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.

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.

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