Results tagged ‘ Anthony Recker ’

10/25 Roster moves

Infielder Adrian Cardenas and right-handed pitchers Miguel Socolovich, Jason Berken and Marcos Mateo were assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa and are no longer on the Cubs’ 40-man roster. The team also announced that catcher Anthony Recker, designated for assignment on Wednesday, was claimed off waivers by the Mets. Recker, acquired from the Athletics on Aug. 27 for Blake Lalli, went 3-for-18 in nine games with the Cubs, including a home run Sept. 9 against the Pirates.

Cardenas spent most of the 2012 season with Iowa, where he batted .300 in 65 games. He batted .183 in 45 games with the Cubs. Socolovich, who was claimed off waivers from the Orioles on Aug. 23, posted a 4.50 ERA in six games with the Cubs. Berken, also claimed off waivers from the Orioles on Sept. 7, was 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA in four starts with Chicago. Mateo had been on the 60-day disabled list with ulnar neuritis, and was activated and then outrighted to Iowa.

— Carrie Muskat

10/24 Cubs claim Gutierrez

The Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Carlos Gutierrez off waivers from the Twins. Catcher Anthony Recker was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. Gutierrez, 26, was originally selected by the Twins in the first round of the 2008 Draft. He has gone 15-20 with a 4.11 ERA in 136 appearances (32 starts) over the last five seasons in the Twins’ Minor League system.  Last season, he was 2-2 with a 5.06 ERA in 10 relief appearances with Triple-A Rochester, striking out 20 and walking three batters over 16 innings. His season ended in mid June because of a right shoulder injury that required surgery in July. Gutierrez resumed throwing earlier this month. Recker was acquired by the Cubs from the Orioles on Aug. 27, and batted .167 in nine games.

— Carrie Muskat


9/9 Good timing

Kelly Shepardson was on her way to the airport when she got a flat tire. That’s the bad news. The good news is the delay gave her time to hear more of the Cubs-Pirates radio broadcast, and she could hear her fiance, Anthony Recker, hit his first Major League home run in the fourth inning for the Cubs. Recker, who is from Allentown, Pa., was making his first start for the Cubs. His father was at the game.

“I’m glad he got to see it — he was pretty pumped,” Anthony said.

How do we know all of this about Kelly’s day? She kept people posted on Twitter, and apparently announced when Recker was designated for assignment.

“She keeps up to date on everything,” Recker said.

— Carrie Muskat

9/4 More September call-ups

The Cubs recalled left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin, right-handed pitchers Jaye Chapman and Rafael Dolis, and catcher Anthony Recker from Double-A Tennessee. All four players were available in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. All four players were with Triple-A Iowa before moving to Tennessee after Iowa’s season ended prematurely because games were cancelled by Hurricane Isaac.

* Rusin, 25, returns to the Cubs after making his Major League debut Aug. 21 in Milwaukee. He took the loss even though he held the Brewers to one run on one hit and two walks over five innings.  A fourth-round pick in 2009, Rusin was to start Tuesday against the Nationals.

* Chapman, 25, joins the first Major League roster of his pro career.  He was acquired from Atlanta with right-handed pitcher Arodys Vizcaino for Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson on July 30.  Overall this season, Chapman combined to go 3-8 with seven saves and a 4.02 ERA in 50 relief appearances between Atlanta’s Triple-A Gwinnett affiliate, Iowa and Tennessee.

* Dolis, 24, returns to the Cubs for his third big league stint this season.  A member of the Opening Day roster, Dolis was with the club through May 28 and from June 27-July 22, combining to go 2-4 with four saves and a 6.44 ERA in 27 relief appearances. With Iowa, he had a 2.51 ERA in 13 relief appearances, and was on the disabled list from July 27-Aug. 28 because of a strained left knee.

* Recker, 29, was acquired from Oakland on Aug. 27 for catcher Blake Lalli.  Recker was a member of the A’s 2012 Opening Day roster but was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on May 27, where he was hitting .265 with seven doubles, nine home runs, 29 RBIs, a .358 on-base percentage and a .793 OPS before being designated for assignment on Aug. 20.  In parts of two Major League seasons, Recker has batted .146 (7-for-48) in 18 games.

— Carrie Muskat

9/4 Minor League report

Anthony Recker drove in four runs to help Tennessee beat Pensacola, 8-1, on Monday in the regular season finale. Austin Kirk picked up the win, giving up one run over 5 2/3 innings. Matt Cerda, Rubi Silva and Jae-Hoon Ha each finished with two hits. Rafael Dolis threw one inning in relief. The Smokies finished 72-68.

Peoria scored four runs in the fifth to beat Kane County, 6-2, in the regular season finale. Yaniel Cabezas hit his first home run and drove in three runs. Wilengton Cruz picked up the win in relief, throwing 4 2/3 innings of relief. The Chiefs finished 63-75.

Yakima scored in the top of the ninth to beat Boise, 5-4, and take Game 1 of the best-of-three Northwest League East Division series. Rock Shoulders hit a fourth-inning grand slam for Boise. Marco Hernandez had two hits, including a triple. Albert Almora had a hit and stole base. The two teams play Tuesday, with Tayler Scott slated to start.

— Carrie Muskat


8/31 Double-A Tennessee news

Double-A Tennessee first baseman Justin Bour was named to the Southern League postseason All-Star team on Friday. Bour, 24, currently leads the Smokies in batting average (.290), hits (141), doubles (36), home runs (17) and RBIs (110), which leads the Southern League.  His also won a Southern League “Player of the Week” award, July 30-Aug. 6, and a start on the North team in the Southern League All-Star Game.

* The Smokies also announced that C Anthony Recker and LHP Chris Rusin will join the team in advance of Friday’s game against Pensacola.  In corresponding roster moves, RHP Dallas Beeler has been promoted to Triple-A Iowa and infielder Elliot Soto has been placed on the disabled list. Rusin will start Friday to tune up for his next Major League start on Tuesday against the Nationals. Recker, 29, joins Tennessee after spending only three games with the I-Cubs, where he hit .286 (2-for-7) after being traded from the Athletics organization for C Blake Lalli on Aug. 27.

— Carrie Muskat

8/27 Cubs acquire Recker

The Cubs have acquired catcher Anthony Recker from the Athletics in exchange for catcher/infielder Blake Lalli. Recker was batting .265 with nine home runs at Triple-A Sacramento. He had been designated for assignment on Aug. 20. In 18 games over two seasons with the A’s, Recker hit .146. He was an 18th round pick in the 2005 Draft. Recker, who turns 29 on Wednesday, will join Triple-A Iowa’s roster. To make room on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher Scott Maine was designated for assignment.

— Carrie Muskat