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MLB Notes: Bogusevic caught up in ‘Cubbie occurrence’

2013-07-21T17:47:00Z 2013-07-21T18:34:05Z MLB Notes: Bogusevic caught up in ‘Cubbie occurrence’GEORGE CASTLE Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 21, 2013 5:47 pm  • 

A White Sox fan by birth and Houston Astro by grooming, De La Salle alum Brian Bogusevic stayed far away from the strangeness of “Cubbie occurrences”…until now.

Bogusevic became the third consecutive Cubs center fielder shelved by injury when he went on the disabled list Friday with a recurring hamstring problem. He followed in the wake of David DeJesus (strained shoulder) and Ryan Sweeney (broken rib) in enduring the oddball nature of the “occurrence,” a term coined by Lou Piniella in 2007.

The DL stint slowed Bogusevic’s emergence as a handy man to have around, boosted by a good half-season at Triple-A Iowa and productive hitting in his Cubs debut.

“I think it’s about consistency,” Bogusevic said before he was disabled. “I’ve kind of learned myself better and my mechanics, and to make adjustments quicker.

“I’ve been able to keep myself out of a prolonged period of struggling so far. I think it’s about learning myself, learning my swing and learning how to fix things.”

Bogusevic also stayed in better against left-handed pitchers.

“This year is the first time in a few years I’ve consistently gotten at-bats against left handers,” he said. “I’ve felt comfortable. It’s something I work on. It’s been good.”

Bogusevic is among a select group of De La Salle alumni who’ve made the majors.

Most famous was Hall of Fame umpire Jocko Conlan, who before he called balls and strikes had a stint as a White Sox outfielder (1934-35). Dennis O’Toole pitched in 15 games in relief with the Sox from 1969-73. More recently, Lou Pote had a 4-4 record in 129 games (two starts) from 1999-02 with the Angels and 2004 in Cleveland.

Demotion a technicality for Cingrani: You’d think a 3-1 record, 3.23 ERA in 15 starts, and 77 strikeouts with just 47 hits allowed in 64 innings would keep you immune from a minor-league demotion.

South Suburban College product Tony Cingrani did earn a trip to the Reds’ Arizona League affiliate Friday, but it was only a technicality. The left hander started last Sunday. Cingrani is not scheduled to pitch again until one of the games in a doubleheader Tuesday in San Francisco.

In the meantime, the Reds brought up infielder Neftali Soto. Cingrani will be recalled, classified as the 26th man on the roster in a doubleheader.

Bad numbers game: The Sox’s 13-32 collapse from May 27 through Friday was a doozie by modern standards.

Today’s club had the worst record at the All-Star break since the Jeff Torborg-managed 1989 Sox. That team went 16-36 from May 16 to the break on July 9.

In 1987, the Sox were 15-34 from May 3 to June 29. In 1984, the Sox were 57-55, 1 ½ games out of first on Aug. 8. They went 17-33 to finish the season 10 games out.

The list: Rock Shoulders is the Class-A Kane County Cougars’ third baseman. He has joined pitcher Bill Hands, catcher Barry Foote and infielder John Lung as names with “body” in Cubs organizational history. All join the likes of Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers and pitcher Rich Hand.

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