But Sveum said Wednesday it has been business as usual, so his conversations with President Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer have not increased.
"The conversations about all that (trade) stuff, to be honest, I don't interact with them all that much," he said.
Sveum said his relationship with the Cubs' brass is "great," but feels there's no need to converse as much during the season as the offseason.
"Right now we've been playing well, winning a lot of games the last month," he said. "There's no insight on 'Should we make this move, should we make that move?' Obviously some are out of necessity … but right now they obviously have a lot on the table."
Asked if he was keeping up with the trades around the league, Sveum said he does occasionally.
"I'm not the kind of guy that watches SportsCenter or gets on the Internet," he said.
Video madness: David DeJesus was robbed of a third inning home run when the umpires ruled a fan reached over the fence to snare it before dropping it near his own feet. After it was ruled a double on fan interference, the umpiring crew went to the video replay booth. Despite the evidence, crew chief Joe West confirmed it was a double. DeJesus eventually scored on Anthony Rizzo's RBI single.
"If a guy reaches over the fence and drops a ball, it usually drops into play," Sveum said. "They reviewed it and unfortunately it didn't go our way, but luckily we scored that run anyway."
Sveum on Dempster: Sveum deflected most questions about Dempster's dugout incident, telling reporters to "ask" Dempster.
"People are competitive, and sometimes they're going to get upset, you know?" he said.
Dempster and Mike Quade got into a shouting match in Pittsburgh once last year when Dempster was removed. Asked if that was the first Dempster tirade under him, Sveum laughed and replied: "Maybe visible."
Extra innings: Triple-A Iowa starter Randy Wells had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Tuesday and is likely to miss the rest of the season. Wells is arbitration-eligible in 2013 and with a $2.705 million salary in 2012 is a likely non-tender candidate. … Alfonso Soriano got the day off Wednesday. "We have to get (Tony) Campana some at-bats," Sveum said. Campana went 0-for-3. … Rizzo hit his fifth home run, and his first since July 6.