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
bradsbeard 16 min 2 sec ago (view)
A healthy Bryant is the better player. Unfortunately, KB hasn't been healthy the past two years.
crunch 32 min 54 sec ago (view)
if bryant wasn't looking less and less like a 3rd baseman, it would probably be an even or less trade given the cost difference between the 2 guys. it's not been so slick the past couple years for bryant with the glove meanwhile arenado does nothing but win gold gloves.
bryant has 2 years of club control and arenado can opt out after 2021.
that said, i dunno if the cubs have the $$ space to take on a $35m/yr contract with or without the risk of him opting out.
Charlie 1 hour 52 min ago (view)
Shouldn't it take less than Bryant, given Arenado's opt out? I guess the Rockies could be asking for more, but it wouldn't make sense.
Eric S 3 hours 25 min ago (view)
Has he gone so far as calling the Rox front office namby-pambies yet? There's only so much a front office can take before it snaps.
crunch 4 hours 10 min ago (view)
n.arenado continues to go very hard on COL front office. he's careful not to turn on the fans, but he's burning the hell out of every other bridge to the point they may trade him just to not hear about it too much longer. he's not shy at all about airing it out for the media.
if the cubs want him, it will most likely take more than just k.bryant.
Arizona Phil 20 hours 31 min ago (view)
The Cubs have officially signed C-1B Alberto Mineo to a 2020 minor league contract and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.
A native of Italy, Mineo was signed by the Cubs as a 16 year old J-2 IFA in November 2010. He was one of three players signed by the Cubs out of the MLB European Academy in Turin, Italy in the years 2008-10 (Italian RHP Alex Maestri and Dutch INF Dwayne Kemp were the other two).
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
No argument there. Plays an excellent violin though.
crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
tim815 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
He's better than Taylor Davis.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
He's at a career juncture where I think he is a toss up of he is who he is or there's a little more left for him to achieve. Playing this as his age 27 season he is either in or damn close to his peak. I personally think he doesn't need the everyday playing time, just based on the fact that he's not a top prospect, is older, and doesn't project to be a starter at any spot for a first division team.
Charlie 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
This is the take if you see him as a legit prospect. Which, maybe? I know little about him, and his numbers in limited AAA exposure last season were really nice. Maybe a lively ball helps his career.
bradsbeard 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
Sounds like a long shot to get a trade done then. Thanks for clarifying!
Arizona Phil 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Before making a trade with the Rule 5 Draft pick's former club, the drafting club must first place the player on Outright Assignment Waivers and any of the other MLB clubs can claim the player for the $50,000 waiver price and assume the Rule 5 Draft obligations (actually it's Rule 6 Selected Player obligations, but you know what I mean).
bradsbeard 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
AZ Phil, the "work out a trade" part of Rule 5 is still a mystery to me. Do the Cubs have to put Megill through waivers and (if he clears) offer him back to SD before they can trade for him?
Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
For those of you who didn't see the game, here are the pitch-velo readings from Wednsdays Cubs - Royals game:
NOTES: An amazing pitcher... he's probably in mid-season form right now... just needs to gradually increase innings...
NOTES: A legit candidate to be the 5th starter
Craig A. 1 day 22 hours ago (view)