Results tagged ‘ Blake DeWitt ’

8/3 Lineup vs Brewers

Thomas Diamond makes his Major League debut Tuesday night vs. the Brewers as the Cubs try to snap a six-game losing streak. Here’s the lineup:

RF Colvin

SS Castro

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Byrd

LF Soriano

C Soto

2B DeWitt

P Diamond

– Carrie Muskat

8/2 Cubs Inbox

Thursday’s off day would be a perfect time to revive the Cubs Inbox, so send your questions to cubsinbox@gmail.com and I’ll post them. Let’s try to avoid such topics as moving Alfonso Soriano to second base (Blake DeWitt will do just fine). Include your full name (only initial of last name will be used) and hometown, and thanks.

– Carrie Muskat 

8/2 Lineup vs Brewers

Blake DeWitt will make his Wrigley Field debut with the Cubs Monday night, weather permitting. There are showers in the forecast. Here’s the lineup vs. Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo:

RF Colvin

SS Castro

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Byrd

LF Soriano

C Soto

2B DeWitt

P Wells

– Carrie Muskat

 

8/1 DeWitt ready to go

The Cubs didn’t waste any time getting new second baseman Blake DeWitt in the lineup. He was batting eighth and starting at second on Sunday. Acquired Saturday from the Dodgers for Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot, DeWitt said the trade came as a surprise.

“It was definitely a shock,” DeWitt said Sunday. “I’ve been with the [Dodgers] organization for a while. Like everybody told me, the first time being traded is always the toughest. You grow close to your teammates but I really couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity. It’s a great organization, a great city and great baseball.”

DeWitt did give up some ground in the standings by switching from the Dodgers to the Cubs.

“It’s an organization that’s definitely committed to winning and definitely has a bright future,” DeWitt said. “I can’t wait to get out on the field.”

He’ll get some extra time on Monday. Acting manager Alan Trammell had wanted to give DeWitt a day to get used to his new teammates but instead had the infielder starting at second. Aramis Ramirez’s left thumb flared up again. On Monday, Trammell and DeWitt and the other middle infielders will be on the field to get some extra work in.

Former Cubs outfielder Reed Johnson, now with the Dodgers, did give DeWitt a few pointers about Chicago and the team, including how to handle day games. Growing up in Missouri, DeWitt was a Cardinals fan.

“I haven’t been a Cardinals fan for a long time,” he said. “It’s an easy transition for me.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/1 Lineup, Ramirez & DeWitt

Blake DeWitt joined the Cubs Sunday and was in the lineup for the series finale vs. the Rockies, batting eighth. Acting manager Alan Trammell said he wanted to give DeWitt a day but Aramis Ramirez was not available because he aggravated his left thumb. Here’s the lineup:

RF Colvin

SS Castro

1B Lee

C Soto

CF Byrd

LF Soriano

3B Baker

2B DeWitt

P Silva

– Carrie Muskat

7/31 Tough to say goodbye

Koyie Hill and Ted Lilly spent the off day together Thursday, fly fishing in Colorado. They sat next to each other in the dugout for most of Friday’s game. And on Saturday, they said goodbye.

Lilly was dealt to the Dodgers along with Ryan Theriot for infielder Blake DeWitt and two Minor League pitchers. The Cubs lost a key player in the clubhouse in Lilly.

“He’ll tell you as much as I will that he’s a little behind some guys but his mind and the way he competes is his best attribute,” Hill said of Lilly. “You don’t have to throw 96 [mph] or hit .330 and hit a bunch of homers to inspire guys.”

The left-hander led the Major Leagues in the least amount of run support but never blamed the offense for not backing him up.

“There’s so many things you can take from his game, mentally, physically and heart-wise,” HIll said. “You can take so much from what he offers as a player, as a teammate, as a friend. I consider him one of my best friends and teammates I’ve played with. It’s a bad day for all of us in here who respected him so much. Life goes on.”

They did chat during Friday’s game about how Lilly may be leaving.

“A little bit,” Hill said. “We spent our off day driving down to North Fork Ranch to go fly fishing. We were buddies. He’s right up there, all time. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so, not down but just a weird feeling when you lose somebody like that. Goodbyes are never easy.”

– Carrie Muskat

 

7/31 Fontenot starts, but how long?

Mike Fontenot’s best friend and college teammate, Ryan Theriot, was traded on Saturday to the Dodgers. It was a weird day in the Cubs clubhouse as Theriot said goodbye.

“We’ve been together for a long time and I’ve known him for a long time,” Fontenot said. “I’ve been there where I’ve been traded before. It’s something different. Hopefully it’ll bring out the best in both of us.”

However, the Cubs acquired Blake DeWitt in the deal. Fontenot lost playing time when Theriot moved from second to short to make room for rookie Starlin Castro. Now, there will be someone new on the Cubs for him to compete with as far as playing time.
 
“Blake’s a good ballplayer,” Fontenot said. “We’ll be glad to have him.”

Saturday was Fontenot’s first start since July 9.

“I’m glad to get a chance to get in there,” he said. “I just come to the ballpark every day and try to do some stuff.”

Cubs GM Jim Hendry has said they now are evaluating players for next season.

“I feel I’ve done a good job every time I’ve been in there,” Fontenot said. “Some things you can’t control but I try to play hard every time I’m in there.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/31 Theriot says goodbye

Ryan Theriot thought he’d be a Cubs player for life.

“You never want to go,” Theriot said Saturday. “In the same breath, it’s exciting. I’m going to a place that has a wonderful tradition and is obviously all about winning.”

Theriot was dealt with Ted Lilly to the Dodgers on Saturday in exchange for Blake DeWitt and two Minor League pitchers. He stopped by Coors Field to pick up his gear and say goodbye to his teammates.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre called Theriot Saturday morning.

“He said, I could be No. 99 if I wanted to,” Theriot said. “He was very excited and just congratulated me and welcomed me. I thought that was very cool, especially coming from a man of his stature. We talked for a few minutes. He said, ‘I want you to get here as soon as you can.’ It makes you feel good when you get a call from a guy like that.”

He was selected in the third round of the 2001 Draft by the Cubs and thought he’d stay in the organization his entire career.

“It was wishful thinking,” Theriot said. “I guess things happen. It’s a business. Everything can change in a heartbeat but everything happens for a reason. This is something I’m excited about.”

He’d started getting word Friday from “credible sources” that a deal was possible. Theriot was batting .284 and was 5-for-14 on this road trip. Did the move from short to second in early May affect him?

“I don’t think it was the move as much as the way the season played out,” he said. “Obviously, we’re not where we want to be. The Cubs are a proud organization and one that’s set up to win. Nobody was happy with what happened. That stuff all rolls downhill and affects people in different ways.”

Theriot helped Starlin Castro adjust to the big leagues.

“That’s what you’re supposed to do,” Theriot said. “This game has been around for a long time and you help your teammates. Anybody would’ve done the same thing.”

Now that he’s leaving, how does he feel about the Cubs’ curse?

“No, I don’t [believe in it],” he said. “I think when the streak is broken, it will be broken many times in a row. Guys come in and play hard and just hope for the best. It has been a long time, though. I don’t believe in curses or anything, but yeah, it has been a long time.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/31 Lilly, Theriot dealt to Dodgers

The Cubs dealt Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to the Dodgers Saturday in exchange for infielder Blake DeWitt and two Minor League pitching prospects.

The Dodgers also will receive cash in the trade, reportedly around $2.5 million.

Lilly was 3-8 with a 3.69 ERA in 18 starts with the Cubs and in the last year of a four-year contract with the team. He was scheduled to start Monday against Milwaukee but the Cubs may call up right-hander Thomas Diamond, who was pulled after throwing four innings on Thursday for Triple-A Iowa.

Theriot lost his starting shortstop job to rookie Starlin Castro and was moved to second this year. He was batting .284 with 10 doubles, two triples, one home run and 21 RBIs in 96 games.

DeWitt, 24, is a career .262 hitter with 31 doubles, six triples and 12 home runs in 230 games covering the last three seasons with the Dodgers. He’s played second, third and shortstop.

The Cubs also receive right-handed pitchers Kyle Smit and Brett Wallach from the Dodgers.
Smit has reached the Double-A level this season at the age of 22, combining to go 5-3 with six saves and a 2.35 ERA in 37 appearances between Single-A Inland Empire and Double-A Chattanooga.

Wallach, 21, was 6-0 with a 3.72 ERA in 17 starts for Class A Great Lakes, striking out 92 batters in only 84 2/3 innings pitched. He’s the son of former Dodger player and current Dodger Triple-A Manager Tim Wallach.

– Carrie Muskat

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