A's Ride Extra-Base Hit Attack to Victory at Fitch Park

The EXST Athletics banged-out four doubles, a triple, and a home run, and coasted to a 7-1 victory over the EXST Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this morning.

Tennessee OF Ty Wright (sprained ankle) and INF Augie Ojeda (back) continued their Extended Spring Training rehab in today’s game, with Wright playing LF for seven innings and going 0-2 at the plate (a walk and two strikeouts, both swinging), while Ojeda played the first four innings at SS and then the next four at 2B, going 1-4 (F-7, E-5, 2B, 4-3).

With Augie Ojeda on the field, it’s probably not too surprising that the Cubs were able to turn five double plays, and Augie was in the middle of four of them. If not for that, the final score would have been a lot uglier.

Here is the abridged box score from today’s game (Cubs players only):

1. Augie Ojeda, SS-2B-DH: 1-4 (F-7, E-5, 2B, 4-3)
2. Wes Darvill, DH-2B: 0-4 (K, F-8, E-5, F-8, SB)
3a. Ty Wright, LF: 0-2 (BB, K, K)
3b. Xavier Batista, LF: 0-1 (K)
4. Brandon May, DH #2: 2-4 (1B, L-8, 6-3, 1B)
5. Wilson Contreras, 1B: 0-3 (3-U, K, HBP, 9-6 FC)
6. Rafael Valdes, 2B-SS: 1-4 (6-3, 3B, K, F-9, R)
7a. Johan DeJesus, C: 0-2 (K, P-2)
7b. Carlos Romero, PH: 0-0 (HBP)
7c. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 0-1 (4-3)
8. Eduardo Gonzalez, CF: 0-2 (F-9, F-7 SF, 6-3, RBI)
9. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 1-3 (1-3, 1B, F-8)
10. Oliver Zapata, RF: 0-3 (P-4, K, K)

1. Luis Liria: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HBP, 1 GIDP, 53 pitches (30 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
2. Alvido Jimenez: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 33 pitches (16 strikes), 4/0 GO/FO
3. Ryan Hartman: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 2 GIDP, 39 pitches (17 strikes), 4/0 GO/FO
4. Santo Rodriguez: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 18 pitches (14 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
5. Yilver Sanchez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 14 pitches (9 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO

2B Wes Darvill - E4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

RF Oliver Zapata threw-out runner 9-5 trying to advance from 1st to 3rd on a single to RF


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80’s



summation of all injuries and roster juggling from previous thread


Garza's doesn't sound serious at all, should be back for June 3-5 series vs. Cardinals

Soto to rehab starting Thursday at Iowa and could be back Saturday

no surgery needed for Cashner

Byrd will see a few eye specialists and no baseball activity for a few weeks at least

Schlitter to 60-day DL to make room for Montanez

Wells starts on Saturday vs. Pirates

Let me stipulate that I AM NOT A DOCTOR (but I play one on tv)...so my opinions are just based on long miserable experience with the Cubs.

Garza's injury is being reported as a "bone contusion." Cubster can correct me if wrong but in my experience that's the same as saying he has a bone fracture except the fracture has no deliniation. Also, it's in his elbow so that implies that it involves cartilage as well as bone. This doesn't sound like something that heals in a week. Contusions often take longer than outright fractures to get better.
If the Cubs bring him back after missing one more start...look out.

re:Soto. What kind of rehab starts on Thursday and ends on Friday?

re: Cashner Reading this stuff is like deja vu all over again with Kerry Wood and his rotator cuff. If the Cubs aren't out of their fricking minds, they'll drop this starter thing and relegate Cashner to the pen.

re: Byrd Please don't even think about baseball until that eye and face are 100%. Seeya next year.

re:Schlitter Who knew he was still on the payroll?

2014 for new Cubs spring training complex


it is going to blow ass for them to get this new facility and then come north to wrigley after spring training. it'll most likely kick the ass of wrigley's offerings.

1st pitch...lead off single mets...

alright...another night of cubs baseball. let's do this.

k.hill finally throws out a runner.

1 out of 10 in 103 inning isn't bad...wait...

i.dejesus gets smacked by an aram bouncing screamer toward 3rd...takes it on the lower back...doesn't rub it...laughs...gamer.

Garza's injury is being reported as a "bone contusion." Cubster can correct me if wrong but in my experience that's the same as saying he has a bone fracture except the fracture has no deliniation. Also, it's in his elbow so that implies that it involves cartilage as well as bone. This doesn't sound like something that heals in a week. Contusions often take longer than outright fractures to get better.
If the Cubs bring him back after missing one more start...look out.
In Garza's situation, a bone contusion is clearly an MRI diagnosis. I do have some issues with them using this term here.

This diagnosis means that his XRays are negative for a fracture and the MRI does show an abnormal signal in the area involved but there is no linear signal (fracture line) seen in that abnormal signal pattern. The abnormal signal is in bone (in this case the distal humerus) and not in the soft tissues adjacent to the joint, otherwise they would be worried more about the ligaments (the medial elbow (medial epicondyle), includes the flexor/pronator tendon attachments and ligaments (often referred to as golfers elbow) and the UCL or Tommy John ligament; the lateral elbow (bone is the epicondyle) attachments would be what is commonly called "tennis elbow" or the extensor tendon origin).

For the diagnosis to be a contusion there has to be a history of direct trauma to the area (when did that happen? Garza does not seem to indicate there was a direct trauma as his quotes below indicate). Their docs may be thinking it's a repetitive stress injury but are not willing to call it a stress fracture based on the abnormal uptake pattern on the MRI being more diffuse (rather than focal or linear) but don't have a better term for the signal abnormality. If this is the case the term contusion is misleading and it might be that they are interceding before the problem formally becomes a more definite stress fracture. This would be analogous to a leg injury often called "shin splints" which if it continues to get exposed to repetitive stress can becomes a formal stress fracture of the leg/tibia or fibula.

It's unlikely that there is any cartilage involvement in a bone contusion unless the direct trauma also affected the joint (that would make the dx of an articular fracture) and one would see fluid in the joint on the MRI to make one consider that being the case.

I recall Prior's "bone contusion" to the elbow when he was hit by a line drive by Brad Hawpe in 2005. They actually called it a "compression fracture" so it was more extensive than a "bone bruise" and with Prior, it was the lateral or outside of the elbow.


"It's just one of those things that happen, more wear and tear. Like, if you're a runner and your knees are sore, that's usually what it is -- a bruise."

The above quote bothers me though as a contusion means some direct trauma and "wear and tear" is more of a repetitive stress problem.


he also thinks that the injury is just the result of throwing in cold weather, something that he was not really used to while playing with the Tampa Bay Rays. He expects the elbow to loosen up a little bit when the weather gets warmer.

Again, repetitive stress injury, not contusion.
Finally, I remember former Brewer-WSux-Cardinal pitcher Cal Eldred who had a diagnosis of "stress fracture" of his pitching elbow. He started the 2000 season with a 10-2 record with the Sox but due to the stress fx, in August of 2000 he had a screw placed across the stress fx to try and heal it. He was mostly out until 2003 when he tried another comeback with StL before ending his career in 2005.


So, in summary, I'm not sure what kind of estimate to recovery Garza has. If it's a "pre stress fx", it might be just the 2 weeks on the DL and he's back in the best case scenerio and the warmer weather by then works in his favor. If not...lets hope it' doesn't become a recurring problem because a stress fracture at the elbow can be a bear to get to resolve.

Thanks for the info, Doc! Hopefully it's not serious

Lou Montanez, welcome to the Cubs!

5 spot in the 2nd.

watching castro...it's amazing how much youth and inexperience can cost a team and how many different ways it can manifest itself.

cubs up by 7 in the 7th...bases loaded...Z pinch hitting. ha. awesome.

2 rbi single...ha.

It's official Quade is an idiot.

Z pinch hitting.

if they weren't up by 7 this late in the game i imagine he wouldn't be hitting...i hope anyway.

it's been weird watching his wild corkscrew swing style actually refined into a nice swing. he's still too undependable to make a case for him being a hitter, but he's got pop and his swing doesn't look like it could land him on the DL.

Always worth risking an injury, especially when 3/5 of your rotation is hurt.

yeah, the massive rotation injuries are a consideration.

i don't feel bad about it, but there is some unnecessary risk in Z's use there.

Seems like the Mets don't care, wonder why?

Okay sQuade let's bring in Marmol to close this 10 run lead.

Knoxville News reporting that Adduci had recent hand surgery and is probably out for the season. Affects Ha/Perez since one spot will remain open in the Tennessee outfield; and might affect who goes to Iowa to replace Montanez.

I guess they just slide Ha over to RF and keep Jackson in CF. It's possible they could send Jackson to AAA to work against pitchers with more experience but I'm not sure if that will be much more of a challenge than AA

The outfield is still crowded. Nelson Perez plays right most days. Before that, it was Matt Spencer, who has an OPS over 1. So you have Spencer, Perez, Jackson and Ha for three OF positions.

A couple weeks ago, Flaherty was playing some OF, but now you have to squeeze him, LeMahieu, Marwin Gonzalez and Vitters into three infield slots.

At catcher, Lalli is hitting well as usual, and Flores is 7 for 14 with 2 HRs since moving up from Daytona. Soto arrives tomorrow for a brief stint.

I guess the question is, what are they feeding these guys?



Couldn't the Cubs just promote one of Flaherty or Lemahieu (probably Flaherty) and do something with Bobby Scales, Matt Camp, or Bryan Lahair? They could also do something with Perez and promote Jackson once he's healthy, although I suspect he'll end up in Chicago at some point this year regardless.

Perez, yeah, fine with me, but Hendry traded for him and would probably say he's still rehabbing.

Ty Wright, another outfielder, was DL'd a few weeks ago from Tennessee but now that he's healthy, they plug him in yesterday at Iowa, where there always seems to be room for a marginal prospect. Chris Robinson is another one. Not that I'm unsympathetic to giving these guys a dozen chances, and it's not terrible to have very intense competition at AA. Hendry may be an unusually soft-hearted GM in not wanting to foreclose on these Iowans. Bobby Scales, Matt Camp, etc. LaHair, though--he has twelve home runs, and Carlos Pena isn't setting the bar very high for the 1B who follows him.

I'm ok with LaHair and Spencer getting a 1st base opportunity at this point.

Or at least once Pena can be dumped somewhere.

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