Extra bases

Extra bases

• Javier Baez, the Cubs' No. 1 pick in last year's First-Year Player Draft, was assigned to Class A Peoria, and was expected to join the team on Monday. Baez, 19, who starred at Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, Fla., has been playing in Mesa, Ariz., at the Cubs' extended spring training.

• Catcher Steve Clevenger, rehabbing from a strained oblique and rib cage injury, was 3-for-3 with a home run on Saturday for Triple-A Iowa. He was scheduled to catch nine innings on Monday, and if all goes well, could rejoin the Cubs on Friday.

"The plan is for him to be with us on the road when we go to San Francisco," Sveum said Sunday.

Welington Castillo, on the disabled list with a sprained right knee, has been able to catch twice, and is feeling better. However, the knee is not stable enough for him to play in a game.

• Blake DeWitt suffered a sprained left wrist diving for a ball in the outfield for Triple-A Iowa, and was placed on the Minor League team's disabled list. He was examined by the Cubs' team doctors in Chicago.

• Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations, and general manager Jed Hoyer have been busy preparing for the First-Year Player Draft, which will be June 4. The Cubs' scouting staff will convene on Sunday in Chicago to go over their notes.

Sveum stays in touch with Epstein and Hoyer while on the road.

"Most teams aren't going to have their [front-office executives] on the road this time of year anyway, especially one who is so involved and hands on like Theo is," Sveum said. "He's going to go out to see all the players. It's an important time for the organization to make sure they get those Draft picks right."