Injured Cubs to begin work in Arizona
CHICAGO -- Outfielder Ryan Sweeney and third baseman Luis Valbuena will head to Arizona this weekend to begin rehab work, and starting pitcher Scott Baker will continue his on Friday with Class A Kane County.
Sweeney and Valbuena will both travel to Mesa on Friday, where Valbuena (right oblique strain) will begin taking batting practice from coaches and Sweeney (fractured left rib) will begin playing in Arizona League games on Saturday.
Valbuena has been on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 3, while Sweeney has been out since the end of June. Baker, recovering from Tommy John surgery, has not appeared in a game this season.
The right-hander made two starts for Class A Advanced Daytona (six hits, two earned runs, two strikeouts, two walks in 6 1/3 innings) and three for Kane County, where he's struggled, allowing 13 runs on 17 hits and six walks in 8 2/3 innings, with five strikeouts.