2014 Cubs Extended Spring Training Roster (updated 5/18)
EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING (67 players are at EXST - 55 players are ACTIVE)
NOTE: The Boise/Mesa (Extended Spring Training) squad formed at the end of Minor League Camp, and consists of players who were left behind in Arizona to provide a replacement cadre in case of an injury to a player at Kane County, Daytona, Tennessee, and/or Iowa during the first two months of the season, inexperienced players who are competing for jobs with one of the "short season" teams that begin league play in June, and MLB and minor league players getting into playing shape and/or rehabbing from an injury.
* bats or throws left
# bats both
ACTIVE PITCHERS (28):
Jesus Castillo (ACTIVE REHAB)
Josh Conway (ACTIVE REHAB - 2013 elbow stress fracture)
* Alberto Diaz
* Andin Diaz
* Frailyn Figueroa
Kyuji Fujikawa (ACTIVE REHAB - 2013 TJS)
* Michael Heesch (ACTIVE REHAB)
* Tyler Ihrig
Trey Masek (ACTIVE REHAB)
Ryan McNeil (ACTIVE REHAB - 2013 TJS)
* Jose Paulino
LIMITED ACTIVITY PITCHERS: (10):
Marcelo Carreno (2013 shoulder surgery)
C. J. Edwards (shoulder)
Barret Loux (shoulder)
Dillon Maples (rib injury)
Trey McNutt (shoulder)
* Anthony Prieto (April 2014 TJS)
Alexander Santana (elbow)
* Sam Wilson
Jose Zapata (injuries suffered in off-season car crash)
# Erick Castillo
* Justin Marra
* Alberto Mineo (LIMITED ACTIVITY - left hand injury)
# Roney Alcala
* Zak Blair
# Varonex Cuevas
* Bryant Flete
# Dalfis Ortiz
Elliot Soto (ACTIVE - serving 50-game Drug of Abuse suspension)
* Kevin Brown
* Rashad Crawford
# Kevin Encarnacion (LIMITED ACTIVITY - burns & other injuries suffered in off-season car crash)
* Ricardo Marcano
Justin Ruggiano (ACTIVE REHAB - hamstring)
Casper Wells (ACTIVE REHAB - back spasms)
# Oliver Zapata
Everytime I recall Szcur's bne marrow donation to a stranger, it makes me smile:
If Matt is out will Kawasaki get the call-up? Or "Shane"?
"Matt Szczur will undergo an MRI on his right hamstring on Tuesday."
One of the reasons I think Maddon is a great manager -- he has changed the conversation on Baez from HR & strikeouts to great defense, versatility and an all-around good ballplayer. He rarely talks about his offense, which is the only thing anybody used to talk about with Javy. He took a lot of pressure off the kid, and he seems to have responded.
Good pitching and some nifty D tonight -- nice win.
In case you didn't see it -- it was the Little League play where the guy on first gets caught in a rundown on purpose and the guy on third tries to score. It worked.
Gotta love the Pirates pitcher intentionally hitting Zobrist, then allowing Zobrist to score on a 2-out wild pitch.
Also, glad to see Zobrist coming around with RISP after my remarks last week. Heh!
ESPN reporting heyward day-to-day with an injured wrist
ESPN game tonight, btw.
Cardinal way #48
"negligent transmission of STDs"
Heyward getting the night off.
Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd
Twitterverse reporting that Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist
Cardinal way #47
See ya on parrot chat
In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST...
Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex:
4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes)
Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)
There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?
Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.
Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.