Victorino Helps Cubs Blank A's at Fitch Park

Shane Victorino (two-run single), Trey Martin (RBI double), and Chris Pieters (RBI single) stroked run-scoring hits to highlight a five-run 2nd and four pitchers combined to toss a four-hit shutout, as the Cubs scored eight runs over the first four innings and blanked the Athletics 8-0 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action this morning on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Shane Victirino (calf strain rehab) served as a DH and singled twice, walked, stole a base, scored two runs, and drove-in two more.  

Ex-KC RHRP Aaron Crow (April 2015 TJS) threw a perfect 1-2-3 twelve-pitch inning to get things started, RHP Jeremy Null followed with four innings of shutout ball, and then RHP Pedro Silverio tossed three innings of perfect baseball, as Cubs pitchers completely throttled the A's hitters.  

The Cubs stole five more bases today, making it 17 SB in their last four games (only one CS). 

In a display of good sportsmanship, A's first-baseman Miguel Mercedes let Cubs first baseman Gustavo Polanco use his glove when playing defense the last three innings of the game, with the two first-basemen laying the glove on top of the 1st base bag at the end of each half-inning for the other to pick-up when he arrived at his defensive position. (We used to do that in my old neighborhood, too). Although Polanco is primarliy a catcher, he also plays 1B, but he forgot to bring his first-baseman's glove to the game, and Chris Pieters (the only other Cubs player at the game with a first-baseman's mitt) is left-handed. 

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only), followed by the updated Cubs Extended Spring Training roster: 

CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Shane Victorino, DH #1: 2-3 (BB, 1B, 1B, F-9, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB)
1b. Eric Gonzalez, PH: 0-1 (K)
2. D. J. Wilson, RF: 0-3 (F-7 SF, K, 5-4 FC, K, 2 RBI, SB)
3. Trey Martin, CF-DH: 2-4 (2B, 2B, F-9, K, R, RBI) 
4a. Chris Pieters, 1B: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 1B, RBI, SB)
4b. Gustavo Polanco, 1B: 0-1 (K)
5a. Kevonte Mitchell, LF: 0-1 (BB, F-9 SF, 5-4 FC, R, RBI)
5b. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-1 (1-3) 
6a. Kwang-Min Kwon, DH #2: 0-2 (K, HBP, 4-1, PO)
6b. Roberto Caro, CF: 0-1 (K)
7. Yeiler Peguero, SS: 1-2 (6-4 FC, BB, 1B, BB, RBI, SB)
8a. Tyler Payne, C: 1-3 (E-6, 1B, K, 2 R)
8b. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 0-1 (F-8 DP)
9a. Andruw Monasterio, 2B: 0-2 (BB, E-5, F-8, 2 R, SB)
9b. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 1-1 (1B)
10. Edgar Rondon, 3B: 1-3 (BB, L-6, 1B, L-3 DP, R)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Aaron Crow: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (9 strikes) 
2. Jeremy Null: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 4/4 GO/AO, 59 pitches (38 strikes) 
3. Pedro Silverio; 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/4 GO/AO, 38 pitches (25 strikes) 
4. Junior Marte: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (9 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 1 
SS Yeiler Peguero: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Marcus Mastrobuoni: 2 PB 

ATTENDANCE: 8

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 

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CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER (updated 4-19-2016):

82 players ACTIVE (includes ACTIVE REHAB)
15 players LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB or INACTIVE

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 41+11
Jose Albertos
* Jeffry Antigua
Luis Aquino 
Pedro Araujo
Javier Assad 
Frank Batista (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - knee surgery)
Dallas Beeler (ACTIVE REHAB - right shoulder inflammation)
Jordan Brink (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - post-2015 right shoulder surgery)
Cole Brocker
Aaron Brooks (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - hip contusion)
Jake Buchanan
Jesus Camargo
Jesus Castillo 
Dylan Cease
Jared Cheek
Aaron Crow (ACTIVE REHAB - April 2015 TJS)
Oscar de la Cruz (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - elbow)
Enrique de los Rios
Andin Diaz (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - ???)
Wander Feliz (ex-OF)
P. J. Francescon (RESTRICTED LIST - ACTIVE)
Francisco Garay (ex-INF)
Hector Garcia
* Yapson Gomez
Tanner Griggs (RESTRICTED LIST - ACTIVE)
Luis Hernandez (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - ???)
* Bryan Hudson
John Michael Knighton 
* Jack Leathersich (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - July 2015 TJS)
Jose Leidenz
Daniel Lewis 
Gabriel Lima (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - ???)
Mark Malave 
Junior Marte
Kyle Miller
M. T. Minacci 
Erling Moreno
Tommy Nance
Jeremy Null
* Pablo Ochoa 
* Eugenio Palma 
* Manny Parra (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - April 2016 TJS) 
* Jose Paulino
* Tyler Peitzmeier
Andry Rondon
* Manny Rondon
Zac Rosscup (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - left shoulder inflammation) 
Alexander Santana
Pedro Silverio
Duane Underwood Jr (ACTIVE REHAB - elbow)
Michael Wagner
Jose Zapata (INACTIVE - player coach)

CATCHERS
: 9+1
Miguel Amaya 
Eric Gonzalez
Marcus Mastrobuoni 
* Alberto Mineo
Tyler Payne
Tyler Pearson 
Jhonny Pereda
Gustavo Polanco
Will Remillard (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - April 2016 TJS #2)
Kevin Zamudio

INFIELDERS: 16+3
* Aramis Ademan
Jhonny Bethencourt
* Kelly Dugan
Wladimir Galindo
Jesse Hodges
* Vimael Machin
Joey Martarano (INACTIVE;- attending college at Boise State)
Rafael Mejia
Andruw Monasterio
* Christopher Morel (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - right arm laceration)
Rafael Narea
Jose Paniagua
Isaac Paredes
# Yeiler Peguero
# Yonathan Perlaza
* Chris Pieters
# Edgar Rondon (formerly batted only LH, now bats both)
Ho-Young Son
Christian Villanueva (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - fractured fibula)

OUTFIELDERS: 16
* Luis Ayala
Alex Bautista
# Roberto Caro 
Michael Foster
# Robert Garcia
Jose Gonzalez
* Kwang-Min Kwon
* Ricardo Marcano
Trey Martin (ACTIVE REHAB)
Yohan Matos (ex-C)
Kevonte Mitchell 
* Ruben Reyes 
* Abraham Rodriguez
* Jonathan Sierra
# Shane Victorino (ACTIVE REHAB)
* D. J. Wilson

MANAGER :
Carmelo Martinez

COACHES:
Jesus Feliciano (Assistant Manager)
Jeremy Farrell (Assistant Hitting Coach)
Armando Gabino (Assistant Pitching Coach)
Brian Lawrence (Pitching Coach)
Jonathan Mota (Assistant Coach - Infield Instructor)
Lance Ryme (Rehab Assistant Coach - Catching Instructor)
Ron Villone (Rehab Pitching Coach)
Ty Wright (Hitting Coach - Outfield Instructor)
Jose Zapata (Assistant Rehab Pitching Coach)

ATHLETIC TRAINERS:
Chuck Baughman (Assistant Athletic Training Coordinator - Mesa Rehab)
Logan Severson
Adrian Pettaway

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES
Dallas Lopez
Ryan Nordvedt

Comments

Schwarber's had his knee surgery. In Dallas. I've been somewhat silent on this because I don't have much experience with this combo of injuries. ACL's are very common and reconstruction techniques are much less invasive these days with much of the work done with a scope -- but remember, a torn ACL (only) isn't a comp to what KS had. Also I'm waiting to hear if he had any meniscal damage that needed repair. ACL/LCL combination is not very common in baseball (I have not found one true comp but I suspect there is some out there in the last 25 years). It's probably more common in football as it's usually a contact injury when the knee is struck from the inside to injure the LCL (also known as varus stress). The LCL injury occurred when Fowler made medial (inside) knee contact while KS knee was planted. LCL techniques may be changing so it will be interesting to get more details about that part of his surgery. Historically, LCL repairs were open incision procedures although repair depended on where the ligament was injured and the tissue quality as to whether graft was needed. Newer techniques can address this with small incisions although the LCL runs on the outside of the knee, so how the repair was done will be interesting in itself. The initial reports say the ACL was reconstructed (as expected, which means replaced by a graft) but he LCL was repaired (which implies stitched together without graft). It might be somewhat different when we get more detail I'll do a formal write-up when I have better information. The Cubs team docs at Northwestern clearly used their contacts to select someone with the most experience with this combination of ligament injuries. I was wondering if they felt their sportsmed surgeons would be doing the surgery. Clearly, this was referred out and the most experience would not come from the names we have heard that take care of the high end baseball players. That is why they decided on using the Cowboy's team surgeon for Kyle Schwarber and not the usual Baseball surgical gurus. Dr. Cooper also takes care of the Dallas Stars Hockey team and consults in Soccer for Real Madrid. I suspect pro soccer-rugby surgeons have decent experience with this combo. http://www.dancoopermd.com/about/dan-cooper/
ST. LOUIS – The Cubs are anticipating a full recovery for Kyle Schwarber after one of their most dynamic young players underwent left knee surgery on Tuesday in Dallas. Dr. Daniel Cooper, the head team physician for the Cowboys and a medical expert in the NFL, reconstructed Schwarber’s ACL and repaired his LCL after a devastating combination of injuries wiped out his season.
http://www.csnchicago.com/chicago-cubs/cubs-a...

I haven't heard anyone talk recovery time, other than to say "not this year."  Any risk we're looking at 18 months?  Any chance he's ready to go by spring training? What's a plausible range of expectations?  Much appreciate your expertise...

Safety Tyrann Mathieu of the Arizona Cardinals tore his ACL & LCL (left knee) in December 2013.

link

Mathieu was back playing in games the second week of the 2014 NFL regular season (just nine months later). Which is the good news. The bad news is that Mathieu tore his right ACL last December in a non-contact play (he landed awkwardly). But at least he did not tear his LCL again. He also says he will be ready for the start of the 2016 NFL regular season. 

Thanks AZ Phil. Excellent reference article. Full of accurate quotes from Ortho sportsmed expert Dr. Neal Elattrache who is at the Kerlan-Jobe clinic in LA. He is very well known and respected. The comps seem reasonable here too. There are still variables we need to hear more detail on including technique, extent of LCL damage, meniscal damage and even ACL technique (source of graft).

No timetable to recover yet. I'm sure we'll hear about that from press questions. I'd predict one full year (but without details such as operative findings including the menisci and repair technique used, it's a blind guess) which translates to when the weather warms up in 2017. Catching? Will also have to wait on that topic but return to the OF will be easier at least initially.

Thanks for the updates Cubster and AZ! As someone who wouldn't know a scalpel if it hit him in the eye, I can't imagine catching after those injuries, but modern medicine has turned Gayle Sayers career ending injury into practically a non event.... http://mmqb.si.com/2014/06/25/nfl-history-in-...

forgot about a.crow...that could be a nice mid/late-season addition. 12 pitches, 9 strikes...nice. it would be nice if he could rediscover his 94+mph fastball.

Thanks for the story of good sportsmanship, Phil. Reminds me of my neighborhood pickup games, too.  Especially happy to see the good line from Null...

tonight's game is on MLB Network, btw.

So I'm generally an offense over defense guy but Heyward in this Cardinals series has definitely made up for his lack of current hitting with some excellent defensive plays including a perfect throw to get a runner at the plate saving a huge run just now. He's also hit the ball hard at people multiple times now so seeing some hope for his bat.

he'll come around

Several unlucky line drives, and several other excellent defensive plays against him. Just unlucky right now. I can see why he doesn't hit many HRs, though -- his swing looks like it's all arms.

his swing has gone through many tweaks the past few years. none have given him the power when he was a guy who could hit more than 15 homers years ago. that said, he's a guy who's tried a bunch of tweaks, but still managed to maintain a .350-ish ob% while playing around with different things. he's extremely expensive, but at least he most likely won't suck even if he chooses to stick around for the whole contract without finding much more out of his bat than .350 ob%, 30 doubles, and 10-15 homers.

It's a lucky thing that Soler didn't lose that game with the terrible LF play.

Heyward almost had that guy at second, too, were it not for a dropped ball. Infielders need to just assume he'll be firing a perfect throw to them every time the ball comes his way, I guess.

John Arguello (Cubs Den) has a photo slide-show from activity at the Riverview backfields Tuesday morning. 

link 

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  • tim815 5 hours 31 min ago (view)

    The rush to 70 players.

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 48 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released OF Luis Berrelleza, INF Rochest Cruz, LHP Misael Garcia, OF Orlando Guzman, C-1B Brayan Mancilla, RHP Yander Montero, OF Carlos Pacheco, and OF John Rodriguez. 

     

  • crunch 8 hours 32 min ago (view)

    it screws up stats.  i know you play for wins/losses, but real money is on the line for players and makes agent/player homework selling their client a bit harder.

    it also makes historical comparisons difficult.

    the amount of time i've seen a fresh inning starting out...bunt guy to 3rd for an out, IBB, IBB is too high.  what would amount to a leadoff single following that can easily turn into 2 runs (1 earned) with guys on the corner...which usually leads to another IBB.

     

  • Charlie 9 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Jay Jaffe has a timely argument against the runner on second rule over at fangraphs: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/the-runner-on-second-i...

    I still don't know why we don't just have ties. Obviously, the Cubs could have dodged most of these situations by simply hitting a little bit during the regulation innings.

     

  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 21 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed free-agent RHSP Adrian Sampson to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa, and RHP Michael McAvene, LHP Jack Patterson, and OF Donnie Dewees have been placed on the 60-day IL to open up slots for Sampson, Trayce Thompson, and Kyle Ryan on the Cubs minor league 180-man Domestic Reserve List. 

     

  • crunch 12 hours 46 min ago (view)

    well that sucked.

    2-game sweep, 2 games under .500

     

  • crunch 13 hours 13 min ago (view)

    stumbled onto this today...clip from a 2019 ESPN broadcast game with boog, chipper jones, and david ross in the booth...

    https://www.mlb.com/cut4/chipper-jones-sciambi-lau...

    boog used to call games for ATL, btw...

     

  • tim815 15 hours 42 min ago (view)

    Someone on social media was floating Yoelqui Cespedes to the Cubs in a Bryant trade.

    I was clueless if it was permitted. It is.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have traded for outfielder Trayce Thompson, who was with the Diamondbacks at Triple-A, but is formerly of the big league White Sox, Dodgers, and A’s. The Diamondbacks are getting cash in the deal, which is a reflection of the reality that Thompson, 30, is a depth outfielder at this point in his career. Thompson is the younger brother of NBA star Klay Thompson. https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2021/05/11/cub...

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    i'd like to point out ross feels more comfortable with j.pederson and k.bryant in CF over j.heyward.

    watching heyward not just look human in the OF, but having a bit of a hard time is rough.  he's just not getting to stuff like he used to.

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    bryant out of the game for no apparent reason...that...doesn't seem good...

    he's "under the weather" according the clubhouse.  that's better than screwed up oblique or similar, at least.

     

  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    this shane bieber guy kinda sucks.  1 run in, bases loaded 0 outs.

    i hope 4-5 innings of alzolay and the 5 pen guys after him hold it down.

    ...hey wow, bases loaded 0 out turns into 0 runs...very cubs.

     

  • George Altman 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Baseball wants more offense, fans want more action -- limit pitching staffs to 12, ideally transition to 11 over a 3 year period. 

    Teams are asking RPs to throw only 45 pitches a week. Think about that.

    SPs who throw 175 IP/Yr will be museum pieces in 5 years.

    It's not shifts. Oh....and electronic Strike zones as soon as possible. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    given that the starters are on pace to pitch around 150 innings this year they might need the zillion relievers.

    i'm under the impression that d.ross got a new Fitbit exercise tracker prior to the season and likes to have excuses to walk to the mound for higher step counts.  i'm going with this theory until proved otherwise.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    I get that 40 man rosters are complicated, but now we have 10 GD relievers and 3 bench guys, one of whom is an obviously injured Javy.

    I can't wait until they reinstate the 13 pitchers maximum rule.

     

  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    baez (again) a late scratch because back ouchies.