Ryan Sweeney Out at Least 4-6 Weeks with Broken Rib

The Cubs lost another outfielder on Saturday night. Ryan Sweeney will be placed on the 15-day DL on Tuesday after a CT scan late Saturday revealed a fracture in Sweeney’s rib. Sweeney hit the wall pretty hard in the third inning of Saturday night’s game to take away a hit from Kendrys Morales. Sweeney left the game in the fourth with what was thought bruised ribs at the time.

Ryan Sweeney will not be able to participate in baseball activities for four to six weeks.

The Cubs will make a roster move prior to Tuesday’s game in Oakland. Expect for Dave Sappelt to be added to the active roster until David DeJesus is able to return from the DL. The injury to Sweeney should give Julio Borbon additional playing time.

Ryan Sweeney said he is disappointed with what he called a “freak injury” because he did not hit the wall out of control. Sweeney added that the wall felt much harder than he remembered.

Sweeney was hitting .295/.342/.527 in 44 games with 10 doubles, two triples, four home runs and a .868 OPS.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Carrie Muskat:

    Bogusevic will play CF for now. Sveum says they may add another pitcher if necessary

    • Ray Ray

      Wow. He doesn’t even mention that he will use both Bogie and Borbon. Borbon, pack your suitcase….you will be dfa’d soon.

  • paulcatanese

    I know this isn’t in the plans for Wrigley Field restoration, and this injury didn’t happen there, but there ought to be some consideration to place pads on the walls and re-grow the Ivy.

    I think it hasn’t happened in quite a while but I saw

    Hal Jeffcoat go with a full head of steam directly into the wall in center field, knocked him out, and probably changed the course of his life.

  • DWalker

    RT @CSNMooney Theo on 34-45 Cubs: “If you want to sum up the first half, you’d say it went really well for the first seven innings.” —– lol, so true, Well, aside from castro and rizzo and jackson and RISP and I am sure we can name a few other things.

    • triple

      And when you consider all those downers you just mentioned, they have done really well in the first 7 innings despite all of that! It’s actually impressive. And if the bullpen didn’t suck as bad as it has, they’d actually be playing .500 despite the slumping Castro and Rizzo, poor clutch hitting, and Jackson’s performance. A note about Jackson; even though he hasn’t really improved statistically in the month of June (WHIP is still 1.5), at least he has pitched well enough to go 3-3 this month. Just trying to find the silver lining here.

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  • raymondrobertkoenig

    The Cubs’ outfield coach needs to teach his outfielders better.