Results tagged ‘ Blake Parker ’

2/23 Extra bases

* Josh Vitters also had an MRI on Friday, and it revealed that he has a mild to moderate quad strain, and could be sidelined 10 to 14 days. Vitters was injured before he got into a game — he was hurt doing a base running drill. What happens now at third with both Ian Stewart and Vitters sidelined? Expect to see a lot of Luis Valbuena, Junior Lake, Christian Villanueva and even Brent Lillibridge.

“We really don’t have a whole lot of other third basemen,” Dale Sveum said. “They both just went down.”

Lake played at Double-A Tennessee last season. He’s still a little rough at third.

“In the intrasquad games, he’s done fine,” Sveum said. “He hasn’t been tested. There’s some mechanical things. He’s very tall and playing tall. He’s got to play the position smaller. What I mean by that, he wants to stand straight up after he fields a ground ball, so there’s some things we have to tweak. He’s such a good athlete. He’s going to be one of those third basemen who’s not going to look like Scott Rolen but the athleticism will allow him to do a lot of things at that position.”

The Cubs will not move top prospect Javier Baez to third base. If he does play third, it will be more because of need numbers-wise.

* If you’re looking ahead to Sunday’s HoHoKam opener, here’s the lineup:

DeJesus CF
Castro SS
Rizzo 1B
Soriano LF
Schierholtz RF
Navarro C
Bogusevic DH
Barney 2B
Villanueva 3B

The game will be broadcast on Cubs.com, with Len Kasper doing the play by play.

* Cubs pitcher Shawn Camp was showing pictures of a bobcat he saw on the golf course on Friday. Camp said he let the ‘cat play through.

* Blake Parker’s intrasquad outing didn’t go well — he gave up three hits, including a three-run homer to Edwin Maysonet — but it felt good to get back on a mound. Parker missed most of last season because of problems with his right elbow.

“I’m still getting back into baseball mode, just thinking out there on the mound and knowing what pitches to throw and reading hitters,” Parker said. “As far as physically, my arm felt good.”

– Carrie Muskat

11/19 Transactions

Here are some updated transactions on players who were in the Cubs system. Thanks to Iowa Cubs’ Randy Wehofer for doing the research.

* The Cubs have re-signed right-handed pitcher Blake Parker and added catcher J.C. Boscan from the Braves. Both signed Minor League deals. Parker had been outrighted off the 40-man roster after missing most of the season with an elbow injury. Boscan batted .189 in 70 games with Triple-A Gwinnett.

* The Cubs have released Rebel Ridling. Right-handed pitcher Miguel Socolovich signed with the Hiroshima Carp in Japan.

* The Rangers signed left-handed pitcher Neal Cotts, catcher Juan Apodaca and outfielder Jim Adduci to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training.

* The Brewers signed catcher Blake Lalli and right-handed pitcher Frankie De La Cruz to Minor League deals.

* Outfielder Brad Snyder signed with the Diamondbacks. The Marlins claimed left-hander Scott Maine off waivers from the Blue Jays. Infielder Marquez Smith signed a Minor League deal with the Reds.

 

10/26 Roster moves

The Cubs tweaked the 40-man roster on Friday when they outrighted four players to Triple-A Iowa, including outfielder Joe Mather. Right-handed pitchers Manuel Corpas, Justin Germano and Blake Parker also were outrighted to Triple-A Iowa. Mather, who started in all three outfield spots and third base, batted .209 in 103 games with the Cubs.

Corpas, coming back from Tommy John surgery, which he had in September 2010, was 0-2 with a 5.01 ERA in 48 games. Corpas has elected free agency.

Germano, acquired from the Red Sox July 19 for cash considerations, went 2-10 with a 6.75 ERA in 13 games (12 starts). Parker spent most of the season on the disabled list with an elbow injury, appearing in just seven games. On Thursday, the Cubs outrighted infielder Adrian Cardenas and right-handed pitchers Miguel Socolovich, Jason Berken and Marcos Mateo were assigned outright to Iowa. Catcher Anthony Recker also was claimed off waivers by the Mets. With the addition of pitcher Carlos Gutierrez, the Cubs’ 40-man roster is now at 33.

– Carrie Muskat

9/7 Welcome, Jason Berken

So, with Jeff Samardzija being shutdown after Saturday’s start, who takes his spot in the Cubs rotation? On Friday, the Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Jason Berken off waivers from the Orioles, and he will be slotted into the rotation. Berken, 28, was 5-6 with a 3.50 ERA in 26 starts for Triple-A Norfolk, walking 39 and striking out 98 over 144 innings. He had a 1.35 ERA in four April starts, and finished well, compiling a 3.00 ERA (12 earned runs over 36 innings) in six August starts. Berken did make a relief appearance for the Orioles in May but was optioned back to the Minor Leagues. He was the Orioles’ sixth-round pick in 2006.

To make room on the Cubs roster, they placed right-handed pitcher Blake Parker on the 60-day disabled list with a bone contusion in his right elbow. Parker had been sidelined earlier this season with a stress reaction in his elbow.

– Carrie Muskat

8/7 Minor League report

Greg Rohan had two hits and one RBIs in Iowa’s 2-1 loss Monday night to Reno. Blake Parker struck out one in one inning of relief in his first rehab appearance, and first game action since June 1. He’s been on the DL with a stress reaction in his right elbow. Michael Bowden threw two scoreless innings in relief.

Lendy Castillo gave up one run on one hit and one walk over two innings in Tennessee’s 7-6 loss to Jackson. Junior Lake hit a two-run home run in the ninth, and Justin Bour hit his 15th home run. Bour had two hits and three RBIs.

Daytona had Monday off, and returns to action Tuesday against Lakeland.

Zach Cates gave up one run on five hits over five innings in Peoria’s 8-6 loss to Clinton. Tim Saunders had three RBIs and Wes Darvill had two hits and one RBIs.

Stephen Bruno, Carlos Escobar and Gioskar Amaya each homered in Boise’s 11-7 win over Everett. Amaya finished with three hits and scored two runs.

Ben Carhart extended his hitting streak to 10 games in Mesa’s 10-8 loss to the Brewers.

– Carrie Muskat

8/3 Iowa Cubs Friday update

The Iowa Cubs lost 4-1 Friday night, and lost another pitcher. Rodrigo Lopez was placed on the DL with a shoulder problem, and Ryan Rowland-Smith called up to make a spot start. Rowland-Smith delivered a quality start, giving up one run on two hits and striking out six over six innings, but it wasn’t enough. Jaye Chapman, acquired in the Braves’ deal, took the loss, giving up three runs in one inning.

* Blake Parker, on the disabled list with a right elbow stress reaction, has joined Iowa to begin his rehab assignment.

– Carrie Muskat

6/6 Parker to DL

Cubs reliever Blake Parker is going on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow stress reaction, and Manny Corpas’ contract will be purchased from Triple-A Iowa. A stress reaction is a contusion, and it was confirmed by an MRI. He will require treatment as if it is a stress fracture. Parker can’t pick up a baseball for 30 days. He last pitched Friday against the Giants, and has appeared in four games, and has not given up a run over 4 1/3 innings. Corpas has appeared in 19 games at Iowa, and in 10 in May, he has a 2.33 ERA, giving up 11 hits and walking four over 19 1/3 innings. He’s struck out 13 in that stretch and opponents were hitting .167 against him. Right-handers were batting .161 against him this season.

– Carrie Muskat

5/20 Marmol, Clevenger, etc. updates

Carlos Marmol and Steve Clevenger will begin rehab assignments this week at Triple-A Iowa, but neither were expected to rejoin the big league team until after next weekend. Marmol, sidelined since May 12 with a strained right hamstring, was to throw on the side Monday for Iowa, then throw a simulated game Wednesday, and, if all goes well, he’ll get into a game Friday. Clevenger, out since April 26 with a strained right oblique and rib cage injury, has been taking batting practice this weekend for the first time since he was injured. He was to play Tuesday and ease his way into game action, gradually working up to nine innings as the week progresses.

* Welington Castillo has a mild sprain of the MCL in his right knee, and was expected to miss four to seven days, depending on how he responds to treatment. He was injured on Friday on the last pitch Kerry Wood threw. Said Castillo: “I felt like I couldn’t bend my knee or go side to side.”

* Reliever Blake Parker, who came out of Saturday’s game with a tight right hamstring, underwent an MRI on Sunday. Parker said it felt more like a cramp.

– Carrie Muskat

5/17 Bullpen moves – UPDATED

The Cubs added another arm to the bullpen on Thursday, calling up right-hander Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa. Parker was 1-0 and 5-for-5 in save opportunities in 13 games with Iowa, giving up three earned runs on nine hits over 13 innings. He has not pitched since Sunday, so he’s fresh. Parker has not served up a home run, and has held hitters to a .200 average. The 26-year-old reliever, who turns 27 on June 19, has yet to appear in the big leagues, pitching at Double-A Tennessee and Iowa last season.

Parker’s contract was purchased from Iowa, and the 40-man roster is now at 39. Scott Maine was optioned to Iowa to make room on the 25-man roster.

“I liked him a lot in Spring Training,” Dale Sveum said. “He’s got an above average slider and that’s one thing we need right now is somebody who can go through right-handers with a slider. He’s got velocity. He’s a guy who has done a nice job and you have to start rewarding guys who’ve done a nice job.”

The Cubs’ bullpen has struggled, compiling the worst record in the National League at 5-11, which includes Wednesday’s loss to the Phillies. Chicago’s relief corps ranks 26th in the Majors with a 4.76 ERA. The are fourth in the National League in most hits allowed (57), trailing the Mets, Brewers and Rockies.

– Carrie Muskat 

12/2 Winter league update

While the Venezuelan Winter League waits for Carlos Zambrano’s return to the mound, here is an update on Cubs prospects playing this offseason:

Austin Bibens-Dirkx is 5-2 with a 2.91 ERA in nine games (eight starts) for Zulia in Venezuela. He has given up 15 earned runs on 34 hits and 14 walks over 46 1/3 innings, striking out 28. Teams were hitting .204 against the right-hander.

Jay Jackson is 2-2 with a 5.11 ERA in four games (three starts) for Leones del Caracas in Venezuela. In his last start Nov. 30, he gave up five runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings, striking out four.

Bryan LaHair is batting .245 in 28 games with Navegantes del Magallanes in Venezuela. He took a break in November, and in four games since his return Nov. 27, he is 2-for-15 with one home run. He has struck out 34 times in 106 at-bats. LaHair is hitting .167 against left-handed pitching.

In Mexico, Blake Parker has a 3.76 ERA in 24 games, giving up 11 runs on 21 hits and six walks over 26 1/3 innings. Teams were hitting .221 against the right-hander.

In the Dominican Republic, lefty John Gaub has a 5.63 ERA in 13 games for Leones del Escogido, giving up five runs on five hits and four walks over eight innings. He has 11 strikeouts, and teams were batting .172 against him.

Also in the Dominican, lefty Scott Maine posted a 0.90 ERA in 12 games. He gave up four runs (one earned) on five hits and five walks over 10 innings while striking out nine. Teams batted .143 against Maine, who did not give up a hit to a lefty batter (0-for-8).

– Carrie Muskat

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