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59 players are at MLB Spring Training 

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full) 
19 players are MLB Spring Training NON-ROSTER INVITEES (NRI) 

Last updated 2-6-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 22
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

NRI PITCHERS: 11 
Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
* Edwin Escobar 
* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

NRI CATCHERS: 4  
Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
* Bryce Windham

INFIELDERS: 9
* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

NRI INFIELDERS: 3 
David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
Chase Strumpf 

OUTFIELDERS: 7
Kevin Alcantara
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

NRI OUTFIELDERS: 1 
* Owen Caissie  
 



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Cubs @ Cardinal: Series Thread (Games 75-76)

The Cubs and Cardinals travel to London to show off the Great American Pastime across the pond. With extra days off to accommodate travel, the Cubs are able to line up their top starting pitchers and hold Drew Smyly for a potential relief appearance. See below for matchupa.



Game 75, Saturday, June 24, 12:10 pm central
CHC: LHP Justin Steele (7-2, 2.71 ERA)
STL: RHP Adam Wainwright (3-1, 5.56 ERA)



Game 76, Sunday, June 26, 9:10 am central
CHC: RHP Marcus Stroman (9-4, 2.28 ERA)
STL: RHP Jack Flaherty (4-5, 4.95 ERA)

Comments

Home plate umpire must have confused Madrigal with Dave Winfield on that way too high called strike three - brutal. 

plane trip didn't do flaherty much good.  sunday starter TBA (pending overnight health change) with flaherty experiencing hip tightness.

cubs wearing an ad-patch for Advocate Health on their sleeves.  both teams have batting helmet ads for Capital One.  the ad creep keeps creeping...

Medical news reported by MLBTR site and I’ll add my 2 cents worth. 1) Cody Heuer: his pitching elbow injury was a fracture and he has had season ending surgery to repair this. His TJ surgery must have held but he probably developed a nearby stress fracture that became a more definitive fracture with the acute injury and matches his severe pain when the fracture occurred. 2) Brandon Hughes: his knee apparently is arthritic and being so young they don’t do joint replacement (yet). The alternative is an osteotomy which cuts the bone and changes where the weight bearing area is to shift it away from the arthritic side. Medial compartment arthritis gets a proximal tibial osteotomy (bone below knee).  Lateral compartment arthritis gets a distal femoral osteotomy (bone above knee) which is the operation that Hughes apparently had. Obviously, the weight shifting brace he was trying didn’t work. I don’t know of any pro ball players who have undergone an osteotomy and returned to the mlb level. In non-pro athletes, when osteotomy works, the results can buy 5-10 years of relief and then partial or total joint replacement comes into play but that’s more common in patients in their 40’s. A few pros have had joint replacement (i.e. Bo Jackson, hip) but they had at best short returns that didn’t last. His knee has already been scoped and I suspect non-surgical alternatives such as injections of plasma rich protein or hyaluronic acid were considered or even tried already before considering osteotomy. Assuming the meniscus is badly worn along with significant articular cartilage damage (which is the arthritis), Lateral meniscal transplant is more difficult and less successful but is on the list of considerations too. 

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In reply to by Cubster

i would be more upset if the cubs issues with pitching were more severe and these guys had more going on than upside.  heuer's always trended a bit wild and hughes gives up too many hard hits, especially homers.  still, losing any options that are young and cheap isn't a good thing.

cubs win, brews lose, reds lose...woo.  it's nice this matters.  a couple weeks ago it seems like this wouldn't matter.

angels/rockies game is crazy.  angels up 23-0...going into the 5th.  every angels hitter has 2-4 hits except ohtani (1 hit).  3 pitchers used by COL so far, all getting destroyed.

More on injuries from the Sunday Tribune.

Canario is back and supposedly ahead of schedule. Played in 5 AZ games with 4 extra base hits.

Heuer also had ulnar nerve anterior transposition which makes sense because fixing the fracture required hardware that needed to be placed very near the normal course of the nerve (right in the area referred to the “crazy bone”). This moves the nerve out of the way to a safe place. The TJ ligament repair/reconstruction is also nearby, so they can see directly that is was OK.

 

Hughes had his knee drained this year which means he probably, at the time it gets drained, had something injected such as hyaluronic acid or a corticosteroid. Obviously, that was helpful only to a limited extent. 

 

Topps (the baseball card company) does an on-demand limited availability "Topps Now" set on daily acheivements and notable things that happen in games.  it's a total cash grab.  they already have "London Series" cards + certified memorabilia cards (jersey pieces, bases, etc) available.  crazy.

paul goldschmidt has a game-used base relic card for being the first player to play an official MLB game in 5 countries.  there's only 189 available and it sold out in less than 5 minutes (at $139 each).

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In reply to by crunch

A few years ago I spoke with the Head of Ecommerce for Topps. I hold a similar position and he was a client reference for a vendor I was vetting.  It was more a dev side than a marketing side call discussion but the psychology of the collectibles business is unique.  They have to estimate the inherent demand for an event (for example commemorating a Yankees rookie hitting their first homer versus a Marlins rookie would have more inherent customer interest) and then finding the best qty and price point to optimize total revenue.  Curious with all the AI breakthroughs how it has evolved since then.

It also takes a really nimble tech and marketing team to go live with a product shortly after somebody hitting their first home run.  Way more interesting conversation than talking to the gazzillinth women's fashion brand.

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In reply to by Sonicwind75

i'm a vintage collector and don't mess with the new stuff, but there are crazy revenue streams in the new stuff.  artificial scarcity is the name of the game and it's done cheaply.  make a card border a different color and stamp #/10 on it...boom, hobby places an insane value on it.  it's a very low-effort product for high reward for whoever holds the card.  that allows the manufacturer to place crazy prices on boxes/cases.

as a collector, the cost to "buy in" is so big that if i want a modern card, i just buy the card outright rather than playing the lottery buying boxes/packs.

Fanatics (soon to own everything sports related, it seems) currently owns Topps (for about a year) and their main focus is gaining more money out of the collecting ecosphere.  they're all over the place right now, but they have the resources to throw everything at a wall and see what sticks.

Today, Ben Brown had his second start against Memphis in the past week and did not fare well: pulled in the first inning with two outs after throwing 38 pitches (21 strikes). Gave up 3 hits, 3 walks, 1 hit batsman, 6 R, 6 ER, and 2 Ks. Happens - hopefully bounces back in his next start. 

Pleased owner of a print of Tim’s marquee du jour. Actually, I don’t own it. I gave it as a gift to our son. It hangs in his home so I do have visitation rights.

Oddly, the only games the I-Cubs lost in their six-game set w/ the Redbirds (Memphis branch-“The Des Moines Series”) were BB’s 2 starts.

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  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Most of you have probably seen the game, but for anyone who might have missed it here are the Cubs pitcher reports from Friday's Cubs - White Sox game at Sloan Park... 

    JORDAN WICKS
    FB: 91-93 
    CT: 88-90 
    SL: 80-81 
    CH: 78-83 
    COMMENT: Threw 1.2 IP (40 pitches - 23 strikes - six swing & miss) and mixed-up his pitches well... FB velo went down a tick in his second inning of work... looked a bit fatigued in second inning... allowed two hits and no walks and struck out one... gave up an oppo-field line drive solo HR to a AA RH hitter on a 92 MPH FB... should have easily finished off second inning but made careless error on weak tap in front of mound on his 24th pitch of the inning with catcher running and then made another error trying to grip the ball to make a throw to 1st (only one error was charged of course)... he just looked gassed as he walked off the field...  

    HUNTER BIGGE
    FB: 95-98 
    CH: 87-88 
    SL: 81 
    COMMENT: Faced one batter (strikeout looking) to finish second inning... 8 pitches (5 strikes - no swing & miss)... showed high velo FB but couldn't command secondaries... has had shoulder issues off & on in minors... throws with infielder-type short-arm motion "out of his ear" (he was a two-way player -- 3B/RHP -- in college)...
       
    CALEB KILIAN:
    FB: 96-99
    CH: 84-86
    SL: 81-82 
    COMMENT: Threw two very efficient innings... dominant outing... needed only 24 pitches (16 strikes - six swing & miss)... 6 up / 6 down (K-swing on 98 FB, 4-3 GO on 98 FB, 5-3 GO on SL, 6-3 GO on 97 FB,  K-swing on 99 FB, and F-8 on SL)... held high FB velo in both innings (he was consistently sitting on 98 in both innings and he hit 99 once in each inning) and looked like he could have gone longer...  

    RICHARD LOVELADY
    FB: 89-92
    SL: 81-84 
    COMMENT: Your run of the mill generic FB/SL lefty reliever... had an easy 13-pitch (8 strikes) 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (both swinging) on low 90's FB and a weak pop fly to CF...  

    JOSE CUAS
    FB: 92-94 
    SL: 81-83 
    COMMENT: Threw a scoreless inning (20 pitches - 15 strikes - four swing & miss, two on FB and two on SL)... although he did strike out two -- both swinging -- and threw 75% strikes, he had some difficulty putting hitters away (eight foul balls among his 20 pitches)... allowed an infield single that probably would have been a 6-3 GO if an MLB player was playing SS (Jefferson Rojas did not play the ball aggressively and he was a half-step too late with his "casual" throw to 1st base)... 

    THOMAS PANNONE
    FB: 84-85 
    CH: 82 
    CV: 70-73 
    COMMENT: Soft-tossing lefty who throws a LOT of mid-80's cutters and a very slow CV... 13-pitch (10 strike) 1-2-3 inning with one K (looking) on a cutter... got three swing & miss, all on cutters...  

    BAILEY HORN
    FB: 92-95 
    SL: 85 
    CV: 78-79 
    COMMENT: Threw an 11-pitch (8 strikes - two swing & miss) 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (both looking)... broke three bats and induced some weak contact foul balls and a pathetic "mushy" pop fly(?) infield out that wasn't exactly a line drive and wasn't exactly a pop up either...    

    PORTER HODGE
    FB: 94-95 
    CT: 90-92 
    SL: 82-85 
    COMMENT: Threw a 21-pitch scoreless inning to finish off the game... surrendered a walk and a single but also induced a game-ending 6-4-3 DP... one strikeout (swinging) and that was his only swing & miss... he looked a bit uncomfortable on the mound (he seemed kind of hyper while warming up in the pen, too) and had major command issues with FB (threw only 8 strikes out of his 17 FB and went to ball three count on three of the four hitters he faced)... he would appear to be nowhere near ready for MLB and maybe not ready for AAA (yet) either...  

  • crunch (view)

    "is there anything new on cody bellinger since we started the interview?" - boog

    "sorry, i think we're going into a (commercial) break." - carter hawkins

    ...and laughs

  • crunch (view)

    only 2 "pitchcom broke, yo" delays in the game so far...

  • crunch (view)

    kilian out here throwing 98mph in february.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    While we're all speaking about Morel's 3B defense being good enough, his swing has gotten better.

    You could see it a little last fall. He didn't drop his hands behind his body as much (barred arm). But in videos from his Winter ball and this Feb in AZ you can tell he's keeping his hands tighter to his body. He's just stronger and able to have a tighter swing now. He'll be even quicker to the ball this way.

    Fun times.  

  • Cubster (view)

    Cubs vs Sox.

    Dodgers hold my beer. 6 run first including Morel 2 run HR.

  • crunch (view)

    PCA has blue hair...with a buzz cut...odd combo.  he's 2 dozen face tattoos away from being a mumble rapper.

  • crunch (view)

    these uniforms are hot garbage.  everything Fanatics touches turns to...well, hot garbage.

  • crunch (view)

    ...and then a homer.

  • JoePepitone (view)

    And right away, the first ball put in play goes to Morel at 3rd, who fields the grounder to his left and pegs out the runner on a good throw to first.