6/17 Extra bases
* After Sunday’s game in which he threw seven shutout innings, Cubs pitcher Matt Garza said he hoped to be matched up with Dioner Navarro as his catcher in the future. Manager Dale Sveum wouldn’t guarantee that. He didn’t think the difference Sunday was the catcher, but Garza.
“I make of it a guy having command of his fastball,” Sveum said. “When you have command of your fastball down and away, in any kind of format in the big leagues, you’re going to have success.”
Welington Castillo had caught Garza’s five previous starts, including a game May 31 against the Diamondbacks, when the right-hander gave up two runs over seven innings and picked up the win.
“[Castillo] has caught the other guys pretty well,” Sveum said. “He’s done a great job. However it works out, it works out. Welington Castillo has put himself in a situation where he’s caught the [Scott] Feldman’s and the [Travis] Wood’s and the [Jeff] Samardzija’s great outings. The things he’s done for all these guys is well and above what a young catcher is supposed to do.”
So, is Garza frustrated or making excuses?
“You can call it what you want,” Sveum said. “When you have fastball command, you can have an [Class] ‘A’ ball catcher catching.”
* Instead of adding another outfielder, the Cubs activated reliever Shawn Camp from the disabled list on Saturday, which leaves them a little short-handed as far as position players go. Sveum said there will be no change in the immediate future.
“Right now, it’s coming in handy having that extra guy,” Sveum said.
* Alfonso Soriano was visibly upset after Sunday’s loss to the Mets in which Carlos Marmol blew a three-run lead in the ninth.
“For the position players in that clubhouse as well as some of our starting pitchers, a lot of our starting pitchers, it’s been frustrating to beat a lot of teams and have games won after seven innings, whatever our record is after the seventh inning, and have a run differential of where we are,” Sveum said. “It wears on you after a while as a player.”
The Cubs have 21 losses in games in which they’ve had a lead.
* Left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny, the Cubs’ second-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft, apparently has signed with the team. Zastryzny tweeted on Monday: “Officially part of the Chicago Cubs organization. Thanks for all the support and I can’t wait to start the journey. #Cubs”
The Cubs have yet to confirm any Draft pick signings.
– Carrie Muskat