Navarro to return, but Cubs lose Guerrier for season

Navarro to return, but Cubs lose Guerrier for season

Navarro to return, but Cubs lose Guerrier for season

ST. LOUIS -- Dioner Navarro, who had to be carted off the field Wednesday after a collision at home plate, will be back on Saturday. Unfortunately, reliever Matt Guerrier is done for the season.

Navarro, injured after Philadelphia's Chase Utley crashed into him at home in the seventh, has a mild Grade 1 right ankle sprain, and will not need to go on the disabled list, the team announced Friday. Cubs orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo examined the catcher on Friday in Chicago. Navarro was expected to rejoin the Cubs on Saturday.

"They seemed to think he could play [Saturday] in a game, and start and play nine innings by Monday," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

However, the news wasn't as good for Guerrier, whose last outing of the season was in that same seventh inning in Philadelphia. The right-hander also was examined in Chicago, and has a flexor mass in his right elbow.

"It appears it's going to be surgery," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Friday. "He's going to sit down and think about it."

Guerrier does not need a Tommy John procedure on his right elbow, Hoyer said.

Scott Baker, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, has been shut down for one week, and will begin another 30-day rehab assignment next Wednesday. Baker's last rehab start was postponed because of rain.

Outfielder Brian Bogusevic, on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, was expected to begin playing in Rookie League games soon, Hoyer said.

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.