September 26, 2013

Major League Notebook: Return or no return? Cubs' manager waits for team judgment

The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Dale Sveum doesn't know if he'll be coming back for a third season as manager of the Chicago Cubs.

Sveum is under contract to return for 2014. But the team president, Theo Epstein, has said all jobs will be evaluated after another losing season.

Sveum was hired by Epstein before the 2012 season as the Cubs started a major rebuilding project. Though Chicago's minor-league system has improved, the major league team has struggled as the club shed long-term contracts and went with younger players.

Sveum said Wednesday before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates that "I'm not going to sit here and lie that you're not wondering what's going to happen in four to five days from now."

MILWAUKEE CENTER fielder Carlos Gomez and Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman were ejected in the first inning after both benches cleared during an argument.

Gomez, the second batter, hit his 23rd homer to make it 1-0 off Paul Maholm. As soon as he hit the ball, Gomez stood in the batter's box watching the ball sail into the left-field seats and flipped his bat behind him.

YANKEES: A day after the late delivery of Mariano Rivera bobbleheads caused a ruckus at Yankee Stadium, the team said any fan with a ticket from Tuesday night's game can get a free seat for a game next year, except for the home opener and old-timers' day.

Because of a transportation issue, the bobbleheads didn't arrive until the third inning of the game against Tampa Bay. The first 18,000 fans were to have received the dolls and were given vouchers. The bobbleheads arrived in the third inning and there were long lines of fans lined up to receive them.

WHITE SOX: First baseman Paul Konerko missed Chicago's final road game with a bruised right kneecap.

Konerko fouled a pitch off his knee in the eighth inning of Tuesday's game against Cleveland. Konerko dropped to the ground for several moments in pain after knocking right-hander Joe Smith's pitch off his knee. He stayed in the game and struck out before being replaced in the bottom of the inning. Konerko said it was "kind of embarrassing to foul a ball off your back leg."

INDIANS: Center fielder Michael Bourn wasn't in the lineup for the regular-season home finale because of a sprained right wrist.

Bourn jammed his wrist sliding in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's 5-4 victory against the Chicago White Sox. Bourn said the injury isn't serious and pushed Manager Terry Francona to let him play as the Indians, clinging to the second AL wild-card spot with five games remaining, completed their home schedule.

DODGERS: Outfielder Andre Ethier returned to southern California to have his troublesome left ankle re-examined, and the team isn't sure whether he'll be available for the NL division series starting next week.

Manager Don Mattingly said he has to prepare for the fact Ethier might not be healthy in time for the playoffs.

TIGERS: Jhonny Peralta will be reinstated from his drug suspension this weekend.

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