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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, twelve players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, one player is on the 15-DAY IL, and one player is on the 10-DAY IL

Last updated 4-18-2024
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Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Colten Brewer
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
Hector Neris 
* Drew Smyly
Jameson Taillon 
Keegan Thompson
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

* Michael Busch 
Garrett Cooper
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom

* Cody Bellinger 
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

Kevin Alcantara, OF 
Michael Arias, P 
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF 
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF 
Porter Hodge, P 
* Luke Little, P 
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B 
Daniel Palencia, P 
Luis Vazquez, INF 
Hayden Wesneski, P 

10-DAY IL: 1 
Seiya Suzuki, OF

* Justin Steele, P   

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

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Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Szczur Triples Smokies to Victory

Matt Szczur tripled twice, scored twice and drove-in a run, Justin Bour had two hits and three RBI, and Matt Cerda reached base four times on a double, two singles, and a walk, leading the Tennessee Smokies to a 6-4 victory over the Midland RockHounds (Oakland A’s AA affiliate) on Field #2, but the Sacramento River Cats (A’s AAA affiliate) took advantage of seven walks and bested the Iowa Cubs 9-6 on Field #3, in Cactus League Minor League game action this afternoon at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.

In addition to reaching base four times (in four plate appearances), Tennessee 3B Matt Cerda also committed three errors. So he had a full day.

Just moved up to the Tennessee squad from Daytona after two strong outings, LHP (ex-OF) Kyler Burke got the start for the Smokies, and allowed two runs on three hits (two singles and a double) and a walk in 2.1 IP.

After starring as a two-way player (LHP-RF) at Ooltewah HS and signing a National Letter of Intent to attend Vanderbilt University, Burke was signed by the San Diego Padres ($950K bonus) after they drafted him (as an outfielder) in the Supplemental 1st round of the June 2006 Rule 4 Draft (2006 35th overall pick). At the time, coaches and scouts who had seen Burke play were split as to whether he was a better pitcher or outfielder. (The University of Tennessee recruited him as a pitcher, Vanderbilt was going to let him do both).

After spending the last part of the 2006 season and the first part of the next season in "A" ball with San Diego, Burke was acquired by the Cubs in the Michael Barrett trade in July 2007. He struggled to establish himself as a prospect with the Cubs, until he had a breakout year in 2009 when he was named the Cubs Minor League Player of the Year after hitting 303/405/505 with 15 HR, 43 doubles, 14 stolen bases, and 14 outfield assists for Peoria. He could not sustain the success at Hi-A Daytona in 2010, however, hitting just .212. After he was unable to win a job at AA Tennessee in Minor League Camp last year, the Cubs approached him about trying pitching, and he agreed.

Burke spent two months at Extended Spring Training getting re-acclimated to the mound, and then was assigned to Boise the last two months pf the season. He attended the AZ Instructional League post-2011, and was the most-impressive pitcher on the Cub squad, showing a 94 MPH fastball, a plus-curve, and a solid change-up. (i had rated him as one of my in my Cubs Top 15 Prospects this past off-season).

The thing to keep in mind about Kyler Burke is that he will be an MLB Rule 55 Minor League free-agent (6YFA) after this season if the Cubs do not add him to their MLB 40-man roster by 5 PM (EDT) on the 5th day following the conclusion of the 2012 World Series.

So when the Cubs think about whether they should add Burke to their MLB 40-man roster post-2012, it's not a question of whether he is a candidate to be selected in the December 2012 Rule 5 Draft (and that they might get him back if he were to get selected), but rather it's that he could walk away as a minor league free-agent three weeks before concerns about the Rule 5 Draft are normally addressed.

The Cubs Boise/Mesa squad (which will morph into the Cubs Extended Spring Training team next month) played a contest against the Langley Blaze (a Canadian junior amateur team, and baseball alma mater of Cub minor league INF Wes Darvill) on Fitch Park Field #1 while the other games were being played on the other two fields.

Here are the abridged box scores from the two Cactus League Minor League Spring Training games played at Fitch Park (Cubs players only)


1. Zeke DeVoss, DH #1: 0-2 (HBP, 3-U, K, BB, 2 R, 2 SB)
2. Logan Watkins, 2B: 0-3 (F-7, F-7, F-7, BB)
3a. Matt Szczur, CF: 2-3 (3B, 5-3, 3B, 2 R, RBI)
3b. Eliecer Bonne, CF: 0-1 (K)
4. Justin Bour, 1B: 2-4 (5-3, 6-3, 1B, 1B, 3 RBI)
5. Nelson Perez, RF: 0-4 (K, K, K, K)
6. Junior Lake, SS: 0-4 (K, 6-3, K, P-4)
7a. Rafael Lopez, C: 1-3 (HR, K, K, R, RBI)
7b. Chad Noble, C: 0-1 (6-3)
8. Matt Cerda, 3B: 3-3 (BB, 1B, 2B, 1B, R)
9. John Andreoli, LF: 1-2 (3B, K, BB, BB, RBI)
10. Taiwan Easterling, DH #2: 0-4 (L-6, F-9, K, 1-4-3 DP)

1. Kyler Burke: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 42 pitches (26 strikes), 2/4 GO/FO
2. Ty’Relle Harris: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 37 pitches (19 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
3. Larry Suarez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 35 pitches (16 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
4. Frank Batista: 2.0, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 30 pitches (21 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
5. Tony Zych: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 19 pitches (13 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO

1. 3B Matt Cerda - E5 (two base throwing-error allowed batter reach 2nd base)
2. 3B Matt Cerda - E5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base)
3. 3B Matt Cerda - E5 (errant throw to 1st base on infield single allowed batter to reach 2nd base)

Rafael Lopez: 0-1 CS


1a. Leugem Barroso, SS: 0-2 (6-3, K)
1b. Nate Samson, SS: 1-2 (E-3, 1B, R)
2. Jonathon Mota, 2B: 2-4 (E-4, 1B, 1B, P-6, R, RBI, CS)
3a. Jae-Hoon Ha, CF: 0-2 (F-7, K, HBP, R, SB)
3b. Abner Abreu, CF: 1-1 (1B, RBI, SB)
4a. Josh Vitters, 3B: 1-3 (2B, K, P-4, R, RBI)
4b. Marquez Smith, 3B: 0-0 (BB)
5. Ty Wright, LF: 1-4 (1B, K, 6-3, 6-4-3 DP, 2 RBI)
6. Michael Burgess, RF: 1-4 (6-3, 1B, K, K)
7a. Jason Jaramillo, C: 0-2 (F-7, 4-3)
7b. Mario Mercedes, C: 0-2 (F-8, 6-3)
8. Jake Opitz, 1B: 1-4 (3-U, 1B, P-6, K, R, SB)
9. Greg Rohan, DH #1: 1-3 (1B, K, 5-3, PO)
10a. Micah Gibbs, DH #2: 0-2 (4-3, K)
10b. Rebel Ridling, PH: 1-1 (1B, R)

1. Brian Schlitter: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 25 pitches (15 strikes)
2. Jeff Beliveau: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 BALK, 32 pitches (20 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
3. Alberto Cabrera: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 35 pitches (24 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
4. Casey Weathers: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 31 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Oswaldo Martinez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 26 pitches (15 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
6. James Pugliese: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 18 pitches (8 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO

1B Jake Opitz - E-3 (errant throw attempting to complete 3-1 putout allowed batter to reach base safely)

Mario Mercedes: 2-2 CS


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70’s


from the milton bradley school of learning lessons... "Matt Bush was arrested for DUI and fleeing the scene of a crime Thursday night in Florida." yes, that matt bush...who, btw, has turned into a hell of an interesting pitching "prospect" for TB after being really bad at hitting...except hitting highschool kids and the bottle. "Bush, who hit a 72-year-old motorcyclist with his SUV and then drove off, has also been charged with property damage and suffered what are being described as "serious injuries." " umm...ow. not good... ""Literally the tire on the SUV ran over the driver's head. Without the helmet, the gentleman would have been dead instantly," said witness Scott Sugden. " ...he's f'n screwed. g'bye career. no way something like this (especially with his history) gets you anything but cut by the team.

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In reply to by crunch

My immediate reaction when I see stuff like that is, "well, he was drunk. People do stupid things when they're drunk." Then I think, yeah, but I've been drunk on more than a few occasions and I don't act like a prick. Then I think, but he may have blacked out, and didn't know he ran over some old dude's head. Then I think, wait, I'm an old dude (not 70ish tho), and I'd be pissed if some drunk failed pro ball player ran over my head with his SUV, black out or no. Then I think, wait, if I was 72, I wouldn't be riding a fucking motorcycle.

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In reply to by toonsterwu

They were talking about it last winter. Not only the possibility of underground clubhouse, but an underground parking facility (for the players and staff) and offices as well. This would allow them to develop the Triangle property without the players, etc parking on the street. At the time, they indicated that if they could get the approvals and financing by the end of a season, they could have the entire thing finished before the beginning of the next season. At the very least, they could have the underground structure completed and the field playable, while they finished the interior. The rebuilding of the Grandstand was also said to be possible to be built during one off season, although I would have to see it to believe it.

Rizzo and Cardenas optioned to AAA.

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In reply to by Rob G.

@CarrieMuskat: #Cubs make roster moves. Rizzo, B-Jackson, Cardenas, J-Jackson, Adduci sent down

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In reply to by George Altman

Fri, 03/23/2012 - 1:51pm — George Altman For AZ Phil, With DeWitt, Mather, R. Lopez, and (possibly) Miller being added to the Opening Day Roster, which 3 get bumped off the current 40 man? =========================== GEORGE A: With Andy Sonnanstine having been outrighted to the minors yesterday, the Cubs have one slot open on their MLB 40-man roster. And i can't see Lendy Castillo, Marcos Mateo, and Frankie de la Cruz all making the Cubs Opening Day 25-man roster. So, if more than one slot on the 40 is needed... 1. Rule 5 Draft pick Lendy Castillo is off the 40-man roster if he doesn't make the Cubs Opening Day 25-man roster. Either he gets claimed off Outright Assignment Waivers and the claiming club assumes the Rule 5 obligations, or he is returned to the Phillies (in which case he MUST be outrighted to AAA Lehigh Valley), or he is not claimed off waivers and the Phillies decline to re-claim Castillo and then the Cubs outright him to the minors (probably to AA Tennessee), or he is not claimed off waivers and the Phils & Cubs work out a trade so that the Cubs can keep Castillo and then he is outrighted to the minors (again, probably to AA Tennessee). 2. Marcos Mateo is out of minor league options, so if he doesn't make the Cubs Opening Day 25-man roster, he has to be either traded, released, or outrighted to the minors (if he isn't claimed off waivers). However, Mateo left Thursday's game with an apparent right forearm injury, and an injured player CANNOT be placed on waivers this time of the year. So if he is not healthy enough to pitch, he WILL start the season on the Cubs 15-day DL, or the 60-day DL if the Cubs need his slot on the 40-man roster. BTW, a player cannot be placed on the 60-day DL or transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL unless his club's 40-man roster is full and another player takes his slot on the 40. Also, Monday (3/26) is the first day a player can be placed on the 15-day DL, and a 15-day DL assignment cannot be backdated any further back than that date (nine days prior to MLB Opening Day). Also, while a player cannot be placed on the 15-day DL any earlier than nine days prior to MLB Opening Day, a player can be placed on the 60-day DL anytime during Spring Training (which would be no earlier than 45 days prior to MLB Opening Day), but again, another player would have to take his spot on the 40. 3. Like Marcos Mateo, RHP Frankie de la Cruz (claimed off waivers last week) is out of minor league options, so if he doesn't make the Cubs Opening Day 25-man roster, he has to be either traded, released, or outrighted to the minors (if he isn't claimed off waivers). It looks like he will be getting essentially a two-week trial in Cactus League games, so if he doesn't win a spot on the Opening Day 25-man roster (and I would say he is a long-shot), he'll get outrighted to AAA Iowa (if he isn't claimed off waivers). One thing about de la Cruz's roster situation that is different from Mateo's is that de la Cruz has been outrighted previously in his career, so he has the right to be an Article XX-D minor league free-agent if he is outrighted to the minors. (He can either be a free-agent immediately and receive no termination pay, or he can defer free-ageny until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season--unless he is added back to an MLB 40-man roster prior to the conclusion of the MLB regular season). ONE OTHER THING TO KEEP IN MIND: A player who is optioned to the minors during Spring Training must remain on Optional Assignment for the first 10 days of the MLB regular season, unless he is recalled to replace a player who is placed on a Disabled List, Bereavement List, Paternity Leave List, Restricted List, et al. So (for instance), if the Cubs were to trade Blake DeWitt sometime before Opening Day and then they want to recall Adrian Cardenas to take DeWitt's place, the Cubs would have to wait to recall Cardenas until the 11th day of the MLB regular season (April 14th), UNLESS Cardenas is recalled at the same time another player is placed on the DL or other inactive list.

named Opening Day Loser, uh Starter, I mean Starter.

I believe that's 43 at camp now, but I lost track of who's left. We still have bullpen decisions, possibly rotation decision, 5th OF and 5th INF decision and backup C. (Most Likely) C: Soto, Clevenger INF: LaHair, Barney, Castro, Stewart, Baker, DeWitt OF: Soriano, Byrd, DeJesus, Johnson, Mather SP: Dempster, Garza, Maholm, Volstad, Samardzija RP: Marmol, Wood, Russell, Dolis, R. Wells, T. Miller, R. Lopez

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In reply to by Rob Richardson

Yes, an interesting look at the application of biomechanics to pitching. I think such an approach will only work if it's done top to bottom. The major league coaches are correct that you can't mess with a pitcher's delivery during the season. If it started in rookie league and was used consistently throughout the organization, I think it has some real promise to improve performance and prevent injuries.

Hey gang! Hope everyone is doing well and getting excited for another 75 win season. I think we will start seeing the fruits of Theo's labor in 2014. I should TM the phrase "There is always two years from now". But I think Theo is doing OK as he is starting to clean house. I can't believe we had to pay so much to to get rid of Z though. He just needs to keep focus on building a team and players to be ready for 2014. That being said, I did re-up my Chicago Cubs season tickets. I did not sell them this year, so I have tickets for basically every game. I have two seats to every game and they are located in Section 233, Row 10, Seats 101-102 (Aisle Seats). They are considered Terrace Reserved Infield. As you know the Cubs have a tiered pricing system, so price will vary based on the game, but let me know if you are interested in any games and we can work something out. Contact me at and just let me know your handle here and which game you are interested in. Fire Hendry! (oh wait they already did) GO CUBS!

"FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP)—Authorities say Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Bobby Jenks has been arrested on charges of driving under the influence. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy saw Jenks’ SUV driving erratically early Friday in Fort Myers. Jenks has been released on bail. An arrest report says Jenks told the deputy he had taken “too many muscle relaxers.” The deputy said Jenks was shaking uncontrollably and had a difficult time speaking. The report says Jenks also told the deputy he hit another car at a strip club."

"Ryan Madson (elbow) was sent back to Cincinnati to be evaluated by Dr. Tim Kremchek." looks like s.marshall will begin his closing career a year early.

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In reply to by QuietMan

Fri, 03/23/2012 - 7:18pm — QuietMan What about Jeff Baker? If they put DeWitt & Joe Mather on the 25 man roster, is Baker needed? ============================= Q-MAN: I would say Jeff Baker is a definite candidate to get traded prior to Opening Day. He's making $1.375M in 2012, he's a free-agent after the season, the Cubs probably won't try and re-sign him, and (under the new CBA) they won't be getting any compensation for him. And a minimum-salary guy (Joe Mather) is ready & able to replace him.

The next great super star from our minors Bryan LaHair has not looked good this spring. I don't know maybe putting an ill-equipped career minor league in the clean up spot, is a really bad idea. But if he isn't hitting now against B and C teams he wont be hitting against the A squads when the season starts. Thank god we have Rizzo, and we know this season is toast. But i do like the idea of at least seeing if he can make it or not. It's a new departure for how the Cubs use their prospects of jerking them back and forth with sporadic playing time and never really finding out if they are good or not. One way or another this will either be the start of something good for LaHair or we can finally move on. At least we will know for sure which is more than we can say from previous years.

Cards Chris Carpenter out for over 2 months at best (June?) per Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch
Mozeliak declined to offer any timetable. However, need to strengthen shoulder and begin program anew likely means Carp' 2+ months away.

Could that mystery righty Latin slugger a few weeks ago have been Abner Abreu? He's a big one. AZ Phil wouldn't have seen him around Mesa last spring. Whether Abreu was there in the fall, I don't know.

per mlbtr...Dr. Kremchek says Madson's UCL is torn off the bone. (Sean Marshall just got upgraded)
Ryan Madson Out For Season By Zach Links [March 24 at 1:15pm CST] The elbow injury to Reds closer Ryan Madson will require Tommy John surgery, ending the right-hander's season, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer (via Twitter). The Reds do not have insurance on Madson's one-year, $8.5MM contract, Fay tweets. Aroldis Chapman and Sean Marshall are both candidates to close now, tweets Jon Heyman of

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In reply to by Cubster

3.2ip 5h 3er 0bb 1k for t.wood (boxscore line keeps changing)...all good until the 4th ...also, t.miller gave up a chunk of those runs for t.wood giving up a long double + byrd "error." dejesus needs to pay more attention in the OF. he's probably not used to it in OAK, but he just had a ball bounce off his chest on a flip from byrd for dejesus to make the relay throw back to the IF...byrd was on the run near the wall and dejesus looked like a little leaguer as the whole thing went down in front of him in plain view. it's not a hugely common play, but unless you're soriano or a.dunn you should be aware of it happening in a situation like that. byrd didn't look pleased. dejesus didn't look happy with himself. now's the time to get crap like that noticed and corrected going forward, at least.

Recent comments

  • Raisin101 (view)

    Hi Arizona Phil!

    Exciting to see Naz Mule in box scores a few times. What's his stuff like now after the TJS?

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Mastrobuoni can't come back, yet

    Wisdom does have an option left. He can hide in Iowa if Jed DFA's someone else

    Does Brennan Davis get shown the door? I know it's too early for that, but these injuries are crunching the roster of a 12-7 team playoff demands and BDavis isn't going to help anytime soon.

    Someone has to go to add Peralta. And Canario isn't going to get to play everyday regardless of RHers or LHers. Neither is Tauchman. Also don't see PCA getting a chance over Peralta.

    If Jed does those moves:

    4 OF: Belli, Peralta, Canny, Tauch

    2 C: Gomes and Amaya

    2 DH: Cooper and Mervis

    5 INF: Busch, Nico, Dansby, Morel, Madrigal

    Little short on OF depth but two injuries will do that  

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    I have had the pleasure of watching some of the young A's pitchers lately (first Joe Boyle the last day of Minor League Spring Training in March, and more recently Luis Morales last week and Steven Echavarria yesterday at Extended Spring Training), and it reminds me of the Miami Marlins a couple of years ago. A really nice collection of young pitchers. It will be interesting to see what the A's will get for two years of ex-Cub Paul Blackburn at the Trade Deadline (there should be a robust market for Blackburn). 

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Good deal

    MB needs some talent infusion!

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Childersb3: Very possible. Suriel, too. 

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    DJL: if a pitcher is recalled to be the 27th man for a doubleheader and then is optioned back to the minors the next day, the 15-day "clock" does NOT reset. The one day call-up for the doubleheader is treated like it never happened with respect to a pitcher having to spend at least 15 days on optional assignment before he can be recalled. 

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Probably the only reason David Peralta is still in the organization (he is at AAA Iowa) is to be available in case anything bad were to happen to Ian Happ (which it just did). So if Happ needs to go on the IL, the Cubs can select Peralta to play LF, DFA Wisdom (and hope he and what remains of his $2.725M salary gets claimed off waivers), and recall Mervis to platoon at DH with Cooper (with Canario / Tauchman sharing RF), at least until Suzuki and Happ are back...


  • crunch (view)

    i'd just like to take a moment to express to the world i'm still pissed willson contreras is not a cub when the pricetag was 5/87m (17.5m/yr).

    it would be nice to have a legacy-type player to stick around, especially one with his leadership and the respect he gets from his peers.  cubs fans deserved more than 1 season of contreras + morel...that was gold.

  • crunch (view)

    happ, right hamstring tightness, day-to-day (hopefully 0 days).

    he will be reevaluated tomorrow.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    I guess I'm not looking for that type of AB 

    Just a difference of opinion