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.

The Chicago Cubs lose Jorge Soler for the next 4-6 weeks

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 27 June 2013 at 11:35 am

The Cubs have lost 21-year old righty swinging outfielder Jorge Soler for the next 4-6 weeks due to a stress fracture of his left tibia.  Soler has played in 55 games in A-ball for the Cubs so far this year and he is 59 for 210 (.281 avg, .810 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 8 homers, 35 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Soler has now played in 89 games in his first two years in the minors and he is 99 for 344 (.288 avg, .818 OPS) with 66 runs scored, 13 homers, 60 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.  The Cubs have high hopes for Soler as he came into this season as their #3 prospect according to Baseball America.

David DeJesus has been placed on the D.L. by the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Saturday 15 June 2013 at 3:50 pm

33-year old lefty swinging outfielder David DeJesus has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right shoulder which was the result of him running into a wall against the Mets in yesterday’s game.  DeJesus has played in 59 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 52 for 200 (.260 avg, .763 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 6 homers, 21 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  28-year old lefty swinging Ryan Sweeney will likely take over in CF until DeJesus is ready to return to action.  Sweeney has played in 30 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 20 for 61 (.328 avg, .863 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs.  Sweeney will likely do a solid job for the Cubs while DeJesus is out of action.

The Chicago Cubs place Zach Putnam on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Wednesday 12 June 2013 at 1:20 pm

The Cubs have placed 25-year old righty reliever Zach Putnam on the 15-day disabled list due to right elbow soreness.  Putnam has pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Cubs this year and he is 0-0 with a 18.90 ERA and a 2.70 WHIP.  He has given up 9 hits (1 homer) in his first 3 1/3 innings this year, so it’s surprising that his injury isn’t whiplash.  The Cubs have called up 24-year old lefty starting pitcher Brooks Raley to replace Putnam in the bullpen.  Raley has pitched in 13 games (12 starts) in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 5-4 with 1 save, a 4.92 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.  Raley got his first taste of the majors last year, working in 5 games (all starts) for the Cubs in which he was 1-2 with a 8.14 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP.

The Chicago Cubs place Rafael Dolis on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Saturday 1 June 2013 at 2:03 pm

The Cubs have placed 25-year old righty reliever Rafael Dolis on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right forearm.  Dolis has pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 40 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Cubs and he is 2-4 with 4 saves, a 5.48 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.  The Cubs have called up 27-year old righty reliever Blake Parker to replace Dolis in the bullpen.  Parker has pitched in 16 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 0-1 with 7 saves, a 2.04 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.  Parker only gave up 8 hits and walked 10 batters in 17 2/3 innings in the minors this year while whiffing a very impressive 26 batters.  Parker pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Cubs last year (his only one in the majors) and he was 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA and a 2.50 WHIP.  The Cubs hope that Parker is better for them this time around.

The Chicago Cubs lose Kyuji Fujikama for the rest of the 2013 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 31 May 2013 at 6:50 pm

32-year old righty rookie reliever Kyuji Fujikama will miss the rest of the 2013 season as he needs Tommy John Surgery.  Fujikama pitched in 12 games (0 starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 1-1 with 2 saves, a 5.25 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.  The Cubs signed Fujikawa last winter to work late in games and to push closer Carlos Marmol.  He is going to be missed as he was just starting to pitch semi decent before tearing up his elbow.

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