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40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus two players are on the 60-DAY IL

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, plus six players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, seven players are on the 15-DAY IL, and one player is on the 10-DAY IL

Last updated 5-18-2024

* bats or throws left
# bats both

Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
Christopher Morel
Patrick Wisdom

* Cody Bellinger
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
Brennen Davis, OF
* Matt Mervis, 1B
Luis Vazquez, INF

10-DAY IL: 1
Dansby Swanson, INF

15-DAY IL: 7
Yency Almonte, P 
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P 
Daniel Palencia, P
* Drew Smyly, P
Keegan Thompson, P 
* Jordan Wicks, P

60-DAY IL: 2
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Angels Can't Even Contain Baez, Much Less Stop Him

Javier Baez drove-in six runs with a two-run HR and a grand slam, Yasiel Balaguert knocked-in four runs with a three-run home run and a sacrifice fly, Dong-Yub Kim drove-in two runs with an RBI single and a solo HR, and Wilson Contreras ripped a two-run double, leading the Cubs to a 14-4 demolition of the Angels in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa, AZ.

Both of Baez's home runs were hit 420+ feet over the right-centerfield fence, landing on Field #5 (the "half-field" infield located north of the clubhouse).

Baez now has eight home runs and 26 RBI in 24 EXST games, and he has saved his best work for games against the Angels. In six EXST games (24 AB) versus the Halos, Baez is hitting .468 with two doubles, a triple, five home runs and 16 RBI. Apparently he can do whatever he wants when he faces the Angels.

RHP Jose Arias got the start for the Cubs today and threw four innings (55 pitches), allowing two runs (only one earned) on four hits (all four singles) and a walk, with seven strikeouts. Arias now leads the EXST Cubs pitchers in strikeouts with 26 (in 21.0 IP)

While the Cubs were playing the Angels on Field #3, RHP Marcos Mateo (on the Cubs 60-day DL with a sore elbow), RHP Justin Berg (2011 TJS rehab), LHP Luis Villalba, RHP Loiger Padron, RHP Ramon Garcia (broken hand rehab), and RHP Ethan Elias threw a five-inning “sim” game on Field #2, facing Cubs players who were not in the lineup on Field #3. Mateo looks to be close to returning to full-scale game action, and a healthy Marcos Mateo could possibly help the beleaguered Chicago Cubs bullpen.

RHP Su-MIn Jung --who has been throwing in "sim" games for the past month while trying to resolve major control issues--got into a Cactus League EXST game for the first time since April 18th. Jung got only one out, and allowed two runs on a single, two walks, and two HBP (including one that hit an Angels hitter in the head, knocking him out of the game), before getting pulled out of the game after throwing 24 oitches (only nine strikes).

In EXST roster news, 1B Ryan Durrence has been released. Durrence was signed by the Cubs after the 2011 June draft as a Non-Drafted Free-Agent (NDFA) out of Bethune-Cookman, and he hit 247/314/406 with a team-leading three HR for the AZL Cubs in 2011. But he has struggled this year, hitting just .120 with no XBH in nine EXST games (26 PA). He was also blocked at 1B by Dan Vogelbach, Rock Shoulders, Ryan Cuneo, Paul Hoilman, Justin Bour, and Anthony Rizzo in the Cubs farm system, so he would have had to really light it up at Minor League Camp and Extended Spring Training to get any consideration for advancement.

Veteran LHRP Ryan Rowland-Smith (on the Iowa Cubs DL since April 19th with a sore back) has completed his EXST rehab and has returned to the I-Cubs. He threw in two EXST games (1.2 IP) last week and allowed no runs on one hit and a walk, with three strikeouts. 

Also, Peoria Chiefs RF Reggie Golden (Cubs 2010 2nd round draft pick) has undergone season-ending surgery for a torn ACL. He injured his knee while running the bases in a MWL game last month. He will be out of action until Minor League Camp (Spring Training) 2013.

Cubs VP of Player Personnel Oneri Fleita was at the game today.

Here is the box score from today’s game (Cubs players only):

1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 2-4 (K, 4-3, 1B, 1B)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-2 (1B, BB, 6-4 FC, BB, 2 R)
3. Javier Baez, SS: 2-4 (6-4-3 DP, HR, HR, 7-4 FC, 2 R, 6 RBI)
4. Xavier Batista, LF-DH: 0-4 (6-3, F-9, F-7, P-2 DP)
5. Jeimer Candelario, DH-3B: 0-3 (5-3, BB, F-8, F-7, R)
6. Dustin Geiger, 3B-DH: 2-4 (5-3, 1B, 1B, 4-3, 2 R)
7. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 0-3 (K, HBP, FC, K, R)
8a. Wilson Contreras, C: 2-3 (1B, 2B, 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI)
8b. Neftali Rosario, C: 0-0 (BB)
9. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 2-3 (1B, HR, F-8 SF, K, 2 R, 4 RBI)
10a Dong-Yub Kim, DH #2: 2-3 (1B, HR, 5-3, 2 R, 2 RBI)
10b. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-1 (F-7)
11b. Brian Inoa, DH #3: 0-1 (K)

1. Jose Arias: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 7 K, 1 GIDP, 55 pitches (36 strikes), 4/1 GO/FO
2. Su-Min Jung: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 2 HBP, 24 pitches (9 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
3. James Pugliese: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 27 pitches (16 strikes), 4/4 GO/FO
4. Roderik Pichardo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 6 pitches (5 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
5. Pete Levitt: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 15 pitches (10 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO

SS Javier Baez - E-6 (throwing error on run-down between 1st & 2nd allowed runner at 3rd base to score unearned run)

1. Wilson Contreras: 0-1 CS
2. Neftali Rosario: 0-1 CS


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+


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In reply to by toonsterwu

no idea how he got the was a much healthier market for this kind of stuff pre-2007 for obvious reasons. hell, the market really started to tank years before that. in the late 90s/early 00s card companies were crapping out dozens of issues per company, per year, saturating the market with so many "rookie cards" under so many different issues that it became kinda silly outside obvious slam-dunk rookie cards like the Bowman Chrome Autograph series of limited edition RCs. they peak market of the mid-80s to early-90s are long gone, but once the market rebounded in the late 90s the card companies ruined the whole thing except for those that like to break open high-$$ packs (some of these packs guaranteed game used and autos in packs costing $20-$100 a pack straight from manufacturer).

Jason Marquis has been DFA'd, might as well get the band back together. Also, part of me thinks Javier Baez could walk into Wrigley right now and be more productive than I_Stewart or Barwin Darney.

anyone else watching the HOU feed? they haven't gone to commercial between innings yet. it's a weird mix of silence and guys filling time with recaps while between-inning field work gets taken care of.

Kaplan tweets that Chirinos (concussion) and Guyer (shoulder) could miss the whole season. Fuld already out for most of, if not all of season with wrist injury. Archer with a better May: (2-0, 3.18 ERA, 22.2 IP, 20 H, 1 HR, 11 BB, 20 K) Hak-Ju Lee not improved: .569 OPS in May after .642 OPS in April and striking out a ton

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In reply to by Rob G.

Shame on Chirinos. He really had a shot to take that catching job this year. Hope he can rebound. He was an easy guy to root for, based on everything known out there on his work ethic and leadership. If Archer had passable command, he'd be an interesting SP prospect. Passable. It's not there, though. People always got on me for not liking Hak-ju Lee as much as others, particularly after the trade. Had nothing to do with him not being a Cubs prospect anymore, though. Since Peoria, I've just never seen the bat that would produce enough. Always said, offensively, he reminded me a lot Che-Hsuan Lin. I think Lee makes it to the bigs, but I've never been sold that he was going to be this star that people thought.

Cubs worst record in NL, 2nd worst in majors. presuming they don't come back tonight, half game out of the #1 spot behind Twins. presuming that loss tonight, on pace for 57/58 wins.

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In reply to by Rob G.

I said on another site that I thought the Cubs were a 60-72 win range team, and I got hammered by some for setting such a low number. There's definitely some intrigue, and I would venture to guess that they probably end up closer to 72 than 60, but this just wasn't that good of a team, on paper, entering the year. I hope to heck they over-achieve. Losing seasons are long and frustrating to follow (although part of me thinks that a piss-poor season and the top pick (and the enhanced budget that comes with it) would be nice).

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In reply to by Rob G.

Draft doesn't look too strong this year, especially in terms of top prospects (praying we don't get another pick like Montanez!) Strategically, IMO, the best move is trade Garza (and whoever else not named Castro that other teams want) for prospects and hopefully be high enough in the draft next year to get a #1 starter/impact everyday player.

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In reply to by The E-Man

With the way Manny and Francona were slammed on the way out the door. It's possible to likely that Theo got out just before the axe fell on him. He left a Hendry-esque payroll mess in Boston on the way out the door. So his rope wasn't nearly as long as you might be thinking. And Hoyer came here because we were going to hire either him or Byrnes for the GM job. Moorad chose to hire Byrnes and let us have Hoyer. So that wasn't a strong arm type of situation either. Both guys are upgrades over the previous staff. However lets not act like we hired John Shaft in his prime to whip these honkeys into shape over here.

Houston is a bad ball club. Cubs even worse. Last night at Minute Maid it was 50-50 Cub fans/Astros but Cubs fans were long gone before the 9th inning "rally." Reason? Dale Swain gave up. A new chapter in The Cubs Way manual? Down 7-0 with one out, Randy Wells steps into the batters box. Way to tell your boys it ain't over 'til it's over, Yogi. Way to juggle the top of the order, Dr Doom. DO YOU HAVE THE GUTS TO SHAKE UP THIS TEAM, Q-BALL II?

Rizzo hit #15, Valbuena with 1 HR/3 RBI Volstad 5 IP, 6 K, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 H (70 pitches, 41 strikes). Clevenger got a few rehab AB's, imagine him and Welington should be available around the same time (the weekend).

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