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:
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)
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
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)
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
2015 CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER
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
Marcelo Carreno (ACTIVE REHAB - post-2013 right shoulder surgery)
Anthony Carter (ACTIVE REHAB)
Dylan Cease (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
Oscar de la Cruz
Enrique de los Rios
* Andin Diaz
Tanner Griggs (LIMITED ACTIVITY - groin)
Jae-Hoon Ha (ex-OF)
Luis Hernandez (LIMITED ACTIVITY)
Pierce Johnson (ACTIVE REHAB - lat strain)
Barret Loux (ACTIVE REHAB - right flexor strain)
John Michael Knighton
Mark Malave (ex-C)
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)
Jose Rosario (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - 2015 TJS)
* Carson Sands
* Justin Steele
Jacob Turner (ACTIVE REHAB - right flexor strain)
* Sam Wilson
Jose Zapata (ACTIVE REHAB - post-2013 cervical fracture)
* Rob Zastryzny (ACTIVE REHAB - foot)
# Erick Castillo
* Alberto Mineo
Will Remillard (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - 2015 TJS)
Miguel Rico (ex-3B - TRAINING CENTER REHAB - left knee injury)
Roney Alcala (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only RH)
# Frandy de la Rosa
Wladimir Galindo (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - left wrist injury)
Carlos Jimenez (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only RH)
* Tommy LaStella (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - oblique strain)
Andruw Monasterio (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only RH)
Mike Olt (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - fractured right wrist)
* Carlos Sepulveda
* Logan Watkins (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - 2015 ruptured achilles tendon)
# Roberto Caro
* Shawon Dunston Jr (ACTIVE REHAB - right shoulder injury)
# Robert Garcia
* Ricardo Marcano
Carmelo Martinez (AZL Cubs Manager)
Gary Van Tol (Eugene Manager)
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)
Chuck Baughman (Assistant Minor League Training Coordinator - Mesa Rehab)
Mike McNulty (Eugene)
Toby Williams (AZL Cubs)
The E-Man 3 hours 7 min ago (view)
Eh - double meh. How about just getting Curtis Granderson and calling it a day?
crunch 3 hours 19 min ago (view)
c.paddack (SD) with a no-hitter through 7, 82 pitches
...and it's gone in the 8th. now i don't have to watch a SD/MIA game anymore.
Eric S 7 hours 9 min ago (view)
Finally, a Yu win at Wrigley as a Cub and a series win against the Reds. Could definitely get used to that!
Eric S 8 hours 38 sec ago (view)
JHey!!! Yu’s gotta be the happiest dude in the dugout
Eric S 8 hours 4 min ago (view)
Little surprised Maddon pulled Yu after six innings and only 83 pitches - hopefully just trying to keep him fresh (and no injury concern)
videographer 9 hours 7 min ago (view)
What can you tell us about Alexander Guerra and his performance as of late? 2 - 3HR games in two weeks, 1.200 Slg %. Does he have any kind of value as a prospect?
crunch 9 hours 39 min ago (view)
post all-star break darvish is some good stuff so far, too.
Eric S 10 hours 7 min ago (view)
Home run derby KB is a hell of a lot of fun!!
Eric S 10 hours 41 min ago (view)
I’m trying really hard to reverse jinx it but floundering in a bad way. Seems likely he’ll hit 6 + in a week when the dam finally breaks
Eric S 10 hours 42 min ago (view)
His two strike approach is very commendable on a team with so much swing and miss in it. Hoping he’ll run into an early count fastball soon that exits the park - he’s most certainly due.
First.Pitch.120 10 hours 55 min ago (view)
Fair points... but with this roster, I don't really care about JJ's power. More than enough power up & down lineup. I'm a bit "meh" on speed & SBs, especially in a 4th OF type on a post-season roster. Call it Post-Traumatic-2018-Terrence-Gore-Disorder (PT'18TGD???). If I had to choose between a 4th OF who can pinch run or who can pinch hit, it's my personal preference for the PH. And anybody who disagrees with me is wrong & probably immoral.
VirginiaPhil 12 hours 16 min ago (view)
Jay--an outfielder hitting two home runs in 433 PAs with the Cubs. Hasn't hit more than three in seven years. Sometimes you give up power for speed, but there's no speed, either, at least in the form of SBs.
VirginiaPhil 12 hours 23 min ago (view)
Williams can carry a tune, if I remember correctly.
Dempster was unbelievable the other night, hitting only one note on-key, the second to the last word in the song, "ball." Maybe he can do comedy, but forget about song-and-dance.
crunch 12 hours 50 min ago (view)
almora (really?) / baez / bryant(LF) / rizzo / caratini / heyward / russell(2nd) / bote(3rd) / darvish
First.Pitch.120 13 hours 54 min ago (view)
Jon Jay - Trade Candidate?
I noticed that JJ was back from the IL & having a usual JJ quiet-productive start to his season. I think I love the idea of JJ coming back to the north side. Instantly makes the OF deeper no matter what happens with Happ or Zo. Lefty bat compliments AA in CF & can play good D at all 3 spots. Pretty even career R/L splits. Good career PH numbers if coming off the bench. Known quantity in clubhouse.
The post-seaon roster starts to feel deep & balanced... with 13 position players including a bench of:
Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 31 min ago (view)
He is very streaky, both with his hitting for average and his power. I’m not too worried about it from the Cubs standpoint yet. From my fantasy team standpoint a different matter though.