Cubs lose OF Thomas Neal, C Dioner Navarro in same inning Wednesday
Outfielder Thomas Neal, who was making his first start for the Cubs after being claimed off waivers from the Yankees on Monday, was the first to leave during the seventh inning against Philadelphia after dislocating his right shoulder on a throw.
Neal had chased down a double by John Mayberry Jr. in the left field corner, and immediately after throwing the ball to second base, he felt the injury and called out team trainers.
"As soon as I released it, I knew something was wrong," Neal told the media after the game. "It kind of felt like a dead arm, almost. … I just wanted to get it out as quick as possible. I made the throw and here we are."
A few batters later, catcher Dioner Navarro was removed from the game on a cart after being barreled into at home plate by Chase Utley and getting his right leg caught underneath him on the collision.
X-rays were negative and Navarro was awaiting an MRI on Thursday after being diagnosed initially with a right leg contusion, but the backstop said it was a “good baseball play” by Utley.
"It was a good baseball play,” Navarro said after the game. “We both did what we needed to do…guess I got the worst out of it.”
While awaiting further word on Navarro’s status, the Cubs have purchased the contract of catcher J.C. Boscan from Triple-A Iowa; the team also placed RHP Matt Guerrier on the 60-day DL with elbow soreness to open a 40-man spot for Boscan, and then recalled RHP Eduardo Sanchez from Triple-A to fill Guerrier's spot on the 25-man roster.