7/29 Good guys

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Chris Coghlan visited Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn on Tuesday, and handed out Cubs caps and items, posed for photos with patients and signed autographs. Also Tuesday, Arismendy Alcantara went to Lloyd Elementary School on the Cubs’ Fitness Trolley, and did stretches, fitness drills and played Wiffleball with the children.

7/29 Iron man

Starlin Castro entered Tuesday’s game batting .225 in July (20-for-89), with four doubles, seven RBIs, and zero home runs. Manager Rick Renteria talked to Castro on Monday about the possibility of the shortstop taking a day off.

“I think his at-bats, even though the results haven’t been what he was doing previous, his at-bats have still been pretty good,” Renteria said.

On Monday, Castro did hit a double, but he hasn’t been as productive as he was prior to the All-Star break.

“I’m not worried about Starlin,” Renteria said. “He wants to play every single day. I spoke to him [Monday], and said, ‘Hey, maybe I’m thinking about giving you a day off,’ and he went out and took a half hour of ground balls like it was the end of time. He said, ‘Do I look tired?’ He wants to play every day.

“He deserves the courtesy of me talking to him and saying, ‘Let’s get together and talk about what might be a good day [for a breather] if there’s a day.’ We’ll sit down and talk about it.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/29 Trade rumors

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer has had plenty of conversations with other teams prior to Thursday’s Trade Deadline but said they may not make another deal.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if we made no moves,” Hoyer said Tuesday. “I expect to be active, we’re having a lot of conversations. It’s still early. [Wednesday] is sort of moving day. I expect things will get more serious as we move into tomorrow. People have some reluctance on the last day.

“[Wednesday] evening is when a lot of people hone in on the deals they want to make,” he said.

The Cubs made their blockbuster move on July 4, trading starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics for four players, including highly touted shortstop Addison Russell and outfielder Billy McKinney.

Other teams are still trying to find the right match.

“People try to find a dance partner on the 30th and 31st,” Hoyer said. “As you get to [Wednesday] evening, people want to make deals and they’re more willing to pair up, and I expect that to be the same thing.”

There has been some interest in the Cubs’ left-handed relievers, James Russell and Wesley Wright.

– Carrie Muskat

7/29 Ramirez to DL

Cubs reliever Neil Ramirez, who was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday to give him some rest, was placed on the Major League disabled list on Tuesday because of right triceps soreness. Ramirez had given up three earned runs over 28 innings in 33 games for a 0.96 ERA, and the Cubs had made clear that Saturday’s demotion to the Minors was not performance related. But Ramirez had some soreness, which prompted the team to switch him to the disabled list, retroactive to Saturday.

“All year, we’ve talked about giving these guys some rest,” GM Jed Hoyer said Tuesday. “You convert a bunch of starting pitchers to the bullpen, they’ve never done it before, and that was the intention to give him a rest. We’ve tried our hardest to be careful with him, getting him up and down, and pitching back to back days.”

When he was optioned, the plan had been for Ramirez to be sidelined the minimum of 10 days, but now he will get 15 days to rest and was expected to return once his DL stint was over.

“That was probably the right way to handle it, once he was sore,” Hoyer said.

Manager Rick Renteria said the Cubs may try to give other relievers some extended rest but Hoyer said he hopes that isn’t necessary. When rosters expand in September, the Cubs should have reinforcements.

– Carrie Muskat

7/29 Cubs lineup

Edwin Jackson gets the start Tuesday night when the Cubs play host to the Rockies in the second game of this four-game series. The Rockies are starting another lefty in Jorge De La Rosa (11-6, 4.19 ERA). Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio 3B
Alcantara 2B
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Ruggiano LF
Castillo C
Lake CF
Schierholtz RF
E. Jackson P

7/29 Minor matters – Monday’s games

Iowa had Monday off, and returns to action Tuesday against New Orleans. Dae-Eun Rhee is scheduled to start.

Albert Almora and Addison Russell were both 4-for-6 in Tennessee’s 11-8 win over Birmingham. The win moved the Smokies into first place in the North Division. Eduardo Figueroa gave up five runs over six innings and picked up the win. Lars Anderson hit his first home run, driving in two runs. Almora scored three runs and drove in two, and Russell scored once and drove in one. Dustin Geiger had two hits, three walks and three RBIs.

Juan Paniagua gave up two hits over six scoreless innings in Daytona’s 7-0 win over Bradenton. Wilson Contreras had three hits and two RBIs. Billy McKinney added two hits and drove in two.

Kane County totaled seven hits in a 2-1 loss to West Michigan. Shawon Dunston had two doubles and drove in the Cougars’ only run.

Trevor Clifton gave up four earned runs over 3 2/3 innings in Boise’s 6-1 loss to Hillsboro. The Hawks were 0-for-6 with RISP.

Gleyber Torres had three hits and drove in two in Mesa’s 12-6 loss to the Diamondbacks. C.J. Edwards gave up one run on one hit and three walks over 3 2/3 innings. He struck out six. Kevonte Mitchell had his fifth multi-hit game, going 3-for-5.

7/28 Cubs 4, Rockies 1

* Tsuyoshi Wada picked up his first Major League win Monday, giving up one run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out six. The lefty has increased his strikeout totals in each of his first three big league starts.

* Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs, and has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, going 16-for-49 (.327). He is batting .315 at home this season, 63 points higher than his home batting average from last year (.252).

* Arismendy Alcantara has a .324 batting average with four doubles and six RBIs in nine games at second.

* Justin Ruggiano is batting .390 with 10 runs, eight doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI in his last 24 games since June 25.

* Emilio Bonifacio has hit safely in eight of his last nine games at Wrigley Field, going 14-for-36 (.389) with four multi-hit efforts during the stretch.

7/28 Cubs on the Move Fitness Trolley

The Cubs on the Move Fitness Trolley will travel to Henry D. Lloyd Elementary School in Chicago on Tuesday with infielder Arismendy Alcantara tentatively scheduled to join Cubs mascot Clark on board. The Cubs on the Move Fitness Trolley, sponsored by Sports Authority and Athletico, has been visiting communities across Chicago to encourage youth to “Play Every Day.” Students will participate in a group warm-up, followed by baseball and sports stations directed by Urban Initiatives (a Cubs Charities-sponsored nonprofit) and Cubs front office associates. At the end of each visit, kids board the trolley for a discussion and receive healthy snacks provided by Aquafina and Testa Produce, a fitness log and their prize for being active throughout the week. The Cubs on the Move Fitness Trolley will make two more final stops later in the week at Jacob Beidler Elementary Wednesday, July 30, and Charles Kozminski Elementary Community Academy Thursday, July 31.

Cubs on the Move Fitness Trolley visits are part of Cubs Charities’ 100 Gifts of Service, which represents a yearlong program featuring Cubs players and associates engaging in community service in celebration of Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday season.

7/28 Minor matters – Sunday’s games

Jorge Soler hit his first home run since joining Triple-A Iowa but it wasn’t enough as Memphis won, 4-2, in the first game of a doubleheader. Dallas Beeler took the loss, giving up four runs over six innings. Soler connected on a two-run shot in the sixth. Memphis completed a sweep and handed Iowa its fifth straight loss with a 2-0 win in the nightcap. Mike Olt had two hits, including a double, in the second game. Carlos Pimentel took the loss, giving up one earned run over four innings.

Jae-Hoon Ha hit his third home run in Tennessee’s 6-5 loss to Birmingham. An error by Jonathan Mota led to Birmingham’s winning run. Corey Black started and did not get a decision, giving up one run over six innings.

Daytona beat St. Lucie, 4-3, in the first game of a doubleheader. Dan Vogelbach hit a RBI single in the first, Wes Darvill added a two-run single. In the second game, Vogelbach hit his 12th home run in a 6-5 win. He now has hit in eight straight games.

Tyler Skulina gave up one run over seven innings but took the loss in Kane County’s 2-1 loss to West Michigan. Shawon Dunston had two hits. It was Skulina’s sixth quality start.

Boise lost, 4-3, to Hillsboro on a walkoff homer by Pedro Ruiz in the 10th. Charcer Burks had three hits and Mark Zagunis had two hits.

Mesa beat the Diamondbacks, 12-2. Andrew Ely had three hits, including a home run. Gleyber Torres had four hits and two RBIs.

7/28 Cubs lineup

The Cubs open a four-game series against the Rockies on Monday night at Wrigley Field. Tsuyoshi Wada gets the start. This is also the first of four straight games against left-handed starters. Justin Ruggiano is back after missing some time because of a sore groin. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio 3B
Alcantara 2B
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Ruggiano RF
Coghlan LF
Lake CF
Baker C
Wada P

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