25 players (plus 13 players on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT, two players on 15-DAY DL, and one player on 60-DAY DL)
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* James Russell
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
# Emilio Bonifacio
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Ryan Kalish
* Nate Schierholtz
* Ryan Sweeney
15-DAY DL (2):
Jake Arrieta, P
Kyuji Fujikawa, P
60-DAY DL (1):
James McDonald, P
# Arismendy Alcantara, INF
Dallas Beeler, P
* Brett Jackson, OF
Neil Ramirez, P
* Zac Rosscup, P
* Chris Rusin, P
Brian Schlitter, P
Jorge Soler, OF
Matt Szczur, OF
Christian Villanueva, INF
Josh Vitters, IF-OF
Arodys Vizcaino, P
* Logan Watkins, INF
The week started off with a flurry of moves to clear money and space off the roster and it looks like Hendry is wasting no time wasting that space and money.
The Chicago Cubs are pressing hard to sign the free-agent second baseman. One source close to the negotiations said he wouldn't be surprised if Matsui is offered a contract similar to the three-year, $14.4 million deal the Mets gave Torrealba.
Dave Kaplan on WGN radio pretty much said the same thing. I have nothing good to say about this.
- The Wrigley resodding project should be done by this weekend, two weeks ahead of schedule. Some other noteworthy details that have been touched upon in the comments:
The warning track has been extended 3 ft to help the outfielders better gauge when they'll crash into the unforgiving brick.
The infield "crown" was removed, lowering that portion of the field 14 inches. Groundskeeping guru Roger Brossard, who was in charge of the project, says it should help runners with their footing as they were essentially running downhill when rounding third base.
Brossard and Wrigley head groundskeeper, Roger Baird placed a small canister with their names on it somewhere below the playing surface. Anyone care to guess the contents in the canister?
Researchers who studied the impact of initials found that baseballs players whose first or last name starts with the letter K, which signifies a strikeout, tended to strike out more often than other players.
I love it, next time Hendry is unsure on bringing in new players might as well use this, probably work just as well as his current method:
Kerry Wood - Good
Kaz Matsui - Stay Away
Kosuke Fukudome - Stay Away
Jason Kendall - Stay Away
Korey Patterson - Stay Away
- The front of cubs.com has a short piece with interviews highlighting Ernie Banks's 500th homer with some nice historical footage of the Cub great.
YouTube Find of the Week
The Cubs have had 12 official no-hitters in their history and I found Don Cardwell's gem from 1960. The backend of a double-header versus the Cardinals, Cardwell walked the 2nd batter of the game and then retired 26 straight including two nice defensive plays by his outfielders to save the no-no.
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RAISIN: As far as I know, Frandy de la Rosa is presently back at the Cubs Dominican Academy. There may be some legal issues pending related to the off-seson car crash and/or the Cubs want him to play in the DSL this season.
Jesus Feliciano is the new hitting & outfield coach at Boise (replacing Bill Buckner, who retired prior to the start of Minor League Camp). Feliciano was a minor league OF for many seasons and with a number of different organizations (was a player-coach in the Mexican League last season).
Brian Lawrence (ex MLB RHP with SD and NYM) is the new pitching coach at Boise (was previously a minor league pitching coach with SD).
HAGSAG: Kyuji Fujikawa and Brad Renner were scheduled to throw a "live" one-inning BP session prior to Saturday's game, but only Renner threw (25 pitches). Fujikawa warmed up in the outfield (long-toss), but then he returned to the clubhouse without throwing off the mound.
HAGSAG: As things stand right now, it would appear that both Eloy Jimenez and Gleyber Torres will remain in Mesa with the AZL Cubs. BTW, you may have noticed that Jimenez is used only as a DH in EXST games, and that's because he has some kind of right arm problem that affects his throwing but not his hitting.