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40-Man Roster Info

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 eight players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and six players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 5-25-2024

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 4
* Cody Bellinger
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 8
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
* Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B

15-DAY IL: 6
Yency Almonte, P
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P
Daniel Palencia, P
Keegan Thompson, P
* Jordan Wicks, P

60-DAY IL: 2
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Cubs vs. Padres: Series Thread (Games 36-38)

The Padres come to Wrigley to finish out the Cubs' homestand before an overdue day off on Thursday. Just Steele is expectes to return to the rotation, making the Monday start after missing the entirety of April with a hamstring injury. See below for daily matchups. 

 




Game 36, Monday, May 6, 6:40 pm central
CHC: LHP Justin Steele (0-0, 1.93 ERA)
SDP: RHP Yu Darvish (1-1, 3.45 ERA) 

Steele is expected to make his first start since he injured his hamstring on opening day. He threw 63 pitches in a rehab start most recently and will likelye be on a pitch restriction not too far above that mark. 

The Cubs faced Darvish on April 8th and collected four earned runs off of him as he pitched only three innings. It was his shortest start of the season this far. He most recently pitched five shutout innings against the Reds. 

 




Game 37, Tuesday, May 7, 6:40 pm central
CHC: LHP Shota Imanaga (5-0, 0.78 ERA)
SDP: RHP Joe Musgrove (3-3, 6.37 ERA) 

Shota Imanaga had a hell of a first month in Major League Baseball. It could be all downhill from here and still not be a disappointment. He gets credit for 5 of the Cubs' wins so far and is among the top reasons they've been able to weather the early absences of guys like Steele, Taillon, Suzuki, and Bellinger. 

Musgrove took a loss against the Cubs on April 9th, allowing four earned runs in four innings. In his most recent start he allowed two earned runs, struck out nine Reds, and pitched six innings. 

 




Game 38, Wednesday, May 8, 1:20 pm central
CHC: RHP Ben Brown (0-1, 4.23 ERA)
SDP: RHP Dylan Cease (4-2, 2.55 ERA) 

Ben Brown has pitched admirably after being called into Major League service to fill in for injured veterans. He may still be in danger of a move to the pen or being sent back to Iowa, as Hayden Wesneski has been even better in the same role recently. That said, Brown has shown that he's up to the task of contributing at the Major League level. He's been a bright spot among a pitching staff whose depth has been tested. 

Cease earned a win off ghe Cubs on April 10th  completing six innings and allowing two unearned runs off of two hits and two walks. He's been great for the Padres who picked him via trade before the season. He most recently defeated the Diamondbacks on 6.2 innings in which he allowed one earned run 

The Cubs get a much needed day off o  Thursday before beginning their six-game road trip with  series in Pittsburgh.
 

Comments

Hottovy on Horton:

“…he’s got to get used to throwing big league baseballs more than anything.”

Maybe it just took a couple innings. 🤷‍♂️

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In reply to by Eric S

The Cubs might want to consider moving some of their pre-arb & prospect capital to preemptively acquire C Elias Diaz and LHRP Jalen Beeks from the Rockies. Both will be free-agents post-2024, so the Rockies - WILL - be trading them somewhere. 

There would have to be about $7.25M in pro-rated salary AAV offset in order for the Cubs to remain under the 2024 CBT threshold, but that can easily be accomplished by including Drew Smyly in the deal (with the Rockies paying about 2/3 of his salary) or David Bote, Albert Alzolay, and Patrick Wisdom in return for a better prospect return for the Rockies.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Phil,
Therefore you see Smyly coming back and taking Lovelady's spot. Then dealing Smyly (+ others) for Beeks? If so, I'm cool with that. Hopefully Lovelady elects to return to Iowa for a while but he might have shown enough to be picked up by another club.
The Elias Diaz idea is interesting. Do you see Gomes or Amaya being let go? Amaya is out of options but he isn't exactly proving he's untouchable.
 

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In reply to by Sonicwind75

Both AAA leagues have been using MLB baseballs for about five or six years, which is why MLB clubs want pitchers to spend some time in AAA before moving up to MLB.  

Minor leagues below AAA use the minor league baseball, which has slightly different characteristics than MLB baseballs.  

The AA Southern League (including the Cubs AA Tennessee affiliate) tested an "enhanced grip" minor league baseball with a "tacky" surface grip manufactured by Dow Chemical the first half of the 2023 season. 

steele is having issues locating his slider.  it's not one he throws in the zone all the time, but it's not missing close enough to get swings.

we're only in the 2nd, though.

rather fun game though the cubs never led (especially after the terrible top 6th that killed the mood).

brewers also lost.

Belli is back DH'ing tonight

Canario down

Keegan is reportedly still in Chicago, which means someone else might be heading to the IL since he was just optioned.

Seiya with Iowa tomorrow. Hendricks in Iowa tonight. 

there was an injury delay of 3-4 minutes in the bottom 2nd, but TEX/OAK just wrapped up a 42 minute 2nd inning.

also TEX scored 10 runs and OAK scored 2 runs.

MICHAEL BUSCH FAN CLUB

cubs walk it off for the win, brewers score 3 runs in the top 9th to win...still even up top.

Brody McCullough to TN today.
Good for Brody. I'm always routing for the D2 guys (I went to a D2). TN needed some arms.

For those of us who can tolerate seeing significant-painful injuries, the mlbtr article on Willson Contreras has a Twitter link to the video.  He got hit squarely on a backswing in the proximal forearm but I can’t tell how close to the elbow he was struck. Injury to the joint is usually more difficult because elbows get stiff. At least it wasn’t his throwing side but a catcher’s glove side is clearly a concern too. The ulna is the bone that takes direct hits but if bad enough, the radius can break or dislocate too. It says he will need surgery and will be out at least until after the all star break. 

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In reply to by Cubster

he was on a path to be a near sure-thing all-star, most likely joining his brother.

still pisses me off he's not a cub.

STL's insistence on making him a "better catcher" the past couple years has been one of the stupidest things i've seen a front office freak out about.  EVERY "better D" replacement they shifted contreras out of the catching role for ended up with the similar results.  management having a hard-on the past few years about pitch framing, a thing that at best seems to get 2-ish strikes-over-balls calls per game, is needlessly accelerated as important.

moving contreras closer to the plate in his defensive positioning to help "better frame" stuff that dips low through the zone has now cost STL their current best hitter.  if you see how far back in the box jd martinez sets up, it was a recipe for disaster even though no one could see it going this badly.

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In reply to by First.Pitch.120

Catchers Interference is at an all-time high. Still another good reason to implement ABS (either challenge system or total robo). It isn't just about neutralizing Angel Hernandez. With ABS, catchers can't"steal" pitches by being good at "framing." Either the pitch is a strike or it isn't, and it doesn't matter where the catcher sets up or how he receives the pitch or if he can fool the umpire. 

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In reply to by First.Pitch.120

I went back to the clip at 3seconds in when he gets hit. Agree it was the swing (not backswing) and was fooled as the announcer said backswing. Willy reached across to grab the mid-forearm then moved his hand toward the elbow. I can’t slow-mo it otherwise I might actually see the point of contact which would help decipher the injury better. The x-ray did show the fracture, so the details will be out soon.

not having a trainer check on nico after taking 98mph off the arm seems a bit off-putting.  he doesn't seem to be 100%.

suzuki went 2-2 with a walk in 3 PA (both singles).  he was pulled for a pinch hitter before his next PA.  might be seeing him very soon.

PIT is calling up paul skenes and it looks like CHC will be his debut (@PIT)

spoiler: many 100+mph fastballs

sonny gray out here trying to give MIL the NL Central lead.

btw, there is no way anyone but masyn winn is winning the NL Gold Glove unless his bat gets terrible enough to bench him.  the glove is top notch, the arm is on it's own level.  he's been a highlight reel this season.

Anyone think Seiya comes back tonight?
He played two afternoon games in Iowa. Hopefully caught a flight to Pittsburgh yesterday.
Seiya up, PCA down?
I'm thinking Belli at 1B, Busch/Wisdom at DH, LF to RF is Happ-Tauch-Seiya
 

Question for AZ Phil… a split contract or minor league free agent type (I.e. Colten Brewer) gets DFA and stays in the organization. How does that affect the yearly tax situation? Does that full year’s salary count?

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

DJL: Whatever Colten Brewer made prior to being selected to the 40 does not count against the Cubs 2024 AAV. Then whatever he is actually paid after being added to the 40 (including what he is being paid in MLB right now and whatever he gets paid if he is outrighted back to AAA at some point this season) does count against the Cubs 2024 AAV. 

Recent comments

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    I know they’re managing innings especially for Brown, but I feel like if we’re rolling out our top 5 SP, it includes Assad and Brown, and Wicks would be in Iowa. Wicks is solid and I think will continue to be, but Brown has been awesome and Assad has been our second best SP this year.

  • crunch (view)

    110%...unlike the decision to put in t.miller to protect a 4 run lead with 1 on and get the last out of the game.

    this is the most over-managed thing i've seen of counsell with the cubs.

  • Eric S (view)

    Seemed like the right decision from my vantage! 😂

  • Eric S (view)

    What is this whole clutch hit/score multiple runs thing the Cubs are doing? They can do that? And it’s legal? Nice!

  • crunch (view)

    this game got really f'n good.

  • crunch (view)

    scoring from 2nd on a 60ft hit...a hit off the pitcher's elbow...ow.

    megill walking off the mound towards where the ball was rolling was a poor decision even if he was nope'ing himself out of the game to the dugout.

  • Eric S (view)

    Vazquez with the heads up running - Cubs could could steal this one back. 

  • Eric S (view)

    Is Adames going to steal the Cubs soul two days in a row? Yep

  • crunch (view)

    hector neris...still not a closer.

  • crunch (view)

    morel has three 3-walk games in may.