The Chicago Cubs place two main pitchers on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 19 August 2016 at 3:47 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 37-year old righty starting pitcher John Lackey and 28-year old righty set-up man Hector Rondon on the D.L.  Lackey is on the D.L. with a strained right shoulder, retroactive to August 15th.  Lackey has pitched in 24 games (all starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 9-7 with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  Lackey has given up 122 hits and 43 walks while whiffing 156 batters in his first 158 1/3 innings for the Cubs this year.  Rondon is on the D.L. due to a right triceps strain, retroactive to August 17th.  Rondon has pitched in 45 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 2-3 with 18 saves, a 2.47 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP.  He has given up 29 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 51 batters in his first 43 2/3 innings for the Cubs this year.  The Cubs hope that Lackey and Rondon only miss a couple of weeks as they are both very important to the success of the team.

The Chicago Cubs place Joe Smith on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Wednesday 17 August 2016 at 2:19 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 32-year old righty reliever Joe Smith on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left hamstring.  He has pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Cubs since they dealt for him and he is 0-0 with a 7.36 ERA and a 2.73 WHIP.  Smith has now pitched in 44 games (0 starts) for the Cubs and Angels overall this year and he is 1-4 with 6 saves, a 4.14 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  Smith has now pitched in 629 games (0 starts) in his first 10 years in the show and he is 40-27 with 29 saves, a 2.97 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  The Cubs hope that Smith only needs a couple of weeks off to heal up.

The Chicago Cubs place Pedro Strop on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 12 August 2016 at 8:34 am

The Chicago Cubs have placed 31-year old righty reliever Pedro Strop on the 15-day disabled list due to surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee that he will undergo later today.  It will keep him out the next 4-6 weeks.  He has pitched in 50 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 2-2 with a 2.89 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP.  Strop has given up 26 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 56 batters in his first 43 2/3 innings for the Cubs this year!  The Cubs have called up 27-year old righty reliever Justin Grimm to replace Strop in the pen.  Grimm has pitched in 47 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 4.46 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  Grimm has given up 32 hits and 16 walks while whiffing 41 batters in his first 36 1/3 innings for the Cubs so far this year.

The Chicago Cubs place Trevor Cahill on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 15 July 2016 at 12:18 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 28-year old righty reliever Trevor Cahill on the 15-day disabled list due to right patellar tendinitis.  Cahill has pitched in 33 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1-3 with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  Cahill has given up 33 hits and 24 walks while whiffing 46 batters in his first 41 innings pitched so far this year.  The Cubs have activated 32-year old lefty reliever Clayton Richard from the D.L.  Richard has pitched in 22 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 0-1 with 1 save, a 7.30 ERA and a 2.19 WHIP.  Richard gave up 21 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 6 batters in his first 12 1/3 innings for the Cubs this year, so he was getting hit hard this year.  The Cubs hope that Cahill only has to miss a couple of weeks.

The Chicago Cubs place David Ross on the 7-day D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Wednesday 6 July 2016 at 1:12 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 39-year old righty swinging catcher David Ross on the 7-day disabled list due to a concussion.  He has played in 43 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 25 of 107 (.234 avg, .790 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 6 homers and 23 RBIs.  The Chicago Cubs should be OK behind the plate until Ross is ready to return to action, as they still have 24-year old righty swinging rookie Willson Contreras and 32-year old lefty swinging Miguel Montero behind the dish.  Contreras has played in 18 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 18 for 60 (.300 avg, 1.008 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 5 homers and 12 RBIs.  Montero has played in 46 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 26 of 134 (.194 avg, .633 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 4 homers, 17 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  The only big concern with Ross being out of action is that he is lefty Jon Lester’s personal catcher.

The Chicago Cubs place Chris Coghlan on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 3 July 2016 at 11:53 am

The Chicago Cubs have placed 31-year old lefty swinging IF/OF Chris Coghlan on the 15-day disabled list due to a rib cage injury.  Coghlan has played in 19 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 7 for 36 (.194 avg, .661 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 0 homers and 0 RBIs.  The Cubs have called up 22-year old switch-hitting 3B Jeimer Candelario to replace Coghlan on the active roster.  He has played in 81 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Cubs so far this year and he is 71 of 285 (.249 avg, .787 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 7 homers and 38 RBIs.  Candelario has now played in 607 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 596 of 2,250 (.265 avg, .759 OPS) with 316 runs scored, 50 homers, 322 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Candelario came into this season as the Cubs’ #10 prospect according to Baseball America.

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.

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