8/16 Extra bases

Guerrier, Villanueva, Valbuena, Rizzo and more

* Matt Guerrier underwent surgery Friday to repair the flexor mass in his right arm, and will be sidelined six to eight months. Dr. Timothy Kremchek did the procedure. Acquired from the Dodgers in the Carlos Marmol trade, Guerrier was 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA in 15 games with the Cubs. He does not have a contract for next season, and said before the procedure, that he would like to come back to the Cubs.

* Carlos Villanueva’s versatility has kept him in the big leagues, and it also was one of the reasons he was bumped from the Cubs rotation. Villanueva is back in the bullpen because the Cubs want to see Jake Arrieta, acquired from the Orioles in the Scott Feldman deal.

“Villanueva didn’t do anything to get taken out of a rotation,” Dale Sveum said Friday. “It’s more about getting a young kid here who we want to see pitch and finish out the season in the rotation.”

The Cubs could use an experienced arm in the bullpen with the loss of Guerrier. Villanueva began the season in the rotation, then switched to the bullpen when Matt Garza returned from the disabled list. In 15 starts, Villanueva was 1-7 with a 4.50 ERA, and he has a 3.66 ERA in 17 relief appearances.

“I felt I did a good job and I gave the team a chance to win,” he said. “I’m grateful that I got the opportunity to start. If it’s the Cubs or another team that sees me doing that in the future again, then I’m ready for it. Right now, the Cubs need me to be in the bullpen, and that’s where I’ll be and that’s where I’ll do my best.”

* The Cubs did get good news on outfielder Brian Bogusevic, who has been rehabbing a strained left hamstring since July 15. Bogusevic was expected to join Triple-A Iowa to continue his rehab and could be activated soon. He has been playing with Mesa in the Rookie League. In six games, he was batting .286 (6-for-21), and has played center field in four of his six games.

* Infielder Luis Valbuena, sidelined since Aug. 3 with a strained right oblique, has been able to swing a fungo bat, but has yet to hit. He is able to play catch from a short distance.

* Outfielder Ryan Sweeney, on the disabled list since June 30 with a left rib fracture, has been able to hit in the batting cage. He was expected to return in September.

* To make room on the active roster for Jake Arrieta, who started Friday, the Cubs optioned right-handed pitcher Eduardo Sanchez to Triple-A Iowa. Sanchez was 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA in four relief appearances, giving up four runs over 6 1/3 innings.

* Anthony Rizzo’s first Cook-Off for Cancer charity event, held Wednesday night, raised more than $150,000. Players teamed up with restaurants to serve updated takes on traditional ballpark food. All tips and money raised will benefit pediatric cancer care and research. David DeJesus and Cody Ransom raised the most money, teaming with GT Fish and Oyster in Chicago to serve goat sliders and chocolate-covered Cracker Jack.

– Carrie Muskat

12 Comments

“Villanueva didn’t do anything to get taken out of a rotation,” Dale Sveum said Friday. “It’s more about getting a young kid here who we want to see pitch and finish out the season in the rotation.” DUH. DUH. and another big ol’ fat DUH. Why not apply the same logic at 2B with Watkins??? Great day for Sandberg but just an ugly, painful reminder for most of us Cubs’ fans of what could and SHOULD have been. Well, just have to move on now and hope for the best…..available replacement for Sveum before the prized pupils show up.

No brownies for you today joey my friend! :))

I get it White. It’s hard to write such stuff but it’s the sobering truth. Sveum has some splainin’ to do Lucy.

Logan Watkins was batting .243 at Iowa, not .343

If he was batting .343 at Iowa THEN he would be given a chance to start? I’m just trying to figure out if Sveum has a set ba in mind, is it .343? Was Lake batting .343 in Iowa? I think not, I think he was batting .295 in Iowa. Barney is HITTING TWO SIXTEEN, WITH NO OFFENSIVE CONTRIBUTIONS to speak of. Obviously Watkins may be taking the Campan route soon? In this god-awful season Sveum STILL does not want to allow a rookie to make OR NOT make an impression for next season when the team is desperate for fresh talent?? Like you said, agree to disagree Sveum is acting like Barney’s father-in-law not the Cubs’ manager.

Hold on, I know he’s not hitting anywhere close to what we want him to hit, but did you know Barney has more rbi than Castro?. Castro has more than 120 more at bats than Barney, and yet Barney has only 5 less doubles 1 less home run and 1 less triple. Yes, we all want more offensive contribution from everyone in the lineup, but you can’t say he hasn’t contributed at all. I don’t know for certain, but I would bet there are several 2nd basemen with less rbi than Barney.

You guys jump on and off bandwagons faster than anyone I know…. shoot about two months ago everyone was snuggling with barney… now he plays to his potential and its over… is Travis wood next?

Castro is the one I would be worrying about. He is looking like a deer in the headlights -not being selective – batting at anything. Someone mentioned eye problem. Should he get his eyes checked? Hate to see him slump if he just needs glasses!

Arrieta looks like a keeper – well done!

I just watched the replay of Barney’s rbi double with the play at the plate. Does that look like a dirty play by the Cardinals catcher to anyone besides me? He didn’t even have the ball and he threw a shoulder into Murphy as he slid across the plate.

Looked the play 3 times from different views and I think you could be right Mat. Looked like he was trying to slow Murphy down with his shoulder as he went after the ball. Glad Murphy is okay. Football is not the game!

Saw Murphy interviewed on the post game. He thought the same thing.

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