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40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus one player is on the 60-DAY IL 

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, ten players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, three players are on the 15-DAY IL, and one player is on the 10-DAY IL

Last updated 4-12-2024
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Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
Keegan Thompson
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

* Michael Busch 
Garrett Cooper
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson

* Cody Bellinger 
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

Kevin Alcantara, OF 
Michael Arias, P 
Alexander Canario, OF 
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF 
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF 
Porter Hodge, P 
* Matt Mervis, 1B 
Luis Vazquez, INF 
Hayden Wesneski, P 

10-DAY IL: 1 
Patrick Wisdom, INF 

15-DAY IL: 3
Julian Merryweather, P
* Justin Steele, P  
Jameson Taillon, P 

60-DAY IL: 1 
Caleb Kilian, P 

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Cubs vs. Rockies: Game Thread (Game 4)

Shota Imanaga makes his MLB debut to kick off April. He'll represent the 1-2 Chicago Cubs as they greet Kris Bryant and the Colorado Rockies for a three-game series at Wrigley. Imanaga was the major free agent addition for the offseason after reportedly falling in love with Chicago this winter. Chicago appears to be in for some unpleasant weather this week--we'll see how Imanaga's appreciation for the setting holds up. Cold temps and wind should help Imanaga's extreme fly ball ways as long as he can maintain feeling in his fingers. 

Former Cardinal Dakota Hudson presents a familiar face as the opposing starter. The 29-year-old right was non-tendered by the Cardinals following a disappointing 2023 season. He made 12 starts in the majors, along with six relief appearances, and 11 starts in the minors. His ERA and stikeouts per nine innings converged at 4.98 while his fastbal has declined a couple ticks compared to where he sat as a starter 2019-2021. Bellinger and Swanson have each put up an OPS over 1.000 in 10 at bats against him and Garrett Cooper has gone 2-4 but is set to start this game on the bench while Seiya Suzuki gets a DH day. 

If the weather plays out as forecast, this one could get fairly chaotic--or the Cubs might be in for some postponed games this week. Cross your fingers and join us in the comments at 1:20 pm central as we celebrate the home opener.


Home plate umpire Ben May had one of the worst games calling balls and strikes I've seen in years. There were several pitches that were at least a baseball-width out of the zone that he called strikes, and several that were well in the strike-zone box that he called balls. He made mistakes that hurt both teams, but the main negative impact was on Cub hitters and Imanaga. Ben May find himself umping in the minors at this rate.

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In reply to by fullykräusened

The two AAA leagues are using the Automate Ball / Strike (ABS) system in 2024.  

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays the ABS system will call all balls & strikes (the home plate umpire will receive an instantaneous audio transmission reporting whether the pitch was a ball or a strike and then the ump will "make the call"), and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the home plate umpire will call balls & strikes without the aid of the ABS, but the batter, the catcher, or the pitcher can request a challenge (the challenge must be requested within two seconds of the ball / strike call), at which point the ABS system will notify the home plate ump whether the pitch was a ball or a strike.  

Each club can make as many challenges as they wish during the course of the game until they lose three challenges, at which point they will no longer have a challenge.   

The two different types of systems (the first being all balls & strikes called by the ABS and then relayed to the home plate umpire, and the second being the challenge system) will be compared to determine which of the two systems would be best for the game in the event that ABS is implemented in MLB at some point in the future.

Besides the matter of tradition, the single biggest issue will be the reliability of the ABS technology. In other words, does ABS make mistakes?

ronel blanco (HOU) with a 105 pitch no-hitter!  a no hitter on the first day of april, wow.

walked 2, K'd 7.

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    michael busch is not impressed.  3rd straight game with a homer.

  • crunch (view)

    holy f...that slider/sweeper ex-cub tyson miller has.

    the horizontal movement is insane.

  • crunch (view)

    morel with 2 high-quality snags at 3rd base in the 6th going to his right, a weakness of his (though not as weak as his throw accuracy).  both plays saving runs.

  • crunch (view)

    imanaga walks back to back batters to the first hitters up in the 6th.  he had 15 innings without a walk coming into the inning.

    he gave up his first run earlier in the game, but still hasn't given up an earned run.

  • crunch (view)

    mervis with another homer tonight...

    porter hodge made his AAA debut and got the win throwing a scoreless inning in relief...while walking 3 and K'ing 1.

  • crunch (view)

    morel in the lineup saturday and playing 3rd.  hand is obviously bothering him, but he's playing.

    tauchman gets the DH, because he's left handed or whatever... free game of the day, btw...

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    TIM: Yes. I would think so. It's not like anybody is blocking him there. 

    So if PCA, Caissie, K. Alcantara, Canario, and C. Franklin are the Cubs top five outfield prospects (and all five are definitely in the Cubs Top 30), then Alfonsin Rosario is # 6 (ahead of B. Davis, Roederer, Pagan, and Pinango) and is in my Cubs Top 30 (if not in the Cubs Top 30 at BA,, et al).

  • tim815 (view)

    Rosario as next to Myrtle Beach as a hitter?


    Thanks, always.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    I guess my point is that based on past performance, majors, minors and spring training would more likely than not cement the 4A reputation with a call up, particularly as a part time occasional player.

    If he tears up triple A other teams may have different thoughts even without the MLB experience. He lacks prospect pedigree primarily because of the system he’s in. Probably not the centerpiece of a trade but certainly a decent component.

  • Charlie (view)

    Agreed. Mervis lacks prospect pedigree, and he will likely carry the trade value of a suspected quad-A guy until he shows success at the MLB level.

    I also think the Cubs will show interest in a regular DH if it turns out they already have a guy who can fill that role well.