CHICAGO -- Cubs outfielder Nate Schierholtz did not start Saturday because he's a little "banged up," manager Dale Sveum said, and most likely will not play Sunday to give him time to heal some nagging injuries.
Sveum said the injuries involved several body parts, but it was nothing major. The right fielder has never had this many at-bats (253) prior to the All-Star break in his career. He's been scuffling a little at the plate, batting .138 in his last eight games.
"He's a little banged up," Sveum said Saturday. "I'll probably give him [Sunday] off as well and let him get six days off. I might have to use him to pinch-hit or something. He's just banged up and struggling a little bit."
Outfielder David DeJesus, on the disabled list with a sprained right shoulder, will go to Mesa, Ariz., and take batting practice at the Cubs facility, and if everything goes well, could begin a rehab assignment at the end of the week.
"He won't have to play in tons of games as long as everything goes good, and then he gets in a real game and hopefully doesn't swing and miss," Sveum said of DeJesus.
The Cubs hope DeJesus doesn't "swing and miss" and re-aggravate the shoulder, which he injured crashing into the outfield wall at Citi Field on June 14.
Minor League outfielder and No. 4 prospect Brett Jackson, who has been rehabbing in Arizona from a sore calf, was expected to return to game action this week. Jackson was batting .223 in 61 games at Triple-A Iowa before he was injured. When ready, he could be assigned to Double-A Tennessee, although that is still to be determined.
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