Results tagged ‘ Blake DeWitt ’

3/29 Cubs position players

Here’s the breakdown of the 13 Cubs position players who will be on the 25-man roster Opening Day:


Geovany Soto

Steve Clevenger


Bryan LaHair

Darwin Barney

Starlin Castro

Ian Stewart

Jeff Baker

Blake DeWitt


David DeJesus

Marlon Byrd

Alfonso Soriano

Reed Johnson

Joe Mather

— Carrie Muskat

3/17 Cubs Vegas lineup

Blake DeWitt is back in the Cubs lineup after missing a day because he was hit in the hand by a pitch. DeWitt was starting at third for the Cubs in Las Vegas against the Rangers. The Cubs will be wearing green caps in honor of St. Patrick’s day and they have the perfect guy on the mound, former Irish football player Jeff Samardzija. Here’s the lineup:

RF Johnson

3B DeWitt

LF Soriano

CF Mather

1B LaHair

C Castillo

SS Lake

2B Cardenas

P Samardzija

— Carrie Muskat

3/16 Cubs lineup vs Giants

Matt Garza gets the start on Friday as the Cubs face the Giants at HoHoKam Park. On the injury front, Blake DeWitt says he’s ready to go after being hit on the right hand by a pitch. X-rays were negative. Ian Stewart has some tightness in his right quad. He’s day to day. Stewart was able to take grounders at third and also take part in batting practice. Darwin Barney was not in the lineup and also is day to day because of a soreness in his left side. Here’s the lineup:

RF DeJesus

CF Byrd

SS Castro

1B Rizzo

3B Mather

C Clevenger

LF Sappelt

2B Cardenas

P Garza

— Carrie Muskat

3/5 Cubs Monday wrap-up

Blake DeWitt belted a three-run homer and Jeff Baker and Joe Mather each had two hits for the Cubs in Monday’s 8-7 loss to the Athletics. Anthony Rizzo also made a nice leaping catch of a line drive in the ninth to rob Brandon Moss of an extra base hit. Yordy Cabrera, a non-roster invitee, led off the ninth with a tie-breaking home run to lift the A’s to victory, connecting off Tony Zych.

* Infielder Adrian Cardenas made a good impression on Dale Sveum on Sunday when he raced over to foul territory in right and caught a fly ball.

“He’s got a way of centering a baseball,” Sveum said of Cardenas, whom the Cubs claimed off waivers from the Athletics on Feb. 6. “He’s put together some great at-bats so far early in Spring Training.”

But what about that catch?

“That was one heck of a play, a play you don’t see,” Sveum said.

Tony Campana also helped outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha with a similar save on Saturday in an intrasquad game when Ha lost a ball in the sun.

“Those are instinctive things,” Sveum said. “We can’t sit here and practice that and teach that. That’s a Major League play and Major League instincts to make plays like that will save umpteen outs and pitches.”

* Geovany Soto was able to catch on Sunday and if he continues to progress, should see his first game action this Saturday. Sveum said Soto has been able to do everything but run 100 percent. Said Sveum: “Everything’s going good, he’s not feeling anything now in anything he does. That’s a good thing. Sometimes groin [injuries] can hang on for a long time.”

* Matt Garza will start Tuesday when the Cubs play host to the Rockies at HoHoKam Park. Here’s the Cubs’ lineup:

DeJesus 9

Byrd 8

DeWitt 2B

Soriano DH

Stewart 5

Lake 6

Rizzo 3

Castillo 2

Jackson 7

* Mesa Mayor Scott Smith took part in pregame ceremonies Monday to honor late Robert Brinton, former president of the Mesa Convention and Visitors Bureau and a force in the Cactus League. Instead of a moment of silence, Brinton’s widow Nanette asked for a round of applause from the fans, and they obliged. She then threw out a ceremonial first pitch to Kerry Wood. Brinton’s initials were painted on the field at HoHoKam Park in his honor. His eight children and some of his dozen grandchildren attended the game. Brinton died in October.

— Carrie Muskat

2/23 DeWitt’s strange journey back

Blake DeWitt had a strange few weeks. He signed a new contract with the Cubs, then was designated for assignment, placed on waivers, which he cleared, then had to make a decision about whether to stay. He arrived Thursday as a non-roster invitee after a long drive from his Missouri home.

“I had a decision to make and I’m extremely happy being here today,” DeWitt said. “Driving out here, it was one of those things, I’m ready to get back on the field, ready to get back to playing. That’s one of the things that I think was weird about the whole situation. This time of year as a player, you’re ready to get back on the field, and to not know where you’re going to be was kind of strange.”

DeWitt, who batted .265 last season with the Cubs, finds himself in the same situation as before — fighting for a spot on the roster.

“It’s no different,” he said. “Regardless, you’re coming in to win a job. It’s the same approach I’m going to take. I’m not going to put any stress on myself to try to make this team. I’m just going to go out and play and have fun and let things happen.”

He did not get a call from the Cubs when he was designated for assignment.

“My agent called me,” DeWitt said. “It was all unknown to me. I didn’t know what was going on, I didn’t know the rules. Maybe that’s why I wasn’t too worried about it, I guess.”

The good part of his journey is that he enjoyed the drive to Arizona.

“It was fun, seeing parts of the country I’ve never seen,” he said.

— Carrie Muskat

2/17 Unfinished business

The Cubs are still waiting for word from MLB commissioner Bud Selig regarding what compensation the Red Sox will receive in exchange for Theo Epstein. Epstein, named Cubs president of baseball operations in late October, was to address the media on Saturday at Fitch Park in Mesa, Ariz. Maybe we’ll get an answer then.

Also, the Cubs are waiting for word from infielder Blake DeWitt, who was designated for assignment Feb. 6. If he clears waivers, DeWitt then has to decide if he will return to the Cubs as a non-roster invitee or test free agency.

— Carrie Muskat

2/6 Cubs claim Cardenas; DFA DeWitt

The Cubs claimed infielder Adrian Cardenas off waivers from the Athletics. To make room on the 40-man roster, infielder Blake DeWitt was designated for assignment.  Cardenas, 24, batted .314 with 28 doubles, four triples, five home runs, 70 runs scored, 51 RBIs and a .374 on-base percentage in 127 games with Triple-A Sacramento last year. In 2011, Cardenas played second, short, third and left field. He has primarily played second in his pro career.

DeWitt, 26, was projected as the Cubs’ starting second baseman last season but lost the job to Darwin Barney. He batted .265 with 11 doubles, five home runs and 26 RBIs in 121 games with the Cubs. He was acquired from the Dodgers in the Ted Lilly/Ryan Theriot deal. If he clears waivers, DeWitt could still be in Cubs camp as a non-roster invitee.

— Carrie Muskat

1/17 Arbitration numbers – UPDATED

Matt Garza and the Cubs exchanged figures on Tuesday. The right-hander is seeking $12.5 million while the Cubs countered at $7.95 million. Usually, the team and player reach agreement on a halfway point, which, in this case, would be $10.225 million. Garza was 10-10 with a 3.32 ERA in 31 starts in his first season with the Cubs. He will be a free agent after the 2013 season.

The Cubs avoided arbitration with six other players. That list includes Geovany Soto, who signed for $4.3 million. Tuesday was the day when teams and players exchanged arbitration figures. The players on the list have between three to six years of big league service time.

RHP Matt Garza: Asked for $12.5 million; Cubs offered $7.95 million

Here are the new deals:

IF Jeff Baker: $1.375 million

IF Blake DeWitt: $1.1 million

C Geovany Soto: $4.3 million

3B Ian Stewart: $2.237 million

RHP Chris Volstad: $2.655 million

RHP Randy Wells: $2.705 million

If the Cubs and Garza do not reach an agreement, they will present their cases at hearings scheduled for Feb. 1-21 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Cubs last went to arbitration with infielder Ryan Theriot in February 2010, which was the team’s first hearing since 1993. Theriot was seeking $3.4 million and the Cubs offered $2.6 million. Theriot lost the case but still received a raise from his $500,000 salary in 2009. Former Cubs GM Jim Hendry had settled 36 straight arbitration cases before Theriot’s hearing.

— Carrie Muskat

12/2 Could Ian Stewart be next Cubs 3B?

The Cubs’ pursuit of a third baseman may lead them to Colorado. The Denver Post reports the Cubs are interested in Ian Stewart, and the Rockies have asked for versatile infielder Blake DeWitt in return. A left-handed hitter, Stewart battled injuries in 2011, and batted .156 in 48 games with the Rockies. He was the Rockies’ starting third baseman to begin the season but suffered a season-ending wrist injury at Triple-A Colorado Springs on Aug. 4 but took part in instructional league in the fall. He has a career .236 average with 54 homers and 187 RBIs. A first-round pick in 2003, Stewart also injured his wrist in the Arizona Fall League in ’05.

— Carrie Muskat

9/6 Extra bases

Andrew Cashner, activated from the disabled list on Monday, will likely need two days off between outings as he continues to strengthen his right shoulder. Cashner has not pitched for the Cubs since his only start April 5. He was placed on the DL with a strained right rotator cuff after that. How will the right-hander be used now?

“Carefully,” manager Mike Quade said Tuesday.

Cashner will get two days off between outings. He will get a chance to start in October when he pitches for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. He will be joined in the AFL by Cubs prospects Josh Vitters, DJ LeMahieu, Chris Carpenter, Junior Lake, Trey McNutt and Marcus Hatley.

* Blake DeWitt ran the bases and did some agility drills Tuesday to test a tender left hamstring but was still limited to pinch-hitting. DeWitt has homered in three of his last six starts, including a three-run shot off the Giants’ Tim Lincecum on Aug. 29. He was batting .261 for the season.

* The Cubs wanted to add another catcher when rosters expand but Welington Castillo is unavailable because of a hamstring injury that has sidelined him three times this season at Triple-A Iowa. Castillo was at Wrigley Field Tuesday to be examined by the Cubs medical staff. He was not expected to be ready before the regular season ends.

* The Cubs players and front office staff posed for the team picture on Tuesday. It was missing a general manager — Jim Hendry was dismissed last month — and there could be a lot of new faces in 2012. Manager Mike Quade said he didn’t think about that.

“Just put a smile on and get it done,” Quade said. “Just another picture day. There’ve been 30 some for me now.”

— Carrie Muskat