May 2, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Ryan Sweeney (6) reacts to after an apparent injury in the 8th inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Sweeney undergoes MRI for hamstring injury


Chicago Cubs outfielder Ryan Sweeney underwent an MRI on his right hamstring on Friday after he injured it running down Allen Craig‘s fly ball in the eighth inning, reports ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rodgers.

Sweeney caught the ball on the warning track then flipped it to left fielder Ryan Kalish, who threw it back to the infield. The 29-year-old then pulled up limping and was in visible pain for Cubs athletic trainer Ed Halbur to check on him. There has been no update on his injury at this time.

Fellow outfielder Justin Ruggiano is already on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain to limit the Cubs position player depth.

The Cubs were expected to call up an outfielder from Triple-A Iowa with starter Jake Arrieta scheduled to start Saturday afternoon after his rehab start. Prior to Friday night’s game outfielder Chris Coghlan was a healthy scratch, reports Des Moines Register’s I-Cubs reporter Tommy Birch.

Coghlan was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2009 with then Florida Marlins and has batted .243 in 24 games for Iowa this season.

Two other options for the Cubs are Josh Vitters and Matt Szczur. Vitters is struggling at the plate with a .202 average while Szczur is hitting .267 this season.

If Coghlan is not recalled Szczur would be the next best option.

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  • Mike Shaw

    Sheesh, instead of bringing up a guy hitting .243 why not call up Valaika who is raking right now hitting .354? I mean Bonifacio can play the OF exclusively anyway so you still got Kalish, Nate, JR and Emilio as 4 OF’s. IDK. Just seems a team offensively challenged as it is would want as much hitting as possible. Plus Valaika is a Util IF who can play 3rd 1st and 2nd.

  • Mike Shaw

    Or even Logan Watkins who is batting .283 and can play IF and OF. Either way, between Coghlan, Valaika and Watkins, they all have really good OB% and take a lot of walks so I do like that.