The Chicago Cubs place Miguel Montero on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 28 April 2016 at 1:00 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 32-year old lefty swinging catcher Miguel Montero on the 15-day D.L., retroactive to April 25th due to a back injury.  Montero has played in 13 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 10 for 48 (.208 avg, .649 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs.  Even though Montero hasn’t started hitting yet, the Cubs are going to miss his bat while he’s gone.  The Cubs have called up 28-year old righty swinging catcher Tim Federowicz to share time behind the plate with 39-year old righty swinging Dan Ross behind the plate until Montero returns to action.  Ross has played in 8 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 6 for 23 (.261 avg, .780 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.  Federowicz has played in 11 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs so far this year and he is 10 for 33 (.303 avg, .930 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has played in 89 games in his first four years in the show and he is only 48 of 247 (.194 avg, .547 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 5 homers and 22 RBIs.

The Chicago Cubs lose Kyle Schwarber for the rest of the 2016 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 8 April 2016 at 6:16 pm

23-year old lefty swinging OF/C Kyle Schwarber will miss the remainder for the 2016 season due to a torn ACL in his left knee.  He was injured in a collision with CF Dexter Fowler last night in Arizona.  He played in 2 games for the Cubs this year and he was 0 for 4 (.000 avg, .200 OPS).  Last year he burst onto the scene and played in 69 games for the Cubs in which he was 57 of 232 (.246 avg, .842 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 16 homers, 43 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Schwarber also played in 9 games in the post-season for the Cubs in which he was 9 for 27 (.333 avg, 1.308 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 5 homers and 8 RBIs.  24-year old righty swinging Jorge Soler will probably see the biggest bump in P.T. due to Schwarber’s injury.  He was set to platoon with him in LF this year.  Soler has played in 3 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1 for 9 (.111 avg, .311 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI.  He played in 101 games during the regular season for the Cubs last year and he was 96 of 366 (.262 avg, .723 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 10 homers, 47 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Soler stepped up when the games counted in the playoffs for the Cubs last year.  He played in 7 games in the playoffs for the Cubs last year and he was 9 for 19 (.474 avg, 1.705 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 3 homers and 5 RBIs.  This is a bad break for the Cubs, but Soler was just as highly thought of as Schwarber when they were coming up through the minor league system.

The Chicago Cubs place a couple of pitchers on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Monday 4 April 2016 at 5:16 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 26-year old righty starting pitcher Dallas Beeler and 25-year old righty starting pitcher Aaron Brooks on the 15-day disabled list for undisclosed injuries.  Beeler pitched in 3 games (all starts) for the Cubs last year and he was 0-1 with a 9.72 ERA and a 2.52 WHIP.  He also pitched in 21 games (all starts) in AAA-ball last year in which he was 8-5 with a 4.07 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Beeler has now pitched in 5 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 0-3 with a 6.05 ERA and a 1.97 WHIP.  Brooks pitched in 13 games (9 starts) for the Royals and A’s last year in which he was 3-4 with a 6.67 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP.  Brooks has now pitched in 15 games (10 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 3-5 with a 8.38 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP.  If the Cubs need either of these guys to start games for them in 2016, something has gone terribly wrong.

The Chicago Cubs place Christian Villanueva on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Monday 4 April 2016 at 5:01 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 24-year old righty swinging 3B Christian Villanueva on the 15-day disabled list due to a fractured right fibula.  This will likely cost him if not all of the 2016 season, most of it.  He played in 129 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Cubs last year and he was 123 of 479 (.257 avg, .752 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 20 homers, 95 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Villanueva has now played in 698 games in his first seven years in the minors and he is 678 of 2,564 (.264 avg, .762 OPS) with 343 runs scored, 82 homers, 415 RBIs and 62 stolen bases.  The Cubs just hope that Villanueva heals up completely from this injury.

The Chicago Cubs won’t have Zac Rosscup until late May

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Thursday 24 March 2016 at 4:00 pm

The Chicago Cubs will be without 27-year old lefty reliever Zac Rosscup until at least late May due to left shoulder inflammation.  He was placed on the 60-day disabled list recently to make room on the 40-man roster for Dexter Fowler.  Rosscup pitched in 33 games (0 starts) for the Cubs last year and he was 2-1 with a 4.39 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 61 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 3-1 with a 5.40 ER and a 1.61 WHIP.  The Cubs should be OK without Rosscup until he’s ready to return to action.

The Chicago Cubs lose Welington Castillo for the rest of the 2013 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 20 September 2013 at 1:59 pm

26-year old righty swinging catcher Welington Castillo will miss the rest of the season due to surgery on his right knee.  Castillo played in 113 games for the Cubs this year and he was 103 of 380 (.271 avg, .741 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 8 homers, 32 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Castillo has now played in 176 games in his first four years with the Cubs and he is 156 of 583 (.268 avg, .744 OPS) with 60 runs scored, 14 homers, 59 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Castillo had a pretty solid year for the Cubs in 2013.  29-year old switch-hitting Dioner Navarro will be the Cubs’ full-time starter the rest of the season.  He has played in 82 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 65 of 217 (.300 avg, .858 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 12 homers and 31 RBIs.

The Chicago Cubs place Matt Guerrier on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Thursday 8 August 2013 at 10:49 am

The Cubs have placed 35-year old righty reliever Matt Guerrier on the 15-day disabled list due to a right elbow injury.  Guerrier has pitched in 15 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  Guerrier has now pitched in 49 games (0 starts) overall this year for the Dodgers and Cubs in which he is 4-4 with a 4.01 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  The Cubs hope that Guerrier will only miss a couple of weeks, as he has pitched well for them since coming over from the Dodgers.

UPDATE:  (8/16/2013) – Matt Guerrier will miss the next 6-8 months after having surgery earlier today to repair a flexor mass in his right arm.

The Chicago Cubs place Luis Valbuena on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Sunday 4 August 2013 at 11:29 am

The Cubs have placed 27-year old lefty swinging 3B Luis Valbuena on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 3rd, due to a strained right oblique.  Valbuena has played in 89 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 64 of 285 (.225 avg, .702 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 9 homers, 31 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  37-year old righty swinging Cody Ransom will likely see a bump in P.T. until Valbuena returns to action.  Ransom has played in 47 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 29 for 131 (.221 avg, .821 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 9 homers and 20 RBIs.  The Cubs have called up 30-year old righty swinging Donnie Murphy to replace Valbuena on the active roster.  Murphy played in 89 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 80 for 302 (.265 avg, .795 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 12 homers, 41 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  Murphy has played in 244 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 118 of 577 (.205 avg, .643 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 18 homers, 82 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Murphy has good power, but he has had trouble making contact so far in his career as he has whiffed 178 times in his major league career.

The Chicago Cubs place Brian Bogusevic on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 19 July 2013 at 7:38 pm

The Cubs have placed 29-year old lefty swinging outfielder Brian Bogusevic on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 15th, due to a strained left hamstring.  Bogusevic has played in 13 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 12 for 46 (.261 avg, .603 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The Cubs have called up 23-year old righty swinging IF/OF Junior Lake for his first shot at the show.  Lake came into this season as the Cubs’ #15 overall prospect according to Baseball America.  Lake played in 40 games in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 46 for 156 (.295 avg, .803 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 4 homers, 18 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.  He has now played in 619 games in his first seven years in the minors and he is 611 of 2,254 (.271 avg, .732 OPS) with 358 runs scored, 47 homers, 260 RBIs and 117 stolen bases.

The Chicago Cubs place Ryan Sweeney on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Sunday 30 June 2013 at 4:05 pm

The Cubs have placed 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Ryan Sweeney on the 15-day disabled list due to a fractured rib.  Sweeney has played in 44 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 33 of 112 (.295 avg, .868 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 4 homers, 15 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Sweeney has now played in 579 games in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 514 of 1,831 (.281 avg, .724 OPS) with 237 run scored, 18 homers, 200 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.  This will be a blow for the Cubs as Sweeney was playing pretty well for them so far this year.

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