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Dempster Placed on 15 Day DL With Some Sort of Shark Injury

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Apparently Ryan Dempster hurt his “Great Right Toe”…Is that anything like a great white shark?

Cubs Media Release

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Ryan Dempster on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 3) with a great right toe fracture.  To replace Dempster on the roster, the Cubs recalled right-handed pitcher Kevin Hart from Triple-A Iowa.

Carlos Zambrano, who was scheduled to start tomorrow, will instead make the start tonight against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field.  Hart is scheduled to start the series finale for the Cubs tomorrow afternoon.

Dempster is 5-5 with a 4.09 ERA (48 ER/105.2 IP) in 17 starts for the Cubs this season.  He has struck out 89 batters and walked 44 while limiting opponents to a .258 batting average.

Hart, who had been optioned to Iowa yesterday, has no record and a 1.59 ERA (1 ER/5.2 IP) in four relief appearances for the Cubs this season.  He has limited opponents to a .167 batting average against, including a .143 mark by righthanders and a .250 mark by lefthanders.  He was first recalled by the Cubs on June 21.

The 26-year-old Hart is 3-3 with a 3.10 ERA (18 ER/52.1 IP) in 22 games (six starts) with Iowa this season.  Prior to his June 21 recall, his final six appearances with Iowa came as a starter.  Hart went 3-0 with a 1.41 ERA (5 ER/32.0 IP) in those six starts, striking out 32 batters and walking only 14 in 32.0 innings.  Opponents recorded only a .157 batting average against Hart in those six starts.

Hart split the 2008 campaign between Chicago and Iowa, breaking camp with the major league club for the first time in his career. He appeared in 21 games during four stints with the Cubs, going 2-2 with a 6.51 ERA (20 ER/27.2 IP), picking up his first career victory April 5 vs. Houston with 1.2 shutout relief innings. With Iowa, he posted a 2.81 ERA (18 ER/57.2 IP) in 26 games (10 starts) while going 4-2 with five saves.

Originally selected by the Orioles in the 11th round of the 2004 Draft, Hart made his big league debut with Chicago in 2007 as a September call-up. He made eight relief appearances and posted a 0.82 ERA (1 ER/11.0 IP), earning him a spot on Chicago’s post-season roster.

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Allow Me to Introduce Myself With Good News

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Greetings, all.  Some of you might know me from my former blog called A Cub Fan’s Obsession.  Others might remember me from when Joe and I started out in the podcasting world.  Well, I’ve now jumped on board here at VFTB as a contributor, and hopefully I’ll be able to add some good content to an already successful blog.

Enough with the delay… the good news of the day?  The Cubs decided to leave Jake Fox on the roster after activating Aramis Ramirez, Reed Johnson, & Angel Guzman.  Instead, Kevin Hart and Sam Fuld were sent back to Iowa, and David Patton was placed on the 15-day DL.

Although Fuld had done well on his most recent call up, keeping Fox was definitely priority.  Fox has done better than expected at 3rd in place of Ramirez, and when Ramirez gets a day or two off per week to ensure he stays healthy for the rest of the year, offensively speaking the lineup won’t lose that much in my opinion as Fox has proven thus far he can hit at the Major League level.  it also gives Pinella an option in LF when Soriano needs a game or two off every week as his slump continues.

Here’s hoping that with the regular-intended lineup for the 2009 season all back in place, the Cubs will start to become more consistent on offense as we head into the 2nd half of the season.

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– The Chicago Cubs today activated third baseman Aramis Ramirez, outfielder Reed Johnson and right-handed pitcher Angel Guzman from the 15-day disabled list. In corresponding moves, right-handed pitcher Kevin Hart and outfielder Sam Fuld were optioned to Triple-A Iowa and right-handed pitcher David Patton was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 5) with right groin strain.

Ramirez, 31, is hitting .364 (24-for-66) with four home runs, 16 RBI and a 1.008 OPS in 18 games for the Cubs. He landed on the disabled list May 9 with a dislocated left shoulder suffered the day before in Milwaukee. The right-handed hitter appeared in three rehabilitation games with Single-A Peoria, July 3-5, going 3-for-6 with three walks, two runs, a double and a RBI.

In 787 career games for Chicago, Ramirez is hitting .300 (888-for-2962) while his 177 home runs rank 10th in franchise history. He joined the Cubs as part of a five-player trade with Pittsburgh July 22, 2003. All told, he has batted .285 (1,430-for-5,023) with 253 home runs and 897 RBI in 1,346 games between the Pirates (1998-2003) and Cubs (2003-2009).

Johnson, 32, landed on the disabled list June 25 (retroactive to June 21) with lower back spasms, and went 2-for-6 with two runs, a walk and a hit by pitch in three rehabilitation games with Peoria, July 3-5. He is hitting .268 (30-for-112) with six doubles, a triple, four home runs and 16 RBI in 43 games for the Cubs, including a .304 average (17-for-56) since May 24.

Johnson is in his second season with the Cubs after he signed as a free agent March 25, 2008. He owns a .283 career batting average (716-for-2,528) with 141 doubles, 15 triples, 52 home runs and 300 RBI in 762 games with Toronto (2003-2007) and Chicago (2008-2009).

Guzman, 27, is 2-1 with a save and a 2.53 ERA (9 ER/32.0 IP) in 28 relief appearances for the Cubs. He landed on the disabled list with a strained right triceps June 21, and tossed a total of 2.1 scoreless innings between rehab outings with Peoria and Triple-A Iowa, June 30-July 3, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out three.

Originally signed by Chicago as a non-drafted free agent in November of 1999, Guzman is 2-8 with one save and a 5.13 ERA (73 ER/128.0 IP) in 61 games, 14 starts, for the Cubs since making his big league debut in 2006. He earned his first big league win April 18 of this season, tossing a scoreless inning vs. St. Louis.

Hart, 26, was recalled June 21 and posted a 1.59 ERA (1 ER/5.2 IP) with no record in four games for Chicago. He began the season with Iowa, going 3-3 with a 3.10 ERA (18 ER/52.1 IP) in 22 games (six starts).

Fuld, 27, batted .364 (4-for-11) with three runs, two doubles and two walks in six games for the Cubs since he was recalled June 29. He began the season at Iowa, where he posted a .286 (81-for-283) average with 16 doubles, eight triples, 27 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 73 contests, including a .398 (33-for-83) batting average in June.

Patton, 25, is 3-1 with a 5.63 ERA (15 ER/24.0 IP) in 17 relief appearances for Chicago, the first major league action of his career. He was obtained by the Cubs December 11, 2008, from Cincinnati after he was selected by the Reds from Colorado in the major league portion of the Rule 5 Draft.

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Ryan Freel Finds a Home

Monday, July 6th, 2009

From the Media Department comes the news that we didn’t just have to release Ryan Freel. I’m still waiting on the roster moves for tonight’s game. (more…)

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Freel Gone….Jeff Baker In

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

The Cubs made a curious move to me today. Not so much the trade for Jeff Baker, but why DFA Ryan Freel? I guess it comes down to a roster spot, but I think I’d find a way to make it work and still keep Freel. Suggestions as to how that could have happened? Here is the media release from the team.

The Chicago Cubs today acquired infielder Jeff Baker from the Colorado Rockies for minor league right-handed pitcher Al Alburquerque.  To make room for Baker on the roster, infielder Ryan Freel was designated for assignment.

Baker, who will wear uniform number 28, today was activated from the 60-day disabled list by the Rockies prior to the trade and will be available for the Cubs tonight against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field.

The 28-year-old Baker batted .268 (80-for-299) with 22 doubles, one triple, 12 home runs and 48 RBI in 104 games last year for the Rockies.  The right-handed batter and thrower saw action at second base (49 games, 47 starts), first base (22 games, 13 starts), third base (nine games, seven starts) and right field (three games, three starts) in last season.

Baker has been limited to only 12 games with the Rockies this season due to a sprained left hand that sent him to the disabled list on April 29.  The six-foot-two, 210-pounder has been on a rehab assignment since June 20 with Single-A Modesto (two games) and Triple-A Colorado Springs (seven games).  With the Rockies this year, Baker batted .130 (3-for-23) with one triple and three RBI prior to his injury.

In all or part of five major league seasons with the Rockies (2005-09), Baker is a career .257 hitter (144-for-561) with 35 doubles, six triples, 22 home runs and 88 RBI in 231 big league games.  He has played first base (44 games), second base (52 games), third base (24 games), left field (eight games) and right field (26 games).

Baker was selected by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2002 Draft out of Clemson University.  He departed Clemson after three years as the school’s all-time leader with 59 home runs and was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award in 2002 after recording 24 home runs and 79 RBI.  Baker made his major league debut as the club’s Opening Day third baseman in 2005.

Alburquerque, 23, went 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA (8 ER/34.2 IP) in 24 relief appearances for Single-A Daytona this season.

Acquired by the Cubs from Baltimore for Joey Gathright on May 8, Freel batted .143 (4-for-28) with one run scored and one RBI in 14 games with Chicago.

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Players Don't Wanna Play For Piniella

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

The new SI hits the stands tomorrow and their advanced media sent me the following image of a poll of the players:

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Cub Recall Sam Fuld…DL AAron Miles Due to Acute Lack of Ability

Monday, June 29th, 2009

From the Cubs Media Department comes this wonderful tidbit:

PITTSBURGH – The Chicago Cubs today recalled outfielder Sam Fuld from Triple-A Iowa. In addition, the Cubs placed infielder Aaron Miles on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 21) with a hyperextended right elbow.

Fuld, 27, is hitting .286 (81-for-283) with 16 doubles, eight triples, 27 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 73 contests for Iowa this season, including a .398 batting average (33-for-83) this month. He has walked 32 times compared to just 22 strikeouts in 319 plate appearances, and has a .309 batting average (21-for-68) with runners in scoring position as the club’s full-time center fielder.

A left-handed batter and fielder, Fuld made his major league debut with the Cubs in 2007, appearing in 14 games as a September call-up. Originally selected by the Cubs in the 10th round of the 2004 Draft, he is a career .287 hitter (537-for-1,868) in 496 minor league contests with 113 doubles, 26 triples, 18 homers, 185 RBI and 82 stolen bases.

Named the Arizona Fall League MVP in 2007, Fuld split 2008 between Triple-A Iowa and Double-A Tennessee, combining to hit .264 (106-for-402) with a career-high 52 RBI.

Fuld will wear uniform No. 27 and is available for tonight’s 6:05 p.m. CT game against the Pirates at PNC Park.

Miles, 32, is hitting .203 (25-for-123) with seven doubles and four RBI in 46 games during his first season with the Cubs. This is his second stint on the disabled list, as he was sidelined May 26-June 10 with a right shoulder strain.

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Cubs Recall Jake Fox and DL Jason Waddell

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009


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– The Chicago Cubs today recalled infielder/outfielder Jake Fox from Triple-A Iowa and placed left-handed pitcher Jason Waddell on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 13) for evaluation and treatment of a non-baseball related medical issue.

Fox, 26, begins his second stint with the Cubs, having batted .417 (5-for-12) with two doubles and two RBI in eight games for Chicago from May 27-June 9. He was 5-for-6 (.833) with two doubles and a RBI as a pinch-hitter and started one game in right field and made two appearances at third base.

The right-handed hitter owns a .409 batting average (67-for-164) with 44 runs, 14 doubles, three triples, 17 homers and 53 RBI in 45 games for Iowa this season. He leads minor league baseball in batting average, on-base percentage (.495) and slugging percentage (.841).

Since he was optioned to Iowa June 9, Fox has reached base safely in three of four games, going 3-for-13 (.231) with three runs, a triple, two RBI and four walks.

Waddell, 28, has a 5.40 ERA (1 ER/1.2 IP) with no record and one hold in three relief appearances for the Cubs, his first major league action after nine seasons in the minors. This year with Iowa, he was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA (10 ER/16.2 IP) in 18 relief outings prior to his selection May 27. He signed with the Cubs as a minor league free agent in November of 2008.

Media Release courtesy of the Cubs media dept.

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God has heard your cries: Gerald Perry is out

Sunday, June 14th, 2009


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– The Chicago Cubs today named Von Joshua as their major league hitting coach and relieved Gerald Perry of his duties. Joshua was promoted to the big league job from Triple-A Iowa and will join the Cubs on Tuesday.

Joshua, who has been a hitting coach for the last 26 seasons starting in 1984, was in his fourth season as hitting coach at Iowa and is in his seventh in the Cubs organization, joining the club in 2003 as the hitting coach at Double-A West Tennessee. Joshua returns to the big leagues for the first time since a four-year stint as the hitting coach for the Chicago White Sox from 1998-2001.

A former outfielder, Joshua spent 10 years in the major leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1969-71, 1973-74, 1979), San Francisco Giants (1975-76), Milwaukee Brewers (1976-77) and San Diego Padres (1980). He began his coaching career with the Dodgers organization, serving as hitting coach at Double-A San Antonio from 1984-87 and at Triple-A Albuquerque from 1988-92. He joined the White Sox organization in 1993 and spent five seasons with five different minor league clubs before earning his promotion to the big leagues in 1998.

Joshua, 61, spent one season in the Toronto Blue Jays as their minor league hitting instructor in 2002 before joining the Cubs organization the next year.

Perry, 48, was in his third season as the Cubs major league hitting coach, joining the organization prior to the 2007 season. He has served four different clubs in that capacity during the last 10 seasons.

Media release courtesy of the Chicago National League Ballclub

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Jake Fox Gets His Chance and Neal Cotts to AAA

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

From the Cubs Media Department:

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– The Chicago Cubs today recalled infielder Jake Fox and selected the contracts of infielder Andres Blanco and left-handed pitcher Jason Waddell from Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs optioned left-handed pitcher Neal Cotts and infielder Bobby Scales to Triple-A Iowa. Additionally, the club placed infielder Aaron Miles on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 26, with a right shoulder strain.

Blanco will wear uniform number 13, Fox will wear number 5 and Waddell will wear number 43. All three are available for this afternoon’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 38 players.

Fox, 26, is leading all minor league players this year in the “Triple Crown” categories with a .423 batting average (63-for-149), 17 home runs and 50 RBI in 40 games for Iowa. The right-handed batter also has 40 runs, 14 doubles, two triples, a .503 on-base percentage, a .886 slugging percentage and a 1.389 OPS this season. He has seen action at first base, third base, left field, right field, catcher and designated hitter this season. Fox has twice earned Pacific Coast League Player of the Week honors for the periods ending April 19 and May 17.

Originally selected by the Cubs in the third round of the 2003 Draft, Fox joins the Cubs riding a 17-game hitting streak during which he batted .453 (29-for-64) with five home runs and 19 RBI.

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Blanco, 25, is batting .314 (48-for-153) with nine doubles, four home runs and 25 RBI in 43 games for Iowa this season. The switch-hitter is batting .342 (39-for-114) against right-handed pitching and has a .364 mark (16-for-44) with runners in scoring position. Blanco has played exclusively at shortstop in the field this season.

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Signed by the Cubs as a minor league free agent following the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Blanco has played in 78 career major league games with the Kansas City Royals covering parts of three campaigns (2004-06), batting .252 (57-for-226) with six doubles, four triples and 19 RBI. Blanco has played shortstop (51 games) and second base (31 games) at the major league level.

Waddell, 27, joins the first major league roster in his nine-year professional career. He is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA (10 ER/16.2 IP) in 18 relief appearances, limiting right-handed batters to a .205 average (8-for-39) while lefties have batted .346 (9-for-26) off the southpaw. The 2009 campaign marks his first pitching above the Double-A level. He had 270 minor league appearances, all but 13 in relief, prior to his call-up today. He was originally selected by San Francisco in the eighth round of the 2001 Draft and spent his first eight professional seasons in the Giants minor league system.

Signed by the Cubs as a minor league free agent last November 21, Waddell attended camp as a non-roster invitee and spent nearly the entire spring training season with the major league club. He posted a 0.90 ERA (1 ER/10.0 IP) in 11 Cactus League relief appearances.

Cotts was a member of Chicago’s Opening Day roster and is 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA (9 ER/11.0 IP) in 19 relief appearances this season.

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Miles is batting .204 (20-for-98) with six doubles and four RBI in 37 games for the Cubs this year.

Scales is hitting .257 (9-for-35) with two doubles, one triple, one home run and five RBI in 14 games for the Cubs this season. The 31-year-old had his contract selected from Iowa on May 4 and made his major league debut the next day, collecting his first big league hit off Tim Lincecum. Scales is batting .303 (23-for-76) with five doubles, a triple, three homers and 10 RBI in 21 games for Iowa this season

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