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40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus three players are on the 60-DAY IL and one player has been DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT (DFA)

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, plus eleven players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and three players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 6-16-2024

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Colten Brewer
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 6
David Bote
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom

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

OPTIONED: 11
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
Brennen Davis, OF
Porter Hodge, P 
Nick Madrigal, INF 
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B
Daniel Palencia, P
Ethan Roberts, P
Luis Vazquez, INF

15-DAY IL: 3
Yency Almonte, P
Ben Brown, P
* Jordan Wicks, P& 

60-DAY IL: 3
Adbert Alzolay, P
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P 

DFA
Jose Cuas, P


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

A's Rally Hangs Loss on Cubs at Riverview Park

Gabriel Sanchez belted a bases-clearing three-run double to cap a four-run 7th inning, and Justin Higley singled twice, stole two bases, scored two runs, and drove-in another, as the Athletics rallied to defeat the Cubs 5-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #6 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.

Jeffrey Baez had three hits and Varonex Cuevas smacked a triple and an RBI single for the Cubs in a losing cause.

Jorge Soler (hamstring rehab) is still at Extended Spring Training, and (just like yesterday) he played RF for all nine innings in today's game. He had four Plate Appearances in the game, hitting a check-swing dribbler back to the pitcher on a 3-0 pitch in his first AB in the bottom of the 1st inning, walked on four pitches in the 4th, grounded out 5-3 in the 7th, and (representing the tying run) lined-out to right with runners on 1st & 2nd and out out in the 9th.  

Veteran MLB OF Casper Wells (AAA Iowa 7-day DL) returned to game action today after missing about six weeks with knee and back issues. He batted five times in the game--once in each of the first five innings, going 1-4 with two infield pop outs, two fly outs (one of which was a run-producing sacrifice fly), and a line-drive single. For a player who has missed as much time as he has, he showed plus bat-speed and really nailed the ball with authority in three of his five AB, and showed good speed on the bases, too.

Wells was an NRI outfielder at Cubs MLB Spring Training, and probably would have been the Opening Day RF at Iowa if he hadn't started the season on the DL. He also probably would have been the logical candidate to replace Justin Ruggiano when Ruggiano went on the DL with his hamstring injury last month, because Ruggiano and Wells are very similar-type players. 

RHRP Kyuji Fujikawa (2013 TJS rehab) and RHP Jesus Castillo (one of two pitchers acquired from Arizona in the Tony Campana deal) were scheduled to throw "live" BP on Field #5 prior to the game on Field #6. Both pitchers warmed up in the Field #5 bullpen, and while Castillo did throw his two "innings" (40 pitches total - 20 pitches in each inning), Fujikawa returned to the clubhouse after completing his warm-ups and did not throw BP.   

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):  CUBS LINEUP:
X. Casper Wells, DH #1: 1-4 (P-6, F-8, P-4, F-7 SF, 1B, RBI)
NOTE: Wells batted third in the bottom of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings
1. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 3-4 (1B, 1B, L-8, 1B, PO)
2. Varonex Cuevas, 2B: 2-4 (3B, 1B, K, E-5, RBI) 
3. Jorge Soler, RF: 0-3 (1-3, BB, 5-3, L-9)
4. Shamil Ubiera, LF: 0-4 (5-3, 6-4-3 DP, 4-3, 5-3)
5. Roney Alcala, DH #2: 0-3 (3-U, K, 6-3)
6. Elliot Soto, SS: 1-3 (P-2, F-9, 1B)
7. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-3 (1-3, 5-4 FC, F-8)
8a. Eufran Vargas, C: 0-0 (BB, R)
8b. Erick Castillo, C: 0-2 (3-U, F-7)
9. Mark Malave, 1B: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, F-8, R)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Jose Paulino: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 4/4 GO/FO, 50 pitches (28 strikes)
2. Carlos Llano: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/FO, 15 pitches (7 strikes)
3. Yomar Morel: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 7 pitches (6 strikes)
4. Greyfer Eregua: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 0/1 GO/FO, 43 pitches (27 strikes)
NOTE: Eregua's second inning was stopped with one out and runner at 2nd base
5. Francisco Carrillo: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 28 pitches (19 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: NONE

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Eufran Vargas: 0-1 CS
2. Erick Castillo: 0-1 CS

ATTENDANCE: 6

WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 80's 

Comments

Before things go all to hell during tonight's game, I thought I'd start off tonight's comments with a positive note. That Ramirez fella looks filthy.

clark "im not a mascot, im there for the kids" the bear is wearing a "save 2nd base" breast cancer awareness shirt. that's gonna be an interesting conversation with the kids.

Does anyone know how common Tommy John surgery is for Japanese pitchers playing in Japan? Just curious if their way of handling pitchers makes a difference in injury frequency.

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In reply to by Carlito

It would be a completely justifiable approach if the Cubs had a regular third baseman. Or, even if Olt wasn't a particularly good fielder. But despite the error the other night (another reason to simply give him more reps), fielding is definitely not a handicap for him. His being in a slump is more of a reason to keep him in there, not less. See if he works through it. Maybe the slump is permanent and he is just not gonna be any good. Fine, find out. What is a team 10 games under 500 in early May waiting for?

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In reply to by Old and Blue

Good point, yes and exactly. I've never heard of easing a guy into a new level by not playing him. I mean how do you adjust to the speed, quickness and quality of pitching. I am not comparing Olt to Sandberg, but Sandberg came up as a 3rd basemen in 1982 and notoriously started 1 for his first 32. If Ricky was his manager ... well, who knows.

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In reply to by Carlito

As a future hall-of-famer, Sandberg might not be the best argument for the sink-or-swim approach. The question is whether a lesser player might need more babying. How long do you let a prospect keep digging a hole that at some point he will have to climb out of? Maybe you bench him, maybe you send him down. Tyler Colvin was demoted to Iowa in 2011 and wasn't doing much there when Jim Hendry summoned him back to the majors, saying "we need to find out whether he's an everyday guy or not by the end of this year." In other words, he's not doing well, so let's test him, and also tell him that it's make-or-break. (Sandberg and Mays fought their way out of a funk, so why can't you?) Then there was Brett Jackson, who was taking aim at the PCL strikeout record when Sveum prevailed upon Theo to call him up, on the principle that he couldn't coach him long-distance. So Jackson was expected to learn how to make contact in the majors. “Our manager was the one that wanted [Jackson] up here to work with him on his swing because we weren’t getting it done at Triple-A,” Epstein explained. “So we sort of prioritized that swing adjustment over the rest of his development. In hindsight that was a mistake.”

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In reply to by VirginiaPhil

Well regardless of Sandberg's eventual success I bet he sure as hell is happy his manager let him play through the slump. Olt was confident and tuned in coming out of spring training where he was batting every day against live pitching. He was immediately thrown into a situation where he sits more days than he plays. There are very few jobs much less people who excel when they are not getting to do their jobs daily. Especially when you move to a new level of excellence in the competition. And today he's a DH you know because Valbuena is the consummate defensive third baseman and we certainly don't need Olt working up a sweat - best to sit and think some more especially if you had a year like last year when everything fell apart physically and psychologically. But it's totally worth it because Valbuena might just be our third baseman for the next decade.

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In reply to by Carlito

Btw I agree with Old & Blue - I'm not saying Olt is good or he is gonna succeed. I am saying we know exactly what Valbuena is, we've seen him consistently (I like him) but I'd like to see if Olt can play and I think it's in the best interest of the Cubs to know. The concept that the manager picks and chooses his rare appearances so he has a better chance to succeed is borderline delusional.

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In reply to by Carlito

For what it's worth, I saw an Olt quote saying he wasn't worried about this slump, and that he's been through worse. I for one don't see the problem with him digging a hole. He's already done some good digging, might as well finish the project. Give him that playing time. If he keeps under .200 for the rest of the season, we know he's a non-prospect. He really looks like he could be a very good fielder, so if he can hit, that's sweet. Time to find out if he's Scott Rolen or Ian Stewart.

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In reply to by Old and Blue

By the way, I agree that Olt is the guy and in a perfect world he should be playing every day. But the Cubs live in a business world where it pays to maximize your assets. They're not maximizing Olt at the moment but that doesn't matter, since they're going to keep him rather than trade him. They have to play the guys they're trying to trade, like Valbuena and Barney; otherwise they lose their value. Barney's numbers will never attract suitors but he does sparkle in the field. Make sense? It does to me. At least I know why I'm watching these BS lineups. Do you think the Cubs haven't figured out that Olt is their 3B?

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In reply to by jacos

Barney was "known in the league" year before last as a gold glover, someone who hit just well enough to qualify. Barney's stock is much lower today. Cubs would like to recover some of that lost value. There are a lot of competing interests on the team--Barney versus Valbuena and Bonifacio, Valbuena versus Olt--but none of these guys can just be relegated to the bench. Valbuena's OBP is fifty points higher than his career number. On this blog, people have been noticing him lately and saying, Hey, he's not so bad! Play and trade, versus bench and release. It worked for Soriano (and it only took thirty years!).

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In reply to by VirginiaPhil

Eh. I tend to agree with others: even a sustained and unprecedented offensive outburst on the part of either Valbuena or Barney is only going to increase their trade value marginally. Front offices these days seem to have some grasp on the concept of the small sample. Olt should play everyday and Valbuena and Barney can split time at 2B while Bonifacio plays everyday in CF at least until Sweeney and Ruggiano return from their injuries.

“I’ve been a friend of that guy’s for 30 years,” he said. “It doesn’t surprise me that he said those things. And he shouldn’t have said it. He just hurt himself by talking too much and doing things he shouldn’t be doing.” Lasorda also shared an unsolicited opinion on Sterling’s silly rabbit, V. Stiviano. “And I don’t wish that girl any bad luck but I hope she gets hit with a car,” he said,

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In reply to by jacos

So the problem is not that he hates black people, it is that he vocalized his feelings? Dear Lasorda: Incorrect. The guy is scum and I'm glad he's banned from the NBA. We could ban him from the country for all I care. And I don't think much of the girlfriend, either, for reasons that have nothing to do with audio recordings.

Good to see that tweet about Bryant having just a stomach virus last night - I downloaded the MILB app last night and while checking it out saw that Bryant only had one AB last night, which immediately fired off all my Cubbery alarms.

not sure this is 3/44 but Arodys Vizcaino has been promoted to AA/Tenn.
but Hoyer said Vizcaino would remain on a deliberate schedule after missing the last two seasons because of arm surgeries. "We have the ability to do some teaching at the lower levels and mid-levels without that third deck and radar guns up there," Hoyer said of Vizcaino, who allowed one run in nine appearances at Daytona. "We'll still have some caution. It's definitely a step in the right direction for him, and he has earned it."
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-jeff-russell-bits…

For those who have had a chance to watch him play, is Baez chasing bad pitches, missing breaking balls, or all of the above?

Considering that the Cubs have had nice starting pitching this year, that the defense is vastly improved, and that the bullpen issues are (sort of) worked out- where would the Cubs be if they had added a nice big bat in the lineup? I think they'd be in a lot better shape, and I stand by what I said several weeks ago when I said it is criminal that the Chicago Cubs, of all teams, have such a low payroll. This is not Kansas City- Put a big league team on the field and give them a big league payroll.

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In reply to by Ryno

Free agency we would have had to give a big contract to a player past their prime and lose a draft pick. And most of them have been disasters from Fielder to Pujols to Hamilton to Cano. Trade wise who did we have to deal? In theory yes it would be great, in practice it'd be hard to come up with concrete examples of who they should have signed/traded for ... especially without thinning out the system again. All that said I'm starting to wonder if they should just give Shark his $$ and go for it ... he's kind of proving his worth.

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In reply to by Carlito

He is proving his worth April-May. His problems anually as a starter have been consistency from one start to the next. He for sure has been doing it this year though. Actually, in looking at several of the short-term FA's who signed late, a couple are doing well: Nelson Cruz, and Ian Kinsler are two. The Cubs can sign guys like that. They just won't or Theo does not have the allowances to do so. The A's have been good at supporting their home-growns with guys like that. Seems to be working for them. Of course, during the Hendry years, Billy Beane saw something in Josh Donaldson that has paid off for them big-time.

Jeff Hoffman to get TJ surgery, if Rodon, Aiken and Kolek go top 3 leaves Cubs most likely looking at c/of Alex Jackson.

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In reply to by The E-Man

Grant Holmes is a HS kid from South Carolina seen as a top arm. Some believe Holmes is the best right-hander in the country as he already has three above-average/plus offerings and can touch 98 mph with his fastball. At 6′-2” and 200 pounds, he doesn’t have the size as Kolek, but he might have better overall stuff and he has great command of his pitches. Aside from the fastball, he adds plus curveball that sits 79-81 with late bite and great depth. His change-up already is an above-average offering, sitting 84-86 mph. He has a thick frame, is strong as an ox and just keeps getting better. Read more at http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2014-mlb-mock-draft-7-0-first-round/…

So, does anyone know why Olt is DHing and Valbuena is playing 3B? Is it to protect Olt's shoulder, or does Renteria think that Valbuena's D is better?

...not t.wood's night... ...and renteria gets himself tossed...about 1/2 inning too late considering he was probably pissed about rizzo's ABs.

Bryant must be feeling better -- hit #7 and #8 tonight, plus a double. Vizcaino with a 2K clean inning as well. I'm sure I'm late to the party, but ... Stephen Bruno? No power or speed, but great BA/OBP numbers.

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In reply to by billybucks

Bruno is interesting (and not just because he went to UVA). Played at Boise after the 2012 draft and then went straight to Daytona (skipping KC) last year, where his season was abbreviated after 19 games by TJ surgery. After 19 games in A ball he starts this season at Tennessee, where his OPS is .881. Last year I think they announced that Bruno had agreed to convert to catcher, but then he had the arm surgery and now he's back at second base. He does have doubles power--cranks out doubles everywhere he goes. 13 of his 29 hits this year are for extra bases.

Recent comments

  • Arizona Phil 6 minutes 5 seconds ago (view)

    Also, Yency Almonte is already 39 days into his 15-day IL assignment and he doesn't appear close to a rehab assignment, so he could have been transferred to the 60- day IL and still would have been eligible to be reinstated in 21 days.  

    So the Cubs must believe that now is a really good time to run Jose Cuas through waivers. (Presuming he is not traded or claimed off waivers, Cuas is NOT eligible to elect free agency if he is outrighted to the minors, but he will be a Rule 9 minor league 6YFA post-2024 World Series if he is not added back to the 40 or signs a 2025 minor successor contract in the meantime). 

  • crunch 45 minutes 45 seconds ago (view)

    damn, willson contreras will begin a AAA rehab assignment tomorrow.

    broken wrists aren't what they used to be.  it's been about 5 weeks.

  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 11 minutes ago (view)

    The Cubs have not just one, not just two, but - THREE - former Grand Canyon University closers in their system -- Frankie Scalzo Jr, Nick Hull, and Vince Reilly. Also catcher David Avitia.  

    Cubs "four corners" area scout Steve McFarland is one of the best scouts in the business. (Four corners area includes Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona, plus Las Vegas/Clark County). 

  • Arizona Phil 26 minutes 40 seconds ago (view)

    A month into the 2024 season the Cubs were last in stolen bases. They are now 10th (5th in the N. L.). 

  • crunch 3 hours 10 minutes ago (view)

    frankie scalzo

  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 30 minutes ago (view)

    Childersb3: No. 

    A player can be recalled from an optional assignment and be placed on the club's MLB 60-day IL without any other move required. As long as the 40-man roster is full when the player is recalled and placed on the 60-day IL, it isn't even necessary to immediately replace the player on the 40 with another player, so this move could have been made the day after Madrigal sustained the broken hand at AAA and the Cubs could have played with 39 players on the 40 until whenever the slot might have been needed.   

    However, beginning on September 1st, the 40-man roster must be full when a player is placed onto or transferred to the 60-day IL - AND - another player must immediately replace the player on the 40 when the player is moved to the 60-day IL, but prior to September 1st that is not necessary. 

  • Childersb3 15 hours 1 minute ago (view)

    Greg Zumach of Twitter/X's @IvyFutures page is reporting that Moises Ballesteros and a RP from TN are being promoted to IA.

  • Cubster 15 hours 18 minutes ago (view)

    MLBTR is reporting that former Cub, Mike Brumley was killed in a car accident. He was only 61.

    I remember him more for the trade that brought him to Chicago and the trade that led to his exit. He was a bench SS on the 1987 Andre Dawson MVP season—but last place finishing team.  He was on the Cubs coaching staff in 2014.

    the Red Sox traded Brumley and Dennis Eckersley to the Cubs for Bill Buckner in May 1984, which led to Brumley making his MLB debut in a Chicago uniform in 1987.  The Cubbies then dealt Brumley and Keith Moreland to the Padres in February 1988 in the swap that brought Goose Gossage and Ray Hayward to Chicago.”

  • crunch 16 hours 2 minutes ago (view)

    the bats are piling up walks with not many hits...and the hits are rather low on doubles and homers.  they would be in much better shape if the bats were cashing in more of this walk-heavy lineup.

    the amount of 1-run games this team is playing is astounding...and it's not like a majority of these are high-scoring 1-run games.

  • Childersb3 16 hours 14 minutes ago (view)

    Wait, stupid question. 

    Wicks spot could've gone to MMadrigal, first. 

    Sorry