Sveum among Cubs switching uniform numbers

MESA, Ariz. -- When the regular season starts, some of the Cubs players will have new uniform numbers, including manager Dale Sveum.

Catcher Dioner Navarro wanted No. 30, which pitcher Travis Wood has worn since joining the team, but Wood will wear No. 37. Sveum is giving up No. 33 to pitcher Carlos Villanueva, and the Cubs' skipper will wear No. 4. Sveum had noticed that Villanueva had "33" on his cleats, and found out that was the pitcher's preferred number.

No. 30 is very special to Navarro.

"It's because my wife had a brain aneurysm on Sept. 27, and she had her surgery on Sept. 30, and they gave her a 4-percent chance of being alive," Navarro said. "Ever since then, I've been wearing No. 30."

When Navarro explained why No. 30 was special, Wood gave it up.

"He understood," Navarro said.

Navarro's wife is doing well and has no problems.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.