6/7 Extra bases

* Zac Rosscup, on the disabled list since May 10 with left shoulder soreness, was expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Saturday. Outfielder Ryan Sweeney, on the DL since May 3 with a hamstring strain, was expected to start a rehab assignment this week with Class A Kane County.

* Rookie third baseman Mike Olt is hitless in his last five games, and batting .157 overall. He started on Saturday.

“We’re still trying to put these guys in situations where they have a chance to have success,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He had a run there where he was falling into a nice little groove and we let him face lefties and righties, and it’s just like anything, we have to put them in a place where they start to gain their confidence again, and put them in situations where they have a greater chance to do what they do. Hopefully, starting today, facing [Randy] Wolf, will give him a boost. The reality is they’re still learning, still developing.”

* Eli Whiteside started at catcher. John Baker is having a tough time talking after taking a foul ball off his throat on Thursday.

“I know he’s trying to talk to everybody,” Renteria said of Baker, “but he should be trying to avoid talking.”

— Carrie Muskat


Baker REALLY needs to not talk right now! Throat injuries are nothing to fool with! Give him a pad and pen for now! :))

Did you all see Jake Stinnett pitch yesterday? I`d like to hear your evaluation of the Cubs` #2 selection. Kennesaw State is toast. They were eliminated by Louisville. They had a nice run given it is a school many were not even aware existed prior to this Road to Omaha. UC Irvine must be stellar as they eliminated Ok. State in short order, after having vanquished the overall #1 seed in the entire tournament last weekend. Texas has had its Omaha ticket punched also as has Texas Tech.

The 2nd round pick is interesting … A guy with not many miles on his arm Bc he was a 3b. He’s still a big project and is gonna take awhile. It was a pretty cheap pick… I’m just not real wild about the draft as a whole.

I was a liitle premature with my Texas Tech comment. Sorry for that. The Lubbock team did not actually clinch a berth in the College World Series until today, Sunday, when they defeated the College of Charleston for a second time. Vanderbilt is another team going to Omaha for sure, after bouncing Stanford today.

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