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62 players are at MLB Spring Training 

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full) 
22 players are MLB Spring Training NON-ROSTER INVITEES (NRI) 

Last updated 2-27-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 21
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

NRI PITCHERS: 11 
Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
* Edwin Escobar 
* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

NRI CATCHERS: 5  
Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
Haydn McGeary
* Bryce Windham

INFIELDERS: 9
* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

NRI INFIELDERS: 4 
David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
* Dominic Smith
Chase Strumpf 

OUTFIELDERS: 8
Kevin Alcantara
* Cody Bellinger 
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

NRI OUTFIELDERS: 2 
* Owen Caissie  
* David Peralta
 



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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

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Haven't been able to check in recently, are we saying that Busch is not even considered an option at 3B?

  • crunch (view)

    matt chapman to the giants...3/54m (20m/18m/16m) with opt-outs every year.

    cubs are pretty much "stuck" with morel, madrigal, and masterboney at 3rd as things stand.

    wisdom is technically an option, but he's not much of a 3rd baseman.

  • crunch (view)

    now that the bellinger contract is done and we're waiting on the dude to show up in games...

    it can be argued that bellinger at 30m a year for 1-2 seasons (or 80m over 3 years) isn't good value.  ...and it probably won't be a good deal.  free agent signings at this level of pay have an extremely high ceiling to realize a return on investment based on numbers and stats, alone.

    what it does give, is a specific need for weaknesses of this specific club.  he provides coverage for 2 of the 3 main position weaknesses and he's a lefty bat with pop.

    every slot on the team is pretty much solidified except CF, 1st, and 3rd.  bellinger covers CF and 1st adequately and i doubt many people think he couldn't cover either over the next 3 seasons.

    the cubs have PCA and busch/mervis at CF and 1st respectively.  the team no longer needs guys at both positions to rise to the occasion.

    plus there's the whole DH thing.

    this is a gamble, but it's not a thoughtless gamble throwing money at a bat for the sake of having a bat.  he's capable of filling numerous roles the team could use for a short period of time in the prime of his career...even if it could end up he's overpaid for what the club gets from him.
     

  • crunch (view)

    as far as i can tell this isn't injury/rest related, and they've been throwing for weeks.

    we're at the point in spring games where throwing 20-40 pitches for multi-inning guys is the norm, and that's not much different than airing out a few dozen on the mound in a non-game training situation.

    i wonder if these specific guys are getting additional instruction without working things out vs live batters and they don't want to do that and tax the arms doing both at once.  no idea...not heard anything about these guys or what they're doing in ARZ recently.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Eight days into the Cactus League schedule, six Cubs pitchers who are officially at MLB Spring Training have yet to throw in a Cactus League game: 

    Yency Almonte 
    Michael Arias 
    Shota Imanaga 
    Ethan Roberts (NRI - TJS rehab)
    Jameson Taillon 
    Keegan Thompson 

    Meanwhile, 13 pitchers assigned to Cubs Minor League Camp have pitched in MLB Cactus League games, including Blake Weiman twice and Hunter Bigge three times!  
     

  • crunch (view)

    player of the game: the sun

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Here are the pitcher reports from Friday's White Sox - Cubs game at Sloan Park: 

    JUSTIN STEELE
    FB: 90-92 
    CT: 88-89  
    SL: 81-84 
    CH: 78-81  
    CV: 75-76 
    COMMENT: Threw two no run / no hit innings to start the game (a L-1 comeback that almost took Steele's head off on the first pitch of the game, then a BB on a 3-2 pitch, a 5-4 FC that should have been an inning-ending DP but wasn't as the result of a Matt Shaw grip / bobble at 3B -- lucky to get one out on the play, and an F-9 to end the inning)... then a K-looking, an F-9, and a 6-3 GO in an easy 1-2-3 10-pitch second inning... allowed two runs on two hits in the third inning (a three-pitch K-swinging on a SL, then an infield topper that Steele couldn't pick up and was scored a hit but should have been an E-1 -- and should have been the second out but wasn't, then a hard-hit double, an F-8 SF to plate the first run and advance the other runner from second to third, then a WP on a bouncing 55-foot SL that scored the second run, and finally an F-7 FO to end the inning and the outing)... Steele threw 47 pitches over the course of his three innings of work (32 strikes - four swing & miss, two on SL and two on CT - plus an incredible 11 foul balls!)... threw a lot more different types of pitches than his usual FB / SL combo... a very nice "clean" outing, except for the E-1 topper that was inexplicably scored as a hit...    

    JAVIER ASSAD
    FB: 91-94 
    CT: 87-89 
    CH: 86
    SL: 79-80
    CV: 74-76
    COMMENT: Threw two innings (37 pitches - 22 strikes - three swing & miss - three foul balls)... allowed a broken bat infield single to lead-off hitter in the top of the 4th, then a P-3 DP (fantastic over the shoulder catch by Busch while running out into RF foul territory followed by a perfect throw back to 1st base to double the runner off base), and a 3-U GO (our man Busch again!)... second inning began with an HBP (PCA was hit by a pitch in the previous half-inning), then PCA took a bad route (might have briefly lost the ball in the sun) chasing a fly ball in CF that fell for a double on the warning track, putting runners at 2nd & 3rd... then a lazy routine fly ball was lost in the sun by PCA in CF for a gift-double, then after an RBI 6-3 GO for the first out of the inning (should have been the third out!), PCA lost still ANOTHER FLY BALL IN THE SUN in short right-center to further extend the inning, then a walk on a 3-2 pitch, an F-7 FO for what was essentially the fifth out of the inning, then a hard-hit RBI single through the box and into CF (PCA missed the cut-off man with the throw home), and finally a 1-3 come-backer on Assad's 26th pitch of the inning for what should have been the sixth out of the inning... so while he technically threw just two innings and allowed four "earned" runs on five "hits" (including three  "doubles"), Assad got what were essentially nine outs, and should have allowed no runs on two hits (both singles -- one of which was a broken bat infield hit), one walk, and one HBP...        

    JULIAN MERRYWEATHER
    FB: 96-98
    SL: 84-87
    CH: 79
    COMMENT: 1-2-3 inning (K-swinging on a 1-2 SL, F-7, F-8)... 16 pitches (12 strikes - three swinging, two on FB and one on SL - five foul balls)... Matt Mervis lost a pop fly foul ball in the sun prior to the K-swinging...     

    JOSE CUAS
    FB: 91-94
    SL: 81-84 
    COMMENT: Inning started with a gift-triple (Cole Roederer lost can o' corn fly ball in the sun before it bounced off warning track in the RF corner)... Cuas then induced a P-3 for the first out and got a K-swinging for the second out, before hitting a batter with a 2-2 SL to put runners at the corners... then he a got 5-3 GO to end the inning... a cool head 22-pitch "no sweat" masterful extrication act to strand the runner at 3rd after the lead-off "sun triple"... two swing & miss -- one on FB and one on SL -- and five foul balls among his 14 strikes (Cuas gets a LOT of foul balls on "emergency hacks" when he pitches)... 

    COLTEN BREWER
    FB: 93-95
    CH: 89 
    SL: 84-85 
    CV: 79 
    COMMENT: Threw a shutout 8th inning... 10 pitches (seven strikes - one swing & miss on FB)... surrendered two soft-contact singles sandwiched around an F-8, and induced an inning-ending 6-4-3 DP... 

    RILEY THOMPSON
    FB: 95-96
    CH: 89 
    SL: 83-85 
    COMMENT: Tossed a 1-2-3 (3-1 GO, K-swinging on three pitches, F-8) 12-pitch 9th (10 strikes - one swing & miss on SL - four foul balls)... good FB velo in combo with the slider, and he threw strikes... eight of his twelve pitches were SL (he loves those sliders!)... 

  • crunch (view)

    not yet...dunno what his plan is with the team.

    he's not getting any younger.  dude turns 29 in a bit over a week.  they still want him on the roster and 40-man for some reason.

    i like what he throws, but at some point you have to show what's coming out of your arm is MLB-quality.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Has Keegan pitched yet? If not I wonder if they’re even entertaining him as a SP as an option. Genuinely no idea on either of those thoughts

  • crunch (view)

    so...unless keegan thompson comes running into the ring to hit jordan wicks with a steel chair, it's looking like wicks vs himself.

    or they could sign jordan montgomery or something like that.