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• Third baseman Luis Valbuena, who sprained the little finger on his right hand sliding into third base Saturday, was available to pinch-hit for Monday's series opener against the Rockies. Valbuena has his little finger and ring finger taped together while he does drills.

He will not start Tuesday against Rockies lefty Jeff Francis, so Valbuena will get at least one extra day to rest, Sveum said.

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• Third baseman Luis Valbuena, who sprained the little finger on his right hand sliding into third base Saturday, was available to pinch-hit for Monday's series opener against the Rockies. Valbuena has his little finger and ring finger taped together while he does drills.

He will not start Tuesday against Rockies lefty Jeff Francis, so Valbuena will get at least one extra day to rest, Sveum said.

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• Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson hosted his fourth "Edwin's Entourage" event Monday at Wrigley Field. He created the event to create awareness of baseball for younger African-American males. More than 40 participants from local youth leagues, ages 11-18, took part.

• Arodys Vizcaino, who is on the 60-day disabled list recovering from Tommy John surgery, was in Chicago on Monday to be examined by the team doctors. The right-hander, whom the Cubs acquired in July 2012 from the Braves in the Paul Maholm deal, underwent the surgery early in 2012.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.

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