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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

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# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
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

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 6
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
Christopher Morel
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 5
* Cody Bellinger
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 6
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

 





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Cubs Use Their Cabezas to Beat Kazmir

Yaniel Cabezas singled twice, doubled, scored two runs, and threw out two opposing base-stealers, and four Cubs pitchers combined to throw a four-hitter, as a split squad of EXST Cubs edged the EXST Angels 2-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #2 in Mesa this morning.

The game was extended an extra inning to allow Cubs and Angels pitchers to get their scheduled work.

Cubs pitchers Austin Reed and Luis Liria combined to throw six no-run, no hit innings to get things started, retiring 18 of the first 19 men they faced. When Reed is good (that is, when he throws strikes), he is VERY good, and Liria should probably be at Peoria.

It seems to help the younger pitchers when experienced catchers like Chad Noble (played four years of Big Ten baseball at Northwestern) and Yaniel Cabezas (catcher for Cuban Junior National Team) are behind the plate.

Meanwhile, the Cubs were facing MLB LHP Scott Kazmir (15-day DL – back) for the second time in a week, in what was probably his final Extended Spring Training rehab outing. Kazmir threw 5.1 IP (75 pitches), allowing one run (earned) on three hits, a walk, and two HBP, with two strikeouts and a 7/6 GO/FO.

The Cubs scored their only run off Kazmir in the bottom of the second. Yaniel Cabezas led-off with a single, Jose Valdez was hit by a pitch, and Dustin Harrington singled sharply to CF to load the bases with no outs. Pin-Chieh Chen then grounded into a 4-6 FC that scored Cabezas from 3rd.

The Cubs scored what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the 6th (after Kazmir had left the game). Cabezas doubled to RF with one out, moved-up to 3rd base on a ground out, and scored on a Dustin Harrington RBI single.

While one squad of EXST Cubs played the Angels at Fitch Park, the other squad traveled to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort to play the EXST Rockies. Unfortunately, I am unable to provide a report on the EXST Cubs road game, since the two games were played simultaneously ten miles apart. (To get enough innings for all of the pitchers at Extended Spring Training, the Cubs are scheduling EXST split squad road game/home game dates several times this Spring).

Here is today’s abridged box score for the game at Fitch Park (Cubs players only):

LINEUP:
1. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 0-5 (1-U, 6-3, 6-3, 3-U, E-4)
2. Wes Darvill, SS: 1-4 (E-1, BB, 4-3, L-7, 1B)
3a. Chad Noble, C: 0-3 (F-9, F-9, K)
3b. Reggie Golden, PH: 0-0 (HBP)
3c. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 5th TIME THROUGH ORDER
4a. Jesus Morelli, RF: 1-4 (L-8, 1B, K, 6-4 FC)
4b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 5th TIME THROUGH ORDER
5. Yaniel Cabezas, DH-C: 3-5 (1B, L-9, 2B, 1B, 6-4-3 DP, 2 R)
6. Jose Valdez, LF: 0-3 (HBP, F-9, 4-3, K)
7. Dustin Harrington, 3B: 2-3 (1B, HBP, 1B, F-9, RBI)
8. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 0-4 (4-6 FC, 6-4 FC, 4-3, K, RBI, CS)
9. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 0-4 (P-5, 6-3, 3-1, 6-3)

PITCHERS:
1. Austin Reed: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 35 pitches (22 strikes), 5/2 GO/FO
2. Luis Liria: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 37 pitches (23 strikes), 0/5 GO/FO
3. Amaury Paulino: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 29 pitches (17 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
4. Willengton Cruz: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 32 pitches (19 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO

ERRORS: NONE

CATCHERS DEFENSE
Yaniel Cabezas: 2-2 CS

OUTFIELD DEFENSE:
RF Jesus Morelli threw out runner 9-5 trying to advance from 1st to 3rd on single to RF

ATTENDANCE: 6

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80’s

 

Comments

was wellemeyer that big a draw the other day? speaking of whom, your estimate of the chances that he [or jackson] supplants russell as soon as next monday...

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In reply to by Mike Wellman

Submitted by Mike Wellman on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 2:23pm. was wellemeyer that big a draw the other day? speaking of whom, your estimate of the chances that he [or jackson] supplants russell as soon as next monday... ===================================== MIKE W: I don't think Wellemeyer is stretched-out enough yet to be a starter, although he could probably work out of the bullpen today (the Cubs being in town and all) if the Cubs wanted him to do that.

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In reply to by Mike Wellman

Submitted by Mike Wellman on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 2:33pm. or davis? ======================================== MIKEV W: Doug Davis will probably be making his final EXST start on Saturday and will try and throw five innings or 75 pitches (whichever comes first). Then I would expect him to go to Iowa for two or three starts to see how his stuff plays in the PCL. Just remember that Davis really sucked with Milwaukee last year, although he wasn't 100% physically, either.

Fukudome RF, Castro SS, Baker 2B, Ramirez 3B, Pena 1B, Byrd CF, Colvin LF, Hill C, Dempster P vs. CY CF, Johnson 2B, Upton RF, Drew SS, Montero C, Mora 3B, Branyan 1B, Parra LF, Enright P

http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/sports/cubs/ct-spt-0429-cubs-diamo… The Cubs have yet to make a decision on the fifth starter. Casey Coleman is available in the bullpen tonight but is tentatively scheduled to pitch Sunday, so Quade said he's hesitant to use him. There's also a chance Coleman could start Monday in Los Angeles, in which case the Cubs would have to call up a minor leaguer for Sunday or go with another reliever that isn't stretched out yet. Jeff Samardzija is not an option, Quade said, though Justin Berg and Marcos Mateo are longshots. Triple-A Iowa pitcher Jay Jackson would be on his normal five-day schedule if he was called up to pitch Sunday. since I'm going to the game Monday, I place my vote for Jay Jackson's first major league start.

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In reply to by big_lowitzki

Where the fuck was Quade in the first inning? Having tea? He waits until, oh, I don't know, after the game is over to make a pitching move. Back in the old days, when managers actually watched the games they were managing, when a starter loads the bases with zero outs, and then gives up a grand slam, the bullpen gets to work. And when the starter then walks two more, he yanks the motherfucker. Instead, Quade watches while Dempster walks another guy, then watches while he gives up another hit, then watches while he gives up another hit, gives up another 3 runs after the grand slam, and takes him out with 2 more guys on base. We've seen this every start Dempster has made. Quade leaves him out there too long. And we've seen it with other pitchers. How about having Jeff Stevens throw 90 pitches in relief? Quade doesn't know what the fuck he's doing.

this game is mad ass dildos. now the replacement (berg) is hurt...took a comebacker off the hip. coleman might have to pitch tonight...imo...at least dumpster can go monday. berg is staying in...damn.

Quade is completely overmatched by the requirements to be a big league manager. It's a shame, I like him, but he sucks. He's not prepared, has no plan, very slow to react to what's actually happening in the game, and he's just not a big league manager. Ricketts needs to fire him if Hendry won't, and fire Hendry while he's at it. This team is a laughingstock.

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We need to name this moment. The first point of the year were the game causes us to realize, "yes this is a bad team." Our opening day starter shelled and Jeff Baker is batting third. I suggest the Neifi Point.

o.guillen (wsox) suspended 2 days and fined for his on-field + twitter incident. he's not appealing it (wisely) and starting the suspension immediately.

twitter surfing... 1- wtf was paul sulivan doing up at 3-4am watching the royal wedding and actually sharing with the world he was doing so? 2- "Cubs create bleachers promo for Mon, Tue & Wed home games at Wrigley that includes t-shirts, $3 beer & hot dogs" $3 beers? the bleachers about to get a lot more interesting...and younger on whole...

Recent comments

  • 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.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Both Mastrobuoni and PCA have been optioned to AAA. 

  • Charlie (view)

    The Cubs definitely need a guy with multiple years of control to emerge as a true middle of the order hitter. Busch is getting beat in the zone enough that my optimism about him is waning a bit. Morel's increase in contact has been encouraging, but he's been putting so much of that contact on the ground that it hasn't yielded any gains.  

  • Childersb3 (view)

    I'd say the whole Cubs Hitting Org from top to bottom is in a "meh/slump" stage here.
    We're all just waiting for a breakout to occur here in Wrigley and down on the farm. BDavis has been a good story, but he needs some company!!

    Thank goodness for Bellinger. He's the only hitter we have that honestly doesn't have a whole in his approach. He's a professional hitter and can provide pop. I don't buy into the argument he doesn't have real bat speed. He can turn on almost any inside pitch (up or down).
    But I still think he should be the 1B. He clearly doesn't want that.
    PCA in CF (or Tauch) and Happ, Busch and ONKC at DH (or Happ/ONKC in LF).
     

  • crunch (view)

    matt shaw's AA hot start has been fizzling hard.

    he hit 3 homers by april 14, none since.  he's pretty much had a dead bat since april 17th.

    he's got a .182/.304/.242 slash in may so far.

  • crunch (view)

    they might just be getting rid of the masterboney dead weight.