Hoyer Backs Sveum … and Other Cubs News and Notes

Jed Hoyer gave his support to Dale Sveum prior to Monday’s game in the response to the backlash Sveum received for using Carlos Marmol in the ninth inning on Sunday. According to the Tribune, Hoyer said Sveum made the right call using Marmol with Kevin Gregg being unavailable after pitching in four straight games.

Hoyer explained that he and Theo Epstein have not given Sveum the strongest bullpen and they understand that Sveum is doing the best he can with the talent the Cubs have right now.

Dale Sveum is not worried about the criticism he received following his decision to use Carlos Marmol in the ninth inning of Sunday’s game. Sveum told the Tribune he really doesn’t care what people think about him and knows he will always be second guessed for his decisions.

David DeJesus

David DeJesus had a MRI on his right shoulder on Monday. The MRI confirmed a strain in the shoulder and the Cubs are not sure how long he will be sidelined. According to reports, DeJesus still has a lot of swelling in his shoulder.

DeJesus figured to be one of the players the Cubs would be looking to move prior to the deadline but this injury could keep him with the team past the trading deadline.

Carlos Marmol

Prior to Monday’s game, Dale Sveum said he will no longer use Carlos Marmol to close out games even when Kevin Gregg is unavailable. Marmol will only be used in the seventh and eighth inning moving forward. Sveum said they will have to find someone else to close out games on the days Gregg is not available.

Jed Hoyer said Monday the team has no intentions of releasing Marmol.

Javier Baez

Javier Baez was named the Florida State Player of the Week for the week ending June 16 on Monday. Baez earned player of the week honors for the second time this season after hitting four home runs on June 11 and driving in a career-high seven runs.

Baez is hitting .357/.460/.833 in 12 games this month with five doubles, five home runs and a 1.293 OPS. After a slow start, Baez is hitting .277/.333/.541 with 17 doubles, four triples and 13 home runs in 61 games for the D-Cubs this season.

Official Release from the Daytona Cubs

Jorge Soler

Jorge Soler could be headed to the disabled list. After reports on Monday evening indicated Soler was out of Monday’s lineup with a slight calf strain, reports during Monday’s game stated that Soler injured his shin and the Cubs were awaiting results from further tests. Soler was in the starting lineup in Saturday’s FSL All-Star game but was lifted before he had a chance to hit.

Jorge Soler is hitting .281/.343/.467 with 13 doubles, one triple and eight home runs in 55 games for the D-Cubs this season. There have been reports that the front office was to discuss a possible promotion to Double-A for Soler in the coming weeks.

News and Notes

Frustrations are starting to boil over for the Cubs according to the Sun-Times.

Matt Garza mentioned on Sunday that he would not mind having Dioner Navarro behind the plate on the days he starts. When asked about the possibility of Navarro being Garza’s personal catcher on Monday, Sveum did not seem to like the idea and pointed out the great job that Welington Castillo has done with the pitching staff this season.

Monday night was the third time Dale Sveum has been ejected from a game this season.

Ty Wright and the Smokies raised $16,000 for the Central Oklahoma Red Cross to help with Tornado Relief.

Chris Rusin pitched a complete game shutout on Monday. Rusin allowed five hits with only one walk and struck out eight batters on 93 pitches, 64 for strikes.

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