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Right-hander Arodys Vizcaino, the well regarded prospect coming off Tommy John surgery who the Cubs got in the Paul Maholm trade last July, had his comeback abruptly cut short by an unrelated issue in the elbow and could be out the rest of the season.

Vizcaino, whose original healthy-spring prognosis already had been pushed back to an expected July debut, had arthroscopic surgery to clean out a calcium buildup in the elbow after Dr. James Andrews examined him Tuesday for recent discomfort.

Vizcaino, 22, is to be shut down for six weeks before restarting a throwing program and probably is looking at a 2013 debut in the Arizona Fall League. Best-case scenario for a Cubs debut seems to be next April.

Vizcaino, who was considered a key part of the Cubs' rebuilding process as a potential impact starting pitcher, was in Chicago during the last homestand to have his throwing supervised by the big-league staff.

The team said nothing then about any issue with the elbow.


Toe jam: Cubs' Camp kept injury quiet

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Struggling reliever Shawn Camp was placed on the disabled list Wednesday for a sprained toe the team says he kept quiet for much of the past month.

"He got treatment for on Sunday to kind of start the process and just [aggravated] it, and the inflammation got too bad or whatever," he said. "I think for a while it's just been getting tough to push of the mound. We've got to give it time to settle down."

By the time Camp alerted team officials to the problem Sunday, it was too late to prevent reliever Michael Bowden from being designated for assignment to make roster room for Matt Garza. Had the club know sooner, and known the severity, Sveum said, Camp would have been put on the DL then, with Bowden staying with the club.

"That would have been the obvious move," he said. "We didn't know it was that extensive."

Camp, who gave up a decisive grand slam in Tuesday's loss to Pittsburgh, didn't indicate how significant the issue was even after Sunday as he tried to pitch through it, said Sveum, who suggested it could have contributed to Camp's decreased velocity and effectiveness.

Camp, who has a 7.56 ERA and three blown saves, could be in for a lengthy DL stay. He's been ordered to stay off the foot as much as possible to let the pain subside before resuming baseball activity.

And Camp, who left the team to return home for that part of the recovery, might need a minor-league rehab assignment after that, Sveum said.

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Darwin Barney, turning a double play in 2012 in this photo, will start the Cubs 2013 season on the DL thanks to a cut on his kneecap. | Sun-Times file

By GORDON WITTENMYER

PITTSBURGH - Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Monday's opener, retroactive to Sunday, for the deep cut he suffered on his kneecap Saturday in Houston.

The Cubs added infielder Alberto Gonzalez to both the 25-man and 40-man roster. To make room on the 40-man, minor-league pitcher Robert Whitenack was designated for assignment.

Barney, who required five stitches in the knee, is to be re-evaluated next week to better determine a timeline for his return. He would be eligible to return for the home series opener against Texas on April 16.

"We'll see what they decide," said Barney who considers himself fortunate compared to how bad the injury could have been - especially after watching Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware's grotesque compound leg fracture during Sunday's NCAA tournament game.

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