Cubs Roster Move Madness; Dempster, Soto, Szczur

Most of the day has been quiet, but within the last hour thing went a little nuts.

*** Geovany Soto has been activated from the DL, and is in the starting lineup tonight.

***  Matt Szczur has been activated from the DL by the Daytona Cubs, this is great news, expect him to be back in the lineup this week, possibly tonight.

***  Ryan Dempster has been placed on the DL, this will not affect his trade value so we are told.  Lat tightness is why Dempster is hitting the DL. Randy Wells is expected to take Dempster’s start against the Sox.

***  Scott Maine has been re-called from Iowa

I think that’s enough for now.

Thanks for reading,
– George

6/13: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the minor league system on Wednesday June 13.

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Peoria scored early and often, scoring six runs in the first four innings.  That would prove to be plenty for starter Jose Rosario as the Chiefs won 7-1.  The offense pounded out 12 hits, including two-hit games by Zeke DeVoss, Dustin Geiger, Javier Baez, and Yasiel Balaguert.  Baez and Geiger each hit a homer and each added two RBI’s.  DeVoss, Balaguert, and Oliver Zapata also had RBI’s on the day.  Not to be overlooked was the great pitching performance by Rosario who gave up one run on three hits in 6.1 innings of work.  Hunter Cervenka through another scoreless inning while striking out two.  He has not allowed a hit in 10.1 innings or a base runner in 8.2, his ERA is now down to 0.63.

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Daytona was trailing 3-1 in the the third when the game was suspended due to weather.  The game will pick up in the fourth inning tomorrow and will then play a seven inning game after the conclusion of the first game.

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 Tennessee fell behind early, but came back to score six straight to win 6-3.  Dae-Eun Rhee gave up three early runs, but stayed around long enough to get his fourth win of the season.  Justin Bour had two hits including his 16th double and he also drove his 50th run of the season.  Junior Lake added two hits as well including a triple.  James Adduci hit his fifth homer of the season and also had two RBI’s on the day.  Jae-Hoon Ha, Wellington Castillo, and Michael Burgess all contributed with RBI’s as well.  Frank Batista closed the game out pitching two scoreless innings, and notching his ninth save of the season.

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Not much excitement at Iowa today as the Cubs lost 5-2.  Not only did Iowa lose, but there was no Anthony Rizzo as he is day-to-day with a right knee contusion and there was no Brett Jackson in the lineup as well.  Rodrigo Lopez pitched six innings allowing three runs on eight hits.  Continuing his rehab Geovany Soto caught some today and also hit a double.  Luis Valbuena had two hits including a double and an RBI.  Blake Lalli had the only other RBI on the day.

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Thanks for Reading,
Mark

 

6/12: Around The Minor League System

A look around the minor leagues on Tuesday.

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Peoria took a tough loss on Tuesday losing 5-4.  After Peoria took a 3-1 lead, Beloit came back in the fourth and scored four of there own.  Michael Jensen took the lossfor the Chiefs, but was not helped out by his defense who committed five errors, three coming from Javier Baez and two coming from Dustin Geiger.  Baez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base.  Zeke DeVoss had a double and also drove in a run.  Pin-Chieh ChenYasiel Balaguert, and Yaniel Cabezas all added RBI’s on Tuesday.  The loss dropped Peoria to 32-33 on the season.

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Daytona got seven early runs, which proved to be plenty as they beat Brevard County 8-3.  Nelson Perez led the attack with three hits including his eleventh homerun of the season.  Greg Rohan and John Andreoli each had two hits on the night as well.  Arismendy Alcantara and Richard Jones each added a hit and two RBI’s a piece.  Eduardo Figueroa only could last three innings, but Ryan Searle came in relief to get his fourth win of the season.  Joseph Zeller and Jeffrey Lorick also pitched two innings a piece on Tuesday.  Daytona improved their record to 29-34.

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A five run first for Omaha proved to be too much for Iowa to overcome.  Chris Volstad gave up six runs in five innings of work, including four walks and six hits.  Offensively Ty Wright had two hits including a double and a run scored.  Blake Lalli, Alfredo Amezaga each had an RBI and Luis Valbuena hit a two-run homer in the ninth.  Geovany Soto was the DH in the game and delivered a double in four AB’s.  The Cubs got quite a scare as Anthony Rizzo left early with a leg injury when he crashed into a fence in front of the dugout.  Thankfully xrays were negative and he is listed as day-to-day with a right knee contusion.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

More Cubs Roster Moves

It’s been a rather busy few days for the Cubs, and really nothing good, it continues today. 

Geovany Soto was officially placed on the 15-day DL, and Randy Wells has been recalled to the Cubs.  Wells will pitch primarily out of the bullpen.

I mentioned earlier that Koyie Hill was signed and will start the majority of the games as Welington Castillo is unavailable with a knee strain.

It’s not a good time to be a Cubs catcher.  Go Cubs!

Thanks,
– George

Marmol Plays Hero for Reds

It doesn’t get any worse than this, 8 innings of dominant stuff from Dempster only to have Carlos Marmol come in and crap all over it.  Not the first time either, as Marmol has been an absolute disaster this year.  After building a 3-0 lead behind solo home runs from Castro, LaHair (what else in new), and Soto, yes Soto, the Cubs were sitting pretty.  Then the wheels fell off.  Marmol faced five batters in the ninth and retired none of them en route to yet another blown save.  Rafael Dolis was able to keep the Cubs alive by cleaning up Marmol’s mess, but the damage had already been done, on the scoreboard and mentally.  The Cubs were done after Marmol blew the save, it was obvious, and the Reds made it official in the bottom of the 10th on a sacrifice fly by Rolen to win 4-3.  Full box score, and highlights after the jump.

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Soto’s Bombs Help Cubs Overcome Poor Samardzija Start

In one of his last auditions to make the Cubs rotation, Jeff Samardzija struggled through four innings against the Rockies on Friday.  The Cubs bullpen was able to right the ship, and the Cubs offense was ready and willing to take the game over.  The Cubs scored three runs in three different innings erasing defecits of 5-3 and 7-6 in route to a 10-8 slugfest victory

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Backup Catcher Battle Heating Up

Spring training is always a great stage for a competitive hard fought position battle, this year is no exception.  Enter Steve Clevenger and Welington Castillo, the two men fighting tooth and nail for the backup catcher position.  Coming into the spring I knew that Geovany Soto’s backup was a position to be had for a number of candidates, I just didn’t think more than one guy would stand out.  Let’s meet the two men vying for the position.

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