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6/16 Cubs Classroom opens

Infielder Adrian Cardenas was part of a contingent who helped unveil the Cubs Classroom at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago on Saturday, and he won’t forget the energy of one of the patients he met.

“She was chanting the Cubs song, which was awesome,” Cardenas said. “She was going, ‘Go, Cubs, Go,’ and she was excited when she got a [Cubs] hat.”

Shortstop Starlin Castro, catcher Steve Clevenger, baseball operations president Theo Epstein, and Cubs Charities board chair Laura Ricketts were in the group who took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony. The new 350-square-foot classroom, donated by Cubs Charities, will serve as the focal point for all of the hospital’s education-based programming, providing a wide variety of learning and enrichment activities to keep children engaged while in the hospital.

Cardenas admitted he didn’t know why they were making the hospital visit.

“I went there not knowing what they were celebrating, but, obviously, knowing I was going to cheer some of the patients up and they in return cheered me up,” he said. “It was nice to hear it was for the school opening. It was just great and a great experience.”

The classroom will provide space for volunteer tutors and teachers to help children with their schoolwork and offer grade-appropriate enrichment activities, such as science experiments, computer games, art and multimedia projects, reading, and resources to teach kids about their own health and medical care. Interactive technology-based learning will be a primary focus. Patients will have access to a bank of computers, video resources, educational software and a vast library of multilingual books for all age levels.

— Carrie Muskat 

5/9 Cubs lineup

Adrian Cardenas will get his first start in left field and Alfonso Soriano gets a day off on Wednesday in the series finale against the Braves. Soriano has been scuffling but he did snap an 0-for-10 skid with a RBI double on Tuesday. Here’s the lineup for Chipper Jones last game at Wrigley Field:

RF DeJesus

CF Campana

SS Castro

1B LaHair

3B Stewart

C Soto

LF Cardenas

2B Barney

P Maholm

— Carrie Muskat

5/8 Cubs lineup

Rookie Adrian Cardenas gets his first start, stepping in at second base on Tuesday against the Braves. Here’s the lineup:

RF DeJesus

CF Campana

SS Castro

1B LaHair

LF Soriano

3B Stewart

C Soto

2B Cardenas

P Dempster

— Carrie Muskat

5/7 Cardenas to Cubs – UPDATED

Adrian Cardenas was recalled from Triple-A Iowa and joined the Cubs on Monday. Travis Wood was optioned back to Triple-A Iowa on Monday and with Blake DeWitt gone, the Cubs want to add another infielder to the 25-man roster. Cardenas, a left-handed hitter, was claimed off waivers from the Athletics, and batting .319 in 26 games with seven doubles, three triples and two homers. He’s played primarily second base. What’s impressive about Cardenas is he has struck out five times and drawn 11 walks.

“It’s been a long road,” said Cardenas, 24. “To finally get here is unbelievable. It’s time now to readjust your goals and the object here is to win ballgames and hopefully stick, so that’s what I’m going to do my best at. First and foremost, I’m thrilled and excited.”

He expected 18 family and friends at Monday’s game against the Braves just in case he gets in the game for his Major League debut.

“The guy can hit,” Dale Sveum said of Cardenas. “He can square a ball up. He’s got good bat speed. He gives us another nice left-handed bat off the bench. He’ll play, too. We’ve got to get that left-handed bat in the lineup.”

This is Cardenas’ first trip to Chicago. He had a chance to come earlier when the team claimed him but wanted to wait until he got the call.

“I wanted the first time I get here to be when I got called up,” he said. “I didn’t realize Lake Michigan is so big.”

— Carrie Muskat

5/6 Minor League options

Travis Wood was expected to be optioned back to Triple-A Iowa after Sunday’s start because Matt Garza will take his turn Friday in Milwaukee. With Blake DeWitt gone, the Cubs are most likely considering adding another infielder to the roster. Two options at Triple-A Iowa are Luis Valbuena and Adrian Cardenas. Valbuena was batting .304 in 22 games with two doubles, 12 walks and 24 strikeouts. He’s primarily played shortstop for the Iowa Cubs. He was claimed off waivers April 4. Cardenas was claimed off waivers from the Athletics, and batting .326 in 25 games with seven doubles, three triples and two homers. He’s played primarily second base. What’s impressive about Cardenas is he has struck out five times and drawn 10 walks. Both are left-handed hitters.

— Carrie Muskat

4/18 Minor League report

Chris Rusin gave up six runs — two earned — on six hits in one inning in Iowa’s 13-6 loss to Albuquerque on Tuesday. Adrian Cardenas had two hits to extend his hitting streak to nine games and Anthony Rizzo had two hits and now is batting .500 (20-for-50).

Tennessee’s game at Huntsville was postponed because of rain. The two teams were to play a doubleheader on Wednesday.

Hayden Simpson gave up six runs on six hits over 2 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 8-7 loss to Dunedin. Greg Rohan had two hits, including a two-run homer. He has 10 RBIs, tops on the team.

Oliver Zapata scored the game-winning run in the eighth on an error to help Peoria beat Cedar Rapids, 7-6. P.J. Francescon started and gave up two runs on three hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings. Zapata finished with three hits and a stolen base. Yao-Lin Wang picked up the win in relief, throwing two shutout innings. He has seven scoreless innings this season and has given up one hit (opposing batters are 1-for-21).

— Carrie Muskat

3/17 Rangers 12, Cubs 7; Athletics 4, Cubs 3 (ss)

What went right:

In Las Vegas, Jeff Samardzija gave up one run on three hits over four innings, striking out three. Adrian Cardenas had three hits, including a solo homer, and Steve Clevenger and Junior Lake each hit solo homers. Joe Mather made a great diving catch in center field. In Phoenix against the A’s, Geovany Soto was 2-for-2 with a solo homer and Starlin Castro and Marlon Byrd also each had an RBI.

What went wrong:

Trever Miller, a veteran lefty vying for a spot in the bullpen, gave up five runs on four hits in one inning, and Casey Weathers served up three runs on one hit and two walks in Vegas. The pitching has been a little shaky. The Cubs have lost six of their last six games (taking split squads into account), and been outscored 48-21 in those games.


“Obviously, they’ll make their decisions based on what they feel is best for the team. I feel like I’ve accomplished what I wanted to show in camp and obviously we still have a ways to go. I had to come in and show I wasn’t going to give any free bases and attack the zone and I feel I’ve been doing that. When you do that, you see what happens today, and you get quick outs. Then when you do get in trouble, you still have the pitches to work with and your pitch count isn’t up and you know you can battle and get on to the next inning. I’m happy and it’ll be interesting to go through the lineup a couple times. I’m right where I want to be.” — Jeff Samardzija

Injury report:

Blake DeWitt was back in the Cubs lineup on Saturday in Las Vegas, starting at third, and played nine innings. Ian Stewart and Darwin Barney could return on Sunday. Stewart has been sidelined with tightness in his right quad. Barney had tightness in his left side.

Up next:

The Cubs continue split squad games on Sunday. Chris Volstad will start in Las Vegas against the Rangers while Andy Sonnanstine will face the White Sox in Mesa. It’ll be Volstad’s third start, and he has yet to give up a run over six innings. The Rangers are the home team on Sunday and Alfonso Soriano will be the designated hitter for the Cubs. The Cubs-White Sox game in Mesa will be broadcast on

— Carrie Muskat


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