COMMENTARY | The old adage says that injuries are a part of sports.
While that is undeniably true, there is an implied truth buried in that phrase: You can't really complain about them, nor can you use those injuries as any form of an excuse for why you aren't winning. Luckily, for the 2013 Chicago Cubs, having injuries is not a prerequisite for losing. They have tended to lose regardless. Despite the Cubs' 18-25 record, they have actually been relatively fortunate on the injury front thus far this season.
Here are the players the Cubs currently have on the disabled list:
Matt Garza - PitcherMatt Garza is set to come off the disabled list Tuesday, May 21 from a strained left lat muscle that he has been battling since spring training; he has been on the official DL since March 31. He has been sidelined all of this season (43 games) and has not made a major-league start since July of 2012. According to Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald, the Cubs are expected to designate pitcher Michael Bowden for assignment to open up a roster spot for Garza.
Scott Baker - PitcherBaker is currently working his way back from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. After missing all but two starts of the 2012 season, Baker was ready to begin pitching. However, in his first Cactus League start, he felt discomfort in his right elbow. It was later reported to be only a right-elbow strain and that Baker would not require any more surgery. After he was told to rest and let the strain heal, Baker was officially placed on the Cubs' 60-day disabled list on March 31. The team is unclear on his return and has not set a timetable for it. A decision will be made shortly as Baker's time on the DL is quickly running out.
Steve Clevenger - CatcherClevenger was a semi-surprising roster selection. With the Cubs signing Dioner Navarro in the offseason to back up Wellington Castillo, Clevenger's window of opportunity looked to be closing. Thanks to a stellar spring (and his versatility), Clevenger snagged one of the final roster spots. On April 13, Clevenger injured his left oblique swinging and missing on the final pitch of the game. After an immediate move to the 15-day DL on April 14, he was moved to the Cubs' 60-day DL shortly after. He was able to begin baseball activities on April 29, and the Cubs are hopeful for a return sometime in the middle of June.
Arodys Vizcaino - PitcherVizcaino came over from the Atlanta Braves via trade and is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery (performed in March 2012) on his right elbow. He was placed on the Cubs' 60-day DL on March 27. While no ironclad timetable has been set, the hope is Vizcaino will be ready to contribute "possibly after the All-Star break."
Vizcaino is considered a top-prospect in the Cubs' system and could potentially land with the major-league squad upon his return -- though it would most likely be in the bullpen and would involve some type of innings limit.
Brian is a lifelong Chicago Cubs follower. Living in Illinois his entire life has given him a chance to closely follow and report Chicago sports as a freelance writer through Yahoo! Contributor and Yahoo! Sports. He is also a senior in college majoring in English and Creative Writing.
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