3/22 Cubs roster moves

Eleven players were sent to the Cubs Minor League camp on Friday, including pitchers Jensen Lewis, Drew Carpenter, Blake Parker, Casey Coleman and Jaye Chapman. Chris Rusin was optioned to Triple-A Iowa, but will start on Sunday for the big league team against the Indians. The position players assigned to Minor League camp include Brad Nelson, Edwin Maysonet, Brian Bogusevic, Johermyn Chavez and Darnell McDonald.

That leaves 35 players in camp, and four of those are expected to open the season on the disabled list. There appears to be one bullpen spot open, and four pitchers competing for it: Rafael Dolis, Zach Putnam, Hisanori Takahashi and Corey Wade. Takahashi is the only lefty in the mix.

Brett Jackson is still limited because of his shoulder injury, but position players still in camp include catchers J.C. Boscan and Steve Clevenger and infielder Alberto Gonzalez. Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Dave Sappelt has made the 25-man roster, barring any unexpected additions from the waiver wire. Clevenger could backup at first, second or third if needed.

“It’s one of those days you dread,” Sveum said about the roster cuts. “A lot of those guys had good springs. Bogusevic had a really good Spring Training and did everything we asked. The Colemans, the Parkers, they all threw the ball well. That shows you some guys have stepped up, some guys have gotten healthy. One more extra year under their belt they’ve become more comfortable and done a good job at the big league level.”

Bogusevic, an Oak Lawn, Ill., native, had a great spring, batting .410 in 20 games.

Coleman will continue to pitch in relief. He has made some adjustments, using a new arm slot that has helped him be more consistent.

Sappelt batted .266 at Triple-A Iowa last year, and .275 in 26 games with the Cubs. He batted .182 in 18 games this spring.

“I think the writing is on the wall — ‘Sap’ is going to be on the team,” Sveum said. “There’s still things that can happen through guys getting released and waiver wires and all that with the extra spots. He’s proven to me and the organization he can swing the bat and he’s done a really nice job in center field.”

The Cubs front office is still looking at outside help. Last year, they acquired Shawn Camp in the final week of Spring Training.

“Through the waiver wire, people become available in other camps,” Sveum said. “No matter what you think you have, you’re always trying to make yourself a better team.”

– Carrie Muskat

8 Comments

Hey, with any luck Sappelt may hit as well as Campana, but just slower and less likely to bunt for a hit or steal a base or make a pitcher nervous….uh…and he makes the team because….???? Because Tony was traded and Bogusevic hit a measly .410 this spring. Yeesh. I know Sappelt is fast and can handle any outfield spot but….
.410, what is Bogusevic thinking right about now? This will be another throw away year. Can’t wait until 2014 when some REAL talent makes it to ML team.

Somewhere along the way I would like to see Ty Wright brought up to Wrigley. He is a good LF defense and good hitter. Let’s give him a place.

Am liking that Sappelt made club. Am impressed with his game more and more, and he displayed some power this spring.

.410 average in Spring Training doesn’t tell the whole story. Is Bogusevic ready to come off the bench and produce when he hasn’t seen game action in 4 days? Is Bogusevic better suited to play everyday in the minors rather than see action once a week? Can he face big league hitters, or is he a AAA/AAAA player and MLB ready? Bogusevic’s options are probably greater – and that gives Cubs brass more flexibility. Sappelt’s options may be none or one – if he goes down to AAA we could lose him or he could be cut outright. It’s only March. Lots of time for Bogusevic to prove himself, just as Rizzo did. Hunger and pride and desire are powerful motivators when used properly.

Tom, I was stressing the point of the unecessary trade of Campana that’s all. I don’t mind Sappelt being on the team at all, in fact he may be a better answer than Schierholtz who I thought was an uneccesary expense and roster spot. Although shudder the thought if were to lose Sapelt, there would go our WS dreams… No sugar coating it, this current outfield is not going to produce nearly enough run production for a big improvement and I am hoping at least Soriano, DeJesus and Schieroltz are in reality all trade bait for some modest, young players by the deadline. What they would bring in return is certainly questionable to say the least.

Respectfully disagree joey. I believe Schierholtz will have a very good season, possibly platooning with Hairston in RF. With Sappelt, there is another possible platoon situation with DeJesus in CF..
I liked Campana, he had only one strength, his speed. I would have traded him for two 17 y/o fireballers also.
The Cubs need OBP, thats why it shocked me they signed Hairston, unless he is going to be used against LH pitching only.

Jasper, Please remind myself what OBP is. If it has anything to with offense, I’m thinking Hairston fills that bill to a degree since he went yard 20 times last season with the Mets in limited plate appearances.

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