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Brent Lillibridge and Six Chicago Cubs Who Have Injuries This Spring

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Including Brent Lillibridge, Six Chicago Cubs Players Have Injuries

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Another player from the Chicago Cubs has been injured. Guess what type of injury? If you guessed leg injury, you’re correct.

Brent Lillibridge, who has all-but-won a spot on the 25-man roster as a utilityman, suffered a groin injury during a Cactus League game on Mar. 5. Liilibridge has already played each infield position. Whenever Lillibridge returns from his injury, manager Dale Sveum hopes to see him play in the outfield.

Why are these injuries occurring at such a high frequency? According to ESPN Chicago, Sveum suggested that it has to do with weightlifting. That causes more pulled muscles. He claimed that players didn’t do this when he started playing because they were afraid of such scenarios.

Matt Garza and Scott Baker will both start the season on the disabled list. Baker is still recovering from the Tommy John surgery that he had in Apr. 2012. Garza suffered a strained lat during a live batting session on Feb. 17. Both pitchers should return no later than the end of Apr.

Even for those injuries that won’t force players on the disabled list, they could have an impact on the Opening Day 2013 roster. Some players are trying to prove that they belong on the MLB roster. Other players are just fighting for a job with the franchise. The injury bug has bitten everyone from superstar players to players who needed a solid spring training to make the team.

This slideshow features six of the most well-known Cubs players who have either been injured this spring or will start the season on the disabled list.

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Scott Baker (Elbow)

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Baker underwent Tommy John surgery in Apr. 2012. He should return to the 25-man roster in mid Apr., possibly May.

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Starlin Castro (Left Hamstring)

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On Feb. 27, Starlin Castro suffered mild inflammation in his left hamstring. Castro should return around Mar. 9. Unless Castro re-injures his hamstring, he won’t miss Opening Day.

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Matt Garza (Strained Left Lat)

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Garza hasn’t pitched in a game since July 21, 2012. He missed the last two months of the 2012 season after he suffered a stress reaction in his elbow.

On Feb. 17, Garza suffered a mild lat strain. He’ll start the season on the disabled list, possibly missing all of Apr.

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Brent Lillibridge (Strained Groin)

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On Mar. 5, Lillibridge injured his groin. He should return before the end of spring training. He’s still expected to make the roster as a utility player.

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Ian Stewart (Strained Quad)

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Ian Stewart was trying to win a spot on the Cubs’ 25-man roster. After a quad injury that has forced him to miss at least half of Cactus League games, Stewart could have a difficult time making this team.

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Josh Vitters (Strained Quad)

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Josh Vitters strained his quad before Cactus League games started. He’ll start the season at Triple-A.

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