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gods-wrathYou can really only shake your head. Well, shake your head and feel bad for the player.

Another Chicago Cubs center fielder has succumbed to a wall. Despite initial X-rays indicating no fracture, it turns out that Ryan Sweeney *did* break a rib last night when he crashed into a wall, and now he’s going to be out for four to six weeks. The timing is, once again, terrible, given that Sweeney had been playing so well in center field during David DeJesus’s absence (also thanks to a crash into a wall), and had actually emerged as a legitimate, complementary trade chip. That’s now essentially off the table.

And, since he’s a free agent after the year, you can’t even grasp at the silver lining of, “well, now they won’t trade him, which makes me happy, because I want the Cubs to keep him.” The CubsĀ canĀ keep him, but they’ll have to sign him to make it happen.

All in all, it’s another suckily timed, suckily targeted injury for the Cubs.

Sweeney will head to the DL and the Cubs will make a move to replace Sweeney on the roster. That corresponding move hasn’t yet been announced.

  • louis

    I’m assuming it’s going to be Sappelt coming back to the show, but I’d rather see Lake.

    • willis

      Yep, and that in itself is a shame. Sappelt is annoying and not good at baseball.

      • louis

        I’m actually a fan of Sappelt. He does have good instincts and plate discipline. Look at how he’s doing this season (AAA) with RISP. He can play all three outfield positions, has speed, and some mlb experience.

  • Austin

    Wouldn’t this make it where he would be under the 6 season accured for FA? I thought I saw someone talking about that with him but because he was called up he wouldn’t qualify for Arb. Couldn’t that happen now?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      His time on the DL will still count as service time.

      • Austin

        Damn. I figured that was the case but wasn’t sure.

  • Patrick

    How many more ‘minor’ injuries are going to turn into long term shelving? The cubs can’t seem to catch a break. Every freaking time someone gets hurt they end up being out much longer than first expected.

    • willis

      Ha, that’s been the cubs for years.

      • DarthHater

        The Cubs should just immediately announce that every injury is career-ending. Then, when subsequent tests reveal that the guy will only be out for a few months, fans will be happy with the improved prognosis.

  • Brunsmk

    As Dale mentioned the other day about the log jam in the outfield, these things have a way of sorting themselves out. Unfortunately for the cubs that revolves around an injury as the sorting tool. Ugh.

  • Crockett

    What a downer.

    I’m not sure 95 ABs at AAA makes Lake quite ready. Especially when he’s struck out 20 times.

    • louis

      He’s showing lower K rates now than at any time in his career.

  • Neifi

    You would think they would call up Junior Lake or Steve Clevenger right?

  • Tyler

    I’m anticipating a Steve Clevenger call-up.

    Sigh.

    • Rcleven

      Don’t think Clevenger is healthy enough to be called up. As soon as he was able to come off the DL he was re injured.

  • Neifi

    Logan Watkins I guess is poss. 2. Watkins, Lake, and Clevenger all three on the 40 man.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Salesguy

    I’m hoping for Lake, platoon of borbon, and Sappelt will be an opposing pitchers dream.

    • willis

      I just puked a little.

  • Danny B

    It’s like the other night where I watched the Cubs lose via the walk-off on WGN, and promptly and silently turned the channel to MLB Network, where they were doing a live look in. To the same game. Of the Mariners celebrating.This was the only game I could watch this week. And I turned to my friend and I says to him I says, this is what it’s like being a Cubs fan.

    Rough year so far. Hang in there, folks.

    • Roggan

      Stuff like this happens to me constantly. We have a TV in a section at the restaurant and the 2 seconds I looked at it friday night were long enough for me to see greggs first blown save. I had to check my phone to make sure we got the W before I sat and watched the game tho.

  • ssckelley

    This makes me sick as I enjoyed watching Sweeney, he was one of the better success stories of the season.

  • Danny B

    And please no to Sappelt, 9/10 times he’s lost at the plate. Give someone else a shot- I’m on board with Lake I think.

  • nkniacc13

    Who plays center now?

    • Neifi

      Borbon or Bogo.

  • cub2014

    Lake!!!!!!!!!

    • Bilbo161

      I’m with you, I want to see Jr.

  • Cheryl

    Can someone be removed from the 40 man roster when they are on the DL? Stewart may have been on but was removed I think so there’s no extra spot after he left. Since Sweeney is basically out until mid-August and might not be back after this year would it make any sense to remove him from the roster? Rather than bring up Lake or Sappelt what about someone from AA?

  • willis

    This really is shitty. Sweeney was hitting well, playing solid D and overall a fun player to watch. You love to see a guy like that, get a chance and kick ass. Feel for him, hopefully whoever gets the call can come close to his production.

  • R.E.S

    Szczur is on the 40 man.

  • http://vdcinc.biz 70’scub

    Brett, Cubs in the very near future need to move him or sign him for next year. Only out 4-6 weeks, he is proven cheap 4th outfielder that can play all three spots. I think he still can be a “value” throw in trade chip before the deadline and maybe end of Aug as well?

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    Cubby occurrence: Any time a player has trade value they have go and get hurt. Happened with dejesus too, and Garza last. Its god slapping us in the face for being cubs fans. We can’t seem to ever catch a break

  • Bilbo161

    Wouldn’t this mean he’ll probably be with us next year and not likely traded? That part is nice.

    • Crockett

      What would be nicer? Trade him for a B prospect and then bring him back over the winter anyways.

  • Corey

    Wow, I just watched the reply and he broke a rib on that play?

    • King Jeff

      I broke a rib sneezing while I was turning my body looking backwards. They are kind of easy to break if they get hit right.

  • DarthHater

    Wow! How could Theo and Jed be such idiots as not to have traded Sweeney before he got injured? :-P

    • Wilbur

      Serious FO flaw …

      • Die hard

        Not to fear… Sveum likely gone at AllStar break.. Why?… Theo gave him vote of confidence

        • DarthHater

          Will that be before or after another team makes Marmol a starter?

          • Matt23

            I think we should fire Dale and just bring every minor league manager in the system up for a thirty game stretch. Give them all a chance to get some big league experience then send them back down to work on some things.

            • DarthHater

              Always two there are, no more, no less. A master and an apprentice

              • Matt23

                Nice one, Darth…so long as you realize I was being sarcastic.

                • DarthHater

                  :-D

            • Die hard

              You are too young to know but Cubs already tried that — College of Coaches… Need to come up with an original idea…

            • Die hard

              Think was 1961-1962

  • Deacon

    This is yet ANOTHER example (along with last year’s injury) of why they’d be INSANE to give Garza his remaining 6 starts before the trade deadline. Every start is another chance to end up with nothing and the Cubs can’t afford to get nothing for him……again!!

    And that’s not even mentioning The Idiot’s propensity to let Garza talk him into going back out there after he’s already knocking at 100 pitches.

  • Cheryl

    Garza and Navaro( sp?) are on the 40 man roster. If both are traded by next week like some speculate that would open up two spots on the 40 man roster – depending on who they get. One spot would no doubt be for a pitcher, but is it feasible to assume they could bring someone up from AA not yet on the 40 man roster? Of those on the DL for 60 days they don’t count against the 40 man roster if I’m correct.. If Sweeney is placed on the 60 day DL that would give the cubs the option of bringing up someone from AA.

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  • ssckelley

    I really doubt the Cubs will bring up another outfielder since DeJesus comes off the DL next week.

  • Die hard

    Brett– hope there is no BN curse like the SI cover curse? That would be eerie

  • Kramden

    Okay, no more farting around…. This has become a pattern. They desperately need to trade everyone they were planning to trade NOW… Before they all get injured again just like Garza last year. Either that or bench them all until they’re traded and don’t let them cross busy streets.

  • Fastball

    This isnt that bad. He wont have sustained playing time producing like he has and the Cubs will will get him resigned for a fair price. Also eliminates the over crowded outfield issue for th3 time being. Trade DJ when he comes back even if they have to do so off waivers. He isnt in the cards. Next years outfield to start could be schierholtz, Bogey and Sweeney with Bourbon as the 4th. Thats better than we started this season season defensively and and offensively IMO. Put Lake at 3rd and Watkins at 2b. In 2015 maybe on a prayer th3 good prospects are ready if not sooner. We will be sellers again next year but will have better players to sell.

    • ssckelley

      Unless Borbon proves he can hit I doubt he will be part of the plans next season.

      • DocPeterWimsey

        Yeah, but the FO has to keep Borbon, given that Borbon was the downpayment on Garza, right?

        :-)

  • Die hard

    If Theo was bold and innovative he would ask Castro to try CF ala Robin Yount… Worked wonders for his career

    • DarthHater

      Yount had much better OBP and SLG than Castro. He was moved to the OF in the second half of his career because his glove at SS was no longer as good as other guys they had coming up and his bat was good enough to justify a place in the OF.

      Castro is a guy whose bat over his first three ML seasons is very good for a SS, but his OBP and SLG (even before this season) would not be nearly as valuable for an OF and would be not close to the value that Yount’s bat had in the OF.

      Also, Yount’s batting numbers in the three seasons immediately preceding his move to the OF were outstanding and far better than anything Castro has accomplished to date, so it is wrong to suggest that the move to the OF somehow revitalized Yount’s career.

      • Die hard

        So you agree?

        • Carew

          No

        • DarthHater

          Well, everything in my post was contrary to what you had said. In your universe, that probably constitutes agreement.

          • Internet Random

            “In your universe . . . .”

            Bizarro World.

            • DarthHater

              [img]http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/10/20/bizarro_world.jpg[/img]

        • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

          Die hard being wrong is like PB&J anymore. It just works.

    • sven-erik312

      Hi Diehard,
      Love to read your comments. Intresting idea but I think they should trade him to an AL team as a DH/utility infielder for prospects. I’m a musician, he reminds me of the kind of player who can just nail the hard stuff and be off the map for the easy stuff

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