Results tagged ‘ Brian Bogusevic ’

5/9 Minor matters

Brian Bogusevic had two hits, including his second home run, to help Iowa beat Colorado Spring, 8-6, on Wednesday. Alberto Gonzalez had four hits and Brad Nelson had three hits, including two doubles. J.C. Boscan also had three hits and drew a walk. Blake Parker converted his fourth save.

* Outfielder Brett Jackson, who had been sidelined with turf toe, was activated from Iowa’s disabled list and infielder Edwin Maysonet placed on the DL with a sprained right ankle.

Tim Torres and Rubi Silva each homered in Tennessee’s 12-11, 14-inning loss to Birmingham. Rafael Lopez was 3-for-5, and Matt Szczur, Arismendy Alcantara, Silva and Torres each had two hits. Kyuji Fujikawa gave up one hit over two scoreless innings in his rehab outing. He threw 16 pitches, 10 for strikes.

Jorge Soler had three hits, including his fifth home run and two doubles, but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost, 6-5, in 10 innings to St. Lucie. Austin Kirk started, and gave up five runs on nine hits over five innings.

Pierce Johnson gave up four runs on five hits over four innings in Kane County’s 4-0 loss to Burlington. Bijan Rademacher had two hits, and now has hit safely in six straight games.

4/28 Minor matters

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

3/22 Cubs roster moves

Eleven players were sent to the Cubs Minor League camp on Friday, including pitchers Jensen Lewis, Drew Carpenter, Blake Parker, Casey Coleman and Jaye Chapman. Chris Rusin was optioned to Triple-A Iowa, but will start on Sunday for the big league team against the Indians. The position players assigned to Minor League camp include Brad Nelson, Edwin Maysonet, Brian Bogusevic, Johermyn Chavez and Darnell McDonald.

That leaves 35 players in camp, and four of those are expected to open the season on the disabled list. There appears to be one bullpen spot open, and four pitchers competing for it: Rafael Dolis, Zach Putnam, Hisanori Takahashi and Corey Wade. Takahashi is the only lefty in the mix.

Brett Jackson is still limited because of his shoulder injury, but position players still in camp include catchers J.C. Boscan and Steve Clevenger and infielder Alberto Gonzalez. Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Dave Sappelt has made the 25-man roster, barring any unexpected additions from the waiver wire. Clevenger could backup at first, second or third if needed.

“It’s one of those days you dread,” Sveum said about the roster cuts. “A lot of those guys had good springs. Bogusevic had a really good Spring Training and did everything we asked. The Colemans, the Parkers, they all threw the ball well. That shows you some guys have stepped up, some guys have gotten healthy. One more extra year under their belt they’ve become more comfortable and done a good job at the big league level.”

Bogusevic, an Oak Lawn, Ill., native, had a great spring, batting .410 in 20 games.

Coleman will continue to pitch in relief. He has made some adjustments, using a new arm slot that has helped him be more consistent.

Sappelt batted .266 at Triple-A Iowa last year, and .275 in 26 games with the Cubs. He batted .182 in 18 games this spring.

“I think the writing is on the wall — ‘Sap’ is going to be on the team,” Sveum said. “There’s still things that can happen through guys getting released and waiver wires and all that with the extra spots. He’s proven to me and the organization he can swing the bat and he’s done a really nice job in center field.”

The Cubs front office is still looking at outside help. Last year, they acquired Shawn Camp in the final week of Spring Training.

“Through the waiver wire, people become available in other camps,” Sveum said. “No matter what you think you have, you’re always trying to make yourself a better team.”

— Carrie Muskat

3/6 Rangers 3, Cubs 2

Scott Hairston hit a solo home run and Brian Bogusevic added a RBI double but that was it for the Cubs as they lost 3-2 to the Rangers on Wednesday. Hisanori Takahashi took the loss, giving up three runs on five hits over three innings in his first Cactus League start. The Cubs are considered Takahashi for a spot in the bullpen as a long relief man. Right now, James Russell is the only lefty set for the ‘pen. Hector Rondon, the Rule 5 Draft pick, had another good outing. In four games, he has given up two hits and struck out two over four innings.

— Carrie Muskat

3/5 The next Joe Mather?

Last spring, Joe Mather was the surprise player in Cubs camp, batting .382 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 26 games. He won a spot on the 25-man roster with his play.
Brian Bogusevic could be next.

“He’s been the Joe Mather of camp so far,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of Bogusevic, who was batting .533 in eight games.

A left-handed hitter, Bogusevic could be valuable, especially if he could not only play outfield but backup at first if needed.

“The at-bats he’s put together, the at-bats he’s had against left-handed pitching [have been good], and he has a pretty good track record in the big leagues as a pinch-hitter as well,” Sveum said. “He’s the leader in camp right now with everything. I’ve been impressed with his outfield play, his arm. I know he can play the outfield, so I’m going to get him as much time as I can at first base. He said he’s not super comfortable there.”

Last season, the Palos Heights, Ill., native batted .203 in 146 games with the Astros, and hit .242 as a pinch-hitter. Mather was outrighted to the Minor Leagues, and became a free agent, eventually signing a Minor League contract with the Phillies. He batted .209 in 103 games with the Cubs.

— Carrie Muskat

3/3 Brewers 4, Cubs 3; Cubs 4, Angels 2 (ss)

Carlos Gomez hit a leadoff home run and Blake Lalli added a RBI double to back Marco Estrada and lead the Brewers to a 4-3 victory Sunday over the Cubs, who were playing a split squad game. Gomez led off the third with his home run off Drew Carpenter, and Lalli, a former Cub, added his double one out later. Javier Baez drove in all three Cubs runs. He hit a two-run home run in the fifth and drew a bases loaded walk with two outs sixth.

Baez fouled a ball off his left foot before he homered. The Cubs’ athletic trainer came to check on him but Baez said he was OK.

“It still hurts,” Baez said of his foot. “I told [the trainer] I was all right. I don’t like coming out of the game.”

So far, spending Spring Training in the big league camp has been pretty nice for Baez, the Cubs’ 2011 first-round Draft pick.

“You learn things that you don’t realize you’ll learn,” said Baez, who is getting a lot of tutoring on his defensive positioning.

He didn’t get the ball from his first home run. Was it a big deal?

“Not really,” Baez said. “I’m just going to keep trying to hit the ball hard.”

In Tempe, Brad Nelson and Brian Bogusevic each hit home runs in the Cubs’ win over the Angels. Bogusevic was 3-for-3 with two doubles and a home run. Nick Struck, the Cubs’ 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, threw three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out one.

Extra Bases
* On Monday, right-hander Alberto Cabrera will make his first Cactus League start when the Cubs play host to the Indians at HoHoKam Stadium. With Matt Garza not expected to be ready for the first month, and Scott Baker sidelined until mid April, the Cubs need to get a good look at some of the other pitchers for the bullpen spots. Cabrera, who appeared in 25 games in relief last season, could be one. Brad Nelson will start at first base as Anthony Rizzo joins Team Italy for the World Baseball Classic. Jorge Soler will be the designated hitter and Steve Clevenger, who could win a job as a utility player, will start at catcher. The game will be broadcast on

* Rizzo was looking forward to playing for Team Italy in the Classic.

“I’m going to be competing on an international level, which is going to be cool,” Rizzo said. “From what I’ve heard, the Italian team is pretty good. Hopefully we can shock some people and play good baseball.”

The Italian team will practice Monday, then play exhibition games Tuesday and Wednesday before facing Mexico on Thursday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Rizzo talked to Cubs manager Dale Sveum before agreeing to play in the World Baseball Classic.

“Obviously, [Sveum] wants me in camp, and I want to be in camp, we want to build as a team,” Rizzo said. “For the short time I’ll be gone, I don’t think it’ll be much of a distraction at all.”

Sveum wasn’t too worried.

“He’d be playing here — it’s baseball,” Sveum said. “He’d be doing the same thing here that he’ll be doing over there. He’s in good shape and his legs are good and everything is fine. He’d be playing here just as much.”

* Former Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe was back in uniform Sunday at HoHoKam Park, feeling much better after undergoing emergency hernia surgery. Sutcliffe actually stopped by Scottsdale Stadium on Saturday, four days after he had the procedure, to watch the Cubs-Giants game. He had just been released from the hospital. A Cy Young winner in 1984, Sutcliffe will get the stitches removed Wednesday, then go to work in the broadcast booth for the World Baseball Classic.

* Infielder Logan Watkins beat Rizzo in the first sweet 16 match of the Cubs bunting tournament. Three more matches will be played Monday, including video staffer Nate Halm’s showdown against pitcher Travis Wood.

— Carrie Muskat

2/20 South Side Cubs fan

Brian Bogusevic grew up in Oak Lawn, Illinois, and attended De La Salle high school in Chicago. He also was a White Sox fan.

“I went to high school literally across the highway from there,” said Bogusevic, a non-roster invitee in Cubs camp. “We used to practice in the parking lot at Comiskey.”

He also went to a lot of games on the South Side as a kid. The 29-year-old outfielder is looking for a job with the Cubs now. He came up in the Astros system and was a pitcher from 2005-08, then switched to outfield.

“It was actually their decision,” he said of the Astros. “I wanted to do it. I never made it known to them.”

He didn’t convert because of problems as a pitcher like Rick Ankiel had. Bogusevic was 14-21 with a 5.05 ERA in 77 Minor League games. His former college teammate, Micah Owings, is now doing the same thing with the Nationals.

“It wasn’t like an Ankiel thing, I just wasn’t doing as well, so we switched to see how it goes,” Bogusevic said. “It’s not like I’d never hit before. I had hit in college.”

Wait a minute — in his bio, it says Bogusevic pitched one inning last year for the Astros.

“That was a whole different deal,” he said. “That was us running out of pitchers. We were down 15 [runs] and we needed somebody to save some arms. I was the guy.”

He also was pretty sore after that. He’s going to stick to hitting.

— Carrie Muskat

1/10 Bogusevic, Lillibridge headline NRI list

The Cubs announced some of their non-roster invitees, including Brian Bogusevic, Brent Lillibridge and Darnell McDonald. The players received an invite to the big league Spring Training camp. The list includes Bogusevic, 28, an Oak Lawn native, who attended De La Salle Institute in Chicago. A left-handed hitter, he batted .203 with seven home runs, nine doubles and 28 RBIs in 146 games last season with the Astros.

McDonald, 34, is a former first-round pick, who has played for the Orioles, Twins, Reds, Red Sox and Yankees since 2004. A right-handed hitter, he batted .205 combined for the Red Sox and Yankees last season. Another outfielder invited include Johermyn Chavez, 23, who has not played above the Double-A level. He batted .232 in 75 games with the Mariners’ Jackson team last season.

Lillibridge, 29, has played for the Braves, White Sox, Red Sox and Indians, and posted a .213 average over five seasons. Last season, the infielder was dealt twice. He opened the season with the White Sox, and was traded to the Red Sox in the Kevin Youkilis deal, then dealt one month later to the Indians for Jose De La Torre. In four seasons with the White Sox, Lillibridge batted .217. He is a versatile player, and has played all positions except catcher.

The Cubs also invited infielder Alberto Gonzalez, 29, who has played for the Yankees, Nationals, Padres and Rangers. Last season, he batted .241 in 24 games with Texas.

Edwin Maysonet, 31, who batted .250 in 30 games with the Brewers last season, also received an invite, as did first baseman/outfielder Brad Nelson, 30, who has not played in the big leagues since 2009 with the Brewers. A fourth-round pick by the Brewers in 2001, he spent all of 2012 at the Rangers’ Triple-A Round Rock team, batting .279 with 24 home runs and 81 RBIs in 132 games.

Catcher J.C. Boscan, 33, who has spent 16 seasons in the Minor Leagues, also will be in Mesa. Last season, he batted .189 for the Braves’ Triple-A Gwinnett team.

The Cubs also invited eight pitchers, including right-handers Andrew Carpenter, Jaye Chapman, Dayan Diaz, Jensen Lewis, Blake Parker, Zack Putnam and Cory Wade, and lefty Hisanori Takahashi. Carpenter, 27, has appeared in 23 Major League games over five seasons with the Phillies, Padres and Blue Jays. The Cubs acquired Chapman, 25, from the Braves last July in the Paul Maholm deal, and he appeared in 14 games. Parker, 27, was selected by the Cubs’ in the 16th round of the 2006 Draft, and opened last year at Triple-A Iowa. He was promoted to the big league team in mid May, but appeared in seven games before he was shutdown with a right elbow injury. Putnam, 25, has compiled a 3.90 ERA over 171 games in five Minor League seasons with the Indians and Rockies, while Lewis, 28, has a 3.32 ERA in 196 games over eight seasons in the Indians’ Minor League system. Takahashi, 37, has a 14-12 record, 3.97 ERA in 165 games (12 starts) for the Mets, Angels and Pirates. He pitched for the Yomiuri Giants before coming to the U.S. Major Leagues in 2010.

The Cubs did sign Dontrelle Willis, but he received a Minor League deal, and will be in the team’s Minor League camp. Willis, who turns 31 on Saturday, has pitched for the Marlins, Tigers, Diamondbacks, and Reds, compiling a 72-69 record and 4.17 ERA over nine seasons. He was on the World Series champion Marlins team in 2003, and won National League Rookie of the Year honors that year, posting a 14-6 record and 3.30. He finished second in the Cy Young balloting in 2005 when he won 22 games.

— Carrie Muskat

11/21 Extra bases

* The Cubs have reportedly signed outfielder Brian Bogusevic to a Minor League contract. Baseball America reported the signing on Wednesday. The Cubs also have signed infielder Alberto Gonzalez, outfielder Johermyn Chavez and catcher J.C. Boscan to Minor League deals.

Bogusevic, 28, a first-round Draft pick by the Astros in 2005, batted .203 in 146 games for Houston last season with seven home runs and nine doubles. Gonzalez, 29, has played for the Yankees, Nationals, Padres and Rangers, and batted .241 in 24 games this past season with Texas, playing second, third and shortstop. Boscan, 32, appeared in six games for the Braves, while Chavez, 23, batted .232 and compiled a .725 OPS in 288 plate appearances for the Mariners’ Double-A team.

* Bryan LaHair, who the Cubs designated for assignment on Tuesday, is reportedly close to signing with the SoftBank Hawks in Japan. LaHair, 30, was a National League All-Star but lost his job to Anthony Rizzo, and finished the year batting .259 with 16 home runs in 380 plate appearances.

* The ice rink at Wrigley Field was scheduled to open Friday but that has been delayed because of the unseasonably warm weather in Chicago. Interested skaters should follow the team Twitter @Cubs for updates.

— Carrie Muskat