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

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, plus twelve players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and two players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 6-11-2024

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# bats both

Javier Assad
Colten Brewer
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

David Bote
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom

* Cody Bellinger
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
Jose Cuas, P
Brennen Davis, OF
Porter Hodge, P 
Nick Madrigal, INF 
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B
Daniel Palencia, P 
Keegan Thompson, P 
Luis Vazquez, INF

15-DAY IL: 2
Yency Almonte, P
Ben Brown, P 

60-DAY IL: 3
Adbert Alzolay, P 
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P

Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Cubs @ St. Louis: Series Thread (Games 52-54)

The Cubs begin the holiday weekend with three games in St. Louis. They've gotten Swanson and Hoerner back to support on defense, and starting pitching has remained strong. They need several bats to wake up in order to claw out more wins. They enter the series 27-24, now with the Cardinals only three games behind them and the Brewers two full games ahead of them. See below for daily matchups such as they stand. 


Game 52, Friday, May 24, 7:15 pm central
CHC: LHP Shota Imanaga (5-0, 0.85 ERA)
STL: RHP Miles Mikolas (3-5, 5.77 ERA) 

It is Shota Imanaga day again! Last time out he went seven innings, struck out seven, allowed four hits and one walk while holding Pittsburgh scoreless. 

Mikolas has been basically the only mainstay in the Cardinals rotation going back to 2018. He survived last year's sell off and remains under contract until 2026. The righty has allowed nine homeruns already this season, including a solo homerun in his last outing that accounted for the only run he allowed in five innings. 


Game 53, Saturday, May 25, 6:15 pm central
CHC: RHP Jameson Taillon

After allowing only three runs in his first four starts, Taillon has allowed 10 runs, five earned, on 13 hits and five walks over his last 8.2 innings pitched. He also comitted the error leading to the unearned runs. 


Game 54, Sunday, May 26, 6:10 pm central


The Cubs travel to Milwaukee for a four-game series to start the next week.


looking strongly like MIL. PIT, and CIN will win tonight.  CIN still has 4 innings to protect 4 runs vs LAD.

Good rehab start for Wicks at Iowa: 33 pitches, 2 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 3 Ks. 

Good night for PCA as well with another HR and a double. 

almost 2 hours into a rainless rain delay.

AND now it's postponed.  july 13th double header.

shota will be skipped and his next start will be next week.  taillon and assad get the next 2 starts.

he's healthy, he did his full pre-game.

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In reply to by Charlie

only logic i can find is he's had come/go velocity on some outings and we're only finishing up the 2nd month of the season.

we're only talking about a couple mph over a couple games, but it was slightly concerning from a fan/outsider view.  he bounced back.

no idea, though.

if the cubs lose even a single game to a team wearing "The Lou" jerseys they don't deserve the playoffs.

counsell re: shota rest...

“This is a proactive move,” Counsell said prior to Saturday’s game. “And it’s really about the innings during the course of the season. We’re tracking towards 170ish innings, and just trying to know that that’s the number. And know that there are very few spots in the schedule where you have a chance to maybe use the schedule to your advantage. This was one of them.”

azphil posted pre-season that finding him time to rest and limiting innings would probably be a thing.

PCA with yet another 2-hit game.

they were only singles so he decided to swipe a couple bases, too.

last month at this time the cubs had a +25 run differential.  it's currently -2.

2 games over .500 and sinking...

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In reply to by crunch

If you had told me before the season that they would have Steele, Taillon, Suzuki, Bellinger, Swanson, Alzolay, and Merriwether missing as much time as they have, I would have anticipated at least 5 games under. Still hurts given where they were a few weeks ago. I'm quite concerned about this team's bullpen and somewhat concerned about the slumping hitters.

The next two roster moves should be to DFA Hendricks and Madrigal, then recall PCA and activate Wicks.

wisdom at 1st tonight...just like wisdom at 3rd, this is also not a good idea.

i mean, i like the dude, but his glove is leaky and clanky.

hell, they may not even play the game tonight anyway.

j.estrada struck out 5 straight yankees batters today.

15.1ip 5h 4bb 25k, 1r/er


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In reply to by George Altman

I will say the Cubs were smart enough to draft Estrada, sign him away from UCLA, and develop him into a big league pitcher, but the decision to DFA him was the problem. (Estrada was not out of options and he was not injured). 

In general, when in doubt, an organization should roster a pitching prospect over a comparable position player prospect, and a club ESPECIALLY should not DFA a healthy pitcher with upside who is not out of minor league options (like Estrada) and tender a marginal back-up position player like Madrigal instead. (Someone like Madrigal is always easily replaceable by a waiver claim, or by signing a released player like a Joey Wendle). It is also disappointing to see the Brewers bullpen headed by two ex-Cubs (Trevor Megill and Bryan Hudson). 

So while the Cubs might be able to identify and sign quality young arms with upside, they just don't know how to manage the MLB 40-man roster such that they can retain as many of them as possible for as long as possible (because not all young pitchers develop as quickly as a club might like). 

I wouldn't put it so much on scouting or player development as on incompetent MLB 40-man roster management. That's where the problem really lies (and that includes exercising the Hendricks club option for any reason other than to trade him after they signed Imanaga, or signing Happ to a contract extension - WITH A FULL NTC!!!??? - when the organization is loaded with outfield prospects). 

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In reply to by crunch

tornado(s) are to the south of the city, but it is raining sideways into the concourse in STL based on videos being posted.

multiple large pools of water in the OF and a hell of a lot sitting on top of the tarp.  even if it quit raining now (it's not any time soon) it would be quite a while before the field was playable.

welcome back drew smyly...walks the first batter he sees.

if he can give up a homer or 2 he's in mid-season form for his return.

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In reply to by crunch

morel error on the next batter, speaking of mid-season form.

if he can't find a home at 3rd he might get traded somewhere he can play 2nd in peace.  i dunno how much longer they can go with a black hole at 3rd...the arm is there and decently improved over last year, the glove isn't there.

madrigal isn't the answer.  it's looking like bj murray isn't a possible answer.  nothing is on the horizon unless matt shaw's bat comes alive and even then it's not ideal at this point in his young career.

that loss suuuuucked.  bats dead for most of the game.  happ with a couple homers was nice to see, though.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

When Joey Wendle signed with the Mets last November he received an automatic Article XX-B "no trade" through June 15th, which is a reason why the Mets had to release him (and be on the hook for his $2M salary minus the pro-rated MLB minimum salary after he signed with another club) if they wanted him off the roster. Then once he was released and signed with the Braves, the automatic "no trade" went away, and so now the Braves can trade him rather than just release him (something the Mets could not do). 

The reason I had mentioned Wendle as somebody the Cubs should pursue after he was DFA'd by the Mets is because the Cubs seem bent on having an actual back-up shortstop other than Hoerner (first Mastrobuoni, and now Vazquez) as well as a veteran infielder who can be a late-inning defensive replacement for Morel at 3B (Madrigal), which takes up two of the five bench spots. 

However, Wendle actually checks both boxes (he is a legit SS who can also be a late-inning defensive replacement at 3B), not to mention a LH-hitter (so he can give Hoerner, Swanson, or Morel a blow against a tough RHSP), and he has enough speed to where he can be a PR / ghost runner for one of the catchers in an extra-inning situation. And since he would take the job currently invested in two different players (and cost only the pro-rated MLB minimum salary), carrying both Vazquez and Madrigal would no longer be necessary and so it would open up a roster slot for PCA. 

So since the Braves just lost Acuna for the year and will apparently be playing Kelenic in LF and Duvall in RF for awhile (they have been platooning with each other in LF), the Cubs could offer the Braves Darius Hill, an MLB-ready AAA high-contact LH-hitting outfielder not on the MLB 40-man roster who will almost certainly never play for the Cubs and who can play all three OF spots. The Cubs have already traded one such AAA player (INF Jake Slaughter) to Seattle to preemptively acquire Tyson Miller after he was DFA'd, without having to wait & hope that they could claim him off waivers, and they can very easily do the same thing with respect to offering Darius Hill for Joey Wendle. 

Of course that doesn't mean the Braves won't eventually try and acquire an established MLB corner OF sometime prior to the MLB Trade Deadline (Tommy Pham comes immediately to mind), but Darius Hill actually could provide the Braves with some value as an MLB-ready high-contact LH-hitting OF in the meantime.   

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    And I mean, I know Craig Counsell is a good manager, but like… he seems way, way more tentative here than he did in Milwaukee. There’s no innovation trying to get these guys going. It’s trotting out roughly the same lineup, using the same late inning arms, making sure to not let SPs get to 90 pitches, and on and on. Justin Steele is your ace. He’s at 89 pitches through 6. Your roller coaster nominal closer isn’t available tonight. Why on earth is Steele not throwing the 7th??? He’s not a young prospect on an innings limit, he’s an in-prime multi year MLBer approaching veteran status. I can’t decide if the front office was calling more shots in Milwaukee which made him look good, or maybe the Cubs front office isn’t giving him the space to make the tougher or more creative decisions. Shake some things up! Use Miller late game, he got the out Leiter couldn’t. Brewer is nasty, maybe he could get a shot at a high leverage inning?

    I won’t go too nuts on the front office as this post is already getting long, but can we please shake up some of this roster? Can we actually see if Canario can hack it? And I mean let him play, not just call up and warm the bench. Is Vazquez any better than Wisdom? Maybe CJ or Ethan Roberts can help the bullpen?

  • crunch (view)

    innings 8-9 have been brutal on this team.

    even when they hang in there, they are blowing an alarming amount of games late.  way way way too many 1-run games not going the cubs way.

    it's a bat issue as much as it's a setup/closer issue.  they're so close to being a better team, but they are projecting really terrible for the past 1.5 months.   i hope it's a slump, but damn...pen arms and bats (beyond walks, singles, HBP) need to show up.  1.5 months generally isn't a slump.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Yup. Not only does this team suck, they’re also really boring. It’s basically a script for every game. There’s 2, maybe 3 innings each game they threaten to score and sometimes get a couple measly runs. Usually the SP is good, and the bullpen blows it. The script will vary, but by and large the games are a snooze. I find I spend more time messing on my phone and/ or reading with the game on than I do really paying attention to the game 

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    On the broadcast when JD said he seemed to be avoiding the splitter I headed directly to sports betting and put it on the Cubs to lose. If Leiter doesn’t have his splitter going, batting practice is exactly what is happening.

  • crunch (view)

    cubs need to get david ross back.

    not as manager.  dude threw 2ip 0h 0bb 0k ball.  6 up, 6 down.

    sign the dude.

  • crunch (view)


  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    By bringing in a trusted reliever and having him throw batting practice.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    He is a home run threat. Earlier this year graphics were put up about him being in the top five in homers per at bat over some time period.

    But like any other guy of his ilk he’s also a massive strike out threat. When you’re not hitting you have to cash in opportunities anyway you can. Personally I’d much rather use the element of surprise in that situation then have him flail away and hope to hit something, which is basically what this entire team has done all season long. Hasn’t worked out so well.

    What’s the old saying about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result?

  • crunch (view)

    warmed up t.miller to throw 3 pitches then replaced him.  okay, whatever.  nice single batter faced, hit the showers.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    I believe Leiter has in fact been in high leverage situations in the past, Smyly is a “wily veteran”, and Little has “electric stuff”.

    I’m not eating any of this dog food but I’m guessing that might be the line of thinking.