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CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Steve Trachsel from the Baltimore Orioles for right-handed pitcher Rocky Cherry and infielder Scott Moore.
Trachsel, who returns to the organization that originally selected him in the eighth round of the 1991 Draft, is expected to be added to the Cubs’ roster this weekend. Chicago’s 40-man roster currently stands at 38 players.
The righthander joins the Cubs having recorded a quality start in each of his last four outings and in five of his last six starts with the Orioles, going 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA (10 ER/38.0 IP) in six starts this month. His 2.37 ERA is the fourth-lowest mark in the American League in August. Overall with the Orioles, Trachsel went 6-8 with a 4.48 ERA (70 ER/140.2 IP) in 25 starts this season.
The 36-year-old Trachsel has pitched in all or part of 15 major league seasons with the Cubs (1993-99),
Devil Rays (2000), Blue Jays (2000), Mets (2001-06) and Orioles (2007), compiling a 140-151 record with a 4.29 ERA (1166 ER/2440.0 IP) in 406 major league appearances, all but one as a starter.
A 1996 National League All-Star with the Cubs, Trachsel has posted double-digits in victories in seven seasons and made 30 or more starts in nine seasons. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder reached 200.0 innings pitched seven times.
Trachsel broke into the big leagues with the Cubs at the age of 23 in 1993 and was named National League Rookie Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News in 1994, going 9-7 with a 3.21 ERA in 22 starts for Chicago. He owns one of the only 10 Cubs one-hitters in the last 25 years (a 5-0 win vs. Cincinnati on May 13, 1996), he started the Cubs’ 1998 Wild Card tiebreaker and won 5-3 vs. San Francisco to clinch a post-season berth, and he was the Cubs’ Opening Day starter in 1999, the final season of his first stint with the organization.
During his first stint with the Cubs, Trachsel went 60-69 with a 4.35 ERA (554 ER/1146.1 IP) in 187 outings (186 starts). For the decade of the 1990s, Trachsel led all Cubs pitchers in wins, starts, innings pitched and strikeouts (829) in that span.
Cherry this season made his major league debut with the Cubs, going 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 12 relief appearances. The 28-year-old spent most of the 2007 campaign with Triple-A Iowa and went 2-0 with seven saves and a 4.59 ERA in 43 appearances, all but one in relief.
Moore has played in 18 games with the Cubs the last two seasons, batting .233 with two homers and five RBI at the major league level. He went 0-for-5 in two games with the Cubs earlier this season. The 23-year-old spent most of the 2007 season with Iowa and batted .265 with 19 homers and 69 RBI in 103 games at Triple-A.
Scouting Report on todays starters from MLB.com
Wandy Rodriguez – On the road again — four little words that have meant a big difference for Rodriguez. The left-hander owned a 2.28 ERA at home entering Sunday’s start against the Pirates. But Rodriguez’s road ERA is a whopping 7.80, the third largest difference in the Major Leagues since 1957 according to Stats, Inc. Rodriguez was roughed up the Pirates (four earned runs in five innings) and has given up 11 earned runs in his last 9.1 innings.
Sean Marshall – Marshall had been going through a rough August, without a quality start in four tries, but he rebounded in his last outing against the D-backs on Saturday. He allowed just one run on two hits over six innings of work, striking out five in picking up the victory. Marshall felt he was able to be more consistent with his location and is hoping to carry that through to his next start.
Additional Notes on Rodriguez
Assets: When he’s on, Rodriguez keeps his good fastball low in the zone and induces ground balls, while setting the heat up with a solid change and good breaking stuff.
Flaws: Command can be a problem, unable to establish a first-pitch strike often enough. Must work on his approach with runners on and on his endurance beyond the sixth inning.
Thoughts From Last Night
The thought that keeps coming to my mind is that Alfonso Soriano does not look healthy. He says he’s 90%, but unless that means 90% injured, I can’t see how it would be true. Are you guys worried with what you’ve been seeing? He’s limping and dragging that injured leg. I’m scared to death. I would really like to see us rest him starting tomorrow when the roster expands. It’s looking more and more like we’re going to the playoffs and a healthy Soriano would be a huge plus for us.
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