Turner Continues Rehab at Riverview, While Denorfia is Leaving on a Jet Plane
Eloy Jimenez (two-run double), Tyler Alamo (RBI double), and Ricardo Marcano (RBI single) stroked consecutive running-scoring hits to highlight a four-run 6th, and LHSP Justin Steele (Cubs 2014 5th round draft pick - George County HS - Lucedale, MS) tossed 5.1 IP of one-run ball (11/2 GO/FO), leading the Eugene Emeralds to a 4-1 victory over the Mesa Cubs in Extended Spring Training intrasquad game action this morning on Field #6 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.
RHP Jacob Turner (on Cubs MLB 60-day DL- right flexor strain) started the game for Mesa and threw 3.2 IP of shutout ball (56 pitches), allowing four hits (all singles) and two walks, with two strikeouts and a 3/4 GO/FO. This will almost certainly be Turner's last EXST rehab outing before he departs for one of the Cubs full-season minor league affiliates, where he will continue his rehab under Article XIX-C.
Turner's fastball velocity sat at 91-92 MPH through his first two innings of work, but then it spiked to 93-94 over his final two frames. He had some command issues at times with his cutter, but his breaking ball was very sharp.
OF Chris Denorfia (on Cubs 15-day DL - hamstring strain) has definitely completed the Arizona portion of his rehab and is en route to AA Tennessee, where he will spend the weekend facing more advanced pitching than he saw at EXST. Then he will (presumably) re- join the Cubs in Detroit on Tuesday.
Originally, Denorfia was supposed to remain at Extend0ed Spring Training through Saturday and then spend the first-half of next week at Tennessee, but the timetable was pushed-up when he got back into playing shape sooner than was expected. In six Cactus League EXST games (24 PA), Denorfia hit 400/500/550, reaching base 12 times in the six games (five singles, three doubles, and four walks). He also struck out five times in the 24 Plate Appearances.
Prior to the intrasquad game, RHRP Neil Ramirez (on Cubs 15-day DL - right shoulder inflammation), RHRP Anthony Carter (on AAA Iowa 7-day DL), and LHSP Rob Zastryzny (on AA Tennessee 7-day DL - foot injury) squared-off in a two-inining "sim" game on Field #5. Ramirez threw two innings (25 pitches - 15 in the first inning, then ten in the second), and Carter and Zastryzny threw one inning a piece (15 pitches each).
Here is the abridged box score from today's intrasquad game, followed by the updated Cubs Extended Spring Training roster:
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 1-2 (5-3, BB, 1B, R)
2. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 1-3 (1B, K, E-4, R, SB)
3. Eloy Jimenez, DH #1: 2-3 (1B, P-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
4. Tyler Alamo, C-DH: 1-3 (K, F-9, 2B, R, RBI)
5. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 1-2 (BB, 4-3, 1B, RBI)
6. Roney Alcala, 1B: 1-2 (L-5, 2B)
7. Ho-Young Son, SS: 0-2 (F-9, E-5)
8. Danny Gutierrez, RF: 0-1 (1-3, BB)
9. Adonis Paula, 3B: 1-2 (1B, F-9)
10. Calvin Graves, DH #2: 1-2 (1B, F-9, SB)
11. Yohan Matos, DH-C: 0-2 (K, K)
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 1-3 (1B, 1-3, K)
2. Roberto Caro, DH #1: 0-2 (5-3, F-9, BB)
3. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, K)
4. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-2 (6-3, 5-4 FC, BB, R)
5. Joey Martarano, DH #2: 0-3 (5-3, F-8, 6-3)
6. Jose Paniagua, LF: 1-3 (1B, E-6, K)
7. Carlos Jimenez, 3B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, 3-U, RBI)
8. Erick Castillo, C-DH: 0-2 (4-3, 4-3, BB)
9. Jenner Emeterio, RF: 0-3 (6-3, 3-U, 5-4-3 DP)
10. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, SB)
11. Jhonny Pereda, DH-C: 0-1 (1-3)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
1. Justin Steele: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 11/2 GO/FO, 74 pitches (48 strikes)
2. Scott Frazier: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/FO, 24 pitches (13 strikes)
1. Jacob Turner: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 3/4 GO/FO, 56 pitches (32 strikes)
2. Jae-Hoon Ha: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/FO, 39 pitches (24 strikes)
NOTE: Bottom of 6th inning was terminated with no outs
EUGENE ERRORS: 1
SS Ho-Young Son: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
MESA ERRORS: 2
1. 3B Carlos Jimenez: E-5 (throwing error alliowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 2B Carlos Sepulveda: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
EUGENE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Tyler Alamo: 0-1 SB
MESA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Erick Castillo: 0-2 CS, 1 PB
EUGENE OUTFIELD ASSISTS
LF Ricardo Marcano - threw out batter (Carlos Sepulveda) 7-4 trying to stretch single into double
MESA OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
RF Jenner Emeterio - threw out batter (Adonis Paula) 9-6 trying to stretch single into double
WEATHER: Overcast with temperatures in the 90's
2015 CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER
64 players ACTIVE (includes ACTIVE REHAB and LIMITED ACTIVITY)
9 players TRAINING CENTER REHAB (not cleared for field activity)
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Marcelo Carreno (ACTIVE REHAB - post-2013 right shoulder surgery)
Anthony Carter (ACTIVE REHAB)
Dylan Cease (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
Oscar de la Cruz
Enrique de los Rios
* Andin Diaz
Tanner Griggs (LIMITED ACTIVITY - groin)
Jae-Hoon Ha (ex-OF)
Luis Hernandez (LIMITED ACTIVITY)
Pierce Johnson (ACTIVE REHAB - lat strain)
Barret Loux (ACTIVE REHAB - right flexor strain)
John Michael Knighton
Mark Malave (ex-C)
Trey Masek (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Trey McNutt (LIMITED ACTIVITY - 2014 right shoulder surgery)
Yomar Morel (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - 2015 TJS)
Erling Moreno (ACTIVE REHAB - 2014 TJS)
James Norwood (LIMITED ACTIVITY)
* Ariel Ovando (ex-OF - LIMITED ACTIVITY)
Blake Parker (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - elbow)
* Jose Paulino
Hector Perez (LIMITED ACTIVITY)
Neil Ramirez (ACTIVE REHAB - right shoulder inflammation)
Austin Reed (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - 2014 TJS)
Jose Rosario (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - 2015 TJS)
* Carson Sands
* Justin Steele
Jacob Turner (ACTIVE REHAB - right flexor strain)
* Sam Wilson
Jose Zapata (ACTIVE REHAB - post-2013 cervical fracture)
* Rob Zastryzny (ACTIVE REHAB - foot)
# Erick Castillo
* Alberto Mineo
Will Remillard (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - 2015 TJS)
Miguel Rico (ex-3B - TRAINING CENTER REHAB - left knee injury)
Roney Alcala (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only RH)
# Frandy de la Rosa
Wladimir Galindo (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - left wrist injury)
Carlos Jimenez (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only RH)
* Tommy LaStella (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - oblique strain)
Andruw Monasterio (formerly a switch-hitter, he is now hitting only RH)
Mike Olt (LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB - fractured right wrist)
* Carlos Sepulveda
* Logan Watkins (TRAINING CENTER REHAB - 2015 ruptured achilles tendon)
# Roberto Caro
* Shawon Dunston Jr (ACTIVE REHAB - right shoulder injury)
# Robert Garcia
* Ricardo Marcano
Carmelo Martinez (AZL Cubs Manager)
Gary Van Tol (Eugene Manager)
Oscar Bernard (AZL Cubs Hitting Coach)
Ricardo Medina (Eugene Hitting Coach)
Terrmel Sledge (Eugene Assistant Coach)
Anderson Tavares (Eugene Pitching Coach)
Rick Tronerud (Mesa Rehab Pitching Coach)
Ron Villone (AZL Cubs Pitching Coach)
Ty Wright (AZL Cubs Assistant Coach)
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES
Sean Folan (AZL Cubs)
Ryan Nordvedt (Eugene)
Chuck Baughman (Assistant Minor League Training Coordinator - Mesa Rehab)
Mike McNulty (Eugene)
Toby Williams (AZL Cubs)
jdrnym 6 hours 9 min ago (view)
All makes sense, but I think there is one important point of clarification in there -- are you using "practice squad" and "Club Player Pool" interchangeably? If so, I understood the first sentence of your third-to-last paragraph above to mean that Mills/Sadler/Underwood could be outrighted and still be in the Pool, therefore retaining their eligibility to re-selected to the major league active roster later in the season.
Arizona Phil 8 hours 35 min ago (view)
jdrnym: Zack Short is still on Optional Assignment to the minors (as are Alzolay, M. Amaya, R. Garcia, Maples, T. Miller, Norwood, Rea, M. Rodriguez, and Steele), but he can be recalled at any time without restriction (no "ten-day rule") because he was optioned to the minors prior to the transaction freeze in March.
crunch 12 hours 58 min ago (view)
the toles update is worse than his troubled past. toles has been diagnosed bipolar + schizophrenia and has been in/out of institutions over the past couple years. he can't seem to stick to any program long enough to get good treatment.
hope he turns whatever corner he needs to in order to get enough treatment to decide what kind of future he'd like to have.
Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 48 min ago (view)
Those two are definitely on more precarious ground once the roster is trimmed to 26, I would say.
jdrnym 15 hours 51 min ago (view)
Right, just went through the roster quick. Underwood, Sadler, same deal.
Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 7 min ago (view)
Can't answer the Short thing. But I'd agree with your assessment of Mills if he weren't basically a lock to make the roster.
jdrnym 18 hours 15 min ago (view)
Is Zack Short's official designation still "on optional assignment" even though he's not on the Pool? If so, he can't just be recalled even though he's on the 40-man roster, right?
And someone like Alec Mills who's on the Pool and out of options... he's virtually locked onto the active roster because he can't get taken off (via an outright) and remain eligible to be re-added. Seems like the kind of player you'd prefer to leave off the initial Pool.
crunch 18 hours 39 min ago (view)
though he went to the hospital for treatment he was never admitted, so he's yet another person who got dragged hard by Covid, but who's case isn't showing up in the hospital admission, ICU bed, or death numbers most of us are looking at.
there's a whole slew of people who have had to shut down their lives for 2-4-6-etc weeks to get over this that are falling outside of the numbers we're tracking most closely.
Cubster 19 hours 8 min ago (view)
"In yet another reminder of how insidious this particular disease can be, Hottovy says he had acted quite cautiously in public before coming down with it. Fortunately, he was able to self-isolate and avoid transmitting it to his family."
crunch 20 hours 19 min ago (view)
it'll be interesting to see how things go down when people have to start playing games in AZ. they're damn close to being "early NYC level" screwed with a lack of planning and action.
with the early plan of playing games in AZ/FL, they could have been huge economic winners with 15+ teams playing all their games in AZ (and spring training 2.0). now it's looking like some teams may not even want to fly into AZ for a few dozen "away" games.
crunch 20 hours 35 min ago (view)
cubs pitching coach tommy hottovy was diagnosed with covid-19 earlier this spring, but he is currently assumed fully recovered.
he had a 100+ degree temperature for 6 days, lost 18 pounds, and it took 30 days for him to test negative.
he's 38 years old, btw.
Hagsag 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
at least the cubs got elston back for pretty much nothing. also, ha.
Rob Richardson 2 days 1 hour ago (view)
How many coachs, managers, and other "tier 1" individuals around the league are in higher risk groups?
Rob Richardson 2 days 1 hour ago (view)
Well said Crunch.