6/15/2013 1:07 A.M. ET
Hairston remembers time with Mets fondly
By Chris Iseman / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- In two seasons with the Mets, Scott Hairston made some friendships he expects to last beyond his playing career.
Now an outfielder for the Cubs, Hairston is back playing at Citi Field for the first time since leaving the Mets. Hairston said he still keeps in touch with Mets players Lucas Duda, Justin Turner and Mike Baxter, who was recently demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Hairston said he enjoyed playing in New York and loves to come back to the city. While two seasons isn't much, he said he built strong relationships with the Mets.
"Those guys are awesome teammates," Hairston said. "When you walk away from the game and you look back at your career, thinking about a lot of the guys you played with, a lot of different guys, Lucas and Mike are definitely guys I can see myself staying in contact with when my career is over."
Hairston hit .255 with 27 home runs and 81 RBIs with the Mets over two seasons. This season, he was hitting .155 with five home runs and 15 RBIs entering Friday.
He said Friday that he thought initially he might return to New York, but ultimately, the Mets chose not to re-sign him.
"But I personally think the Mets wanted to go in a different direction," Hairston said. "Which I was OK with in the end. I understand the game. I understand that each year is different and how you want to mold the team."
Still, Hairston said he was glad he had the opportunity to play in New York, and said he appreciates the memories he was able to build with the Mets.
"Nobody can take that away from me," Hairston said. "I had to move on. They moved on."
DeJesus crashes into fence, sprains right shoulder
NEW YORK -- David DeJesus couldn't stop. As he neared the center-field wall trying to track down a fly ball off the bat of Juan Lagares in the third inning, the ball fell just past his outstretched glove. DeJesus' momentum carried him, forcing him to crash hard into the wall with his right shoulder.
"It felt like I ran into the wall and my shoulder went the other way," DeJesus said after the Cubs' 6-3 win over the Mets on Friday. "It was a tough one."
DeJesus received X-rays during the game, and doctors discovered he had a sprained right shoulder. It was still swollen after the game, but doctors will reexamine the shoulder once the swelling goes down.
DeJesus will also undergo an MRI. Once that happens, the team will have a better understanding of how long DeJesus will be out for.
For now, he will have to go on the disabled list.
"Hopefully, it's not that big of a deal right now," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Just a couple weeks or something."
After crashing into the wall, DeJesus fell to the warning track writhing in pain. Sveum and the trainers immediately came out of the dugout, and then most of Chicago's players on the field followed them to the outfield to check on DeJesus.
"It was just like the pressure didn't want to stop," DeJesus said of the pain in his shoulder.
After a couple of minutes, DeJesus got up and walked off the field. Ryan Sweeney replaced him in center. Lagares ended up with a triple.
While DeJesus is out of the lineup, Sveum said Sweeney is likely to continue to get most of the playing time in center field.
Sveum also said that the Cubs are considering calling up a reliever when DeJesus goes on the DL since the bullpen's been worked so much in recent games. Chicago had a 14-inning, 6-5 win over the Reds on Thursday.
But the Cubs are losing a productive player at the top of their lineup. DeJesus hit a three-run triple in the second inning in Friday's win.
"It's a huge part of our lineup," Sveum said. "When he's going and getting on base, that's usually when we score."
DeJesus, who was born in Brooklyn and grew up in New Jersey, had both of his parents in attendance. This is the third time he's been injured at a New York stadium, with the previous two injuries coming against the Yankees.
Against the Mets on Friday, DeJesus said he just wanted to make the play for Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
"That's the kind of player [he is]," Sveum said. "He plays hard every day. Unfortunately, that fence got the best of him today."
Rizzo moves to fifth, Schierholtz to third in lineup
NEW YORK -- Cubs manager Dale Sveum acknowledged that it might only be two spots in the batting order, but he still hopes it might help Anthony Rizzo at the plate.
Sveum dropped Rizzo to fifth in Chicago's lineup against the Mets on Friday and put right fielder Nate Schierholtz in the third spot. By flipping Schierholtz and Rizzo in the lineup, Sveum has his hottest hitter higher in the order, while also taking some of the pressure off Rizzo, who's average stood at .243 entering Friday.
"I'm just kind of mixing it up. Right now, you could see, he's our best hitter, swinging the bat as good as anybody from the left side," Sveum said of Schierholtz, who belted a homer in his first at-bat Friday. "And just kind of put Rizzo down a little bit to let him kick back a little bit in a different spot and just see what happens."
Rizzo was hitless in his previous two games, and he went 2-for-23 during the Cubs' last homestand. He did have eight walks.
Schierholtz, though, went 6-for-16 (.375) with a home run, triple and four runs scored during the seven-game homestand.
While Rizzo has shown he can be a streaky hitter, Sveum said that's certainly not out of the ordinary for most players.
"You have certain guys -- most of those guys end up going to the Hall of Fame -- that are that guy pretty much their whole career," Sveum said. "The rest of us, or the rest of baseball, can be pretty streaky."
Reliever Rodriguez joins Cubs in New York
NEW YORK -- Henry Rodriguez joined the Cubs in New York on Friday, giving Chicago a power arm out of the bullpen.
The Cubs acquired Rodriguez in a trade with the Nationals on Wednesday for prospect Ian Dickson. Washington designated Rodriguez for assignment on June 4.
Chicago optioned reliever Brooks Raley to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Rodriguez on the roster.
Rodriguez pitched in 17 games with the Nationals and went 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA. He gave up 14 hits in 18 innings pitched and had 11 strikeouts and 16 walks.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Rodriguez will be a middle-inning reliever for now, but the Cubs eventually want to build him up so he can pitch two innings if Chicago needs him to.
"To start out with, he'll be a middle guy," Sveum said. "Winning or losing, we'll see what we got. We'll try to get him built up, we need him to be able to go two innings. But that's what we're looking for -- a power arm to be able to do both and eventually fall into even a bigger role."
Stewart receives 10-game suspension
The Cubs have suspended Ian Stewart for 10 games without pay after he tweeted frustrations with the team and manager Dale Sveum. Stewart served the first game of the suspension on Wednesday, but the Players Association is reportedly in the process of appealing.
Stewart had tweeted that Sveum didn't like him, and that's why Stewart was playing in the Minor Leagues and not in the Majors with the Cubs.
"I think Dale doesn't like me and he's running the show," Stewart tweeted. "... there [sic] going to let me rott [sic] in AAA all season and then non tender me after."
Following Iowa's game on Tuesday, Stewart sent out three tweets apologizing for his remarks.
"I let my frustrations get the best of me and in no way want to be a distraction," he tweeted Tuesday.
He also tweeted that he was working every day to make it back to the Major Leagues.
Stewart is signed to a one-year, $2 million contract with Chicago.
Chris Iseman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.