Eric Wedge, whose three-season run as Mariners manager ended in an ugly way last month, is now among the candidates to replace Dale Sveum as Cubs manager.
Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that the Cubs will interview Wedge next week, bringing in the former Indians and Mariners skipper who was named Manager of the Year in 2007. Wedge has a 774-846 (.478) career record, including 95, 87, and 91 losses in his three seasons in Seattle.
Mooney notes that Wedge previously interviewed to be the Cubs’ manager in 2010, back when Jim Hendry was general manager, and Mike Quade wound up with the gig replacing Lou Piniella. Wedge, who suffered a mild stroke in August, departed Seattle by saying: “If they’d offered me a five-year contract, I wouldn’t have come back here.”
Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with back soreness. The move is retroactive to April 14. While it doesn’t appear to be the precursor to any serious injury, Zobrist has already missed six straight days of activity after feeling his back tighten up last weekend. Should he see the minimum time on the DL, as expected, he’ll be eligible to return by the start of the Cubs’ series against the Indians on Tuesday.
Prior to his injury, the 36-year-old outfielder raked an impressive .326/.408/.465 with three extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances. He last appeared for the Cubs during their homestand last weekend and helped propel the team to a 14-10 win over the Braves with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Provided that he can remain healthy going forward, it’s a promising start for the veteran outfielder, who has yet to return to the All-Star-worthy numbers he posted with the club in 2016.
With Zobrist sidelined for the time being, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. have shared the leadoff spot and center field duties over the last week. Happ went 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games before passing the baton to Almora, who collected five hits and two RBI in 11 at-bats.