Chicago Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger has had a very good rehab assignment statistically, but, unfortunately, tenderness in his left oblique may keep him off the Cubs' active roster for a while longer. Clevenger began a Triple-A rehab assignment on June 3, and he hit very well: .375 with 3 HR and 11 RBI in 15 games. Performance like this would lead to believe that Clevenger would join the Cubs very soon.
Clevenger's rehab assignment officially ended on Saturday, June 22, so he could have returned by now. However, as MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports, Clevenger still has soreness in the left oblique that he strained on April 13 while swinging at a pitch. The injury put him on the 60-day disabled list. According to Muskat, Clevenger was one of the options that the Cubs considered before their series with their division rival Milwaukee Brewers, which begins on Tuesday, June 25.
Clevenger is a versatile left-handed hitter. He can catch, play first or third, and pinch hit. He was only 1 for 8 at the time of his injury. He hit just .201 last year in 69 games, but he was slated to compete with Welington Castillo for the starting job or at least Dioner Navarro for the backup job.
The Cubs are currently tied with Milwaukee for fourth place in the N.L. Central as play begins on June 24.
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