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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 in the Outfield and Angel on the Mound at Diablo Park

Los Angeles Angels LHP Scott Kazmir (lower back strain) threw 3.2 IP of shutout ball (three hits, no walks and four strikeouts, 2/5 GO/FO) on a 45-pitch rehab assignment, and the EXST Angels cruised to a 5-1 victory over the EXST Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Diablo Park in Tempe this morning.

For all you Angels fans out there, Kazmir looked very good, threw all of his pitches for strikes, and reported no back pain or stiffness.

Angel Guzman (2010 shoulder surgery rehab), RHP Jon Nagel (post-2010 non-TJS elbow surgery rehab), RHP Justin Bristow (2010 non-TJS elbow surgery rehab), and RHP Su-Min Jung (unknown-type injury rehab) were among the five pitchers employed by the Cubs today. Guzman struggled to throw his fastball for strikes, but he had good velocity (92 MPH) on his heater, and both his change-up and curve looked OK. He allowed one run (earned) in one inning of work (16 pitches – 8 strikes), issuing a lead-off walk, with the run coming around to score after a stolen base and two ground outs.

The Cubs scored their only run in the top of the 6th. Wes Darvill led-off with a line-drive single to CF, and then with two outs, Reggie Golden (after striking out in both of his two previous ABs) hammered an opposite-field triple into the RF corner to score Darvill from 1st base.

The Angels put the game away in the bottom of the 7th off 19-year old Korean "bonus baby" RHP Jin-Young Kim, piecing together three singles, a wild pitch, and a costly Xavier Batista error to plate three runs (albeit only one of the runs was earned).

In EXST Cubs roster news, catcher Luis Flores has completed his injury rehab assignment and has been assigned to Peoria. (Flores suffered a concussion last month in Minor League Camp).

Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):

1a. Pin-Chieh Chen, DH #1: 0-3 (K, F-7, F-7)
1b. Johan DeJesus, PH: 0-1 (6-3)
2. Wes Darvill, SS: 1-4 (K, F-8, 1B, P-3, R)
3. Wilson Contreras, 3B: 2-4 (1B, 6-3, K, 1B)
4. Marco Hernandez, 2B: 0-4 (K, F-7, F-9, 4-6-3 DP)
5. Reggie Golden, RF: 1-4 (K, K, 3B, F-9, RBI)
6. Xavier Batista, 1B: 0-3 (F-7, F-8, K)
7. Oliver Zapata, CF: 0-3 (4-3, K, K)
8. Vismeldy Bieneme, DH #2: 2-3 (1B, 1B, K)
9a. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 1-2 (1B, 6-3)
9b. Max Kwan, C: 0-1 (F-9)
10. Blair Springfield, LF: 0-3 (P-3, K, F-7)

1. Angel Guzman: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 16 pitches (8 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
2. Jon Nagel: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 9 pitches (7 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
3. Justin Bristow: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 28 pitches (17 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
4. Su-Min Jung: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 24 pitches (14 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
5. Jin-Young Kim: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (1 ER),0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 43 pitches (29 strikes), 3/4 GO/FO

1B Xavier Batista E3 – bobbled ground ball allowing batter to reach base safely – eventually resulted in two unearned runs scoring

Yaniel Cabeza: 1-2 CS


WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 80’s


Iowa: PPD Smokies: Jackson 8, Flaherty 5, LeMahieu 4, Lalli 2, Vitters 3, Ridling 7, Adduci 9, Samson 6, Dolis 9 Jackson HBP, SB and run & Vitters and Flaherty with early 2B's Daytona: Lake SS, Cerda 3B, Ha RF, Bour 1B, Castillo DH, Burgess LF, Brenly C, Crawford CF, Watkins 2B, Kurcz RHP Ha with a HR early, Burgess and Castillo with 2B's Peoria; PPD

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In reply to by Rob G.

left game with an injury although reportedly still throwing 96 when he left, don't know which body part yet.

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In reply to by Rob G.

lower back spasm after slipping on a pitch, should be okay for next start

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In reply to by JoePepitone

Increased growth hormone in the body(either from pituitary gland tumors or however the fuck these athletes use it) causes acromegaly. The most visible symptoms are enlargement of hands, feet and certain facial features(lips, ears, nose,jaw). It also causes growth of the skull and forehead......Mr. Bonds. I've noticed a lot of athletes with gigantic foreheads lately. Plus it causes swelling in other organs like the HEART. I imagine we will see quite a few ball players from this generation die early. HGH probably can be used safely, but in general it's not a good idea to fuck with your endocrine system when you are already perfectly healthy. It's a delicate system that can cause chain reactions of other problems. I'm betting if Brian Wilson is using HGH, he isn't doing it in moderation, doesn't seem to be his style.… I don't think this article means much, but I sure wouldn't oppose Castro hitting third. Fuk/Baker can go back to leadoff, but I'm not sure who would take the leadoff spot when Colvin starts. I guess this is how it would end up Fuk Barney Castro Ramirez Pena Soriano Byrd Soto (Note - I would arrange the bottom half Soto, Soriano, Pena, Byrd)

To Phil or anyone else who cares to answer: When would the team consider bringing up another minor league position player during the season? Jackson's had a helluva start, but I wouldn't think that the team would bring him up before late in the season barring an injury. I don't know if anyone other minor leaguers woud push for the big league club this season anyway. These off days are hard to deal with

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In reply to by Jumbo

I think Jackson probably needs a lot of everyday playing, preferably in the minors this full season. I don't think any 'prospects' who are hitters would be ready for any real playing time this season in the majors. We might see Fernando Perez if there is an OF injury, but he's not a prospect. As for pitchers, Jay Jackson could very well be up here now if he were healthy, given the injuries to our rotation. Maybe we'll get to see him later this year. I'm sure we'll see some minor league relievers this summer once injuries strike, but I don't know if any of them we are likely to see this year are more than just average prospects. Chris Carpenter has intrigued me. Welington Castillo could come out at some point too, but probably only if Geo or Hill get hurt before September. Hopefully he makes enough improvement on defense he can stick next year.

Phil, thanks for your reports. Last summer Austin Reed looked promising. I think I've read every one of your reports this spring, but I don't recall seeing any reference to Reed. To your knowledge, is he in camp, and healthy? Or is he hurt?

from Rotoworld TCU's Matt Purke will see Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday due to soreness in his throwing shoulder. Uh oh. Purke was widely expected to be one of the first 10 picks in June's First-Year Player Draft, but has shown diminished velocity in recent outings. The 21-year-old left-hander was selected by the Rangers with the 19th pick of the 2009 draft, but decided to attend TCU. way to go numbnuts

all kinds of baseball today...sweet.

Castro 6, Barney 4, Byrd 8, Ramirez 5, Pena 3, Soriano 7, Colvin 9, Soto 2, Garza 1 vs. Venable RF, Bartlett SS, Hudson 2B, Headley 3B, Hundley C, Ludwick LF, Hawpe 1B, Patterson CF, Moseley RHP Fukudome in the nightcap, Castro may bat third

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In reply to by Rob G.

The have's and the have not's Castro (996), Barney (.782), Byrd (.658), Ramirez (.878), Pena (.584), Soriano (.814), Colvin (.602), Soto (.686) to harp on an earlier point, isn't it better to put your guys not sucking all together? I think the idea of protection has had more holes shot through it than Vito Corleone. more appropriate lineup? Castro, Barney (for now), Ramirez, Soriano....the rest of the riff-raff.... Fukudome (who has the morning off to spend with the wife and new kid and I assume the original kid is there too) has a .805 OPS, Baker .926 and when Fukudome plays, the Tony LaRussa special Fukudome, Castro, Ramirez, Soriano, Pena, Soto, Byrd, Pitcher, Barney then you get 5 hitters in a row that aren't sucking after the first go around in the lineup... just spit-ballin'

well Braun/Fielder are... and if Narveson is going to be useful, along with Greinke and Hart coming back....well meh.

5.00 for Garza's season ERA after today? I'm going under.

soriano with his 3rd OF assist. it would be impressive if he didn't get that out at 2nd because he was being his usual slow-fielding self with the ball in play and the runner decided to try to take 2nd. out by a couple steps on a good throw...

I'm not watching the game, but 3 infield singles today among those 6 hits according to twitter folk. anyway, 9 K, 0 BB through 5 IP

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In reply to by Rob G.

okay, so Russell is going the nightcap vs Harang who is pitching well. You know you'll need the bullpen in that game and odds are somewhat good that you may be losing. So why the fuck save Marshall and/or Wood here in a 1-run game you can win? Meh. Anyway Mateo comes in and bb's a guy, Marshall finally in to try and get Hudson with 2 on.

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In reply to by Rob G.

I am sure the plan is to pitch Marhsall and Mateo in both games if necessary. Double switching in the 7th inning of a one-run game with the tying run already on third, and taking out the guy who saved a run with his defense already is... well we should have a "supply the insult" contest for that.

at least he knows the purpose of a double switch... Baker would have had a new pitcher out for the 8th inning.

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In reply to by Rob G.

Baker would have pitched Garza another inning. I don't remember him often using three pitchers in an inning. Did Grabow do something that deserved him being pulled? If he wanted to use Marshall - why not just have Grabow intentionally walk whoever Mateo walked? The guy is in over his head. He needs a strategy guy.

Breaking: Selig expected to announce this afternoon MLB will take over #dodgers financial operations. More soon at

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In reply to by Rob G.

Bud Selig will appoint a representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the #Dodgers.

I'm thinking Pena should hit 8th.

watch the squeeze bunt here 1st/3rd and 1 out, Bartlett up

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In reply to by Rob G.

or sac fly goddamnit. They still have Bell, Gregerson and Adams available. -edit- I should have added that Cubs have Samardzija, Wood, Stevens

oh good, he's out for a 2nd inning.

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In reply to by Rob G.

loads the bases with 1 out and escapes watching him pitch is like standing on a log on one leg over a pit of crocodiles and being constantly poked in the back with a large stick

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  • Charlie (view)

    Sorry for the Mark Prior tag. I'm posting from mobile and it's not letting me remove it. I feel haunted. 

  • Sonicwind75 (view)

    Agree with you on defensive WAR.  I would say defense and baserunning was previously undervalued. I appreciate that the WAR stat tries to better account for the impact of defense and baserunning but personally feel like they may have over-corrected a bit.  


    Also would be really happy if PCA just stays in Iowa until September call ups.  I tend to forget he was a high school draftee that lost time to both covid and a serious injury.  Hasn't had many post high school at bats. I think some steady playing time in AAA is long term what's best for both him and the Cubs.  

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Got it, thanks Phil!

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    DJL: if the Cubs were to sign Joey Wendle and then release him sometime later in the season, the Cubs are still on the hook for the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary they would have had to pay if he had remained with the Cubs until the end of the MLB regular season, unless he subsequently signs with another club, in which case that club pays the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary beginning when that club signs him.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    This raises another question in my mind… let’s say the Cubs sign Wendle. The Mets pay all but the minimum salary prorated. If the Cubs cut Wendle before the season ends, are they still on the hook for that minimum prorated salary, or does the full deal revert to the Mets? And a step further, if the Cubs cut him, and then another team signs him after that, what happens salary wise?

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Some of you may have noticed that Monday's roster moves (PCA and Mastrobuoni optioned to AAA and Dansby Swanson reinstated from the 10-day IL) leaves the Cubs with only 25 players on their MLB Active List. This is not unusual at all, in the case of a day off and a player being recalled from the minors for the next day's game. There is no reason to call the player up on an off-day, because if that happened the player would have to be paid at the MLB rate and would accrue a day of MLB Service Time.  

    MLB clubs are allowed to carry 25 players (no more than 13 pitchers) on their MLB Active List roster beginning on MLB Opening Day and extending through August 31st (although to do that for the entire season would be a competitive disadvantage), and then clubs are required to have 28 players (no more than 14 pitchers) on their active list beginning on September 1st and extending through the final day of the MLB regular season. So either 25 or 26 prior to September 1st, but 28 beginning on September 1st.

    So presuming the Cubs plan to recall INF Luis Vazquez prior to Tuesday's game, there is no good reason to do it on Monday (when there is no game) when they can just as easily wait until Tuesday and save about $4,000 in salary differential.

    BTW, because the recall of Vazquez is not yet official, the Cubs could decide instead to sign left-hand hitting veteran utility INF Joey Wendle (who was just released by the Mets today) and pay him the pro-rated MLB minimum salary (with the Mets on the hook for the balance of his $2M salary) instead of recalling Vazquez. To do this the Cubs would have to clear a 40-man roster slot, which they could do by (let's say) transferring Adbert Alzolay to the 60-day IL. 

    Wendle's MLB career 162 game average is 262/311/384 with 8 HR and 53 RBI, 31 doubles, and 15 SB, he is an above-average defender who can play SS in addition to 2B, 3B, LF, and RF, and while he is better hitting against RHP (269/313/399), he holds his own versus LHP (232/304/318). 

    With somebody like Wendle (who could be a late-inning defensive replacement at 3B), the Cubs could replace Mastrobuoni AND Madrigal (and not need Vazquez) with just one player, creating an opening for a "hot" bat (like maybe Brennen Davis, who could platoon with Happ in LF until Happ gets going, or with Tauchman in CF if Bellinger plays 1B and Busch/Wisdom platoon at DH). 

  • crunch (view)

    the "hilarious" thing about PCA is he's 2nd on the team in bWAR with only 63 PA and a .236/.295/.364 slash.

    i've long been a critic of how over-rated defensive WAR is for outfielders.  stuff like this is why.  yes, he's an elite defender in CF, but all of this defensive value has come over 44 chances in 156 innings.

  • Cubster (view)

    Brewers lose in 10 to the Marlins. So that’s nice.

    Also Braves come to town after splitting a DH and used Sale-Lopez as starters.

  • fullykräusened (view)

    You're right, crunch, as usual. He has huge potential, but needs a few hundred AAA plate appearances. I think Bellinger gives the Cubs more value in CF than 1B, so they're better off giving a roster spot to somebody else.  I'm okay with Vasquez; we aren"t getting much offense from  our backup infielders, to say the least.

  • crunch (view)

    PCA needs regular play, this team has more problems than a luxury pinch runner and defensive player off the bench.

    be nice if he can fine turn his SB game as well as his bat game.  still, i'd rather have him just taking the great odds and situational odds rather than having him running all over the place and getting thrown out 25%+ of the time.

    he's fast, 30+ SB guys generally are.  but he's faster than even that number gives a nod to.