Results tagged ‘ Aaron Miles ’

12/3 Cubs send Miles, Fox to A's

The Cubs Thursday traded Aaron Miles and Jake Fox to the Athletics for right-handed pitcher Jeff Gray and two prospects. It’s a good move for Fox, who could thrive in the AL as a designated hitter. Besides Gray, the Cubs pickup pitcher Ronny Morla and infielder Matt Spencer.

– Carrie Muskat

10/3 Miles to go

Cubs fans should know Aaron Miles is more upset about this season than anyone else. The infielder, who entered Saturday’s play batting .185, won’t use injuries as an excuse, but heading into the offseason, he’s still bothered by his right elbow. He doesn’t need surgery, just rest.

“It’s bothering me right now,” Miles said. “The shoulder obviously hurt this year. I always felt good enough to go out there and compete but I don’t think I was 100 percent and doing it at my best. I feel I’ll get there again. I’m up for the challenge of getting back to the form where I can hit .300 in this league and be a productive player.”

The biggest adjustment for Miles wasn’t switching from night to day games, which has bothered some players in their first year at Wrigley. It was changing his routine to deal with the realities of the ballpark. At the new Busch Stadium, Miles had an extra batting cage to go to during games.

“Here it’s tougher,” he said of Wrigley. “It’s more old school baseball. You have to tweak your routine a little bit because you’re not going to get all those extra swings because there’s one cage.

“For a guy like myself who takes pride in all the extra work he does and all the drills that help me get to the point which help me succeed, you have to tweak it and lock into other things to find success,” he said. “It’s a lot tougher in a place like this.

“At the same time, I’ve been fortunate to play in St. Louis where there’s a big crowd,” he said. “This crowd here will get you up any time. You always have the adrenaline and excitement and that’s a plus.”

And next season, expect a different ballplayer, more like the one who batted .317 in 2008.

“Definitely, people here haven’t seen what I can do,” Miles said. “One of the biggest things is to be a consistent tough at-bat and put the ball in play and be somebody the opposition hates to see. I’ve got a long road ahead of me to show these guys that I can still be that guy and show the fans, too. I’ll be up for the challenge.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/22 Theriot update

Ryan Theriot did not start Saturday because of a bruised left knee suffered Friday night in the seventh inning. Theriot’s status was day to day. He has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, batting .350 in that stretch. Aaron Miles started at shortstop in Theriot’s place.

– Carrie Muskat

8/5 Roster move & lineup

The Cubs activated infielder Aaron Miles from the disabled list, and he was starting at shortstop Wednesday night vs. the Reds. To make room on the roster, pitcher Jeff Stevens was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

In addition, the Cubs also released left-handed reliever B.J. Ryan and lefty Jason Waddell. Both were at Iowa. The 40-man roster is now at 37.

Wednesday’s lineup is:

CF Fukudome

SS Miles

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

RF Bradley

LF Soriano

2B Fontenot

C Hill

P Harden

– Carrie Muskat

8/5 Aaron Miles is in the house

Aaron Miles was spotted at Great American Ball Park, so expect a roster move prior to Wednesday’s game. The infielder had been rehabbing from a hyperextended right elbow at Triple-A Iowa.

– Carrie Muskat

8/4 Lineup & roster move

Infielder Andres Blanco was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf to make room on the 25-man roster for lefty Tom Gorzelanny, who will start Tuesday, weather permitting. It’s clearing up at Great American Ball Park, and they may even start on time.

Blanco tweaked his calf Saturday in Florida. The Cubs could be getting reinforcements for the bench with the addition of infielder Aaron Miles, who could join the team as early as Wednesday. He’s been playing for Triple-A Iowa, rehabbing from a hyperextended right elbow.

As for Geovany Soto, he won’t join the big league team until Friday in Colorado. The Cubs want him to play three games for Double-A Tennessee. He went 1-for-2 Monday.

Milton Bradley was getting a breather Tuesday, so Jake Fox was in right.

CF Fukudome

SS Theriot

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

RF Fox

LF Soriano

2B Fontenot

C Hill

P Gorzelanny

– Carrie Muskat

8/3 Lou to Soto: Hurry back

Geovany Soto begins a rehab assignment Monday night for Double-A Tennessee, and if all goes well, Lou Piniella wouldn’t mind having the catcher back with the big league team sooner rather than later. Soto has been sidelined since July 7 with a mild left oblique strain, and the plan was to have him play three days for the Minor League team before joining the Cubs in Colorado this weekend. Piniella wants to speed things up to give Koyie Hill a well-deserved breather. GM Jim Hendry was in Tennessee to watch Soto and check on his progress.

“Wednesday wouldn’t be soon enough for me,” Piniella said.

Hill has caught 207 innings since Soto was hurt. That’s nearly three games more — 27 innings — than any other catcher in baseball. The Dodgers’ Russell Martin is next at 181 2/3 innings.

“I would think if [Soto] catches well tonight, and doesn’t feel any after effects tomorrow and can DH tomorrow, whether he catches in Tennessee on Wednesday or catches here, I don’t see any difference,” Piniella said. “It gives us a chance to rest Hill on Thursday and he’ll have from Tuesday to Friday [off], and then maybe we can alternate them so both can catch.”

Ask Hill and he’ll tell you he can catch every inning from now until the end of the season.

“I believe it,” Piniella said. “He’s done a nice job. Give him credit.”

* B.J. Ryan has made three appearances for Triple-A Iowa but Piniella hasn’t gotten much info as far as how the left-hander is doing. Assistant GM Randy Bush was to watch the Iowa club in New Orleans. Infielder Aaron Miles, who also is playing for Iowa, is swinging the bat better and could re-join the Cubs soon.

– Carrie Muskat

7/25 Quick hits

Left-handed reliever B.J. Ryan was to report to Triple-A Iowa on Monday. The Cubs signed Ryan to a Minor League contract. Minor League pitching coordinator Mark Riggins has been working with the lefty in Mesa, Ariz.

“The reports from Riggins are that he’s throwing the ball well and he thinks he can come up here and help us at least as a second lefty out of the bullpen,” Lou Piniella said of Ryan, who saved more than 30 games three seasons.

* Aaron Miles, on the DL for the second time this season because of a hyperextended elbow, was playing at Iowa.

* Catcher Geovany Soto was to begin taking batting practice on Saturday. Soto has been on the DL since July 7 because of a left oblique strain.

“It’s my understanding that he should be ready the first four, five days of August,” Piniella said.

The Cubs are considering giving Koyie Hill a breather, and having Jake Fox catch one of the games. Piniella projected Fox could be behind the plate for either Randy Wells or Rich Harden. They wanted Hill behind the plate against the Phillies and Reds, because both teams run well.

– Carrie Muskat

6/29 Miles on DL; Fuld to Cubs

The Cubs placed infielder Aaron Miles on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 21, and recalled outfielder Sam Fuld from Triple-A Iowa. Miles has a hyperextended right elbow.

Fuld, 27, was batting .286 with 16 doubles, eight triples, 27 RBIs and 20 stolen bases in 73 contests for Iowa this season, including a .398 batting average this month.

Miles, 32, was hitting .203 with seven doubles and four RBIs in 46 games during his first season with the Cubs. This is his second stint on the disabled list, as he was sidelined May 26-June 10 with a right shoulder strain.

– Carrie Muskat 

6/28 Post-game quick hits

Lou Piniella wasn’t happy with the Cubs defensive play on Sunday. Part of the problem was the wind that blew Jermaine Dye’s pop up in the sixth from in front of third base to shallow left. Ryan Theriot tracked the ball, but couldn’t get his glove on it.

“We’re going to have to shore up some areas as far as defensive,” Piniella said. “Offensively, we’ve had our problems. Their pitcher [John Danks] pitched good and had a good changeup. It just wasn’t a good game for us. What can I say?”

* Aaron Miles only hit off the batting tee on Sunday. His right elbow is still bothering him, and the Cubs were able to get by without him while playing in American League ballparks. They may have to make a move if he’s not available now that their attention is back on National League play. He hyperextended the elbow last Wednesday during batting practice.

* Angel Guzman, a key part of the bullpen, could pitch this week for Class A Peoria in Kane County if he passes a workout on Monday. If all goes well, Guzman could pitch Tuesday for the Minor League team.

– Carrie Muskat

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