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
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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
Cubster 12 hours 24 min ago (view)
IMPOTUS 45: "ANYBODY WHO WANTS A TEST CAN GET A TEST"
then said quietly by his elves: although it can take up to 1-2 days (or two tanks of gas) to get through test lines and then 7-14 days to get results.
crunch 12 hours 47 min ago (view)
5 cubs players + d.ross didn't work out with the team today because their tests were dealyed. 4 players + d.ross later came back negative and 1 test will have to be done again because it was compromised during transport and invalidated.
...turns out the compromised test was not a player, but a non-player/non-ross Tier 1 employee. neat.
crunch 15 hours 8 min ago (view)
v.caratini will continue to be darvish's preferred catcher this season.
crunch 15 hours 9 min ago (view)
j.hicks (STL) opts out. he's a T1 diabetic currently rehabbing from TJ. he was expected to return in august.
JustSayin' 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
I think what your saying applies to all franchises in all big-time team sports. The virus is asymptomatic in many carriers. The national positive test % rate is mid/high single digits. If your pro sports franchise does 3-4 x better than that, it still means some players and coaches will test positive and things will grind to a partial or complete halt. At least baseball didn't try to "bubble" in AZ and FL, which are looking like two of the worst (and worst-led) states in which to be located at the currrent stage of the pandemic.
crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)
rizzo took BP and did some field work today. also, almora is good to go...he ran into a wall on friday and got a little banged up.
Cubster 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
Aroldis Chapman is now Covid positive with mild symptoms
crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)
the COVID-Division should be fun.
teams from TX, AZ, CA, WA, and CO exclusively playing each other... CO is all "wtf, really?"
Cubster 2 days 10 hours ago (view)
...and so it goes (per Roto): Astros general manager James Click wrote in a statement that a member of the staff "was potentially exposed to a COVID-positive individual outside the organization.” The team is working with MLB and team doctors on testing protocol and cleaning before resuming workouts.
Does the visiting team bring a Covid positive bio-weapon to the player's parking lot?
Charlie 2 days 17 hours ago (view)
I've been wondering how this would proceed. Since teams will have to figure out how existing contracts will be paid, I thought there was a *chance* they would proceed with free agency as usual and plan for payment under potential shortened seasons would just be figured out in negotiations with the MLBPA. But that was probably an overly optimistic thought.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 20 hours ago (view)
Meanwhile Theo shoots down any potential of extension talks. I get that it's a crazy time financially in baseball, but it's really gonna suck when all these players leave after 21 and 22.
Cubster 3 days 7 hours ago (view)
WSox Michael Kopech has opted out of 2020. I didn't see a disclosed reason yet but he is recovering from TJ S
crunch 3 days 17 hours ago (view)
buster posey (SF) opting out of 2020...recently adopted twin daughters who were born premature.
Cubster 4 days 21 hours ago (view)
per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).
Arizona Phil 5 days 10 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).
crunch 5 days 13 hours ago (view)
rizzo takes another day off (lower back). ross says the club is "exercising caution."
klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.