One of the reasons the Cubs traded outfielder David DeJesus, in addition to the cash they saved, was to get a look at players such as Brian Bogusevic and Ryan Sweeney.
Bogusevic was in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Washington Nationals while Sweeney is preparing to come off the 60-day disabled list after suffering a cracked rib.
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Bogusevic came off the DL Monday after batting a recurring hamstring injury. His rehab in Arizona and one game at Class AAA Iowa went well.
"It took a little bit longer than I would have liked to actually get back on the field and get playing," said Bogusevic, a native of South suburban Oak Lawn and a nonroster invitee to spring training this year. "But once I did, I felt good. I feel like I'm ready to go. It's fine."
The 29-year-old Bogusevic came into this season with parts of three years of major-league experience, all with Houston. So while the situation with the Cubs presents an opportunity, it's hardly his first go-round.
"Anytime you get an opportunity to get a bit of playing time, you want to make the most of it," he said. "This season, starting in Triple-A and being hurt, I haven't been around a lot, so I'm excited and anxious."
In good company:
Right-hander Jake Arrieta makes his third start of the season for the Cubs on Wednesday night. In each of his first 2 starts since being traded from Baltimore for Scott Feldman, Arrieta allowed just 2 hits while going 6 innings and 7 innings, respectively.
The Cubs and Elias report that he is the second Cubs pitcher since 1900 to pitch at least 6 innings in each of his first 2 starts of the season while allowing 2 or fewer hits.
Lon Warneke pitched a pair of 9-inning complete games in his first 2 starts of the 1934 season, allowing 1 hit in each game.
Third baseman Luis Valbuena, who has been on the DL retro to Aug. 3 with an oblique strain, took groundballs before batting practice Tuesday. Valbuena will go on a rehab assignment before being activated.
Third-base prospect Kris Bryant, who plays at Class A Daytona, was named the Florida State League player of the week for Aug. 12-18. Bryant, the Cubs' top draft pick this year, was 9-for-25 (.360) with 3 homers and 5 RBI in seven games during the week.