The Chicago Cubs place Clayton Richard on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 21 June 2016 at 6:28 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 32-year old lefty reliever Clayton Richard on the 15-day disabled list due to a blister.  He has pitched in 22 games (0 starts) so far this year for the Cubs and he is 0-1 with 1 save, a 7.30 ERA and a 2.19 WHIP.  Richard has given up 21 hits and 6 walks while whiffing only 6 batters in his first 12 1/3 innings, so he has been getting hit hard this year.  The Cubs have called up 24-year old lefty reliever Gerardo Concepcion to replace Richard in the pen.  This will be Concepcion’s first shot at pitching in the show.  He pitched in 22 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Cubs so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.  Concepcion has given up 2o hits and 14 walks while whiffing 34 batters in his 35 innings in AAA-ball so far this year.  Concepcion has now pitched in 103 games (14 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 8-11 with 2 saves, a 4.80 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.

The Chicago Cubs place Dexter Fowler on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 21 June 2016 at 5:50 am

The Chicago Cubs have placed 30-year old switch-hitting outfielder Dexter Fowler on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained hamstring.  Fowler has played in 64 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 69 of 238 (.290 avg, .881 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 7 homers, 28 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  The Cubs will need 22-year old rookie righty swinging outfielder Albert Almora to step up while Fowler is on the mend.  Almora has played in 12 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 10 for 30 (.333 avg, .855 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 5 RBIs.  The Cubs have called up 24-year old righty reliever Carl Edwards to replace Fowler on the active roster.  Edwards has pitched in 24 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball so far this year for the Cubs and he is 1-1 with 1 save, a 4.26 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  Edwards pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in his first taste of the show for the Cubs last year and he was 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  The Cubs hope that Fowler will only have to miss a couple of weeks.

The Chicago Cubs place Tommy LaStella on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Thursday 9 June 2016 at 5:57 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 27-year old lefty swinging infielder Tommy LaStella on the 15-day D.L. due to a sore hamstring.  LaStella has played in 38 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 23 of 79 (.291 avg, .871 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers and 7 RBIs.  LaStella has now played in 71 games in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 41 of 146 (.281 avg, .806 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 3 homers, 18 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The Cubs hope that LaStella will only have to miss another couple of weeks, as he was having a solid year for them.

The Chicago Cubs place Jorge Soler on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 7 June 2016 at 1:42 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 24-year old righty swinging outfielder Jorge Soler on the 15-day disabled list due to a left hamstring injury.  Soler has played in 50 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 29 of 130 (.223 avg, .699 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 5 homers and 13 RBIs.  The Cubs have called up 22-year old righty swinging outfielder Albert Almora to replace Soler on the active roster. Almora came into this season as the Cubs’ #6 prospect according to Baseball America.  Almora has played in 54 games in AAA-ball so far this year for the Cubs and he is 68 of 214 (.318 avg, .779 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 3 homers, 30 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  But, he has only walked 7 times this year, so he likes to swing at everything.  That being said, he has also only whiffed 29 times…so he makes a lot of contact.  Almora has now played in 379 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 442 of 1,516 (.292 avg, .745 OPS) with 243 runs scored, 23 homers, 178 RBIs and 33 stolen bases.

The Chicago Cubs sign Joe Nathan to a minor league deal

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at 12:54 pm

The Chicago Cubs have signed 41-year old righty reliever Joe Nathan to a minor league deal.  Nathan is recovering from Tommy John surgery, so the Cubs have already placed him on the 60-day disabled list.  Nathan pitched in 1 game out of the pen for the Tigers last year before hurting his elbow and he whiffed the only batter he faced, but he got a save.  Nathan has now pitched in 777 games (29 starts) in his first 15 years in the majors and he is 62-34 with 377 saves, a 2.89 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  Nathan is a 6-time All-Star and he is currently #8 in Major League history in saves with 377 of them.  This was a good low risk move for the Cubs, as Nathan could help them later on this year.

Zac Rosscup has shoulder surgery for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 13 May 2016 at 2:32 pm

27-year old lefty reliever Zac Rosscup of the Chicago Cubs has recently underwent arthroscopic surgery to his left shoulder.  There is no timetable for his return to action.  He has not pitched this year.  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 with the Cubs and he is 3-1 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP.

The Chicago Cubs lose Andury Acevedo for the rest of the 2016 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 13 May 2016 at 2:30 pm

The Chicago Cubs will be without 25-year old righty reliever Andury Acevedo for the rest of the 2016 season.  Acevedo pitched in 6 games (0 starts) in AA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 0-0 with a 7.20 ERA and a 2.40 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 101 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the show and he is 8-8 with 4 saves, a 4.13 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Cubs moving forward, as Acevedo wasn’t likely to pitch in the majors this year.

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

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 9:52 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 26-year old righty swinging outfielder Matt Szczur on the 15-day disabled list due to a mild hamstring strain.  He has played in 21 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 11 of 30 (.367 avg, 1.041 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 2 homers, 10 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  This is a bad break for Szczur, as he was playing the best baseball of his major league career!  The Cubs have called up 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Ryan Kalish to replace Matt Szczur on the active roster.  Kalish played in 20 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 21 of 57 (.368 avg, .980 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Kalish last played in the majors in 2014 with the Cubs.  Kalish has played in 146 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 93 of 380 (.245 avg, .643 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 4 homers, 34 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.

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.

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