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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  • Hagsag 2 hours 40 min ago (view)

    Predictions on the Rule 5 draft this morning?

     

  • Hagsag 2 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Very, very interesting Phil. Thanks for the post.

     

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    What was the stated purpose of the 1953 Bonus Rule? 

    COMMISSIONER FORD FRICK: "We want the kind of bonus rule that will discourage the Majors from paying out big bonuses, and encourage the little fellows (he is referring here to the minor leagues) to sign these youngsters and then sell them to clubs of a higher classification."

     

  • crunch 9 hours 39 min ago (view)

    g.cole - yanks - 9/324m

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  • crunch 9 hours 46 min ago (view)

    still waiting for rich hill to happen over here...i promise to be totally not impressed or happy about it.  not a tj guy, but he's injured as hell and not expected to show up until mid-season at best.

    whoever they pick to give a few million dollars over a couple seasons to not pitch for the cubs in any of them, i welcome them.

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  • bradsbeard 10 hours 20 min ago (view)

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  • cubbies.4ever 11 hours 45 min ago (view)

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  • Charlie 20 hours 27 min ago (view)

    I hope "isn't happening" was more like, "we'd love to continue to discuss this soon"--after extensions/trades of younger players are a bit more sorted.

     

  • Charlie 20 hours 30 min ago (view)

    If only they had revenue from having recently won the World Series and a string of playoff appearances along with a new TV contract! Then they could really spend.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 47 min ago (view)

    i wish this team was owned by billionaires rather than these...oh, nevermind.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 21 hours 25 min ago (view)

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  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    jdlym: The contract Brad Brach signed with the Mets includes a $850K base salary for 2020, a $1.25M club option for 2021, $400K in potential performance bonuses in 2020, potentially $2.25M in 2021 salary accelerators, and $500K in potential performance bonuses in 2021, so ordinarily the Cubs salary obligation to Brach would be the difference between Brach's new 2020 base salary ($850K) and what would have been his 2020 player option salary ($1.35M) if he hadn't been released by the Cubs. 

     

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    d.ross meets the media at winter meetings...video/audio

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  • jdrnym 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Hey AZPhil, when a player is released with money/years still remaining on his contract, does his next team *have* to give him the prorated major league minimum or can they offer more (meaning the original club owes less) to "outbid" other teams that may have had interest? I'm assuming that's what happened with Brad Brach, where the Mets signed him for 2020 at $850,000.

     

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  • Rob Richardson 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    It's high time if you ask me.