The Rehab Gang Leads Cubs to Victory at Riverview Park

Jemile Weeks tripled, singled, and scored, Elliot Soto reached base four tines (solo HR, HBP, and two walks). Kevin Cornelius belted a solo HR, and Kwangmin Kwon ripped an RBI triple and walked, leading the Cubs to a 4-1 victory over the Giants "orange" squad in Cactus League Extended SpringTraining game action Tuesday morning on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.

The game was called after eight innings of play.

RHRP Conor Mullee (on Iowa 7-day DL - August 2016 right elbow surgery) saw his first game action since undergoing right elbow ulnar nerve decompression surgery last July. The 29-year old Mullee was claimed off waivers by the Cubs from the New York Yankees on November 2nd (later that day -- actually early the next morning -- the Cubs would win Game 7 of the World Series), then he was non-tendered and signed to a 2017 minor league contract in December. Prior to the injury, Mullee was a member of the Yankees MLB bullpen, so once he has completed his rehab at EXST, he should slide right into the AAA Iowa bullpen and be available for a possible call-up to Chicago later this season, should his services be required.      

And Jemile Weeks (on AAA Iowa 7-day DL - February 2017 left knee injury) saw his first game action since suffering a sprained ACL after being upended while attempting to turn a DP in an MLB Cactus League game versus the White Sox at Sloan Park on February 27th. He showed no signs of any problem with the knee today, busting out of the batter's box and motoring around the bases at full speed after belting a triple off the CF Batter's Eye leading off the bottom of the 1st inning. He did commit an error in field, however. Barring any medical set-backs in the meantime, Weeks could get called up to Chicago at some point in 2017, providing a veteran utility player who can play 2B-SS-CF, switch hit, and steal bases.  
Meanwhile, SS Elliot Soto (on Iowa 7-day DL - March 2017 left foot injury) has reached base in all seven of his Plate Appearances (a HR, a single, three walks, and two HBP) since returning to game action yesterday at Fitch Park. So within a week or so, Iowa Cubs fans should be seeing Weeks and Soto manning the 2B-SS slots in Des Moines.    

Not to be outdone, 1B Kevin Cornelius (on AA Tennessee 7-day DL - March 2017 broken left hand) hit a monster solo HR over the LF fence and onto Field #2 in the bottom of the 3rd. Cornelius was selected by the Cubs off the New York Yankees AA Trenton roster in the AAA Phase of the December 2016 Rule 5 Draft.  
In EXST Cubs roster news, 1B Chris Dominguez has completed his rehab assignment and has rejoined the Iowa Cubs.

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

1a. Jemile Weeks, 2B: 2-3 (3B, F-9, 1B, R)
1b. Rafael  Narea, 3B-SS: 1-1 (1B, SB)
2. Elliot Soto, SS-DH: 1-1 (HBP, HR, BB, BB, R, RBI)
3. Kevin Cornelius, 1B: 1-4 (K, HR, K, K, R, RBI)
4a. Miguel Amaya, C-DH: 1-3 (6-4 FC, 1B, F-7, R)
4b. Orian Nunez, 3B: 0-1 (F-9)
5. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 1-2 (BB, 3B, P-3, RBI)
6. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B-2B: 0-2 (4-3, BB, F-8)
7. Rafael Mejia, DH #1: 1-3 (K, 6-4-3 DP, 1B)
8. Gustavo Polanco, DH-C: 1-3 (1B, K, 5-4-3 DP)
9. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 1-2 (1B, K, BB, SB)
10. Ruben Reyes, LF: 0-3 (6-3 DP, 6-3, K)

1. Connor Mulle: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 15 pitches (11 strikes)
2. Brailyn Marquez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 16 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Manny Parra: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 6 pitches (4 strikes)
4. Jack Leathersich: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes)
5. Enrique de los Rios: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 38 pitches (22 strikes)
6. Junior Marte: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 0/4 GO/AO, 27 pitches (15 strikes)
7. Elvis Diaz: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/4 GO/AO, 22 pitches (13 strikes)

2B Jemile Weeks: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

Miguel Amaya: 0-2 CS, 1 PO

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's



i.happ to DL (boo)...bruised left thumb also, sweet j.weeks is back in action.

AZ PHIL: Barring the injury, would Sweet J Weeks have made the team out of Spring Training? He had some nice games. I remember he hit one out as well? Keep staying hydrated out in the stands, PHIL.

E-MAN: Because Jemile Weeks can fill the role of both Matt Szczur and Tommy LaStella, I think he probably was the one Spring Training NRI who had a shot at making the Cubs Opening Day 25-man roster - IF - he had escaped Spring Training healthy. Unfortunately, Weeks has had trouble staying off the DL the last couple of years (he spent almost the entire 2016 season on the DL with a torn hamstring). 

It looks like things are going to get real crowded in Iowa soon.

As long as Grimm is part of the crowd, I'm for it.

Hi Phil, made it back safely. It was great seeing you. Any Matarano or Jimenez sightings?

Hi Arizona Phil, Have you seen Jose Albertos since he threw live BP a few weeks ago? Thank you!

Hey Raisin!

I have not seen Jose Albertos throw "live" BP since 4/15. He could be throwing bullpen side-sessions, but if so I am not aware of that. 

RAISIN: In response to your inquiry yesterday, I found out today that Albertos did indeed throw a couple or three bullpen side-sessions subsequent to the "live" BP on 4/15 to work on his command (he had difficulty throwing strikes in the "live" BP), and then the Cubs decided to just let him loose and throw in a game today (he has no physical issues at this point other than "rust").

It was clear from the way he threw in today's game that Albertos was able to cut loose (consistent 94 MPH FB and sharp-breaking curve), but he had difficulty throwing strikes consistently. Hopefully command will improve with more work.

BOB: Glad you made it back safely! Still no sign of Eloy. Hopefully it won't be much longer.

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  • crunch 16 hours 42 min ago (view)

    kolten wong rumors heating up for the cubs, too.  i could live with that.  giving nico hoerner 600 ab's a year sounds absolutely terrible after what little he did last year.


  • Cubster 18 hours 58 min ago (view)

    WSCR online reporting that the Cubs are going to watch lefty Carlos Rondon pitch. They desperately need another lefty that breaks down with the regularity of my Comcast service. 


  • crunch 19 hours 12 min ago (view)

    imagine being so toxic that you go from a no-doubt 1st or 2nd year HOF'r to having to try for it in your 10th year...and then imagine doubling down on the toxicity every chance you get a chance to redeem yourself.

    every time he's called out, even for minor stuff, he piles on more and then complains that people that have an issue with him are "cancelling" him for no good reason.

    he deleted a slew of "those people that stormed the capital are great people" posts pre-election so he has some kind of self-awareness in that skull of his somewhere.


  • Cubster 19 hours 47 min ago (view)

    I'm all for removing him from the ballot. His bloody sock already made it. That was enuf.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 21 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Ranting about how the elections (both his and the other clown's) were stolen.

    I hope he ends up one vote short next year, just to really rub it in.


  • crunch 22 hours 18 min ago (view)

    currently he's throwing a tantrum and demanding to be removed from the HOF ballot for 2022.


  • Hagsag 1 day 20 min ago (view)

    Will Schilling storm the HOF with a mob?


  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    schilling denied (71.1%, 16 votes short).

    some people did nazi that coming.

    no one inducted this year...aram got 1% of the vote so he found more than 1 vote out there (4 votes).  latroy hawkins got 2 votes for being a solid dude to other people (very friendly with the press and pretty much everyone)...sosa got 17% of the vote...

    schilling/bonds/clemens are going in their last eligible class in 2022...could be a hell of a "controversial" class...but bonds/clemens need to find 50+ votes.


  • Sonicwind75 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Arizona is allowing fans in the stands for indoor NHL hockey games but it's too dangerous to let players following protocals; at least more so than hockey fans, to practice outside in a controlled environment.  Wonder how much of that is coming from MLB ownership trying to get a late start and pro-rating player salaries. Stall and save some money until more fans are allowed to attend later in the year. 


  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    few hours away from HOF announcements (6pm EST, unless leaked early).

    schilling seems to be the only guy with a legit shot this year and i wouldn't be surprised to see no one get elected...

    big up aramis rarmirez getting at least 1 known vote on publically shared ballots.


  • crunch 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    "MLB will hold its first-ever pre-draft combine from June 20-28 in Cary, North Carolina.

    The combine will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, with top draft-eligible college and high school players invited. As part of the combine, the top-88 prep players will take part in a tournament through June 26th consisting of eight games."


  • crunch 2 days 16 hours ago (view)

    cactus league officials are requesting MLB delay spring training because of elevated COVID cases + deaths.

    their summer peak was 70-80 deaths a week and they're currently at 140-160 deaths a week.

    things should be trending down now that most of people that wanted to kill relatives in order to have turkey dinners in NOV/DEC seems to have peaked.


  • Hagsag 3 days 13 hours ago (view)

    $$$$ for trump's defense fund.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 13 hours ago (view)

    But they got $600 a few months back. Each! That was an unexpected windfall.

    Can't wait to see us acquire a 17 year old, 16 year old, 11 year old (all in the 15-30 range of Blue Jays prospects) and one of the shitty Jays surplus OFs. Randal Grichuk jerseys will be the new hot item among Cubs fans.


  • crunch 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    things are a little tight, we have to be patient with the ricketts family finances.

    when TD Ameritrade was fully/completely sold in october they expected to get 26 billion dollars of value on the transaction, but it only got 22 billion dollars.  the massive slew of millions that didn't fully come to realization on the ricketts side of that sale stings.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Trade Hendricks? Cant be true. We're "going to be competitive this year."

    Sell the team, Ricketts family.