DeJesus will avoid surgery on injured shoulder
Center fielder David DeJesus was back with the Cubs on Saturday.
DeJesus is on the disabled list with a sprained right shoulder, an injury he suffered crashing into the wall at New York's Citi Field on June 14.
"No surgery, that's the most important (thing)," DeJesus said. "It will take time to heal, but when it starts getting better, we'll start moving into baseball stuff. But as of right now, we're getting more movement, and it's definitely a positive."
The Cubs have said DeJesus will be out a month, which takes it right to the all-star break.
"We're not putting a timetable on anything," he said. "We're just going to see how it goes. I want to get back out there. It's tough to sit in here watching the games. I understand it's a process. I don't want to get back on the DL again."
DeJesus says he's doing range-of-motion exercises now before he moves on to other things. He also said he saw the replays of the crash into the wall.
"It's a pretty good one," he said. "I can still see it in my head, going through the whole thing. The best part is them trying to cart me off. I'm like, 'No, I'm not getting carted off the field. I don't need my parents worrying even more about it.'"
Although manager Dale Sveum says he doesn't believe in pitchers having a "personal catcher," he is finding it hard to argue with the success Matt Garza has had with Dioner Navarro behind the plate in his last 2 starts.
Garza gave up 1 run in 8 innings Friday and no runs in 7 innings last Sunday at New York. He has indicated his preference for Navarro over young catcher Welington Castillo.
"I'm not going to sit here and say he's going to be his personal catcher," Sveum said of Navarro. "It worked out that way. I really wanted Welly to catch all four games in St. Louis to kind of be involved with the best catcher in baseball (Yadier Molina), to see the similarities and to compete against the best guy in baseball.
"Obviously we want Welly to get to that level or somewhat near it anyway. Obviously the schedule worked out to where Navarro could play anyway."
Pressed on the issue of making Navarro a personal catcher to Garza, Sveum said: "I'm not going to lie to you and say it's not a thought. If it works out I'm not going to just put him in there for that reason."
One day after trading minor-league infielder Brent Lillibridge to the Yankees, the Cubs on Saturday dealt left-handed reliever Hisanori Takahashi to the Rockies for a player to be named later or cash. Both Lillibridge and Takahashi opened the season on the Cubs' 25-man roster. Each ended up at Class AAA Iowa.
Catcher-infielder Steve Clevenger, rehabbing an oblique injury at Iowa, has felt some soreness and will rest a few days. He's been on the 60-day disabled list since mid-April. He'll likely need to restart the rehab after he rests.
Another in the fold:
The Cubs announced the signing of their sixth-round draft choice, Scott Frazier, a right-handed pitcher out of Pepperdine. They also signed 17th-rounder Kelvin Freeman, a first baseman out of North Carolina A&T.
The Cubs have announced the signings of 13 players from this year's draft, including three picks from their top five and six from their top 10.
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