• Cubs outfielder David DeJesus, on the disabled list with a sprained right shoulder, could increase his rehab and play in games in Arizona, starting Monday.
DeJesus, who injured his shoulder crashing into the outfield wall June 14 at Citi Field, was hitting off a tee on Thursday. Manager Dale Sveum said they will evaluate the outfielder on Sunday to see if he is able to swing at full speed, and if so, DeJesus would likely go to the team's facility in Mesa, Ariz., for the All-Star break to play.
There is no timetable for DeJesus' return.
"He's really close," Sveum said.
• Luis Valbuena moved from third base to left field for two innings on Wednesday. He's played four games in the outfield in his career, but Sveum felt Valbuena could handle it. Valbuena seems to be able to deal with anything.
"He's been our most consistent player the last two years," Sveum said. "The at-bats he has, to have good at-bats against left-handed pitching, like the hit he got off [Matt] Thornton the other night, he's one of those consistent guys. You put him in the lineup and don't have to worry about him doing anything stupid. He's a consistent player."
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