Pierce Johnson Completes Rehab at Sloan Park
Roberto Caro belted a two-run triple in the first and doubled and scored in the fourth and Robert Garcia doubled twice, walked twice, stole a base, and scored a run for the Cubs, and Yan Sanchez hammered a game-tying two-out RBI triple in the 8th for the Diamondbacks, as the two teams played to a 4-4 tie at Sloan Park, and Jazz Chisholm laced a two-run triple and an RBI single and Gerard Hernandez drilled an RBI triple and an RBI single. leading the D'backs to an 8-4 victory over the Cubs on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning in Mesa, AZ.
Wladmiir Galindo ripped an RBI double and a single in a losing cause for the Cubs on Field #1.
The game at Sloan Park was called by mutual agreement after 8-1/2 innings of play.
RHSP Pierce Johnson (on AAA Iowa 7-day DL with a lat strain) completed his EXST rehab, throwing five innings (72 pitches - 74% strikes) in the game at Sloan Park. Johnson allowed two runs on six hits (two doubles and four singles), struck out six, did not issue any walks (although he did hit a batter), and he retired the last seven men he faced in dominating fashion (K, K, K, 4-3, K, K, F-7). So he's ready to return to the Iowa Cubs, and his next start will very likely be this coming Sunday versus Round Rock in Des Moines or next Monday at Colorado Springs.
LHSP Bryan Hudson started the game for the Cubs on Field #1 and had another poor outing, surrendering six runs on seven hits (five singles and two triples) and three walks in four innings of work. Coupled with his last start versus the Angels in Tempe last week, Hudson has allowed 13 hits and seven walks in his last 6.0 IP.
RHSP Oscar de la Cruz (out of action since Minor League Camp with a right elbow injury) threw an early-morning bullpen side-session, but it was cut-short after only about a half-dozen pitches.
RHRP Jordan Brink (post-2015 right shoulder surgery) did complete his bullpen side-session (he threw at the same time as de la Cruz), and it went well, so he should be returning to game action soon (probably with the AZL Cubs).
Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only), followed :by the updated Cubs Extended Spring Training roster:
CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, DH #1: 2-2 (2B, 2B, BB, BB, R, SB, CS)
2. Yeiler Peguero, 2B: 0-2 (BB, 2-3, BB, 4-3, R)
3a. Roberto Caro, CF: 2-2 (3B, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
3b. Ruben Reyes, CF: 1-2 (1B, K, PO)
4. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 1-3 (4-3, 2B, L-7, RBI)
5. Isaac Paredes, SS: 1-3 (L-8 DP, 6-5 FC, 1B, R)
6. Kwang-Min Kwon, LF: 0-3 (P-3, K, 4-3 DP)
7. Rafael Mejia, 3B: 1-3 (P-6, 1B, P-5)
8. Jhonny Pereda, C-DH: 1-3 (P-4, 1B, K, RBI)
9. Michael Foster, RF: 1-3 (1B, K, 6-3, CS)
10. Eric Gonzalez, DH-C: 0-3 (K, K, F-9)
CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Pierce Johnson: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP, 2/5 GO/AO, 72 pitches (53 strikes)
2. Andry Rondon: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (10 strikes)
3. Yapson Gomez: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 25 pitches (16 strikes)
4. Jared Cheek: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Tommy Nance: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (10 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 2
1. 3B Rafael Mejia: E-5 (errant throw to 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
2. LF Kwang-Min Kwon: E-7 (dropped fly ball allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely)
CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jhonny Pereda: 1-3 CS
RIVERVIEW BASEBALL COMPLEX - FIELD #1
CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, DH #1: 0-4 (3-U, F-8, F-9, 3-U)
2. Jose Gonzalez, CF: 1-4 (E-6, F-7, 2B, F-9, 2 R, SB)
3. Chris Pieters, 1B: 2-4 (F-7, 4-3, 1B+E9, 1B, R, RBI)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 2-4 (2B, F-9, 1B, K, RBI)
5. Gustavo Polanco, C: 1-4 (K, 1B, F-9, K)
6. Alex Bautista, RF: 1-4 (1B, K, 6-4-3 DP, K)
7a. Ricardo Marcano, DH #2: 0-3 (K, K, K)
7b. Tyler Pearson, PH: 0-1 (5-3)
8. Jhonny Bethencourt, SS: 1-3 (6-3 DP, 1B, 6-3, R)
9. Yohan Matos, LF: 1-3 (6-3, 6-3, 2B, RBI)
10. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 1-2 (BB, 1B, 4-3, SB)
CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Bryan Hudson: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R (6 ER), 3 BB, 3 K, 2 GIDP, 5/0 GO/AO, 73 pitches (41 strikes)
2. M. T. Minacci: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Jose Albertos: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/AO, 52 pitches (32 strikes)
4. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (8 strikes)
CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: NONE
CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Gustavo Polanco: 1-5 CS
ATTENDANCE: 19 (combined - some of the spectators moved back & forth between the two venues)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+
CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER:
* bats or throws left
# bats both
18 LIMITED ACTIVITY or PITCHERS REHAB GROUP
Andury Acevedo (INJURY REHAB GROUP - May 2016 knee surgery)
* Jeffry Antigua (INJURY REHAB GROUP - ???)
Frank Batista (INJURY REHAB GROUP - April 2016 knee surgery)
Jordan Brink (INJURY REHAB GROUP - post-2015 right shoulder surgery)
Cole Brocker (INJURY REHAB GROUP - ???)
Aaron Brooks (ACTIVE REHAB - hip contusion)
Aaron Crow (INJURY REHAB GROUP - April 2015 TJS)
Oscar de la Cruz (INJURY REHAB GROUP - elbow)
Enrique de los Rios
* Andin Diaz (INJURY REHAB GROUP - ???)
P. J. Francescon
* Yapson Gomez
Tanner Griggs (RESTRICTED LIST - ACTIVE)
Luis Hernandez (INJURY REHAB GROUP - ???)
* Bryan Hudson
Pierce Johnson (ACTIVE REHAB - lat strain)
John Michael Knighton
* Jack Leathersich (ACTIVE REHAB - July 2015 TJS)
Gabriel Lima (INJURY REHAB GROUP - ???)
Junior Marte (INJURY REHAB GROUP - ???)
M. T. Minacci
Joe Nathan (INJURY REHAB GROUP - April 2015 TJS)
* Eugenio Palma
* Manny Parra (INJURY REHAB GROUP - April 2016 TJS)
* Jose Paulino
* Tyler Peitzmeier
* C. J. Riefenhauser
* Manny Rondon
* Zac Rosscup (INJURY REHAB GROUP - May 2016 left shoulder surgery)
Ho-Young Son (ex-INF)
* Justin Steele
Jen-Ho Tseng (ACTIVE REHAB- right shoulder inflammation)
Jose Zapata (INACTIVE - player coach)
* Alberto Mineo
Will Remillard (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY - April 2016 TJS #2)
* Vimael Machin
Joey Martarano (INACTIVE - attending college at Boise State)
# Yeiler Peguero
* Chris Pieters
# Edgar Rondon
Christian Villanueva (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY - fractured fibula)
* Luis Ayala
# Roberto Caro
# Robert Garcia
* Kwang-Min Kwon
* Ricardo Marcano
Yohan Matos (ex-C)
* Ruben Reyes
* D. J. Wilson
Armando Gabino (Assistant Pitching Coach)
Jeremy Farrell (Assistant Hitting Coach)
Brian Lawrence (Pitching Coach)
Jonathan Mota (Assistant Coach - Infield Instructor)
Lance Rymel (Rehab Assistant Coach - Catching Instructor)
Ron Villone (Rehab Pitching Coach)
Jose Zapata (Assistant Rehab Pitching Coach)
Gary Van Tol (Assistant Coach)
Ty Wright (Hitting Coach - Outfield Instructor)
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES
REHAB TRAINING COORDINATOR
crunch 7 hours 16 min ago (view)
kevin rizzo is in camp with the cubs and is in workouts with the team.
very tiny guy, no power, but he can run down a ball in the field and he's almost impossible to pitch to. time to give him a contract and put him in the OF.
crunch 7 hours 56 min ago (view)
Marquee has added a tuesday game, so now the first televised cubs game is March 2nd (3pm EST)
Arizona Phil 17 hours 46 min ago (view)
The DFA of Robert Stock to make room for Kyle Ryan coming off the CoViD-related IL wil need to be followed by removing another player on the 40 to make room for Ryan Tepera.
It's possible somebody (like a pitcher) is injured to the extent that he might be placed on the 60-day IL, or else maybe somebody else will go on the CoViD-related IL (which is 40-man roster exempt) in the coming days to make room for Tepera.
Arizona Phil 18 hours 21 min ago (view)
The Cubs have signed LHSP Ben Holmes (ex-LAD) and RHRP Jose Moreno (ex-NYM) to 2021 minor league contracts. Both were post-2020 minor league 6YFA and neither has been on an MLB 40-man roster.
Holmes pitched collegiately at Oregon State and has some AAA experience, but Moreno hasn't pitched above Lo-A over the course of seven seasons in the Mets organization.
crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
side note...k.wong is on 1st putting on one of those "baserunning mitts" (hand protection for sliding) that's extending past the length of his hand/fingers by at least 2-3 inches.
they're going to have to start regulating this piece of equipment if this keeps up...
crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)
Q with LAA in his debut for them...HBP, a wild pitch, and BB through 7 pitches...then 3 pop-outs to follow.
blah blah spring training...
baseball on TV...neat.
First.Pitch.120 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
We just traded for Maddux!!! ......... nope, the other one.
crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
yeah, i'm just saying i did consider piling onto it with a troll-level post about the trade...it's practically asking to be written that way.
jeff passan did it quite well... https://twitter.com/jeffpassan/status/136577746706...
that said, i had no idea zach bryant existed before today, but his early numbers looked oddly good (which means nothing without context that early in his career).
Charlie 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
Oh, I mean the trade. You were quite diligent in posting!
crunch 2 days 1 hour ago (view)
i contemplated writing the post totally trolled out as hell with "zach" coming after a wall of text.
i decided the cubs being cheap was enough pre-season punishment without piling on.
Charlie 2 days 2 hours ago (view)
This is a straight up troll
crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
rsox aquiring ZACH bryant from the cubs.
ptbn from the josh osich deal.
totally useless trade...hopefully not a terrible loss.
Hagsag 3 days 4 hours ago (view)
Chase Strumpf and Andy Weber invited to the ML camp.
Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 10 hours ago (view)
Ryan Tepera returns. Major League deal
crunch 4 days 8 hours ago (view)
spring training TV is usually fluid...adding and subtracting broadcast games...
first cubs TV (as of now) is March 3 (wednesday) on ESPN at 3pm EST.
radio broadcasts available for almost every game that's not televised. the cubs get going on monday and some other teams will start the day before.
crunch 5 days 4 hours ago (view)
dj snelton's left elbow is screwed up...6 weeks rest then re-evaluate.
looks like he's going to try to avoid having surgery.