Turner Continues Rehab at Riverview, While Denorfia is Leaving on a Jet Plane

Eloy Jimenez (two-run double), Tyler Alamo (RBI double), and Ricardo Marcano (RBI single) stroked consecutive running-scoring hits to highlight a four-run 6th, and LHSP Justin Steele (Cubs 2014 5th round draft pick - George County HS - Lucedale, MS) tossed 5.1 IP of one-run ball (11/2 GO/FO), leading the Eugene Emeralds to a 4-1 victory over the Mesa Cubs in Extended Spring Training intrasquad game action this morning on Field #6 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.  

RHP Jacob Turner (on Cubs MLB 60-day DL- right flexor strain) started the game for Mesa and threw 3.2 IP of shutout ball (56 pitches), allowing four hits (all singles) and two walks, with two strikeouts and a 3/4 GO/FO. This will almost certainly be Turner's last EXST rehab outing before he departs for one of the Cubs full-season minor league affiliates, where he will continue his rehab under Article XIX-C.

Turner's fastball velocity sat at 91-92 MPH through his first two innings of work, but then it spiked to 93-94 over his final two frames. He had some command issues at times with his cutter, but his breaking ball was very sharp. 

OF Chris Denorfia (on Cubs 15-day DL - hamstring strain) has definitely completed the Arizona portion of his rehab and is en route to AA Tennessee, where he will spend the weekend facing more advanced pitching than he saw at EXST. Then he will (presumably) re- join the Cubs in Detroit on Tuesday.   

Originally, Denorfia was supposed to remain at Extend0ed Spring Training through Saturday and then spend the first-half of next week at Tennessee, but the timetable was pushed-up when he got back into playing shape sooner than was expected. In six Cactus League EXST games (24 PA), Denorfia hit 400/500/550, reaching base 12 times in the six games (five singles, three doubles, and four walks). He also struck out five times in the 24 Plate Appearances.   

Prior to the intrasquad game, RHRP Neil Ramirez (on Cubs 15-day DL - right shoulder inflammation), RHRP Anthony Carter (on AAA Iowa 7-day DL), and LHSP Rob Zastryzny (on AA Tennessee 7-day DL - foot injury) squared-off in a two-inining "sim" game on Field #5. Ramirez threw two innings (25 pitches - 15 in the first inning, then ten in the second), and Carter and Zastryzny threw one inning a piece (15 pitches each).   

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


EUGENE LINEUP:
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 1-2 (5-3, BB, 1B, R)
2. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 1-3 (1B, K, E-4, R, SB)
3. Eloy Jimenez, DH #1: 2-3 (1B, P-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
4. Tyler Alamo, C-DH: 1-3 (K, F-9, 2B, R, RBI)
5. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 1-2 (BB, 4-3, 1B, RBI)
6. Roney Alcala, 1B: 1-2 (L-5,  2B)
7. Ho-Young Son, SS: 0-2 (F-9, E-5)
8. Danny Gutierrez, RF: 0-1 (1-3, BB) 
9. Adonis Paula, 3B: 1-2 (1B, F-9)
10. Calvin Graves, DH #2: 1-2 (1B, F-9, SB)
11. Yohan Matos, DH-C: 0-2 (K, K) 

MESA LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 1-3 (1B, 1-3, K)
2. Roberto Caro, DH #1: 0-2 (5-3, F-9, BB)
3. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, K)
4. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-2 (6-3, 5-4 FC, BB, R)
5. Joey Martarano, DH #2: 0-3 (5-3, F-8, 6-3)
6. Jose Paniagua, LF: 1-3 (1B, E-6, K)
7. Carlos Jimenez, 3B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, 3-U, RBI)
8. Erick Castillo, C-DH: 0-2 (4-3, 4-3, BB)
9. Jenner Emeterio, RF: 0-3 (6-3, 3-U, 5-4-3 DP) 
10. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, SB)
11. Jhonny Pereda, DH-C: 0-1 (1-3) 
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER 

EUGENE PITCHERS
1. Justin Steele: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 11/2 GO/FO, 74 pitches (48 strikes) 
2. Scott Frazier: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/FO, 24 pitches (13 strikes)

MESA PITCHERS
1. Jacob Turner: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 3/4 GO/FO, 56 pitches (32 strikes) 
2. Jae-Hoon Ha: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/FO, 39 pitches (24 strikes) 
NOTE: Bottom of 6th inning was terminated with no outs

EUGENE ERRORS: 1 
SS Ho-Young Son: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
 
MESA ERRORS: 2 
1. 3B Carlos Jimenez: E-5 (throwing error alliowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. 2B Carlos Sepulveda: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 

EUGENE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Tyler Alamo: 0-1 SB

MESA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Erick Castillo: 0-2 CS, 1 PB

EUGENE OUTFIELD ASSISTS
LF Ricardo Marcano - threw out batter (Carlos Sepulveda) 7-4 trying to stretch single into double

MESA OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
RF Jenner Emeterio - threw out batter (Adonis Paula) 9-6 trying  to stretch single into double

WEATHER: Overcast with temperatures in the 90's

ATTENDANCE: 2

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2015 CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER 

updated 6/4

64 players ACTIVE (includes ACTIVE REHAB and LIMITED ACTIVITY)

9 players TRAINING CENTER REHAB (not cleared for field activity)

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 40+4
Adbert Alzolay
Pedro Araujo
Daniel Bard 
Jordan Brink
Jesus Camargo
Marcelo Carreno (ACTIVE REHAB - post-2013 right shoulder surgery)
Anthony Carter (ACTIVE REHAB)
Jesus Castillo 
Dylan Cease (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS) 
Oscar de la Cruz
Enrique de los Rios
* Andin Diaz
Greyfer Eregua
Scott Frazier
Tanner Griggs (LIMITED ACTIVITY - groin)
Jae-Hoon Ha (ex-OF)
Luis Hernandez (LIMITED ACTIVITY)
Corbin Hoffner
Pierce Johnson (ACTIVE REHAB - lat strain)
Barret Loux (ACTIVE REHAB - right flexor strain)
John Michael Knighton 
Mark Malave (ex-C)
Dillon Maples
Trey Masek (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Trey McNutt (LIMITED ACTIVITY - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Yomar Morel (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - 2015 TJS) 
Erling Moreno (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
James Norwood (LIMITED ACTIVITY
* Ariel Ovando (ex-OF - LIMITED ACTIVITY)
Blake Parker (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - elbow)
* Jose Paulino
Hector Perez (LIMITED ACTIVITY
Neil Ramirez (ACTIVE REHAB - right shoulder inflammation)
Austin Reed (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - 2014 TJS)
Santiago Rodriguez
Jose Rosario (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - 2015 TJS)
* Carson Sands 
Alexander Santana
* Justin Steele
Jacob Turner (ACTIVE REHAB - right flexor strain)
Austyn Willis
* Sam Wilson
Jose Zapata (ACTIVE REHAB - post-2013 cervical fracture)
* Rob Zastryzny (ACTIVE REHAB - foot)

CATCHERS: 5+2
Tyler Alamo 
# Erick Castillo
Yohan Matos;
* Alberto Mineo 
Jhonny Pereda
Will Remillard (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - 2015 TJS)
Miguel Rico (ex-3B - TRAINING CENTER REHAB - left knee injury)

INFIELDERS
: 10+3
Roney Alcala (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only RH)
# Frandy de la Rosa
Wladimir Galindo (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - left wrist injury)
Danny Gutierrez
Carlos Jimenez (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only RH)
* Tommy LaStella (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - oblique strain)
Joey Martarano
Andruw Monasterio (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only RH)
Mike Olt (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - fractured right wrist)
Adonis Paula
* Carlos Sepulveda
Ho-Young Son
* Logan Watkins (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - 2015 ruptured achilles tendon)

OUTFIELDERS: 9
# Roberto Caro
* Shawon Dunston Jr (ACTIVE REHAB - right shoulder injury)
Jenner Emeterio
# Robert Garcia
Calvin Graves
Eloy Jimenez
Kevonte Mitchell
* Ricardo Marcano
Jose Paniagua

GAME MANAGERS
Carmelo Martinez (AZL Cubs Manager)
Gary Van Tol (Eugene Manager)

COACHES
Oscar Bernard (AZL Cubs Hitting Coach)
Ricardo Medina (Eugene Hitting Coach)
Terrmel Sledge (Eugene Assistant Coach)
Anderson Tavares (Eugene Pitching Coach)
Rick Tronerud (Mesa Rehab Pitching Coach)
Ron Villone (AZL Cubs Pitching Coach)
Ty Wright (AZL Cubs Assistant Coach)

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES
Sean Folan (AZL Cubs)
Ryan Nordvedt (Eugene)

ATHLETIC TRAINERS
Chuck Baughman (Assistant Minor League Training Coordinator - Mesa Rehab)
Mike McNulty (Eugene) 
Toby Williams (AZL Cubs)

 

Comments

woo...be nice to have deno back. hope it's a quick rehab trip. the deno/cog platoon working as expected might be a nice boon to the bat production. it's a small step, but given how the bats are doing lately, small steps matter. plus, if i see d.ross taking RH pinch hit ABs again my brain might explode.

In 28 Cactus League EXST games and exactly 100 PA (does not include intrasquad games), Eloy Jimenez is hitting 297/360/549, and is leading the EXST Cubs in home runs, doubles, triples, slugging, RBI, and runs scored, and has struck out in only 16% of his PA (not too bad for a slugger)...      

Phil, we have a question from Twitter: Joey Martarano's numbers look good. Where is he headed?

 

CT STEVE: Joey Martarano had been playing with Squad "A" (the proto-Eugene squad) until today. He was a DH with Squad "B" (the Mesa squad) in today's game, although that doesn't mean he has been moved-down permanently. The Eugene roster will be set in about ten days, and a lot can happen between now & then.

Martarano hit a tape-measure HR in an intrasquad game last week, and he is hitting .304 in six Cactus League Extended Spring Training games (23 PA), but he also has struck out 11 times in those 23 PA. 

I think with Martarano, the Cubs want to keep him interested in baseball by challenging him, and since he did play (briefly) in the AZL last season, the Cubs might want to give him a chance to play in a slightly more advanced league (the Northwest League) this year, even though he might struggle a bit. 

Remember, playing pro baseball is sort of a "summer job" for Martarano. He plays D-1 college football and attends college the other ten nonths of the year, and it's hard enough to develop baseball skills when you are playing the sport full-time, but it's really hard to do it when you are playing baseball just two months a year.

Thanks!

Great news about Ramirez. Any guess as to the time table on his return?

BOB R: I don't know what the timetable is, but Neil Ramirez looked great today, His fastball and breaking ball were smokin'.

The big question is how his shoulder feels tomorrow. There have already been a couple of setbacks in the last couple of weeks that delayed his progress, but hopefully it's "full-speed ahead" from this point forward. 

Today's Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader versus Rockies was canceled due to wet grounds, so split-squad doubleheader "sim" games were played on Fields 3 & 4 at Riverview Park, with the pitchers who were scheduled to throw in the Cactus League doubleheader throwing instead in the "sim" games: .RHP Austyn Willis (five innings - 75 pitches), RHP Santiago Rodriguez (four innings - 60 pitches), RHP Dillon Maples (two innings - 30 pitches), RHP Pedro Araujo (two innings - 30 pitches), LHP Sam Wilson (two innings - 30 pitches), and RHP Greyfer Eregua (two innings - 30 pitches).  

It rained here last night and into the morning, and "sim" games only need a dry mound and home plate area in order to to be played. And it so happens that those are the only parts of the fields that are covered overnight (infield grass and dirt are not covered).  

 

Rain in AZ in June?!?!?

JACOS: This is the third Cubs Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader that has been rained-out so far this season. Two were rained-out in May (one at Diamondbacks and one at Rockies), and now one in June. And since rained-out EXST games are not re-scheduled, they are just "lost" games. 

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