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)
Arizona Phil 5 hours 55 min ago (view)
DJL: I don't think Ildemaro Vargas being out of minor league options is much of a concern to the Cubs because as things stand right now he projects as the team's primary utility infielder in 2021. He can play all four INF positions (1B, 2B, 3B, and SS, plus corner OF, too), and he is switch hitter with some pop, especially from the right side (remember the 9th inning HR he hit off Josh Hader in September?).
Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 38 min ago (view)
I'm a little surprised Ildemaro Vargas was tendered, given that he's out of options. He has value and isn't expensive as he is pre-arb this year, but still a bit surprised. Have to think he's got an inside track to an Opening Day spot at this point
waveland 15 hours 23 min ago (view)
really appreciate the years and years of your updates
Arizona Phil 17 hours 18 min ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Strumpf was wearing a cast on his hand in Minor League Camp before everything got shut-down in March so his not being at South Bend might have had something to do with that. I don't know why Rivas wasn't at the ATS.
bradsbeard 18 hours 1 min ago (view)
Do you have any idea why Rivas and Strumpf weren't at the alternate site in South Bend? I thought Rivas especially showed enough in ST games to be viewed as a legitimate depth option, especially with the DH.
Arizona Phil 18 hours 36 min ago (view)
Alfonso Rivas reminds me a bit of Rafael Palmeiro when Palmeiro first came up to the big leagues and was a "doubles machine" (before he started hitting home runs).
Rivas played D-1 baseball at the University of Arizona, so (just like Nico Hoerner, who also played in the PAC-12) I don't think he needs a lot of additional time at AAA before he's ready for MLB. He's a very advanced hitter, as long as you are OK with lots of doubles & lots of walks but not many HR.
Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 39 min ago (view)
I hadn't thought of that but I really like that option
bradsbeard 19 hours 44 min ago (view)
I really hope Rivas has a chance at the LF job. Would ease some of the sting of Schwarber being cut loose.
Arizona Phil 19 hours 45 min ago (view)
CRUNCH: I got the impression that Ross had seen enough of Schwarber in LF, so implementing the universal DH may be necessary before Schwarber returns to the Cubs in 2021. I think the Cubs would be fine with Schwarber as their main DH going forward.
BTW, I strongly suspect that the universal DH will be included in the next CBA, but whether there will be a DH in the National League in 2021 is still TBA (which is really stupid, since clubs need to know right now for sure one way or the other whether or not there will be a DH in the N. L. in 2021).
Arizona Phil 19 hours 56 min ago (view)
Besides the guys on the 40, Cubs 2021 NRI relievers with a legit chance to win a bullpen slot in Spring Training include LHRPs Josh Osich and Rex Brothers, and RHRPs Jake Jewell, Trevor Megill, Dakota Mekkes, Michael Rucker, and Joe Wieland (presuming they are not taken in the Rule 5 Draft).
Brothers and Wieland are out of minor league options, however, so if added to the 40 they could not ride the "Chicago - Des Moines Shuttle" like the others could.
crunch 20 hours 2 min ago (view)
i am rooting for the cubs to retain schwarber.
even though he's average on the best of days in LF (except his above average arm), i would like to see him and his work ethic remain in the cubs system...the homers from the left side of the plate are nice, too.
Arizona Phil 20 hours 24 min ago (view)
At least as things stand right now, Kris Bryant is your Cubs de facto 2021 Opening Day LF! (Of course we know he will be traded before then...).
Otherwise, minor league NRI outfielders Ian Miller, Michael Hermosillo, and Rafael Ortega will be competing for Opening Day OF slots, with a legit shot to win a job.
Even Alfonso Rivas (who was hitting rockets from foul line to foul line at AZ Instructs) and/or Eddy Julio Martinez (who has had a very good winter in the Mexican Pacific League) might have a shot.
Arizona Phil 20 hours 27 min ago (view)
I would think that both Colin Rea and Kyle Ryan must have signed contracts with minor league split salaries, otherwise I doubt very much that they would have been tendered.
Arizona Phil 20 hours 38 min ago (view)
With Tepera non-tendered and Winkler, Ryan, and Rea signed, the Cubs 2021 Opening Day bullpen (right now) would appear to be Kimbrel (clearly not tradeable), Wick (virtual lock), Winkler (can't be optioned without his consent), Underwood (out of minor league options), and Maples (out of minor league options), and then three from amongst Adam, Norwood, Rea, Ryan, Stock, and Wieck (each of whom can be optioned back & forth to AAA as needed).
Arizona Phil 20 hours 57 min ago (view)
The Cubs have signed RHSP Colin Rea, LHRP Kyle Ryan, and RHRP Dan Winkler to 2021 MLB contracts (terms TBD) and tendered 2021 MLB contracts to all other unsigned players on their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) except OF Albert Almora, OF-1B Jose Martinez, OF Kyle Schwarber, and RHRP Ryan Tepera.
So Almora, J. Martinez, Schwarber, and Tepera are now unrestricted free-agents, free to sign an MLB or minor league contract with any club (including the Cubs) without any salary restrictions.
The Cubs MLB Reserve List now stands at 34 (six slots are open).
Arizona Phil 21 hours 19 min ago (view)
Keep in mind that as things stand right now the Cubs projected 2021 MLB payroll is almost $50M under the 2021 CBT threshold (which will be $210M), so they don't have to worry about contract AAV if they can sign a player to a multi-year deal with a low 2021 base salary and then substantially higher salaries post-2021 (when they should be able to generate their normal attendance-based revenues --.presuming CoViD-19 is no longer a problem by that time).