The Cubs announced Tuesday night that Mike Olt will be optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Tsuyoshi Wada. Olt was batting .139 with 12 home runs 84 strikeouts.
The Cubs announced Tuesday night that Jorge Soler would be promoted from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa, and Albert Almora will be promoted from Class A Daytona to Tennessee.
The Cubs’ youth movement is underway with the team’s decision to stick with Arismendy Alcantara and say goodbye to Darwin Barney, who was designated for assignment Tuesday.
“It’s time for ‘Mendy’ to play,” GM Jed Hoyer said Tuesday. “He’ll play second, he’ll play center. I think he’ll be in the lineup every day. One of the things we feel strongly about is that when we do bring guys up, they here to play. We’re not going to bring up these guys who are part of our future to share time on the bench.”
Alcantara was called up from Triple-A Iowa on July 9 when Barney went on paternity leave, and was batting .286 in his first eight games. He will play both second and center field, switching with Emilio Bonifacio, who was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, which prompted the need for a spot on the roster.
“We don’t expect [Alcantara] to come up here and set the world on fire,” Hoyer said. “I think he’ll have some great series like he had, and he’ll have some struggles like he did in Arizona (when he went 1-for-12). That’s part of the process and it’s part of the process for every one of the young guys we bring up, as Starlin [Castro] and [Anthony] Rizzo can attest to.”
Alcantara and Bonifacio are interchangeable at the top of the Cubs’ order, too, as both are switch hitters, and both have speed.
Barney was DFA’d to make room for Emilio Bonifacio, who was activated from the disabled list. Barney, 28, was batting .230 with 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 16 RBIs in 72 games this season. He won the Gold Glove in 2012 after tying a Major League single-season record with 141-consecutive errorless games.
“I think he got out of whack mechanically last year,” Hoyer said of Barney. “I think he’d be the first person to admit that. He got pull happy and struggled to get back to what he’d been. I think he can get back there. A change of scenery and maybe an offseason, I think he can get back to that. He’s at his best as a pesky player, hitting balls the other way. When guys get pull happy and power happy, it can hurt him.”
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Kyle Hendricks makes his second Major League start Tuesday night as the Cubs begin a 10-game homestand against the Padres. Here’s the lineup:
The Cubs designated Darwin Barney for assignment on Tuesday and activated Emilio Bonifacio from the disabled list.
Here are the pitching matchups for the Cubs’ upcoming series against the Padres, which starts Tuesday at Wrigley Field:
Tuesday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 6.00) vs. LHP Eric Stults (3-11, 4.98)
Wednesday: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.62)
Thursday: RHP Edwin Jackson (5-10, 5.61) vs. RHP Tyson Ross (8-10, 2.70)
Dan Straily gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings in Iowa’s 5-4 loss to New Orleans. Straily struck out seven. Javier Baez extended his hitting streak to 15 games, and Lars Anderson hit his third home run, a two-run shot in the seventh. Kyuji Fujikawa gave up one run on two hits in one inning in his first rehab outing with the team. Baez played his fourth game at second base, and according to Iowa manager Marty Pevey, will see more action at second than at short in the second half.
Tennessee scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth on Jae-Hoon Ha’s home run but came up short in a 4-3 loss to Mississippi. Matt Loosen took the loss, giving up two runs over five innings. Jorge Soler posted his seventh multi-hit game, and was batting .410.
Rock Shoulders and Jordan Hankins each hit home runs to help Daytona beat Palm Beach, 9-6. Dan Vogelbach had two hits and two RBIs.
Jeimer Candelario hit his fifth home run in Kane County’s 3-1 loss to Great Lakes. Daury Torrez took the loss, giving up three runs over five innings.
Justin Marra hit a solo homer in the eighth in Boise’s 7-6 win over Salem-Keizer. Dan Canela had three RBIs.
Mesa had Monday off.
The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) named Cubs outfielder Nate Schierholtz as the team’s 2014 Heart and Hustle Award winner. The honor goes to active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.
MLBPAA Director of Communications Nikki Warner said Schierholtz is an exemplary teammate, consummate professional and inspiration to his community.
The MLBPAA formed 30 committees, comprised of Alumni players with established relationships to each team. One player from each Major League team is chosen by the committees based on their passion, desire and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field. These players will be recognized prior to an upcoming home game.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was named NL Player of the Week for the period ending July 20. Rizzo, who made his first All-Star appearance last Tuesday, led the Majors with three home runs, 14 total bases and a 1.273 slugging percentage. He was tied for third in the NL in RBI with four. Rizzo hit two home runs on Friday against the D-Backs, then added his 23rd on Sunday. He has now matched his career high in home runs, set last year.