 142ABs and entitled attitude

    Say no to dave sappelt

    • cubsin

      My first choice would be Lake, second choice Clevenger, third choice Bogusevic, last choice Sappelt.

    • Ripsnorter1

      DFA Dave Sappelt and open up a roster slot.
      It’s hard for me to think that they would even consider Sappelt. But hey, this is Team Theo.

      Bogusevic has hit in the PCL, but I’d rather see Brett Jackson up here taking his swings. Bogusevic is not the future, and Brett Jackson may have more of a future.

      • Tony_Hall

        Why would you DFA someone when you don’t have to, that is poor roster management!

        Send Parker down, activate Clevenger.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Because Parker is your best reliever. He k’s the world. Why dump him for doing the job? Look at Marmol and Shawn Camp. They are not the future.

          • Tony_Hall

            It is just short term, until they start trading players. Once again, why cut someone when you don’t have to at this time.

    • 07GreyDigger

      I hope they don’t send Parker down. He’s actually pitching well.

  • TheWrongGuy

    Neil am I wrong or not? Normally with a high draft pick don’t we normally add them to the 40 man? I think this my be an issue if so in signing Kris Bryant or am I wrong? Just my thoughts concerning the 40 man.

    Anyways great info. THANKS!!! And keep up the GREAT WORK!!!

    That’s my 2 cents.

    • Tony_Hall

      Almora is not on the 40 man. That was more JH’s way of doing things, and many teams do it as another way to up the ante, as it starts their clock moving.

      • zippy2212

        It was a league trend for a while to sign draft choices to major league deals. Guys like Harper, Strasburg, etc. all signed ML deals. I think the new CBA made it so teams were not allowed to sign draft picks to ML deals.

        • Tony_Hall

          Harper and Strasburg were uniquely gifted players, that had all the leverage in the world back then.

          Once a player is signed, a team can assign them to the major league team if they want, so I am not sure the CBA can restrict rostering a player on the 40 man, when it doesn’t restrict putting them on the 25 man.

          • zippy2212

            I agree Tony they were and are. They were also the only ones I could think of off the top of my head who signed a ML deals, lol.
            But like Neil said below the restriction is only on the deals that the draftee’s sign initially.

    • Neil

      Almora is not on the 40-man roster. The way I understand it,
      under the new CBA players cannot be added to a team’s 40-man roster as soon as
      they are drafted. That is the speculation on why Appel signed for under-slot. Some
      think Appel will be with the Astros this season, thus starting his service time
      clock so he will make up for the money he is not receiving now sooner rather
      than later.

      Thank you very much.

      • TheWrongGuy

        Thanks Neil and everyone for their responses. I just woke-up.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Castro is hitting .118 (11 for 81), with 19k over that span.

    If he can’t right the ship despite his batting coaches, one of these days he may find himself with Ian Stewart and Dave Sappelt in Iowa.

    • 07GreyDigger


      • John_CC


    • RynoTiger

      you have a good point Rip. what if Castro can’t turn things around at the major league level for most of this season? At some point do you just let it be and let him hack away without results and see what work can be done in the off season or do you send him to the minors to work on things where he’s removed from a major spotlight?

      • Ripsnorter1

        Last year, Castro was hitting the ball just fine, until Team Theo messed with his mind. I complained about it then, but of course, some thought it was just me complaining in order to complain. And now he is totally bumfoozled out there–he looks like Brett Jackson in Sept 2012–hitting .116 while fanning 50% of the time.

        So the Cubs have at least these two choices:
        1. Let him flail away like Adam Dunn until the team can’t take it anymore, and he finds a seat on the bench. Dunn hit .154 for the year.

        2. Send him down to rot with Ian, Sappelt, and Brett Jackson (who is now hitting .221 in AAA, with a .300 OBP and a poor .365 slug. He’s totally confused too. This is his worst year in the minors. All of this after Dale Sveum fixed him last fall.

        I dunno. All I can judge is by the results, and right now, the results show me that Team Theo can ruin hitters, (eg, Rizzo), but I don’t see them producing them.

        Now they want to send Blake Parker down, the best reliever they have. Makes real good sense if you worship at the Team Theo idol, but not to me.

        • Neil

          Are the players responsible for anything?

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