Angels Net Nada from Pierce, Kyuji, and Rosscup at Riverview Park

RHP Pierce Johnson (AA Tennessee 7-day DL - calf - hadn't thrown in a game since May 19th), RHP Kyuji Fujikawa (Cubs MLB 60-day DL - 2013 TJS - hadn't thrown in a Cactus League EXST game since last Monday), and LHP Zac Rosscup (Cubs 15-day DL - shoulder - hadn't thrown in a game since May 9th) combined to toss 3.2 IP of two-hit shutout ball and Danny Canela belted a double and a triple for the Cubs, and LHP Jonah Wesely threw three innings of one-hit shutout ball with five strikeouts for the Angels, as the two teams played to a 2-2 tie in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #4 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ. 

42-year old OF Manny Ramirez (signed by the Cubs last week to be a player-coach at AAA Iowa) has arrived at Riverview Park to get into playing shape, and so security has been increased. There was a definite uptick in attendance today (most-likely related to Manny's expected arrival), although ManRam did not play in the EXST game.

17-year old OF Eloy Jimenez was at Riverview Park today, too, watching the game from the bleachers (he hasn't played in a game since last Tuesday). Whether his trip to the DSL has been indefinitely postponed or just temporarily delayed remains to be seen. It would be nice if Eloy could play in at least one or two more Cactus League EXST games, though, since he leads the EXST Cubs in RBI and is (was) in the middle of a hot streak (hitting 360/385/640 since May 14th). 

LHP Andin Diaz (who was assigned to the DSL Cubs last Friday) was not present at Riverview today and presumably has reported to the DSL Cubs, although (who knows?) maybe he'll pop up again, too.

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

1. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-3 (K, 4-6-3 DP, HBP, K)
2a. Mark Malave, DH #1: 1-3 (3B, F-8, K, R)
2b. Rony Rodriguez, PH-1B: 0-1 (K)
3a. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-2 (5-3, BB, F-9)
3b. Oliver Zapata, RF: 0-1 (K)
4a. Danny Canela, 1B: 2-4 (2B, F-7, 3B, E-3)
4b. Charcer Burks, PR: NO AB (R)
5. Justin Marra, C: 1-3 (3-U, 1B, K, BB)
6. Jesse Hodges, DH #2: 0-3 (K, L-8, K, BB)
7. Kevin Brown, LF: 1-2 (1B, 3-U, BB, F-8 SF, RBI)
8. Giuseppe Papaccio, 3B: 0-3 (F-9, 5-3, L-9, BB)
9. Zak Blair, 2B: 0-3 (3-U, BB, F-7, 4-3)
10. Varonex Cuevas, SS: 2-3 (1B, F-9, 1B)

1. Pierce Johnson: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 24 pitches (15 strikes)
2. Kyuji Fujikawa: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 13 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Zac Rosscup: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 14 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Trevor Clifton: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 6/3 GO/FO, 45 pitches (28 strikes)
5. Josh Davis: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GO/FO, 17 pitches (15 strikes)

1. 3B Giuseppe Papaccio - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely - eventually scored unearned run)
2. P Trevor Clifton - E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd base)
3. SS Varonex Cuevas - E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely - eventually scored uinearned run)

Justin Marra: 0-1 CS, 1 PB

ATTENDANCE: 27 (ManRam Fever! Catch It!)

WEATHER: Sunny & hot with temperatures 100+


Phil, do you feel Fuji is making progress on his rehab?

HAGSAG: Fujikawa keeps having minor setbacks that keep him from completing his rehab down here. Like he'll warm up in the bullpen and then go back to the clubhouse instead of pitching in the game, and then it's a few more days until you see him pitch in a game (although he does play catch most every day on the Agility Field).

He did throw OK in the game today, although he didn't get many swings & misses. Hopefully he can stay on course and get out of here pretty soon.

Rosscup was throwing gas today, and his breaking ball looked great, too. If there are no setbacks, he could be at Iowa or even back up with the Cubs in fairly short order. 

Pierce Johnson struggled to throw strikes in his one inning (24 pitches - 15 strikes), although at least there didn't appear to be anything wrong with his leg (calf).

interesting take on college pitchers taken with first 3 picks...Appel had a stinker over the weekend and why it may actually mean something.

That article kind of blew my mind ...

Baez out of Iowa lineup tonight, HBP in hand yesterday.

Grantland pitchcraft breakdown on Samardzija

Conforto 0/2 with a BB so far in the regional final game...7th inning.

There'd be no end to the criticism and conjecture. But it would at least give us something to talk about other than when the kids are coming.


Bud Norris is not happy with the Singleton contract extension

this sums up my feelings on it


The MLBPA can't happily agree to structures that limit the earnings of amateurs and then be shocked when it makes those more risk-averse.

Beefy to the DL, Whiteside called up, Rondon off paternity leave and Jose Veras DFA'd

Oh God, now we get Baker and Whiteside in the lineup everyday. Maybe Rizzo and Castro can get hurt and we can start setting some MLB records.

Baker was pacing himself.

eli whiteside being allowed near a MLB club is f'n embarrassing. the cubs just brought up a guy hitting .171 in the minors...who hit .187 last year in the minors. the guy last had a .300+ ob% in AA. it's not even like he's an elite defender, though it is his strong point now that the power promise he used to show seems to be tapped out.

there's already enough embarrassing about the past 3-4 years without piling it on with eli f'n whiteside.

what does whiteside add to a pitcher's fastball though?


i wonder what magical "veteran presence" he has to even still be in the game...much less get employeed by theo/jed. sure, he calls a good game, has a good arm, and stops balls...but he's not so good you can ignore his almost complete lack of bat.

FWIW, as a post 2013 Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signed a Major League contract after 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day following the conclusion of the 2013 World Series, Jose Veras has an automatic "no trade" right through June 15th. Veras can waive this right, but if he does he can be traded only for player contracts and/or cash with a maximum aggregate value of $50,000. (Not that he would have much trade value). Also, because he has accrued more than five years of MLB Service Time, Veras must give his permission before he can be sent outright to the minors. So it is VERY likely that he will be released.

G. Amaya, B. Rademacher, A. McKirahan, F. Pena make FSL All-Star team

Six Smokies are Southern League all stars: Bruno, Bryant, Andreoli, Black, Rivero & Lopez.

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  • AZ Phil: I've heard that the AFL will be testing out a new force out rule that would affect break-up plays (like the Utley play). Have you heard anything about this new rule and any details about it? Are they testing it out at the advanced instructs as well?

  • Pretty sure I already know the answer to this, but since I will be in NYC next week I want to confirm... If the Cubs were to advance to the NLCS, the winner of LAD/NYM would have home field based on being a division winner (as opposed to Cubs by virtue of better record), correct?

  • CUBSTER: This "hammy" is on the other leg I heard last night. See you at the ballyard today young man!

  • Lulz

  • Oh what do you know, Cubster? Go back to your day job.

    --- Ducks, puts on Cardinals cap, runs.

  • Russell had a severe hamstring last year while with the A's system, forcing him to miss the first half of 2014. I've even wondered if his injury last year was a component of Billy Beane putting him on the trade market. He was quoted saying that last year's injury was a 10 out of 10 when it happened. Last night he said his hamstring soreness was a 1/1.5 out of 10. Hamstring injuries are tricky though, so I'd expect the medical team to be overly cautious here.

  • ...I want to reinforce the observation that there was no sea of red in the crowd. The usual Cardinal fans roaming the stadium were few and far between.

    Also, almost every 2 strike pitch brought the fans to their feet. Good for those in knee rehab.

  • "1st team hit hit 6HR in a game in the postseason." rises above obvious...i checked it with the official fact-finding commission of Douche, Douche, and Douchestein. they agreed with you, but they're a bunch of f'n douches so who cares?

    btw, the cubs are 2-1 in the post-season series.

  • I should be able to watch the game on the NFL replay app, whatever that thing is called. I've got it on my iPad. This is the first year I haven't forced myself to somehow watch every game - no I take that back, last year was - in quite some time. Last year was so unbearable, no pun intended.

    You make some good points about Cutler, and I was a holdout defender of Cutler for a long time. I gave up on him a bit after one too many dumb interceptions, but last year doesn't count. Trestman was the worst coach in Bears history.

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  • What was impressive to me is that the Cubs won despite poor base running, several defensive miscues, Russell leaving due to injury, Arrieta having an off game and getting knocked out early, and Rondon giving up 2 runs in the 9th. If they can win a game like that... 

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  • 14 in attendance. What's the record for attendance in the fall? I guess I should ask what the record attendance listed is in one of your recaps.

  • I was there too, with my grown son. This is my miracle year-- I rose to the top of the season ticket list after eight years, completely unexpectedly, and my wonderful wife agreed to put the ticket fee on the emergency credit card. The whole point of course was that the Cubs were going to be good this year, and then for a while, so to get season tickets with the guaranteed shot at the postseason was incredible timing. We got to the remote lot at 4:10 after stopping at Nhu Lan for our usual banh mi sandwiches, only to find the lot full, way earlier than normal.