7/2 Cubs extra bases

* Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada could start one of the Cubs’ games of a make-up doubleheader next Tuesday in Cincinnati. Wada was 9-4 with a 2.55 ERA in 16 starts for Triple-A Iowa.

“He’s a candidate to make a start potentially for the doubleheader in Cincinnati and beyond that, we’ll see,” GM Jed Hoyer said Wednesday. “We haven’t made any official decisions but he’s certainly in the running.”

Last Saturday, Dallas Beeler was promoted from Iowa to start the first game of a day-night twinbill against the Nationals.

* Emilio Bonifacio is continuing to make progress in his rehab from a right oblique strain, and was working out in Mesa, Ariz., at the team’s complex. There is no timetable for his return.

* Neil Ramirez didn’t notice David Ortiz when he left the batter’s box early in the eighth inning Tuesday. The count was 3-0, and Ortiz apparently didn’t want to wait for ball four, and got a head start to first.

“I didn’t notice it when I was out there,” Ramirez said. “Looking at video last night, I saw what he did. … It didn’t bother me. We knew going at him that we weren’t going to give him anything good to hit. Once it got to 3-0, it was, make a pitch down, so if he swings at it, make it something he can’t do much damage with. I think he figured we were going to throw a ball. It doesn’t bother me.”

And the next time Ramirez faces Ortiz?

“I’ll try to get him out,” Ramirez said.

— Carrie Muskat


I’d like to see Wada.

Beeler is scheduled to pitch tonight for AAA, which would bring his turn up again on Tuesday, so in order to start Wada on Tuesday they would either need to hold him out of his next start at AAA or pitch him on short rest. I would still say they should go with Beeler in the double header, but we’ll see what happens over the weekend. Who knows, maybe a trade will shake up the rotation even more between now and then?

I want to see Hendricks

The problem is, Hendricks is not on the 40-man roster, so risking losing one of your 40-man players to another organization just so Hendricks can make an emergency start is probably not the best move to make. Plus, I get the feeling that when Hendricks does come up, he will be in the rotation and will get the rest of the year to help establish himself as a member of the rotation moving forward. My best guess is that the Cubs will wait for Hammel and/or Samardzija to be traded, then add Hendricks to the 40-man and the rotation. Wada and Beeler are also on the 40-man and could fill in once trades are made, but Hendricks is their top pitching prospect at AAA and I would expect him to be in the rotation by September 1, if not sooner.

i know…. i understand what you are saying. Im just that antsy fan wanting to see him promoted. Same can be said for Alcantara

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