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STRETCHING AND SWINGING
Carlos Villanueva starts Sunday, but will probably be limited again to less than five innings as he transitions into the starter’s role again. Villanueva pitched 2 2/3 innings starting on Tuesday.
“He’ll need a couple more outings to stretch out—maybe four innings up and down, then six innings kind of thing,’’ manager Dale Sveum said. “But other than that he’s done this many, many times in his career.’’
GETTING IN THE SWING
David DeJesus worked out every day at Wrigley Field while the team was on its last 10-day road trip. He took 50 swings off a tee on Friday, the third day he has swung a bat.
“It was a positive day and things are progressing,’’ he said.
DeJesus injured his shoulder June 16 crashing into the outfield wall at Citi Field, and his replacement, Ryan Sweeney, suffered a fractured rib when he hit the wall June 30 in Seattle.
“I hope I didn’t start something,’’ DeJesus said. “It’s unfortunate but it’s how we play the game.’’
Sweeney won’t be able to engage in any activities for some time and is on the 60-day disabled list.
The most recent outfield injury is a bothersome hamstring for Brian Bogusevic, who is day-to-day.
The All-Star teams will be announced this weekend with Cubs starter Travis Wood expected to be the team’s lone representative.
Some are wondering if Los Angeles Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig could make the team, though he was called up only a month ago.
Puig, who defected from Cuba, won player of the month honors for June after hitting a major league-best .436 in 26 games with 44 hits, including seven homers. His 44 hits were the second most all-time for a player in his debut month, behind only Joe DiMaggio’s 48 in May, 1936.
“Obviously, he’s done one heck of a job, but I don’t make those decisions,’’ Sveum said. “Not to take away from anything he’s done, but to miss that much [of the first half.’’
This is Blackhawks weekend at Wrigley Field, with Bryan Bickell, Brandon Bollig and Patrick Sharp singing the 7th Inning Stretch Friday and coach Joel Quenneville bringing the Stanley Cup on Saturday.
Fan Sveum admitted imagining what a celebration of a Cubs championship would be like.
“It’s what we dream about and why we do all this to get this organization where we want it to be. Everyone knows if we ever win what this place will be like.’’