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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

11/24 Winter ball update

In his first game with Estrellas in the Dominican Winter League, Junior Lake went 2-for-5 and scored two runs to help in a 6-0 win over Escogido on Wednesday. Lake batted .296 in 28 games in the Arizona Fall League, which ended Nov. 17.

In Venezuela, Marwin Gonzalez had a hit for Caracas, and now is batting .333 in 24 games.

In Mexico, Marco Carrillo gave up two hits over six shutout innings to help Obregon beat Mazatlan, 5-1. Carrillo struck out five and walked three. Carillo compiled a 2.36 ERA in 29 games, including seven starts, with Double-A Tennessee. He began last season with the Smokies, then was bumped up to Triple-A Iowa from late May until mid July, when he was 2-1 with a 6.10 ERA in 11 games (two starts) before rejoining Tennessee. He’s now 2-2 with a 2.28 ERA in eight starts in Mexico.

Blake Parker, another Cubs prospect, threw one inning of relief on Wednesday for Hermosillo in Mexico. He’s given up runs in three of his 20 appearances, and has a 3.32 ERA over 21 2/3 innings.

– Carrie Muskat

11/23 Winter ball update

Austin Bibens-Dirkx gave up two hits over 6 2/3 innings for his fourth win as Zulia beat Caracas, 8-0, in Venezuelan winter League play. Bibens-Dirkx struck out one and walked two in his outing.

Bryan LaHair’s stint in Venezuela is over. The first baseman batted .264 in 24 games with seven home runs, six doubles, and 14 RBIs. He also struck out 29 times. LaHair hit six of his homers in his first seven games with Magallanes. Cubs prospect Rebel Ridling is now playing first base for the team.

Jay Jackson made his first start for Caracas on Nov. 19, and gave up three runs on six hits over three innings. Marwin Gonzalez also is playing for Caracas, and was batting .333 in 23 games with three doubles and 11 RBIs.

In the Dominican, Chris Rusin is 1-2 with a 2.84 ERA in six starts with Leones del Escogido, giving up eight earned runs on 24 hits and eight walks over 25 1/3 innings. He’s struck out 21.

In Mexico, Blake Parker posted a 3.48 ERA in 19 games in relief for Hermosillo, striking out 20 over 20 2/3 innings. He gave up eight runs on 12 hits and four walks, with five of those runs coming in one outing on Nov. 15. He served up runs in three of his 19 appearances.

– Carrie Muskat

11/11 Winter league & AFL TV update

Blake Parker struck out three of the five batters he faced in Hermosillo’s 2-1 win over Mazatlan in Mexican Pacific League action. In 15 games, Parker has a 1.65 ERA, and has given up three runs on six hits and two walks over 16 1/3 innings while striking out 16.

Bryan LaHair was 1-for-4 with a double and is batting .278 in the Venezuelan Winter League. His Magallanes team was scheduled to face Caribes and Carlos Zambrano on Friday. It will be Zambrano’s second start in Venezuela.

* You can watch Cubs prospects on the Mesa Solar Sox when they face Salt River at 6:05 p.m. MT on MLB Network Friday. Check your local listings for start time.

– Carrie Muskat

11/5 Winter ball updates

Pat Listach’s Ponce team won its opener, 4-1, over Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican winter league on Friday.

Bryan LaHair was 1-for-4 and scored a run in Magallanes’ 6-1 win over Caracas in Venezuela Winter League play Friday. He’s batting .292.

In Mexico, Blake Parker continues to have success. The right-hander, who is playing for Naranjeros de Hermosillo, has given up a hit in one of his 12 appearances, and that also was the only time he served up a run. So far, he’s struck out 12 over 12 2/3 innings, giving up three hits and two runs and walking two.

In the Dominican, Scott Maine also has been scored on in one of his six outings. He has six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings over six games for Estrellas de Oriente. John Gaub has given up four runs on three hits and four walks over 3 2/3 innings in seven relief outings for Leones del Escogido. He has not served up a hit or run in his last three games.

– Carrie Muskat

10/29 Winter ball updates

Bryan LaHair was 0-for-3 Friday in Magallanes’ 3-1 loss to Aragua in Venezuelan Winter League play. LaHair was batting .286 with six homers and nine RBIs. Here are some updates on other Cubs playing in winter leagues:

* Steve Clevenger was batting .211 in eight games in the Dominican.
* Marwin Gonzalez was hitting .314 in 12 games with Caribes in Venezuela.
* John Gaub has given up two runs in his last four outings, and did not allow a run or hit on Friday against Licey in the Dominican. He has four strikeouts over 2 2/3 innings.
* Scott Maine has a 3.86 ERA in four games in the Dominican, pitching for Estrellas. He has struck out three over 2 1/3 innings.
* Blake Parker has not given up a hit or run in 9 1/3 innings over nine games in relief for Hermosillo in Mexico. He has struck out 11 and walked two.

– Carrie Muskat

10/24 Team USA & winter ball roundup

Team USA lost 3-2 to Mexico on Saturday in the Pan Am games, being played in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico. Cubs prospect Brett Jackson made his first plate appearance since Oct. 14, and grounded out to second in the ninth in a pinch-hit appearance. Jeff Beliveau, the Cubs’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year, also appeared in the game and struck out two of the three batters he faced. With the loss, the U.S. finished as the No. 2 seed in its group, and will face Cuba in the semifinals.

* In the Dominican Republic, Scott Maine is 0-1 in three relief outings for Estrellas, giving up one earned run on two hits and one walk over two innings in three outings. John Gaub has given up three earned runs on two hits and two walks over 1 2/3 innings in three appearances for Leones del Escogido. In his last game Wednesday, he struck out all three batters he faced. Chris Rusin made one start Oct. 18 for Escogido, and gave up one run on three hits over four innings while striking out three. Steve Clevenger was 2-for-3 with one RBIs Sunday for Escogido, and batting .222 in six games overall.

* In Venezuela, Bryan LaHair was 1-for-4 and scored a run Sunday for Magallanes. He’s batting .308 overall with six homers and nine RBIs and also has struck out 14 times, including three Ks on Sunday. Marwin Gonzalez was 2-for-5 and scored a run on Sunday. He’s batting .273 in 10 games with four RBIs, three of those coming in one game. Austin Bibens-Dirkx has given up two earned runs on five hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings in two games for Zulia. The right-hander made one start on Oct. 12.

* In Mexico, Blake Parker has not given up a hit or a run in seven relief appearances for Naranjeros in Mexican Winter League play, including one inning Sunday. The right-hander has totaled seven innings in seven games, and walked one and struck out eight. Hung-Wen Chen has given up one run on six hits over 6 1/3 innings in six games with Venados de Mazatlan. Chen is 3-for-4 in save situations, with five strikeouts. In two starts for Yaquis de Obregon, Marco Carillo has given up one run on six hits and four walks over 10 innings.

– Carrie Muskat

7/30 Parker to Tennessee

Blake Parker was transferred from Triple-A Iowa to Double-A Tennessee on Friday. Parker was 1-4 with a 4.74 ERA in 35 games in relief with the Smokies, giving up 52 hits and walking 28 over 49 1/3 innings. He had two saves.

– Carrie Muskat

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