David DeJesus headed to disabled list after crash into wall injures shoulder
BY Gordon Wittenmyer firstname.lastname@example.org
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NEW YORK — Cubs leadoff hitter David DeJesus will miss at least the next two weeks on the disabled list because of a shoulder sprain, but he and the club seemed relieved Friday night that the injury doesn’t appear to be worse after the violent crash into the center field wall that caused it.
“It felt like I ran into the wall and my shoulder just went the other way,” said DeJesus, who lay on the ground kicking in pain after the third-inning crash during the Cubs’ 6-3 victory over the New York Mets. “It was just like the pressure didn’t want to stop. So we’ll see.”
DeJesus, who dressed himself one-handed after the game, had an X-ray Friday night. The team will have an MRI exam done after the swelling subsides to determine the full extent of the injury.
Club officials were discussing who will be brought up from the minors to replace the center fielder on the roster.
Manager Dale Sveum said it’s possible they might go with a pitcher to reinforce a bullpen taxed by Thursday’s 14-inning game.
Multiple sources confirmed that the Twitter-related suspension of Class AAA third-baseman Ian Stewart is for 10 days, but the union is appealing.
The grievance issue involves the club’s intention to administer the suspension without pay, a move that would recoup more than $110,000 of Stewart’s salary — and that is unlikely to be allowed, according to several major-league sources.
That’s more than 5 percent of the guaranteed $2 million big-league salary the club considers wasted, and is open to negotiating down to agree to Stewart’s release.
Stewart, who has been at AAA Iowa since an injury-rehab assignment turned into an option to the minors, was suspended Tuesday for a series of overnight tweets critical of the organization and Sveum.
In 2009, the club suspended outfielder Milton Bradley in September for the rest of the season and attempted to include salary for the suspension period in the penalty. Bradley was paid in full and traded during that offseason.
Switch in time
Slumping first baseman Anthony Rizzo was dropped from third fifth in the order and responded with more hits (three) than he had during the just-concluded seven-game homestand (2-for-23).
“We’ll let him kick back a little bit in a different spot and see what happens,” Sveum said.
Rizzo signed a seven-year, $41 million contract a month ago and began struggling about a week later.
But general manager Jed Hoyer said he doesn’t believe that has a bearing on Rizzo’s recent problems.
“I’m not worried about it,” said Hoyer, adding, “I can’t imagine it had to do with the money. While we were actually negotiating [final details], he was really hot, and even in the days that followed continued to hit. So I can’t imagine why it would have affected him afterwards.”