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Clevenger suffers oblique injury on last play
A freak injury as Steve Clevenger swung and missed on the last out Saturday may be costly for the Cubs catcher/infielder.
Clevenger was being treated for a left oblique injury immediately after the game, Clevenger falling to the ground in severe pain as he swung and missed ending the game on a strikeout.
Trainers quickly came to him and had to help him off the field.
He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for an MRI after the game.
“I’ve seen it many times, but not quite that severe and someone in that much pain,” manager Dale Sveum said. “Hopefully it’s not bad but in that much pain, something obviously happened in there.”
Closer Kyuji Fujikawa is the latest pitcher on the disabled list, but the Cubs are trying to avoid another by giving starter Scott Feldman extra time off before his next start.
Feldman was experiencing back tightness since his last start on Thursday, so the rotation will be moved back after Monday’s off day to give him extra time off.
The series against the Texas Rangers will now have Travis Wood start on Tuesday, with Carlos Villanueva pitching Wednesday, Jeff Samardzija pitching Thursday, Edwin Jackson pitching the Friday opening game in Milwaukee and Feldman going Saturday.
Barney received his Gold Glove trophy on Friday, but on Saturday Nate Schierholtz got his own special trophy–a World Series ring from Giants manager Bruce Bochy. Schierholtz was a member of last year’s championship Giants team until he was traded July 31 to Philadelphia for Hunter Pence.
Schierholtz signed as a free agent with the Cubs in December.
NAVARRO IN A PINCH
Dioner Navarro didn’t have a pinch hit home run in his first nine major league seasons. But he hit his second in as many days Saturday–this time batting right handed against Bumgarner after doing it lefthanded off Sergio Romo.
“I know I have a chance to pinch hit every day so I get myself mentally ready,” the back up catcher said. “It’s not easy. I went out looking for a fastball and was fortunate to get it and hit it. I just try to keep myself positive and mentally prepared.”
Anthony Rizzo is in a 2-for-17 slump on the homestand, his average at .158 despite his team high three home runs and nine RBI.
“I have to just put the ball in play and not try to do too much,” he said.
“Most times when these things happen it’s a combination of things,” Sveum said. “You get caught up in guessing too much and trying to figure the pitcher out, and worrying about mechanics.”