Found August 10, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
The Chicago Cubs lost two players in the seventh inning of their Wednesday, August 7, game at Philadelphia. Catcher Dioner Navarro needed a cart to leave the field after a collision at the plate, and pitcher Matt Guerrier suffered a flexor mass strain in his pitching arm. The news goes in opposite directions for each player, one positive and one negative. Here is the latest on the two players via MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. Dioner Navarro Muskat reports that Dioner Navarro will return on Saturday. Navarro had X-rays on his right ankle that he injured as Chase Utley collided with him in attempt to score. Navarro is said to have a Grade 1 ankle sprain and will return to the bench on Saturday. Manager Dale Sveum said that the switch-hitting catcher could possibly start on Monday when the Cubs return home. Navarro is one of the Cubs' surprises of the year on a team going nowhere. He is hitting .284/.356/.490 with 9 HR and 20 RBI as primarily a backup catcher. In fact, most managers are reluctant to use their backup catcher as a pinch hitter, but Sveum will turn to Navarro without hesitation. Navarro is 6 for 19 with 2 HR and 4 RBI in that role. Navarro nearly found himself traded to St. Louis as the two teams spoke right up to the deadline, but the deal fell through. Matt Guerrier Right-hander Matt Guerrier's situation is the negative one. Guerrier was diagnosed with a flexor mass strain in his pitching arm. The Cubs placed him on the 60-day disabled list, meaning he will miss the remainder of the season. General manager Jed Hoyer told reporters on Friday that surgery is likely for Guerrier although not the Tommy John process. Surgery is not certain just yet. The Cubs acquired Guerrier in the trade that sent Carlos Marmol to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Whereas he struggled in L.A., Guerrier pitched much better for the Cubs. In 15 games, he was 2-1, 2.13 ERA, with 9 strikeouts in 12.2 innings. Guerrier is expected to help shore up a poor Cubs bullpen, but he will now have to wait for 2014. Follow Raymond on Twitter @RayBureau. Like Raymond’s “Baseball Bureau” page on Facebook. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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