Extra bases

Extra bases

Daniel Bard, claimed off waivers from the Red Sox, is continuing to throw bullpen sessions with pitching coach Chris Bosio and may not get in a game. The right-hander was sidelined most of the season with a strained abdominal muscle.

"I don't see [getting him a game] being an issue or priority," Sveum said. "It's just a matter of getting him some bullpens and comfortable. There's no timetable."

Junior Lake has three hitting streaks of at least seven games in his first 50 games in the Major Leagues, but he did not start on Friday or Saturday. Sveum said the matchups were better for Lake against the pitchers coming up in the Cubs' series against the Brewers, which starts Monday.

"We'll try to put everybody in situations where they can succeed right now," Sveum said.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.