Results tagged ‘ Blake DeWitt ’

7/30 Iowa Cubs moves

The Cubs have signed outfielder Jeff Frazier to a Minor League contract, and assigned him to Triple-A Iowa. Also, infielder Blake DeWitt and pitcher Rafael Dolis were placed on Iowa’s disabled list. DeWitt has a lower back strain and Dolis has a sore left knee. Both were sent to the Cubs complex in Mesa, Ariz., to rehab.
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Frazer, 29, began the season with Reynosa in the Mexican League and hit .273 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 34 games.  He also played in 23 games with Triple-A Toledo from May 3-June 16 this year and hit .190 with a homer and five RBIs before he was released.  It was his third stint with the Tigers’ organization.  The Tigers drafted Frazier in the third round of the 2004 Draft out of Rutgers University, and he was rated the Tigers‘ seventh-best prospect in 2005. Frazier made his Major League debut with the Tigers in 2010 and was 5-for-23 (.217) in nine games.  Last year, Frazier played at Triple-A Syracuse in the Nationals organization and batted .226 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 118 games.  Frazier hails from Toms River, NJ and was part of the city’s Little League World Series team in 1995.  His younger brother, Todd, plays for the Reds.
– Carrie Muskat

5/16 Injury, roster updates

Carlos Marmol was able to play catch Wednesday and catcher Steve Clevenger swung a bat for the first time since going on the disabled list. Marmol has been on the DL since May 12 with a strained right hamstring. He said it’s the first time he’s experienced that kind of injury. The good news for Marmol is that the MRI he had showed the injury wasn’t severe. Dale Sveum said the right-hander could be ready in 10 days. And Marmol?

“I should be ready to go,” Marmol said. “The way I’ve been working, I think I’ll be fine.”

* Clevenger has been sidelined since April 26 with a strained right oblique, and on Wednesday, took 15 swings off a batting tee and another 15 swings on the side. Both he and Marmol have had enough of the athletic trainer’s room.

“I’ve never really been on the DL before in my career,” Clevenger said. “I’m bored. I don’t like being in the trainer’s room.”

Clevenger is ahead of schedule and could be activated as early as May 25.

* Lendy Castillo, the Cubs’ Rule 5 pick, was placed on the disabled list with a strained left groin and lefty Scott Maine recalled from Triple-A Iowa. Castillo apparently felt something Sunday while running and it was tender on Tuesday. The addition of Maine gives the Cubs a second lefty in the bullpen.

* Blake DeWitt, who was designated for assignment on May 6, was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa. It’s up to him as to whether he accepts the assignment. He was batting .138 when designated.

– 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

5/6 DeWitt designated for assignment

Infielder Blake DeWitt was designated for assignment on Sunday to make room on the 25-man roster for Travis Wood, who is starting Sunday in place of Matt Garza. DeWitt was batting .138 in 18 games with the Cubs, who hope he clears waivers and will accept a Minor League assignment. Garza was scratched from Sunday’s game because he is sick and was scheduled to start Friday against the Brewers.

“Because of the flu bug, it cost somebody his job,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Sunday.

Ian Stewart is the latest one affected and was not available on Sunday. Joe Mather started at third base.

– Carrie Muskat

5/2 Cubs lineup

No changes in the Cubs lineup from what was scheduled to start Tuesday before the rain came. The Cubs need to get the offense going. Their outfielders have the fewest home runs and fewest extra-base hits in the Major Leagues. Dale Sveum talks about the need to improve the slugging percentage, but the Nationals have the worst slugging percentage in the NL and they’re in first in the East. What do the Nationals have that the Cubs don’t? The best ERA in the NL. They’ve given up six home runs so far.

Here’s the lineup:

RF DeJesus

CF Campana

SS Castro

1B LaHair

LF Soriano

3B Stewart

2B DeWitt

C Soto

P Samardzija

– Carrie Muskat

5/1 DeWitt starts over Barney

Blake DeWitt, who is 9-for-25 lifetime against the Reds Bronson Arroyo, started at second base for the Cubs for the second straight game Tuesday in place of Darwin Barney. Barney, who is 1-for-7 against Arroyo, didn’t have a good weekend in Philadelphia, going 1-for-12 in the four games.

“Barney’s still going to play every day for the most part,” Dale Sveum said Tuesday. “[DeWitt's] numbers against Arroyo are too good to sit him. He’s got to play in a game like this.”

Barney tried to make a leaping grab in the eighth inning on Monday and landed awkwardly but said he was fine from the acrobatics.

“You don’t worry about the landing on the way up,” Barney said. “I reached as far as I could and I was trying to get a little extra.”

So, he’s healthy?

“One hundred percent,” Barney said.

– Carrie Muskat

5/1 Cubs lineup vs Reds

Blake DeWitt is starting at second base for the second straight game Tuesday night as the Cubs open a three-game series against the Reds. Here’s the lineup:

RF DeJesus

CF Campana

SS Castro

1B LaHair

LF Soriano

3B Stewart

2B DeWitt

C Soto

P Samardzija

* The Cubs finished April with nine home runs, 75 RBIs and a .237 team average. It’s the sixth time in the last 17 years the team has not totaled 100 RBIs for the first month of the season, and lowest home run totals in that stretch. Average-wise, it’s the lowest team average since 1997 when the Cubs batted .228 in April with 15 homers and 87 RBIs.

– Carrie Muskat

4/8 Cubs 4, Nationals 3

Jeff Samardzija has made it clear since he was drafted by the Cubs how much he wanted to be known as a big league starting pitcher and not a former All-America wide receiver. On Sunday, he looked like one. Samardzija struck out a career-best eight and gave up four hits over 8 2/3 innings as the Cubs edged the Nationals, 4-3, to give manager Dale Sveum his first win. This was Samardzija’s sixth career start and first since September 2010 after spending last season in the bullpen. He won a spot in the rotation this spring and on Sunday, was effective, throwing first-pitch strikes to all but five of the 31 batters he faced. It was his longest career outing, topping a six-inning start Sept. 19, 2010, against the Marlins.

“I really feel I had a chip on my shoulder,” Samardzija said. “I’ve talked a big game about wanting to start and made it public. I don’t want to look like an idiot. I wanted to come out and do what I needed to do and be in the zone and let the guys behind me work.”

Samardzija had cruised after a leadoff double by Ian Desmond to start the game. He retired 15 in a row after that hit before Wilson Ramos singled to lead off the sixth. The right-hander had 90 pitches entering the ninth and retired the first two batters. Samardzija then induced a grounder to short by Ryan Zimmerman, but Starlin Castro’s errant throw extended the inning. Adam LaRoche followed with a two-run homer to knock Samardzija from the game. Carlos Marmol, who already has a loss and a blown save in the first two games, took over and walked Jayson Werth before getting Xavier Nady to pop out in foul territory to seal the win.

“LaRoche is a great fastball hitter and I went a little ‘Garza’ on everybody and tried to blow his doors off and he took it about 400 feet to right,” Samardzija said, referring to teammate Matt Garza, who does have a tendency to try to throw everything hard. “That’s the way it goes. I’d been throwing him soft all game and I let my ego get in the way there a little bit.”

Sveum had come out to check on Samardzija after Zimmerman reached.

“He’s a big guy, a big horse, and hopefully, he bounces back from that,” Sveum said. “That’s not something I really wanted to do but he was throwing so well, it was tough to take him out.”

Extra bases:

* Sveum, named the Cubs’ 52nd manager last November, could finally celebrate a “W.” The last time Chicago began the year 0-3 was in 1997, when the team opened 0-14.

“It means a lot, especially to do it at home,” Sveum said. “I think the way it came about after tough two losses, to win one like that was fun. They’re all going to be nerve wrecking. Everybody congratulated me. It’s just another win, even though it was our first.”

* Blake DeWitt is day to day after he was scratched from the lineup with back spasms.

* Bryan LaHair was 2-for-4 with two doubles in his first start.

* The Cubs have gotten quality starts from their starters in each of the first three games. That last time that happened to open a season was 2001, coincidentally a home series against the Expos (now the Nationals) when Jon Lieber, Kerry Wood and Kevin Tapani did so.

* Samardzija got a shaving cream pie in the face post-game on Sunday after going 8 2/3 innings. Don’t think the right-hander didn’t notice the culprit.

“Garza must have done it a couple times,” Samardzija said. “He got it in my nose and my mouth and my eyes. Don’t worry. He’s going to pitch good one game. I’m not worried about that.”

* Starlin Castro singled in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, extending to Sept. 17 last season. He also has reached safely in 43 consecutive games, dating to Aug. 15. The Cubs’ record is 44, set by Riggs Stephenson in 1928.

* Chris Volstad will open the Cubs’ four-game series against the Brewers on Monday night. It’s a 6:05 p.m. CT start. Milwaukee will counter with Shaun Marcum.

– Carrie Muskat

4/8 Cubs lineup – UPDATED

Bryan LaHair is back and making his first start of the year at first base for the Cubs in the series finale against the Nationals. LaHair had been sidelined with tightness in his back. However, Blake DeWitt was a late scratch because of back spasms. Darwin Barney will start at second in place of DeWitt. The Cubs are trying to avoid beginning the season 0-3 for the first time since 1997, when they began the year 0-14. Here’s Sunday’s lineup:

RF DeJesus

2B Barney

SS Castro

LF Soriano

3B Stewart

1B LaHair

CF Byrd

C Clevenger

P Samardzija

– Carrie Muskat

4/1 Cubs lineup & LaHair

Bryan LaHair was in the Cubs’ early lineup, posted Saturday, for Sunday’s game in Tempe against the Angels but was scratched. His back has tightened up, and he’s being kept out as a precautionary measure. LaHair said he hoped to play either Monday or Tuesday, which would be the Cubs final Cactus League games of the season. The problem could be his commute.

“I have a [one] hour ride to the field and back every day and sitting in that one position, [my back] tightened up a little bit,” LaHair said Sunday. “It’s no big deal.”

The Cubs first baseman has yet to hit a home run this spring.

Here’s the lineup for Sunday’s game:

RF DeJesus

2B Barney

SS Castro

LF Soriano

1B DeWitt

3B Stewart

CF Byrd

DH Soto

C Clevenger

– Carrie Muskat

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