With the signing of Scott Feldman yesterday the Cubs needed to clear a roster spot on the 40-man roster for him, they did that today by designating Casey Coleman for assignment per Carrie Muskat. The Cubs long-held out hope that Casey Coleman would fulfill the potential that they saw in him but that has not happened at all, especially at the big league level. Expect Coleman to be placed on waivers, unless the Cubs can move him in a deal within the next 7-10 days.
“Coleman appeared in 17 games for the Cubs this past season, posting a 7.40 ERA with 5.9 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9 in 24 1/3 innings. Coleman, a third generation big leaguer, has a 5.76 ERA with 6.4 K/9 and 4.5 BB/9 in 165 2/3 innings at the MLB level. The 25-year-old has spent his entire three-year career with the Cubs.”
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Well the other move has been announced and it’s not good news. Blake Parker is being placed on the 60-Day DL with a right elbow stress reaction per Carrie Muskat. That pretty much sucks as Parker has been a young bright spot out of the Cubs pen so far this season. Get well soon Blake.
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Fresh off a disappointing 2011 campaign, Ryan Dempster got back to work this off-season on and off the field. To have success moving forward, Dempster had to forget about the past, “I forgot about last April,” Dempster said. “I put that behind me.” Dempster has already moved on from last year, and he’s ready to prove that he belongs at the top of the rotation, and judging by the Spring he has had so far, he’s well on his way. His new head coach has already noticed it,
After an off season full of excitement, and building, the 2012 Cubs baseball season is kicking off today in Mesa Arizona. Pitchers and catchers are due to report today, and many have showed up early. On Friday, Kerry Wood and Rodrigo Lopez each threw off the mound, hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo worked with some players in the cages, and Darwin Barney, Bryan LaHair and Josh Vitters were among those practicing on the half field. The most telling quotes coming out of Mesa might have been from Marlon Byrd via (Carrie Muskat)