For Chicago Cubs center fielder David DeJesus and Cub fans, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that DeJesus's shoulder does not need surgery. The bad news is that there is still no word on when he can rejoin the Cubs or even begin baseball activities. MLB.com's Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat reports that DeJesus is making steady progress in his rehab from his right shoulder sprain that he suffered on June 14.
DeJesus is currently on the 15-day disabled list due to the sprain in his non-throwing shoulder. He injured himself running into the center field wall at Citi Field in attempt to make a running catch against the New York Mets. He is eligible to come off on June 29, but it will most likely take longer.
DeJesus understands that as much as he wants to play, he must make sure that he is fully recovered. He and Cub fans want to see him the lineup, but getting healthy is more important than playing too soon. Said DeJesus,
"It's going to take its time to heal. When it starts getting better, we'll move into baseball stuff. Right now, we're getting more movement and it's a positive thing. It's progressing the right way.
"We're not putting a timetable on anything. We'll see how it goes.... I want it to be healthy enough to go hard and get back out there and grind the rest of the season out with the guys."
DeJesus is hitting .260 with 6 HR and 21 RBI as the Cubs' primary lead-off hitter. He has played flawless defense and gives the Cubs the leadership that they need in their rebuilding process. The problem lies, though, in that this is DeJesus's free agent year, and with the Cubs already well out of contention (last in the N.L. Central, 31-43 as of June 23), he has become a rumored trade candidate. The injury could hamper trade talks, but his grit, hard play, and winning attitude could reopen those talks once he shows that he is healthy.
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