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Worth noting

• Dale Sveum wasn't out of work long. Sveum, who was dismissed as the Cubs manager on Monday, was hired by the Royals to be part of manager Ned Yost's coaching staff. Sveum will work with the infielders, and his in-game responsibilities will be announced later.

Sveum was a coach on Yost's staff for three seasons with the Brewers before replacing him in 2008 for the final 12 games of the season. Milwaukee reached the National League Division Series that year. In two seasons with the Cubs, Sveum compiled a 127-197 record, finishing 66-96 this year and last in the NL Central.

The Royals announced the contracts of third-base coach Eddie Rodriguez and bench coach Chino Cadahia will not be renewed, indicating Sveum could fill one of those openings.

• Third baseman Luis Valbuena was recovering this week from a stomach ailment that forced him to miss the Cubs' last series of the regular season. Valbuena did not travel with the team to St. Louis because of the problem, and was receiving treatment in Chicago.

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