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The Cubs dealt utility infielder Brent Lillibridge to the Yankees on Friday for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Lillibridge was batting .281 in 48 games at Triple-A Iowa. He opened the season with the Cubs, but went 1-for-24 in nine games, and was sent to the Minor League team.
The versatile Lillibridge, 29, was batting .317 this month. He’s played all infield positions plus the outfield, and has spent time with the White Sox, Cubs, Indians, Braves, and Red Sox. He signed as a free agent with the Cubs in January.
Brent Lillibridge hit his third home run but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 4-3, to Oklahoma City. Brian Schlitter made his first appearance for the I-Cubs and threw two shutout innings in relief.
Ronald Torreyes hit his first home run to help Tennessee beat Huntsville, 8-6. Ty Wright had two hits, including a double.
Daytona had the day off. The Cubs face Tampa on Tuesday.
Dan Vogelbach hit his sixth home run to help Kane County beat Beloit, 8-4. Vogelbach had three hits and is batting .292 for the season. Oliver Zapata had two hits.
Brent Lillibridge hit a solo home run and Brad Nelson added a two-run shot to lift Iowa to a 7-2 victory Tuesday over Round Rock. Brian Bogusevic was 3-for-4, hitting two doubles. Ian Stewart was 0-for-4 in his 12th rehab game. Guillermo Moscoso, activated from the DL prior to the game, gave up three hits over five innings and struck out six for the win.
Drew Carpenter gave up eight runs on nine hits over three innings in Iowa’s 13-2 loss to Omaha on Saturday. Logan Watkins had two hits and one RBIs, and Brett Jackson hit a RBI double. Ian Stewart was 0-for-3, and made an error in the ninth game of his rehab assignment.
On Sunday, Ryan Sweeney, Brett Jackson, Brent Lillibridge, and Brian Bogusevic each hit home runs to power Iowa to a 10-6 win over Omaha. Lillibridge and Bogusevic were both 3-for-4, and Bogusevic finished with three RBIs. Brooks Raley picked up the win, giving up four runs on six hits over six innings. Logan Watkins got it started for Iowa with a leadoff triple, and he scored on Jackson’s groundout. After Ian Stewart walked, Sweeney hit a two-run home run. Iowa added four more runs in the second on Jackson’s two-run homer and Bogusevic’s two-run single.
Tennessee’s games against Pensacola Saturday and Sunday were postponed because of weather. The Smokies will try to play a doubleheader on Monday.
Austin Kirk gave up four runs on seven hits over five innings in Daytona’s 5-1 loss to Lakeland. John Andreoli and Ben Carhart each had two hits.
Tayler Scott gave up two runs on seven hits over six innings in Kane County’s 5-3 come from behind win over Fort Wayne. Wes Darvill had two hits, and has had multiple hit games in four of his last five starts. Sunday’s game at Lake county was postponed because of rain.
— Carrie Muskat
The Cubs made several roster moves Tuesday. Brent Lillibridge and Hisanori Takahashi were both designated for assignment, and the Cubs claimed Cody Ransom off waivers. Kevin Gregg and Kameron Loe will both be in the bullpen Tuesday, taking the place of Takahashi and Rafael Dolis, who was optioned to Iowa on Sunday.
Cubs GM Jed Hoyer made the announcement, saying they wanted more experience at the end of the bullpen. Takahashi was considered more of a long man. Loe also gives the Cubs a sinkerball style of pitcher which they didn’t have.
Officially, Loe was added to the roster, Gregg selected, for those keeping track.
Ransom, 37, can help at third base. A career .215 hitter, he also can backup at short if needed.
“Even when [Ian] Stewart comes back, we need someone who can hit right-handed [pitching],” Hoyer said of Ransom. “He’s a good athlete, can play a little bit of shortstop and has had success in his past hitting left-handed pitching.”
Lillibridge was 1-for-24 so far, and Hoyer said it’s too small a sample to judge.
“If you start making decisions based on 12 games, then you’re probably making a lot of bad decisions,” Hoyer said. “We felt the versatility and defense Ransom brings, it’s an upgrade.”
— Carrie Muskat
Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney was expected to miss Monday’s season opener because of a deep cut on his left knee suffered in the last exhibition game. Barney was injured when he crashed into a fence at Minute Maid Park along the right field line in the third inning on Saturday. He needed five stitches on his knee.
“That’s a bummer,” Jeff Samardzija said Sunday about losing Barney for the season opener. “Darwin’s my boy back there. Him and [shortstop Starlin Castro] up the middle, you really develop a relationship with those guys. They’re the guys you can talk to and shoot stuff off of during the game. It’s nothing we’re not used to. We can adjust to things for sure.”
Brent Lillibridge will start at second base Monday. A official announcement on whether Barney will be placed on the DL will be made Monday after the medical staff has a chance to re-evaluate him. Infielder Alberto Gonzalez did make the trip to Pittsburgh in case Barney is sidelined.
“It’s a tough break for Barney but I’ll do my job and fill in until he’s healthy and get off to a good start,” Lillibridge said Sunday.
The Cubs have had their share of injuries this spring. Pitchers Matt Garza (strained lat) and Scott Baker (strained right elbow) will open the season on the disabled list along with third baseman Ian Stewart (left quad). The Cubs already have placed pitcher Arodys Vizcaino (right elbow) on the 60-day DL.
— Carrie Muskat
The Cubs and White Sox square off on Friday at Glendale in a split squad game for the Cubs. Scott Feldman will start while the other half of the team faces Team Japan in an exhibition game at HoHoKam Stadium. This is the last meeting between the intracity rivals until a four-game home and road series May 27-30. This will be different than the six-game Interleague series the two teams have played in the past.
“I like it,” said Brent Lillibridge, a non-roster invitee for the Cubs, who has played for the White Sox in these games in the past. “Especially last year, after doing it for four years with the White Sox, it was a great experience and a lot of fun, but last year, I think the fans got stagnant a little bit and there wasn’t the intensity right away.
“I don’t know exactly why they changed it to four — I think because there’s so much Interleague play happening,” he said. “I think this will work good. A smaller series, even though it’s a four-game series — although it’s hard to win a four-game series — the less games will make it more fun for the fans who look forward to it. Also, away or home, you’re still at home. Two, you get to play in your own city and your fans for that time, it’s exciting and I like how it’s going. In the end, obviously, the most important thing for Chicago is they want to see that seven-game series and the World Series.
“[Intracity series] are always a great thing. Basically every city that has two teams loves that. It’s a great time of trash talking and all the stuff. Fans love it. I like that there are a few less games so it’s not dragged out process. We’ll just get them out of the way, have fun playing them and move on to playing our division.”
Do the players see them as exhibition games? Lillibridge says no.
“There’s a better vibe, more excitement, there’s more of a playoff feel to it because the fans are so rowdy,” he said. “We enjoy seeing the fans get at each other verbally and chanting, ‘Go White Sox’ and during the seventh inning stretch, screaming out. That’s the fun stuff about it. That’s why it’s been a fun part of the season every year. I think the four games is a good medium for going forward.”
Friday’s lineup at Glendale:
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* So far, Rule 5 pick Hector Rondon has looked sharp in his two outings. The right-hander has given up one hit and struck out two over two innings.
“I feel really good,” Rondon said.
“That was pretty nice,” Dale Sveum said of Rondon’s outing on Thursday against the Athletics. “The ball was coming out of his hand pretty well. He threw a couple real good sliders, and I didn’t know he had that good of one and he threw one with a lot of tilt on it. With health, that might be a pretty good steal.”
Rondon, who was the Indians’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2009, has been slowed by two elbow injuries.
“He has legitimate stuff,” Sveum said. “[Thursday], he was 92, 93 [mph] with a good slider, he threw strikes. He’s always been a strike thrower. That’s nice to have in your back pocket. The guy’s always been a strike thrower and now that he’s completely healthy — the only kicker is we have to get him to be able to throw two innings.”
They want the right-hander to be able to throw two innings before Spring Training ends.
* Jorge Soler threw a perfect strike to third to get A’s Josh Reddick on Thursday. That’s the kind of play Sveum wants to see this spring.
“That was a very impressive throw, accurate, too,” Sveum said. “All the throws — he doesn’t just have a good arm but an accurate arm. That’s an added plus to a guy with the tools. A lot of time you have the arm but it’s all over the place. He’s got a good feel for accuracy. Even his at-bats — I know he’s striking out a little bit but he’s seeing pitches. It’s not a premeditated type swing.”
* Soler still needs to play in the Minor Leagues and develop his skills. He’s not in the mix for the big league team this year but Sveum said the Cubs will likely take five outfielders when they break camp. Also expect to see Steve Clevenger at first base once Anthony Rizzo leaves to join Team Italy for the World Baseball Classic. Clevenger could make the final 25-man roster as an extra catcher/backup first baseman/left-handed bat/pinch-run option.
“He puts himself in the mix,” Sveum said of Clevenger, who will start at first on Saturday against the Giants. “If you can have that third catcher to where you can pinch run and not worry about the other catcher getting hurt, that obviously comes into the mix. It all depends on what happens at third base — a lot of these decisions.”
The Cubs are waiting to see if Ian Stewart will be healthy for the season. If not, Luis Valbuena, who is a utility option, most likely will start at third.
Brent Lillibridge is a versatile player who gives the Cubs someone who can play everywhere. Sveum didn’t want to say Lillibridge was set on making the 25-man roster but did say it’s “definitely a strong possibility.” Lillibridge is a non-roster invitee in camp.
* Starlin Castro, who felt some tightness in his left hamstring on Wednesday, wasn’t expected back in the Cubs lineup until Monday.
* Matt Garza, who has been sidelined with a strained left lat, will resume his throwing on Saturday.
* Dontrelle Willis, who came out of a game because of fatigue in his left shoulder, is pain free and has resumed throwing in the Minor League camp.
— Carrie Muskat
* On Wednesday, Scott Hairston put a Cubs cap on for the first time in his life. He should’ve done so sooner. He grew up in Illinois, prepping at Naperville North High School, and his father played for the White Sox and his brother, Jerry, played for the Cubs. Hairston, who signed a two-year, $5 million deal with the Cubs on Sunday, joined the team officially for the first time Wednesday at Fitch Park.
“I was a fan of the players on the Cubs, but my dad played for the Sox, so I was a Sox fan,” he said about growing up. “I used to love coming to Wrigley Field and the history, especially in the late ’90s when Sammy [Sosa] was doing his thing. I sat in the bleachers a few times when he was hitting all his home runs. That was a good time to be in Chicago.”
Coincidentally, Hairston will wear No. 21 with the Cubs, which also was Sosa’s number.
“It’s Sammy’s,” he said. “Who wouldn’t want it? Who wouldn’t want to be 21?”
* Give Dale Sveum an assist in convincing Brent Lillibridge to sign with the team.
“I like to get a feel for the manager, especially in a situation like this,” said Lillibridge, a non-roster invitee. “I wanted to just talk baseball. [Sveum] really sold me on so many different parts of it and was real honest with me. That’s what you want from the manager and the whole organization.”
Now, his wife is already scouting for a place to rent in Chicago. They know the area. He played 3 1/2 seasons with the White Sox, then was traded twice last year — once to the Red Sox and again to the Indians.
He could be the utility player the Cubs need. Anthony Rizzo will be the main first baseman, but there is no backup. Catchers Welington Castillo and Dioner Navarro will get some playing time at first in Spring Training just in case but Lillibridge could be the guy. It helps that he has played outfield and shortstop as well.
“I’m not going to lie to you, it gives you a huge edge in the National League,” Sveum said of Lillibridge’s versatility. “He’s got some sock in his bat for a guy who looks like he’s 150 pounds soaking wet.”
* Matt Garza, Edwin Jackson and Jeff Samardzija all threw bullpen sessions on Wednesday. All looked good but Sveum was really pleased with Samardzija.
“You would’ve thought it was playoff time,” Sveum said. “That was about as dominant a bullpen as you’re going to see. It was pretty impressive to watch him throw those 30 pitches today.”
The trio of pitchers give the Cubs something they didn’t have, which is power arms.
“It’s nice as a manager, the players, the organization, to know you have three guys who have no-hitter stuff when they walk up on the mound,” Sveum said. “One, they have experience; two, they have great stuff; and three, they all throw over 95 miles an hour, which is always a huge plus.”
* Keep an eye on Brett Jackson. He has changed his swing, and it should pay off.
“I think it’s going to benefit him a lot,” Sveum said of the changes made during a week in November. “A lot of these things, you’re optimistic about change and making adjustments and stuff, and as a player, you really want the games to get going because it all feels great, but how’s it going to work in a game? That’s the final piece of the puzzle.”
* The Cubs front office bunting tourney gets underway Saturday to determine the final spot in the field of 64. GM Jed Hoyer will face Theo Epstein in the first round, with the media relations staff facing several of the clubhouse crew.
— Carrie Muskat