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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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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 @ Diamondbacks: Series Thread (Games 148-150)

The Cubs took only one game from the last place Rockies in a series full of mistakes. They had Thursday to travel and regroup. Their rebound opportunity comes against the Diamondbacks in Arizona. Both teams face Wild Card stakes as the season nears its conclusion. Marcus Stroman has been building up his arm and could be pushes for an early return to big league action as the Cubs scramble for the postseason. See below for daily matchups.

 


Game 148, Friday, September 15, 8:40 pm central
CHC: LHP Justin Steele (16-3, 2.49 ERA)
ARZ: RHP Brandon Pfaadt (1-8, 6.25 ERA)


Game 149, Saturday, September 16, 7:10 pm central
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (6-7, 3.71 ERA)
ARZ: RHP Zach Davies (2-5, 6.81 ERA)


Game 150, Sunday, September 17, 6:10 pm central
CHC: LHP Jordan Wicks (3-0, 1.99 ERA)
ARZ: RHP Ryne Nelson (7-8, 5.53 ERA)

Comments

pfaadt vs steele?  it's like ARZ has given up before taking the field.

yeah he's a very high end prospect because of his stuff and control, but he gives up hits and way too many homers since he left A-ball a couple years ago.  he's overmatched and playing on a team trying to make the playoffs.

...and hendricks vs z.davies...battle of the 88mph titans.  well, one generic-level titan and another guy that that's terrible, but for some reason is getting a chance to pitch for a team trying to make the playoffs.

cubs better win at least 1 of these and they should win both.

tauchman CF (PCA bench), morel DH...

madrigal seems to be the main 3rd by far with candel gone.  since he came back in july his line is .243/.282/.342 in 119 PA.

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In reply to by crunch

Which I don't immediately understand.  Cubs homepage (FWIW) has Steele-Hendricks-Wicks as listed starters for AZ series, and Cubs have an off day Mon.  First potential need for Stroman as a starter is Tues.  Are Cubs planning on having Stro be a reliever to build back up, or are they now so convinced in the rest of the bullpen (?!?) that they can go one bullpen arm short? Palencia was a danger, but could certainly eat an inning or two when the Cubs were up/down 5.

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In reply to by Jackstraw

A player on an MLB IL cannot be sent on a minor league rehab assignment without his consent, and if the player consents to a rehab assignment he can designate which minor league affiliate to which he will be assigned, and once on a minor league rehab assignment the player can stop it at any time. 

The only power the club has is that the the club does not have to send a player on a minor league rehab assignment. 

Evan though sending an injured player to a club's Arizona or Florida Spring Training site to rehab is not considered to be minor league rehab assignment, the player still must consent to it, and he can unilaterally decide to leave at any time once he is there. 

Obviously Stroman agreed to go to Mesa to rehab on the back fields by throwing bullpens and "live" BP on his own schedule, but he also must NOT have agreed to go on a rehab assignment to Iowa or Tennessee.

He must have shown the training staff and coaches in Mesa that he was healthy enough to pitch, but since he was not stretched out sufficiently to be an MLB SP, the Cubs really had no choice except to reinstate him from the IL and put him in the bullpen (or use him as a two-inning "opener").  

You might have noticed that Brandon Hughes and Nick Burdi had no problem accepting a minor league rehab assignment and staying on it, but that'e in large part because while they are on a minor league rehab assignment they accrue MLB Service Time, get paid at the major league rate instead of at the minor league split rate, and they even get major league meal money.

Same thing for Stroman, EXCEPT unlike Hughes and Burdi, he can't be optioned to the minors if he declines to go on a rehab assignment to a minor league affiliate. 

If Hughes and/or Burdi had declined to go on a minor league rehab assignment or decide to stop the rehab assignment at some point after initially agreeing to accept it (which is their right), the Cubs would just reinstate them from the IL and option them to the minors. So in the case of Hughes and Burdi, it's better to just  accept the rehab assignment, stay on it as long as you possibly can, and keep your mouth shut.   

happ and suzuki HR #18 for the both of them...trying to join the 20+ HR club before the season's end with bellinger, swanson, morel, and wisdom.

suzuki and morel swapped RF/DH last night a bit before the game, but suzuki is back in RF tonight (morel DH).  PCA rests again with tauchman getting CF.

dross loves using cuas with men on during mid-inning pitching changes.  i mean, it's worked out so far, but it seems like gambling with how wild he is.

a.wainwright throws 7ip of scoreless ball vs MIL (7ip 4h 2bb 3k).  it's his only scoreless outing of 2023 and his first since August of last year.  he did it at home and the crowd was giving him huge props during the 7th while he was getting through it.  he has been absolutely consistently terrible this year.

also, contreras hit his 20th HR, 3 seasons in a row of 20+ homers...4 if you want to toss out the 2000 COVID season.

Kyle Schwarber hit his #45 HR in the Phils win tonight, on the flip side, his batting average is .197. 

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.