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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

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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LaStella Shows Desire to Play at Riverview Park

Jenner Emeterio doubled twice, scored two runs, and drove-in another, and Tyler Alamo belted a solo home run, leading the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Rockies on Field #5, and Luis Castro reached base three times (a single, a double, and an HBP), stole a base, and scored three runs, as the Rockies rallied for three runs in the 8th and two in the 9th to edge the Cubs 8-7 on Field #6, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.  

Terry McClure belted a solo HR in the Rockies loss on Field #5, and Roberto Caro smacked an RBI double, singled twice, stole a base, and scored two runs in a losing cause for the Cubs on Field #6.    

Tommy LaStella (on Cubs MLB 15-day DL - rib cage inflammation) returned to the field for the first time in almost five weeks and saw action in the game on Field #6, playing 3rd base for four innings and then 2nd base for two innings. He batted four times (once in each of the first four innings) and had quite a day, driving-in three runs with two doubles, an RBI single, and a sacrifice fly, while also scoring two runs, helping the Cubs take a 7-1 lead through three innings.   

19-year old RHP Dylan Cease (2014 TJS) made his first Cactus League EXST game appearance after pitching in several "sim" games over the past month, throwing 16 pitches in the top of the 1st inning in the game on Field #5. He retired two (a 1-3 comebacker and a strikeout looking) and hit one batter before being relieved (he was under a strict pitch count).

Cease was the Cubs 6th round draft pick out of Milton HS - Milton, Ga in 2014, and the Cubs selected him despite knowing that he would need a UCL elbow ligament transplant ("Tommy John surgery"). Considered one of the top high school arms in the 2014 draft class and a likely 1st round pick prior to his elbow issues, he received a $1.5M signing bonus (equivalent to "first round money") and then had the TJS last July 22nd. He has made a rapid recovery, and barring a setback, he will likely be a rotation starter for the AZL Cubs when the Arizona League season begins play next month. 

RHRP Daniel Bard and LHRP Daniel Schlereth each threw an inning in the game on Field #6. Schlereth had an easy eleven-pitch inning (K, 6-3, 1B, 6-4 FC), but Bard allowed two runs on two hits, an HBP, and a WP, plus a two-base throwing error on an attempted pick-off in his inning (20 pitches - only 10 strikes). Bard is now throwing mostly side-arm, and his one-time upper 90's velocity now sits at 91-92, occasionally touching 93.  

Speaking of throwing sidearm, RHRP Corbin Hoffner has gone to an extreme sidearm delivery (it's almost "submarine"), and while he has struggled to command his pitches in games with his new delivery, he had a 1-2-3 9th in the game on Field #5, picking up the save with two strikeouts and an F-7.   

Prior to the Cactus League doubleheader, Erling Moreno (2014 TJS), Trey Masek (2014 shoulder surgery), and Anthony Carter (on AAA Iowa 7-day DL) pitched in a three-inning "sim" game on Field #3. Moreno and Masek threw two innings each, and Carter threw one.

Here are the abridged box scores from the two Cactus League EXST games (Cubs players only): 


FIELD #5

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 1-2 (K, 2B, BB, RBI, CS)
2. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 0-3 (P-3, 5-3, 3-U)
3. Eloy Jimenez, LF: 1-3 (1B, L-9, 5-3)
4. Roney Alcala, DH #1: 0-3 (K, 3-U, 6-3)
5. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 2-3 (1B, HR, 3-U, R, RBI)
6. Yohan Matos, C: 0-3 (5-4 FC, F-7, K) 
7. Carlos Sepulveda, SS: 1-2 (4-3 DP, 1B, BB, R)
8. Jenner Emeterio, RF: 2-3 (2B, 2B, 4-3, 2 R, RBI)
9. Danny Gutierrez, 3B: 1-2 (1B, F-7 SF, K, R, RBI)
10. Alberto Mineo, DH #2: 0-1 (F-9 SF, 3-1, RBI)

CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Dylan Cease: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1/0 GO/FO, 16 pitches (9 strikes) 
2. Austyn Willis: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 4/2 GO/FO, 46 pitches (28 strikes) 
3. Greyfer Eregua: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 0/3 GO/FO, 36 pitches (23 strikes) 
4. Corbin Hoffner: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 18 pitches (12 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 2 
1. 2B Frandy de la Rosa; E-4 (missed catch on line drive allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 3B Danny Gutierrez: E-5 (throwing error on infield single allowed batter to take 2nd base) 

CUBS SQUAD "A CATCHERS DEFENSE
Yohan Matos: 0-2 CS 

FIELD #6

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
X. Tommy LaStella, 3B-2B: 3-3 (2B, F-8 SF, 1B, 2B, R, 3 RBI)
NOTE: LaStella batted third in the bottom of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings
1. Robert Garcia, LF: 1-3 (3-U, 1B, 4-3, R)
2. Roberto Caro, CF: 3-3 (1B, 2B, 1B, 2 R, RBI, SB)
3. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 1-3 (K, 1B, F-8, 2 RBI)
4. Bryant Flete, 2B-3B: 0-2 (L-3, F-8, BB)
5. Tyler Pearson, C: 1-3 (2B, P-3, 6-4-3 DP, R)
6. Ricardo Marcano, DH #1: 1-3 (6-3, F-8, 1B)
7. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 0-3 (F-8, K, 6-3)
8. Ho-Young Son, SS: 2-3 (1B, 1B, L-9 DP, R, SB)   
9. Carlos Jimenez, DH-2B: 1-2 (3B, P-3, R, RBI)

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Adbert Alzolay: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/3 GO/FO, 47 pitches (26 strikes) 
2. Daniel Bard: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/FO, 20 pitches (10 strikes) 
3. Daniel Schlereth: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 11 pitches (8 strikes) 
4. Dillon Maples: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0/1 GO/FO, 28 pitches (12 strikes) 
5. John Michael Knighton: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/FO, 9 pitches (6 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 3 
1. P Daniel Bard  E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. P Dillon Maples: E-1 (errant throw to 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
3. 1B Jose Paniagua  E-3 (dropped pop infield fly allowing batter to reach base safely)

CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Tyler Pearson: 0-5 CS 

WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's 

ATTENDANCE : 6 

 

Comments

Small correction, La Stella wasn't placed on the DL during Spring Training. He broke with the club and played in two games. He was placed on the DL April 14th, retroactive to April 9th. So it's been just under 5 weeks since the injury. Our resident doc will have to let us know how that sounds for a rib cage strain and whether he is ahead or behind schedule and how much more time we can estimate.

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In reply to by WISCGRAD

oblique strains come in varying flavors from mild to severe. The issue is twofold...severity and re-injury. I think it's an automatic 3 weeks but a more severe strain could take 2 months/8 weeks. This puts LaStella in the moderate-severe range at 5-6 weeks to probably return.

Interesting news about Bard going side-arm. Are the pitchers switching to side-arm deliveries indicative of a wider organizational goal of encouraging struggling pitchers to give it a try? Or just a thing that low-minor pitchers sometimes experiment with?

TRANS: In the case of Bard, I suspect it's a last gasp effort to try and correct a really bad case of the yips.    

In the case of Hoffner, he was probably not going to survive Extended Spring Training if he didn't try something different. He was just too hittable the way he was throwing before. Might as well try something radical. 

I was gonna put Coghlan on suicide watch after Cuddyer caught that line out. But instead he went yard. Dude is crushing the ball.

And Castro sure must want to play for the Mets! He always kicks their asses! / puttingonashow

Bryant said in post game interview that he was "more agressive today" Yes please!

Bryant said in post game interview that he was "more agressive today" Yes please!

that Bulls game...did come down to the wire again.

Taj ejection was pretty brutal, Taj's leg kick looked dramatic at first but he was mostly just trying to untangle himself. Refs blew that one.

Butler missed 3 with :48 seconds looked like the play they wanted, but Butler made it a horrible shot, came off that screen and was fading back for no reason.

Don't get why K. Hinrich is in on defense near the end, couldn't block out Deladova who saved the offensive rebound. Granted, that's where you expect Taj or Pau to come up with a rebound, so not sure who the better option is there.

Jacos said Rose was 0/7 after the stinger, dude is made of glass. 

Hope Pau is back and they can pull off Game 6. I don't have much hope for a win in Game 7 on the road, but you never know I suppose.

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In reply to by Rob G.

This team overall is good, but doesn't appear to be great enough to win a title. It reminds me a little of the Bulls before Phil Jackson came along. Maybe Thibs isn't the answer to move them along far into the playoffs. Also, having your 'superstar' being the basketball equivalent of Glass Joe does not help.

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In reply to by mannytrillo

Bring back Phil Jackson!! Doug Collins was a pretty decent coach, so is Thibs, but I think this will be the last time a Thibs Chicago team gets beaten by LeBron. Moving beyond Collins to get them to the next level won them a bunch of championship. The challenge is finding a better coach than Thibs, whose achilles heel is getting his starters playoff-weary and unready. You gotta have bouncy legs at this time of year. These guys are beat up and tired from a long season. When I was watching the Bucks get destroyed I kept wondering when Thibs would pull his starters. This has been an issue with the GM so I'm thinking they'll make a move, assuming they don't beat Cleveland.

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In reply to by Old and Blue

I think Thibs is a very good regular season coach -- hard work and defense will win you games in the regular season. Not so in the playoffs, when teams actually try to play defense. Not enough offensive creativity -- having Noah consistently handle the ball 25 feet from the hoop -- when his entire offensive game is rebounding and put-backs -- makes no sense to me.

What is the statistician's metric for how hard Bryant's triple went off the wall in right? That has to have a "Whoah" effect on a team. That hit was insane. Opposite field triple to the far reaches of right field that hit the upper part of the wall with authority? Really? Right now, Fangraphs has Bryant's WAR at 0.8. But I can think of at least 2 games where's he had the central role in winning the game. I understand that the stat means wins over replacement, in other words, how much better is he than the average player at his position, and not, how many games has he helped win. So maybe there's no real stat for this, but the Cubs don't win last night if Bryant is not playing. Of course, they don't win if Arrieta only gets them to the sixth inning, too. Also Maddon last night said he didn't understand the subgroup that doesn't respect 90 the way Bryant does. I wonder who he was referring to. I can't help he has some guys on his team in mind.

Buster Olney wondering if the Cubs would trade Addison Russell or Castro for Tulowitzki. Uh.....pass?

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In reply to by Dusty Baylor

If Cubs could pull off Castro and someone like Vogelbach for Tulowitzki, that would be a neat deal. Cubs should still have enough middle infield depth to survive Tulo's  yearly DL stints.

Presuming whatever is happening with those K and BB numbers is just early season flukiness of course.

Not that I think it's something that would ever happen, imagine Rockies want volume in prospects more than anything.

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In reply to by Dusty Baylor

eh, just spitballing to be honest. I imagine Cubs would save their bullets for something else. But I've been a huge fan of healthy Tulo for a long time, regardless of Coors. The power and the rather small gap between BB and K numbers is rather rare to find and he should be good at SS for at least 2-3 years and the bat should easily carry to 3B if needed.

He's essentially the leftovers of Cal Ripken in my book without the part where he plays all the time, which of course, is a big part. Contract isn't really that bad in this day and age.

At South Bend, the Cubs have two starting pitchers, both 2014 draftees out of college, with ERAs below 1 and two or fewer walks: Jeremy Null and Ryan Williams. I've seen Null talked about, but not Williams. Other minor league highlights so far: Vogelbach, Schwarber, McKinney, Torres, Underwood

To go along with the Twitter comment about Montero's walks, he is 5th in WAR with a bunch less chances than the other top catchers (71 ABs to leader Norris' 119 ABs) and 2nd in OPS. Really good pick up so far. Castillo has suffered from some poor luck on some hard hit balls but overall he seems like a pretty good pinch hitting option besides the occasional catching and I suppose Ross can be a good teacher in the club house but Montero is very much the real deal so far. Outside of throwing out runners:-/

just for kicks...

if Cubs stay in it, what are some possible trade ideas?

Naturally SP and RP are always a want, I would think LF would be the other, although they may have some options between Olt, LaStella, Byrant, Baez, Alcantara and possibly even Scwharber.

Picture will come clearer in July of course, but I think Josh Reddick or Justin Upton could be of interest. Maybe C. Gonzalez, gotta presume he'll turn it around here soon, but everyone will always be afraid of the Coors Field effect.  And yes, I can see Padres falling off real quick. I was hoping Royals would suck and A. Gordon could be available, but they look tough.

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In reply to by Rob G.

I don't think we need an elite starting pitcher, just someone better than Wood. With Lester getting back on track, you got 3 top shelf starting pitchers and Hendricks I think showing signs of improving too. No need to trade someone like Castro for pitching but I do think we need to replace Wood.

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In reply to by Rob G.

Well no telling if Hammel will continue all year but so far he's been excellent and has continued from how he pitched for us last year.

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In reply to by johann

I think he's a perfect mid-rotation guy, FIP and ERA are inline at the moment at 3.50ish area. Certainly a guy that can get going and dominate a few starts, but I'd certainly want at least one more awesome option heading into playoffs over Hendricks and whomever the 5th starter is at that time. I'll happily take a guy on a fluke or contract year, doesn't have to be Hamels.

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In reply to by Charlie

I think there's a chance Castro will end up somewhere once STELLA! gets back online so that Russell can move to short. Probably Castro and another prospect, I'll bet Vogelbomb, but that would require an AL team with a good young starting pitcher available, and I don't know that there are many around. Maybe Castro and McKinney if it's the Mets, but then again, as I said in a post yesterday, if the Mets make that trade, and they have another arm injury, they're the Mets all over again.

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In reply to by Rob G.

I don't see the Cubs doing much, since the only real needs are SP and more time for the young players to develop. It would take injuries to put the Cubs really in the market for any other very significant parts. Coghlan + Denorfia/Olt/Baez? should be fine in LF until Schwarber or someone else forces that issue. You'd have to pick up a really good player to be a significant improvement at either LF or 2B. I imagine that if they did move Castro for SP, they might find themselves suddenly in the market for a good 2B. Not sure who that would be. Utley? He's not hitting the ball hard this year and his ISO is on a downward trend.

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF 2. Daniel Murphy (L) 3B 3. Michael Cuddyer (R) LF 4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B 5. Wilmer Flores (R) SS 6. Kevin Plawecki (R) C 7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) CF 8. Dilson Herrera (R) 2B 9. Matt Harvey (R) P

vs.

1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF 2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B 3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B 4. Starlin Castro (R) SS 5. Miguel Montero (L) C 6. Jorge Soler (R) RF 7. Chris Coghlan (L) LF 8. Jason Hammel (R) P 9. Addison Russell (R) 2B

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.