Results tagged ‘ Anthony Giansanti ’

3/20 Baez on HR: “It feels good”

Anthony Giansanti is still in the Cubs’ organization after his collision Wednesday night with Javier Baez, and the outfielder knows he wouldn’t be very popular if he hurt the top prospect. The two crashed in shallow left chasing a fly ball in the Cubs’ game against the Rockies. Baez said they couldn’t hear each other calling for the ball. Baez lay on the ground for a few moments, feeling the impact in his left wrist and right knee, and couldn’t bend his wrist.

“At first, I couldn’t take my glove off for some reason,” Baez said.

Cubs fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Baez got up, and stayed in the game, although not until he and Rick Renteria had a conversation.

“He was just telling me if I wanted to throw a little bit and catch the ball because of my wrist, but I told him I was fine and he said, ‘I just want to make sure,'” Baez said. “I don’t like coming out of games, no matter what happens on the field. I don’t like coming out of games.”

Giansanti stayed in the game as well.

“He told me, ‘If you get hurt, everybody will hate me in Chicago,'” Baez said.

Baez had no problems in the eighth inning when he hit his fifth spring home run, which puts him in a tie for the Cactus League lead. The ball landed next to a cactus plant in the batter’s eye at Salt River Fields, and was estimated at 450 feet.

“My first year I played in the [Arizona] Fall League, I hit a ball that far, too,” Baez said.

He did confess that it was “the best ball I hit in Spring Training.” What does that feel like?

“It feels good — you don’t feel the ball hit the bat,” he said. “That’s when you know you hit it good.”

A lot of his friends saw the blast, and sent him text messages. Baez knows a lot of people want the Cubs to promote him to the big leagues now. He’s projected to start at Triple-A Iowa at shortstop. The media asks him about his future every day. So do his family and friends.

“They asked me pretty much every day and I don’t know what to answer,” he said. “I know I will figure it out and let them know as soon as I know.”

– Carrie Muskat

4/11 Minor matters

Drew Carpenter gave up two runs on three hits over five innings in Iowa’s 3-2 win over Round Rock. Luis Flores hit a solo home run and Ryan Sweeney and Edwin Maysonet each had two hits. Blake Parker became the Iowa franchise’s all-time saves leader, throwing 1 1/3 innings to pick up his 35th career save.

Justin Bour hit a solo home run but Tennessee lost, 6-2, to Chattanooga. Dallas Beeler took the loss, giving up two runs on six hits over six innings. Rubi Silva had two hits.

Dustin Geiger, Zeke DeVoss and Taiwan Easterling each homered but it wasn’t enough as Clearwater beat Daytona, 14-9. DeVoss now has hit safely in five of his first six games. Ryan Searle struck out four over 3 2/3 innings of relief, and has not given up a run in 8 1/3 innings.

Tayler Scott gave up four runs on three hits over two innings in Kane County’s 10-4 loss to Clinton. Rock Shoulders had two hits, extending his hitting streak to seven games.

* The Smokies made a roster move. Infielder Anthony Giansanti was activated from the disabled list, and infielder Elliot Soto placed on the DL, retroactive to Wednesday. Giansanti, 24, was placed on the DL on April 4 and will be making his Double-A debut. Last season, he batted .264 in 36 games with three different teams (Peoria, Arizona Cubs, Daytona). Soto, 22, was 1-for-9 with three walks and one stolen base in five games for the Smokies this season.

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