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Sweeney Headed To DL

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SEATTLE Chicago Cubs outfielder Ryan Sweeney will be out at least six weeks with a fractured rib suffered in a game Saturday night at Seattle, the Cubs said Sunday.

Sweeney, a Cedar Rapids Xavier graduate, will be placed on the disabled list Monday. He was injured in the third inning Saturday after running into the outfield wall at Safeco Field.

"It felt like a brick wall," Sweeney told the Chicago Tribune. "I probably grabbed my side because I felt it jolt a little bit. I feel like I've hit that wall before, and it wasn't that hard. It must have just hit me in the (wrong) spot."

Sweeney was playing most days for the Cubs since being promoted from Triple-A Iowa. He was signed as a free agent right before the season began after being released by the Red Sox late in spring training.

Sweeney was hitting .295 and playing well defensively. It's just the latest injury setback for the 28-year-old, who has had a concussion, operations on both knees and a broken hand last season after punching a clubhouse door at Boston's Fenway Park.

"I knew it didn't feel great, but obviously you don't know if a bone is broken," he told the Tribune. "We went and got a CT scan and it showed that it was."
"Obviously a .900 OPS against right-handed pitching, he's been doing a great job," Dale Sveum told the Triunbe. "It's unfortunate because we started getting things going a little bit with the offense, and now we lose a big piece of that. It's unfortunate for him too, because he's trying to get his career going and is getting a chance to play every day. It stinks when those things happen to guys like that who are really good players and get a chance and all of sudden it's taken away from him for a couple months."