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: 

SLOAN PARK

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 

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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+ 

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CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER

Updated 6-7-2016

* bats or throws left 
# bats both

64 ACTIVE 
18 LIMITED ACTIVITY or PITCHERS REHAB GROUP

PITCHERS: 34+15
Andury Acevedo (INJURY REHAB GROUP - May 2016 knee surgery)
Jose Albertos
Jeffry Antigua (INJURY REHAB GROUP - ???)
Luis Aquino 
Javier Assad 
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)
Jesus Camargo 
Jesus Castillo 
Dylan Cease
Jared Cheek
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 
Scott Frazier
* 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)
Jose Leidenz
Gabriel Lima (INJURY REHAB GROUP - ???)
Mark Malave 
Junior Marte (INJURY REHAB GROUP - ???)
M. T. Minacci 
Erling Moreno
Tommy Nance
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 
Andry Rondon
* Manny Rondon
* Zac Rosscup (INJURY REHAB GROUP - May 2016 left shoulder surgery) 
Alexander Santana
Nick Sarianides
Pedro Silverio
Ho-Young Son (ex-INF)
* Justin Steele
Jen-Ho Tseng (ACTIVE REHAB- right shoulder inflammation)
Jose Zapata (INACTIVE - player coach)

CATCHERS: 8+1
Eric Gonzalez
Marcus Mastrobuoni 
* Alberto Mineo
Tyler Payne
Tyler Pearson 
Jhonny Pereda
Gustavo Polanco
Will Remillard (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY - April 2016 TJS #2) 
Kevin Zamudio 

INFIELDERS: 10+2
Jhonny Bethencourt
Wladimir Galindo 
* Vimael Machin
Joey Martarano (INACTIVE - attending college at Boise State)
Rafael Mejia
Andruw Monasterio
Jose Paniagua
Isaac Paredes 
# Yeiler Peguero
* Chris Pieters
# Edgar Rondon 
Christian Villanueva (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY - fractured fibula)

OUTFIELDERS: 12
* Luis Ayala
Alex Bautista
# Roberto Caro 
Michael Foster
# Robert Garcia
Jose Gonzalez 
* Kwang-Min Kwon
* Ricardo Marcano
Yohan Matos (ex-C)
Kevonte Mitchell 
* Ruben Reyes
* D. J. Wilson

MANAGERS
Carmelo Martinez 
Jesus Feliciano

COACHES 
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 
Dallas Lopez 
Ryan Nordtvedt 

ATHLETIC TRAINERS
Adrian Pettaway 
Logan Severson 

REHAB TRAINING COORDINATOR 
Chuck Baughman  

VIDEO
Sam Hunter

Comments

Phil, when our last extended spring training games?

PHIL: Thanks for the update. Wish Hudson progress was better. Any Joe Nathan sightings? Any lefty relievers you see out there looking for work?

Kaspar said on the CSN broadcast that Candelario and Zagunis have been promoted to Iowa.

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  • bradsbeard 9 hours 4 min ago (view)

    Angels also make sense as a destination for Kris Bryant. 

     

  • azbobbop 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    I wonder if Maddon will take any of the coaches with him.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    I doubt that Maddon would have taken the job if the Angels aren't fully prepared to sign one or maybe even two FA TOR SP (like Gerrit Cole and/or Stephen Strasburg if he opts out). 

    When you have the best player in MLB and now the highest-paid manager, not making the playoffs again in 2020 just can't be acceptable. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    HOU/NYY postponed.

     

  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    as expected, joe maddon to be the new manager of the angels.

    btw, it is unlikely tonight's HOU @ NYY (10/16) will happen because of rain that's going to start 3-4 hours before game time and carry well into the night.

     

  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    world series will be played in DC for the first time since 1933.  neat.

     

  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    and it's only getting worse...i mean, better.

    7 runs to pad out the 1st.

     

  • Craig A. 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Oof. Hudson leaves the game after giving up five runs on singles and doubles and only getting one out. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    The thing about Kris Bryant is that he would probably be traded only to a club that feels that it under-achieved in 2019 and where the owner is exerting pressure from the top and who therefore will over-pay for two years of Kris Bryant. 

     

  • Charlie 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Yeah, it seems like I lean more toward overvaluing Bryant than most commenters here. Also, I completely stopped following prospect lists once the Cubs were good again, so I'm out of the loop on Pache especially. I had imagined that the Cubs would be looking more for immediate major league value rather than a projectable prospect, but I guess if you really like Pache you don't mind waiting a couple years.

     

  • K Dub 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    PHIL: Excellent breakdown, Phil. Thanks. 

    I'm sure you heard. QO value was set at $17.8 million the day after you made your post.

     

  • K Dub 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Pache, Wright, Muller and Riley feels light to you, Charlie? I respect your opinion, but I would jump at it. I highly doubt the Braves would do it, though. Were talking 2 years of Bryant at what could be 18 million and 28-30 million in his last year of arbitration. 

    The Cubs would be hurting their chances next year and building for 2021 in a deal like that, but that's rebuilding/retooling in one fell swoop. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 2 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: Austin Riley is actually a third-baseman but he had to play LF for the Braves in 2019 because he was blocked by Josh Donaldson, and Cristian Pache is considered to be the best defensive centerfielder in the minors and his bat has improved enough over the past year or two to where he is now rated in or just outside the top ten overall prospects in MLB.

    So a package that includes Riley and Pache and one of the Braves young MLB or MLB-ready SP would probably be more than enough to get the Cubs to bite.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Max Fried or Bryse Wilson

     

  • crunch 5 days 5 hours ago (view)

    https://www.espn.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/27828247/...

    t.skaggs story keeps getting deeper.

    allegations the team knew about skagg's drug abuse (also his family).  teams are required to report this to MLB.

     

  • Charlie 5 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Except for the headline, the linked post reads more like a trade hypothetical than a trade rumor. I like the idea of looking at this package as a discussion point for expected return for Bryant. I would say it feels a little light to me. It's deep, with two decent outfield prospects with upside and two OK pitching prospects. But Riley doesn't help the team solve the CF problem right now, so he's either redundant to Bote or sort of a Schwarber replacement. Muller's inflated BB% at AA this year worries me a bit too.