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Ryan Sweeney diagnosed with fracture in left rib cage

Jun 30, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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From MLB.com beat reporter Carrie Muskat:

Cubs outfielder Ryan Sweeney has a fractured left rib, suffered when he crashed into the outfield wall at Safeco Field on Saturday, and will not be able to do any baseball activities for four to six weeks. Sweeney was injured after catching Kendrys Morales’ fly ball for the second out in the third inning.

Sweeney has batted .295/.342/.527 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 121 plate appearances since his May 6 promotion to the major leagues and might have drawn some interest at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline from teams looking for outfield depth.

The 28-year-old signed a minor league deal at the end of spring training after the Red Sox released him.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Wow.

    That could negatively affect his power.

    (I recognize he was having an enigmatically decent run as far as slugging goes, but seriously…..4 HRs? Did that double his entire career totals?)

    Looks like someone dodged a bullet at the trade deadline although, realistically, would anyone but Theo “I love light-hitting outfielders” Epstein have even tried to trade for him?

  2. Ben Cerow - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    I think a better name for Epstein would be, Theo “I won two world series rings in Boston after no one else could do it in the last century, so all Boston fans who are bitter that they had to ‘endure’ two seasons of not making the playoffs because of my ‘crippling’ free agent signings can all suck a big one” Epstein.

    But that’s just me.

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