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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

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# 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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Cubs vs. Diamondbacks: Series Thread (Games 141-144)

The Cubs swept the Giants to climb to 1.5 games back both in the NL Central and behind the Phillies for the top NL Wild Card spot. Moreover, the offense showed up for this series, with Bellinger and Suzuki staying hot and benefitting from support throughout the lineup. Twenty-two games remain to land a preferable playoff position. They host the Wild Card hopeful Arizona Diamondbacks starting this Thursday. See below for matchups in the four-game series.


Game 141, Thursday, September 7, 6:40 pm central
CHC: RHP Javier Assad (3-2, 2.69 ERA)
ARZ: RHP Ryne Nelson (6-7, 5.47 ERA)


Game 142, Friday, September 8, 1:20 pm central
CHC: RHP Jameson Taillon (7-9, 5.73 ERA)
ARZ: RHP Zack Gallen (14-7, 3.48 ERA)


Game 143, Saturday, September 9, 1:20 pm central
CHC: LHP Justin Steele (16-3, 2.55 ERA)
ARZ: RHP Merrill Kelly (11-6, 3.22 ERA)


Game 144, Sunday, September 10, 1:20 pm central
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (5-7, 3.73 ERA)
ARZ: RHP Brandon Pfaadt (1-8, 6.27 ERA)

Comments

every win is needed, but it's nice to lose one in september that doesn't sting.  2 back in the NL Central, +3 in the 2nd WC slot.

Are Canario and Little the first players to appear as Cubs that were born this century?

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In reply to by crunch

Sorry to be THAT guy, but the first day of the 21st century was January 1, 2001. Centuries end on the last day of the year ending with the numbers 00. I'm a teacher. Had to do it. ;)

masterboney and madrigal hitting back to back with a man on 1st and down by 1 run late.  someone please take these guys away from d.ross.  who the hell sees a situation like this and is like "wow, let's send to the plate guys who's ceiling is "might hit a single""...well, besides d.ross.

nico 1st to home on a missed infield popup...running all the way, not jogging or going casual.  proper payoff for not assuming an easy out.  love it.

…and Wesneski STILL can’t get lefties out. Faced three righties and one lefty - got three outs (all righties) and gave up one hit (guess which one). 

merryweather gets his 1st cubs save.

swanson joins bellinger/morel/wisdom with 20+ homers.  happ (17) and suzuki (16) have a shot to join them.

3 @COL starting tomorrow.

Brewers lose 3-1 lead on 2run HR by Stanton in the 11th. Now bottom of 13 at 3-3. Was a no no for 8 innings by Burnes. 
…and Brewers lose in 13, 4-3. Phillies had already lost to the Marlins.


all in all, a nice recovery day for what was a tough weekend.

ooof...jassssssson dominguez (NYY) torn ucl in his throwing arm and will get surgery for it.  not a fan of the yanks, but they cannot catch a break this year.

PCA gets the call up per Jeff Passan.

40 man roster move pending.

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In reply to by George Altman

They won't DFA any arms that were on the 40man before Sept 1st. They need to keep as many options as possible if they make the playoffs.
Except for Boxberger. He could definitely be DFA'd.
They bring Keegan back up, or even promote Ben Brown, and add PCA to the 40man.
If not Boxberger than probably JYoung.
PCA replaces Canario or Mastrobuoni on the 26man?
Probably Canario.

 

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In reply to by Childersb3

Keegan Thompson cannot be recalled in September through the conclusion of the MLB regular season until he has spent at least 15 days on Optional Assignment unless he replaces a pitcher who is placed on an MLB inactive list (IL, paternity, bereavement, etc).

As far as who the Cubs might drop to make room on the 40 for PCA, Jeremiah Estrada is at instructs, and while his breaking ball is plus, he cannot command his FB at all. 

Also keep in mind that there will very likely be at least two injured post-season eligible players (Codi Heuer and Ethan Roberts) the Cubs will be able to replace with any player - REGARDLESS OF POSITION - who was in the  organization but not on the MLB 26-man roster as of midnight 8/31, including Luke Little, PCA, Alexander Canario, and Matt Mervis. 

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In reply to by Childersb3

Well they didn't DFA Boxberger. I was trying my all to speak that into existence. Kay is DFA'd to make room for PCA. Canario back to Iowa.

I really don't want to watch a RH RP with 90 or less velo stuff in mid to late Sept during a playoff race. Jed you cut Hosmer, Mancini and Barnhart. Time for Box to go as well.

AZ Phil explained Keegan can't come up for several more days so maybe Ben Brown gets a chance. I'll try to speak that into existence now.

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In reply to by Cubster

good.  really really really sick of seeing mike tachman having 1-2 good games then 5-10 bad ones in a row and getting a chance to repeat it.  unlike 1 PA canario, i expect PCA to actually get work.

PCA/hoerner 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup could be the making of an interesting combo.

COL going with a lefty tonight.  might not see PCA til tomorrow.

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In reply to by crunch

Ross won't let PCA get a ton of ABs b/c he cannot play in the playoffs.
As Cubs fans we know he should probably get a chance to play in order to help us make the playoffs, but Ross is "always thinking ahead of us fans".

If Candy is out for a while then Madrigal gets all 3B ABs.
You'd guess that Belli gets all 1B ABs (maybe Wisdom gets a few).
Therefore Tauchman or PCA in CF.
If he plays PCA more than Tauchman now he'll be admitting that PCA should've been up sooner over Tauchman.

Now, I'll admit that Jed/Ross have let some veterans go this year. But they definitely give them a long leash!!!

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In reply to by Childersb3

Childersb3: Pete Crow-Armstrong - CAN - play in the post-season because he can replace either Ethan Roberts or Codi Heuer on the Cubs Post-Season Eligibility List. Same goes for Luke Little.

I mention only Roberts and Heuer as likely to be replaced because I don't think the Cubs will replace Brandon Hughes or Nick Burdi since they are likely to be re reinstated from the 60-IL in the near future. 

So if a club wishes to replace a player who was on the club's Post-Season Eligibility List as of midnight 8/31 because the player is injured, the club must replace the player prior to the first game of the post-season, and once the replacement player is added to the Post Season Eligibility List, that player cannot be switched out for a different  player. 

So if PCA replaces Roberts and Luke Little replaces Heuer, then that's that. It cannot be changed. 

And again, a pitcher does NOT have to replace a pitcher and a a position player does NOT have to replace a posItion player. 

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.