The Cubs weren't biting on comments made Tuesday night by White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy, who tossed a complete game yet lost 2-1.
"I don't mean any disrespect, but a team playing the way the Cubs have been playing, we have to beat those teams," Peavy said, adding he didn't want the comments taken out of context and that the Cubs are a big-league team.
"I didn't see that," said Bryan LaHair, back at first base after playing two games in right field for the Cubs. "I don't really pay attention to that stuff. He's a good pitcher. He probably feels like he should win every game."
Added center fielder David DeJesus: "I don't really worry about him. We only see them one more game. If we see them in the playoffs, that's awesome."
There's only one way the Cubs and White Sox could see each other "in the playoffs," and that's the World Series, and that's not happening this year.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum didn't take issue with Peavy's comments, either.
"Sometimes the record dictates those kinds of things," Sveum said. "When you've won 20 games coming into a series and the other team's won almost 35 or whatever it is, that's the way it is. That's the way you look at the schedule. You look, 'OK, this is a tough schedule coming up. We've got three first-place teams, or we've got to make up ground on these teams playing us.' That's just what we all do as a team and as an organization.
"That's just the nature of the game."
Stewart gets answers:
Third baseman Ian Stewart, who went on the disabled list last week with a sore left wrist, rejoined the club. He was at the Cleveland Clinic, where he came away with a second opinion and another cortisone shot.
He said he hopes to begin hitting off a tee this weekend.
"Part of me was hoping they would find something different, which they did, that could really tell you the soreness," he said. "There's maybe some impingement going on in my wrist between a couple of bones in my hand, maybe pinching my ligaments."
Stewart took a cortisone shot before the long road trip to San Francisco, Milwaukee and Minnesota. It is possible he might need surgery "later down the road," he said.
"If the shot works, it will carry me through the season and maybe get another one in another six weeks or so," he said. "If it doesn't, I'm going to have to go the other route then."
Signing them up:
The Cubs have signed 21 of the 40 players they selected in this year's amateur draft. That includes right-handed pitcher Pierce Johnson, taken 43rd overall in the compensation round between the first and second rounds.
Johnson reportedly got $1.196 million, the "slotted" money for that pick. At Missouri State, he struck out 119 this season averaging 10.7 strikeouts per 9 innings. Yet to sign is No. 1 pick Albert Almora, an outfielder out of Mater Academy in Florida.