By Jose M. Romero
PHOENIX -- Its only a matter of time before Cubs management can wait no longer and make the call to bring up Anthony Rizzo from the minors to try and provide a boost for a team in desperate need of one.
The arrival of Rizzo could happen as soon as Monday, though no one is saying when it will actually take place.
I dont know what the date is or what reinforcements were going to get. Obviously we know were going to get one, manager Dale Sveum said after Sundays 5-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Players didnt seem to so concerned about when Rizzo joins them, but rather their need to keep on trying to win games.
I dont control that. The only thing I can control is what I can do with 60 feet, 6 inches, pitcher Matt Garza said. Im not too worried about whats going to happen, whos coming, whos not coming. Im just ready to play with 24 guys in this clubhouse and build a wall with them.
Castro, Soriano are best All-Star bets, Sveum says
The Cubs will get one NL All-Star, and the players with the best chance are shortstop Starlin Castro (.304 batting average, 28 multi-hit games, 14-for-35 in past eight games) and outfielder Alfonso Soriano (.269, 14 HR, 44 RBI), who homered Sunday as one of his two hits.
Those are probably the two guys youre targeting. Theyre having the best year, Sveum said. Theyre probably neck-and-neck right there as far as that goes.
Soriano is a seven-time All-Star; Castro represented the Cubs last season.
DeJesus digs hitting at Chase Field
David DeJesus went 4-for-5 Saturday night to tie a career-high for hits in a game. So did Starlin Castro, and it marked the second time since July 21, 2003, when Tom Goodwin and Mark Grudzielanek did it, that Chicagos No. 1 and 2 hitters put together 4-for-5 games.
DeJesus said the climate-controlled Chase Field, where wind like the one blowing in at Wrigley Field is never a factor, makes it much easier to hit the ball in Phoenix.
The big night for DeJesus could be a sign that hes coming out of a slump that saw him hit .164 throughout June until Saturday, even though he was 0-for-4 on Sunday and struck out with runners in scoring position in the top of the eighth.