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Christian Villanueva went 2-for-5 in Obregon’s 7-3 loss Friday to Los Mochis in Mexican winter ball. Villanueva is batting .254.
Junior Lake drew two walks and scored a run in Estrellas’ 2-1 win Friday over Licey in the Dominican Republic. Lake is batting .241. Arismendy Alcantara was 0-for-3 for Licey in the game, and is batting .235 this winter. He’s been playing both center field and second base.
Manny Ramirez is playing for Aguilas in the DR, and batting .289 in 22 games with four home runs and 18 RBIs.
On a side note, former Cubs prospects Brooks Raley and Austin Bibens-Dirkx squared off in the Dominican. Neither got a decision. Bibens-Dirkx gave up one run on four hits over five innings for Toros del Este, while Raley gave up one run on eight hits and two walks for Gigantes del Cibao. Bibens-Dirkx is now in the Blue Jays organization, and Raley is in the Angels’ system.
Jonathan Mota was 1-for-3 with a double and scored a run for Senadores while John Andreoli was 0-for-5 in a 3-2 loss to Caguas in Puerto Rico. Mota was batting .250, while Andreoli was hitting .224 in winter ball.
* Anthony Rizzo did not start Tuesday as part of the Cubs’ plan to ease him back into games while Arismendy Alcantara was sidelined with a sore right wrist injured when he crashed into the outfield wall Monday night. Alcantara’s status was day to day.
Rizzo, who had been sidelined since Aug. 26 because of a low back strain, made his first start in 18 games on Monday night
and hit a walk-off home run in the ninth. The Cubs had considered having Rizzo only play seven innings Monday since it was his first game action in 18 games, but went ahead and had him stay for nine. It worked.
“I would say I plan on giving him every other day [off] and will increase his playing time to two days in a row, maybe three,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. “I have to let it play itself out first.”
* Alcantara had an MRI on his right wrist and was wearing a brace on Tuesday. He slammed into the brick wall in right center catching Kristopher Negron’s ball in the eighth inning. The Reds had a runner on and two out, and there was no score in the game.
“Somebody was saying somebody forgot to tell him there’s a brick wall behind the ivy,” Renteria said of Alcantara. “That’s a game-saving play. He gave tremendous effort, [ran a] great line, very smooth, explosive action and got to it and was able to make the catch.”
It was an exceptional play for Alcantara who has primarily played in the infield.
“His immersion into center field was a pretty easy transition, in terms of chasing balls down, reading balls off the bat,” Renteria said. “He’s continued to learn where to throw the ball, how aggressive to be with certain plays. He’s continued to improve. That’s a testament to him because he’s taken on a lot.”
* Edwin Jackson, sidelined with a strained right lat, will make his first start since Aug. 20 on Friday when the Cubs play host to the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Jackson threw an extended side session as a tune-up. Rookie Eric Jokisch will be available to piggyback because Jackson was not expected to go deep in the game.
– Carrie Muskat
Arismendy Alcantara was not in the Cubs lineup Tuesday because of a sore right wrist injured when he crashed into the outfield wall in the eighth inning Monday night. Alcantara was wearing a wrap on his wrist after the game, and said it was “just to be careful.” He did know it’s not wise to mess with the wall at Wrigley Field.
“I do know [it’s brick] because I hit it before,” he said.
– Carrie Muskat
Arismendy Alcantara, Tsuyoshi Wada and Blake Parker named to the 2014 All-PCL team today, as announced by the Pacific Coast League. It’s the first time the Iowa Cubs have had three players named to the post-season All-Star team.
Alcantara batted .307 (103-for-335) with 25 doubles, 11 triples, 10 home runs, 41 RBI, and 21 stolen bases in 89 games with Iowa before he was called up to the Cubs on July 9. At the time of his promotion, he was leading the PCL in triples and extra-base hits (46). His 11 triples are still tops in the league.
Wada was named as the top left-handed starter in the league this year. In 19 games, including 18 starts with Iowa, Wada was 10-6 with a 2.77 ERA. He gave up 104 hits, walked 28, and struck out 120. At the time of his promotion, Wada led the PCL in strikeouts, was fourth in ERA, fifth in WHIP (1.16), and tied for sixth in innings pitched. In eight starts with the Cubs, Wada is 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA (13ER/45 2/3 IP).
Parker is 0-1 with a 1.91 ERA (7ER/33 IP) and leads the PCL with 23 saves in 33 games with Iowa this year. He ranks fifth in the league with 30 games finished. Parker has been called up to Chicago five times during the year and is 1-1 with a 6.08 ERA (9ER/13 1/3 IP) in 10 big league appearances. His 23 saves are second on Iowa’s single-season list and he is the franchise’s all-time leader with 64 career saves.
* In his first career start against the Orioles, Tsuyoshi Wada took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Steve Pearce connected for a lead off solo home run. Wada struck out a career-high eight batters. He gave up one earned run on one hit over 7 1/3 innings. Wada also picked up his first ML hit with the first hit of the day for either team, a swinging bunt single in the third inning. With three scoreless innings to start the game, Wada has posted a 1.13 ERA (3 ER/24 IP) through the first three innings of his eight starts this season.
* The Cubs starting lineup featured five rookies (Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara, Logan Watkins, Matt Szczur, and Tsuyoshi Wada) for the first time since Oct. 3, 2012 against Houston at Wrigley Field. The Cubs last started five rookies before rosters expand on Sept. 1 in the second game of a doubleheader on Aug. 18, 2012, in Cincinnati (Steve Clevenger, Anthony Rizzo, Adrian Cardenas, Brett Jackson, and Brooks Raley).
* Cubs pitching held the Orioles to just one hit Sunday. The last time the Cubs held their opponents to one hit was June 13, 2010 vs. the White Sox (1-0 Cubs victory).
* Chris Coghlan is batting .306 (19-for-62) when leading off an inning that isn’t the first.
* Arismendy Alcantara hit a solo home run in the fifth. He has multiple hits and a stolen base in each of his last two games, and seven hits in his last four games (.438/7-for-16).
* Anthony Rizzo hit a RBI double, and leads the Cubs with 52 extra-base hits and 70 RBI. Rizzo has hit safely in eight of his last nine games at Wrigley Field, going 11-for-32 (.344) during the stretch.
* With the win, the Cubs completed their third sweep of the season, and first since June 30-July 2 in Boston.
Mets manager Terry Collins saw Javier Baez during the Cubs exhibition games in Las Vegas this spring. Collins was impressed.
“Big-time power,” Collins said of Baez. “Big, big-time power. Real aggressive at the plate. Right now, probably the wisest thing is to keep the ball out of the middle because he’s got four homers in nine games, and it shows you what kind of power he’s got, and we saw that out there [in Las Vegas]. So you have to make sure you make some pitches against him.”
Collins, meeting with the New York media before Friday’s game, said the Cubs’ youngsters are very athletic.
“You look at them, start with [Junior] Lake,” Collins said. “We haven’t seen a lot of Baez except for seeing him play the infield. We know he can hit. [Arismendy] Alcantara, this guy was an infielder, they put him in center field — you talk about being athletic. He’s got a plus-arm, they stuck him in center field, he’s a switch-hitter. They’re really athletic. And I really believe that’s how you re-tool. You take those guys that are a little bit versatile and can do a lot of things for you — can run, can throw. The hitting, the hitting for power is all part of the experience side. We were just commenting today when we were going over the video of some of those guys, and boy, they’ve got some athletic people coming up.”
– Carrie Muskat
* Cubs manager Rick Renteria was asked what he expects of Javier Baez, who was starting at second on Wednesday in the second game of his Major League life.
“In terms of the results, what I expect is that he’ll go out there and grind out some at-bats,” Renteria said. “His skill set is bat speed and power, and that would indicate if he squares up a ball, he’ll have a chance to hit it out of the ballpark. My expectations of him is to be here to learn, to grind out at-bats, to experience the opposition’s ability to work him, for him to get a feel to play second base alongside Starlin [Castro] and [Anthony Rizzo] on that side, and to continue to learn the game. He’s a young man and he’s a baseball player. Once you get here, a lot of different things can happen. We want him to continue to be a sponge and keep learning and moving forward.”
The Cubs are keeping expectations in check regarding the talented infielder.
“It’s 60 feet, 6 inches in Triple-A, A ball, Double-A, rookie ball, and 60 feet, 60 inches in the big leagues,” Renteria said. “It’s just a matter of still keeping it simple and learns, just learn.”
* Arismendy Alcantara was not in the leadoff spot on Wednesday.
“We want to try to take away a little bit of the pressure,” Renteria said. “He still looks calm but the results haven’t been what he wants. Seeing how guys work ahead of him might give him a different perspective, a different view.”
* Kyuji Fujikawa will be eased into game situations. This is the last year of his two-year deal with the Cubs, who have an option for 2015. Fujikawa said he hasn’t thought about next year, and is focused on getting back on the mound now.
– Carrie Muskat
* In case you missed it, the Cubs lost, 5-2, in 12 innings to the Dodgers Saturday night. Hanley Ramirez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 12th for the game-winner. It was the Dodgers’ sixth win in their last seven games.
* Tsuyoshi Wada started, and served up a two-run homer to Matt Kemp in the fourth. He gave up six hits over 5 2/3 innings and did not get a decision.
* Chris Coghlan doubled and scored in the first. He now has hit safely in five straight games.
* Arismendy Alcantara went 3-for-6 with a game-tying RBI double in the seventh. He has hit safely in 14 of his 20 games.
Chris Coghlan visited Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn on Tuesday, and handed out Cubs caps and items, posed for photos with patients and signed autographs. Also Tuesday, Arismendy Alcantara went to Lloyd Elementary School on the Cubs’ Fitness Trolley, and did stretches, fitness drills and played Wiffleball with the children.
The Cubs’ youth movement is underway with the team’s decision to stick with Arismendy Alcantara and say goodbye to Darwin Barney, who was designated for assignment Tuesday.
“It’s time for ‘Mendy’ to play,” GM Jed Hoyer said Tuesday. “He’ll play second, he’ll play center. I think he’ll be in the lineup every day. One of the things we feel strongly about is that when we do bring guys up, they here to play. We’re not going to bring up these guys who are part of our future to share time on the bench.”
Alcantara was called up from Triple-A Iowa on July 9 when Barney went on paternity leave, and was batting .286 in his first eight games. He will play both second and center field, switching with Emilio Bonifacio, who was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, which prompted the need for a spot on the roster.
“We don’t expect [Alcantara] to come up here and set the world on fire,” Hoyer said. “I think he’ll have some great series like he had, and he’ll have some struggles like he did in Arizona (when he went 1-for-12). That’s part of the process and it’s part of the process for every one of the young guys we bring up, as Starlin [Castro] and [Anthony] Rizzo can attest to.”
Alcantara and Bonifacio are interchangeable at the top of the Cubs’ order, too, as both are switch hitters, and both have speed.
Barney was DFA’d to make room for Emilio Bonifacio, who was activated from the disabled list. Barney, 28, was batting .230 with 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 16 RBIs in 72 games this season. He won the Gold Glove in 2012 after tying a Major League single-season record with 141-consecutive errorless games.
“I think he got out of whack mechanically last year,” Hoyer said of Barney. “I think he’d be the first person to admit that. He got pull happy and struggled to get back to what he’d been. I think he can get back there. A change of scenery and maybe an offseason, I think he can get back to that. He’s at his best as a pesky player, hitting balls the other way. When guys get pull happy and power happy, it can hurt him.”
– Carrie Muskat