Results tagged ‘ Aaron Miles ’

Maybe it's the bat

Mike Fontenot isn’t putting his left sock on his right foot, or walking backwards, but he did decide to switch bats on Tuesday, and borrowed one of Aaron Miles. Fontenot is trying to find a way out of his funk.

He entered Tuesday’s game against the Cardinals batting .204 overall, and 1-for-29 in his last nine games. He was 0-for-16 in his last five.

“If you want to look at at-bats that are worrisome, it’s Fontenot’s at-bats,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. “We haven’t seen the better approach. Gerald [Perry, hitting coach] and I talked and suggested a couple things to him. One, make sure he’s balanced up at home plate. Balance has a lot to do with it.”

The Cubs are counting on Fontenot, especially with Aramis Ramirez out four to six weeks because of a dislocated left shoulder.

Fontenot does have five home runs, but none since May 3. He has two extra base hits this month, as his average has dropped from .250 on May 1 to .204.

“Everyone says it’s a long season,” Fontenot said. “You try not to put too much pressure on yourself so if you have an 0-for-4 game, you get too down in the dumps. That’s going to be a long season if you do that all the time. It’s a little disappointing but you get over it, forget about it and come to the field the next day.”

He tested one of Miles bats on Tuesday in the cage, and decided to use that during the game.

“I don’t feel like they’re doing anything different [pitching-wise],” Fontenot said. “I’m just missing fastballs — not that they’re right down the middle but I’m fouling them off and things like that. I don’t feel like they’ve figured me out or anything.

“I’m getting pitches to hit and I’m just fouling them off,” he said. “I’m feeling pretty decent at the plate, I’m just trying to maybe get on top of the ball a little more. I’ve noticed I’ve been swinging under a lot of pitches so I’m fouling them off instead of putting them in play.”

He admits to being a little frustrated.

“A little frustrated but I’m here coming to work every day, trying to figure things out, watching the film, get input from other guys and going from there,” he said.

One thing Fontenot is trying to avoid is putting too much thought into his at-bats.

“Sometimes [thinking too much] can hurt you,” he said. “I don’t think I’m thinking too much, I don’t think.”

Think about that.

“When it comes down to it,” he said, “you get here and work early on your swing but once you get into the game, if you’re still thinking about ‘Well, my hands are here, my foot’s here,’ that can hurt you. You just have to get up there and compete.”

— Carrie Muskat

4/26 Lineup – third base

Sorry — listed both Miles and Fontenot at 2B. Fontenot is at 3B, Miles at 2B.

— Carrie Muskat

4/24 Quick hits

Aramis Ramirez had to leave the game in the fifth inning because of a strained left calf. His status was day to day. The Cubs already are shorthanded with Milton Bradley bothered by a groin injury.

* Aaron Miles received a nice round of applause from the Busch Stadium crowd when he made his first plate appearance in the sixth. However, the Cardinals fans cheered even louder when he hit into an inning-ending double play.

* For trivia buffs, the last time Alfonso Soriano batted third was May 20, 2007, vs. the White Sox. He was subbing for Derrek Lee, who was bothered by neck spasms.

* Saturday’s game will be on FOX TV with former Cubs first baseman Eric Karros teaming with Thom Brennaman. They should have plenty to talk about, what with the lineup changes.

— Carrie Muskat

3/17 St. Pat's lineup

Corey Koskie is in the Cubs’ starting lineup for Tuesday’s game vs. the Dodgers as is Aaron Miles. Koskie is coming back from a concussion suffered in 2006; he has not played in the big leagues since then. Miles has been sidelined one week with a bruised shoulder.

Here’s the Cubs’ order: LF Alfonso Soriano, 2B Miles, CF Reed Johnson, 1B Derrek Lee, RF So Taguchi, 3B Koskie, C Koyie Hill, SS Andres Blanco, P Carlos Zambrano.

— Carrie Muskat

Miles to go

Cubs infielder Aaron Miles has been able to throw the last two days, and says his right shoulder feels good. Lou Piniella said when Miles returns, he’ll likely play second base to avoid aggravating the shoulder, which he bruised falling into first base. “I’ll have to make some throws from short in batting practice and see how I feel the next day before he puts me on that side of the diamond,” Miles said Monday.

He has been able to hit the last two, three days, and on Sunday, took batting practice off the coaches. Miles could return as early as Tuesday.

— Carrie Muskat

3/16 Early quick hits

Milton Bradley was scratched from Monday’s Cubs lineup because he has the flu. Micah Hoffpauir will replace Bradley in right field against the Brewers in Maryvale. The rest of the lineup is: LF Alfonso Soriano, SS Ryan Theriot, 1B Derrek Lee, RF Micah Hoffpauir, 3B Aramis Ramirez, 2B Mike Fontenot, CF Reed Johnson, C Paul Bako and P Jeff Samardzija. Hoffpauir and Fontenot each have 15 hits this spring, which is tied for second in the Majors. Both share the team lead with three homers each.

  • Reliever Randy Wells also was sent home from Cubs camp because of the flu.
  • Aaron Miles hopes to get in Tuesday’s game. He’s been sidelined with a bruised right shoulder.

— Carrie Muskat


3/15 Quick hits

Corey Koskie worked out with the Cubs regulars in Mesa on Sunday, and was then expected to go over to the Minor League camp and join in their drills. Koskie, trying to make a comeback after suffering a concussion in July 2006, could get in a Cactus League game as early as Tuesday.

Infielder Aaron Miles, who has a bruised right shoulder, also worked out Sunday in Mesa and could get back in a game on Tuesday. The Cubs will keep Miles at second base when he returns to avoid aggravating his shoulder on throws from short or third.

As the Cubs weigh what type of extra player to carry — infielder? outfielder? — Lou Piniella suggested teams expand their rosters.

“I was telling our general manager [Jim Hendry] the other day we need a 26-man roster and then we’d be covered in all areas,” Piniella said, “and he started to laugh.”

If given 26 players, most managers would want 27.

Sunday’s lineup is CF Joey Gathright, SS Ryan Theriot, LF Micah Hoffpauir, 1B Jake Fox, 2B Mike Fontenot, RF Doug Deeds, 3B Esteban German, C Koyie Hill and P Rich Harden.

Looking ahead, Jeff Samardzija will start Monday for the Cubs against the Brewers in Maryvale and Carlos Zambrano is slated to go Tuesday against the Dodgers in Glendale.

— Carrie Muskat

Second coming

If the Cubs’ season opened today, Lou Piniella said Mike Fontenot would be the starting second baseman. “Fontenot’s winning the second base job right now,” Piniella said Saturday. Fontenot would bat sixth, with Kosuke Fukudome hitting second and switch-hitter Milton Bradley fourth. Piniella said he likes having lefties in the 2-4-6 spots.

Neither Fontenot or Ryan Theriot will play Saturday because both are scheduled to play in Tucson on Sunday against Arizona. Infielder Aaron Miles has been bothered by a sore shoulder and was expected to return to action on Monday.

— Carrie Muskat


3/12 Quick hits

Infielder Aaron Miles was not available on Thursday because of a “barking” right shoulder. The soreness could be because Miles has been moving around from second to shortstop to third and having to make throws from the different spot. “Three different throws is not the easiest thing in the world to do,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said.

  • Corey Koskie was in the Cubs camp, and underwent a physical on Thursday. The Cubs hope to get a good look at the infielder, who has not played since suffering a concussion in 2006.
  • Piniella did not take a hot air balloon ride on Wednesday’s off day because he would have had to get up at 5 a.m. That’s not happening on an off day.

— Carrie Muskat

3/10 Cubs lineup vs. M's

Aaron Miles is the Cubs’ leadoff man for Tuesday’s game in Peoria vs. the Seattle Mariners. Miles is starting at second base, and will be followed by SS Ryan Theriot, 1B Micah Hoffpauir, DH Jake Fox, 3B Mike Fontenot, CF Reed Johnson, RF Doug Deeds, C Koyie Hill, and LF So Taguchi. Rich Harden is starting, with Ryan Dempster and Aaron Heilman to follow.

Former Cubs infielder Ronny Cedeno is in the Mariners’ lineup at second base and Ken Griffey Jr. is starting as the DH.

— Carrie Muskat