Results tagged ‘ Brian Schlitter ’

3/29 Bullpen is set

The Cubs finalized the bullpen on Saturday by adding right-hander Brian Schlitter and designating for assignment right-hander Alberto Cabrera. The moves will be done procedurally on Sunday and are effective for Monday’s season opener at Pittsburgh.

Schlitter was 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA this spring, allowing 10 hits and two earned runs while walking only one and striking out nine in 8 2/3 innings and eight appearances. Cabrera looked sharp early. But in his last two outings, he’s struggled, including a game against the Angels on Tuesday when he gave up five runs on four hits over a third of an inning. Cabrera was 0-1 with 6.97 ERA in 10 1/3 innings covering 10 appearances and is out of options.

Schlitter joins a bullpen that includes closer Jose Veras, James Russell, Pedro Strop, Wesley Wright, Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm.

1/5 Yankees claim Schlitter

Kerry Wood is now officially on the Cubs’ 40-man roster. Wood, who agreed to a one-year deal on Dec. 16, had yet to be added until Wednesday when the Yankees claimed Cubs pitcher Brian Schlitter off waivers. Schlitter, 25, was 0-1 with a 12.38 ERA in seven Major League relief appearances with the Cubs. He went 2-1 with 13 saves and a 3.15 ERA in 37 relief appearances with Triple-A Iowa. The right-hander, who was born in Oak Park, Ill., and went to Maine South High School,  was acquired from the Phillies in August 2008 in the Scott Eyre trade.

– Carrie Muskat

8/12 Rookies role call

So far, 14 rookies have appeared in a game for the Cubs with eight making their Major League debuts this year. That list includes Welington Castillo, Starlin Castro, Andrew Cashner, Casey Coleman, Thomas Diamond, Marcos Mateo, Brian Schlitter and James Russell. When Darwin Barney joins the team, he’ll be No. 15.

* The 14 rookies used matches the total the club used last season. The franchise mark is 27 used in 1902.

* The eight Major League debuts in the first 114 games are the most since 2000. The club premiered nine that year in 114 games (which is before the September call-ups).

* The Cubs are one of two teams to use 14 or more rookies this year. The Tigers have 15.

* With Castillo on the roster, the Cubs have 10 on the 25-man. Barney will make it 11.

– Carrie Muskat

8/3 Roster move: Atkins up, Schlitter to Iowa

The Cubs called up reinforcements for the bullpen, adding Mitch Atkins and sending Brian Schlitter to Triple-A Iowa. This is Atkins’ third stint with the Cubs. In 22 appearances with Iowa, he was 6-2 with a 3.49 ERA. In12 relief appearances, he was 2-1 with a 2.82 ERA. Schlitter was 0-1 with a 12.38 ERA in seven relief appearances with the Cubs, giving up 11 earned runs over eight innings.

– Carrie Muskat

7/7 Schlitter to DL; Atkins up

The Cubs placed reliever Brian Schlitter on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 3, with a right shoulder impingement and recalled Mitch Atkins from Triple-A Iowa.

Atkins was available for Wednesday’s game in Arizona. This is his second stint with the Cubs; he was recalled from Iowa June 12 but did not appear in a game before he was optioned on June 15. Atkins was 5-2 with one save and a 3.60 ERA in 18 appearances with Iowa.

Schlitter was selected by the Cubs on June 26 and made three relief appearances in his first career big league action, holding the opponent scoreless in his first two outings.

– Carrie Muskat

6/29 Rookie relief

The Cubs now have four rookies in the bullpen in James Russell, Andrew Cashner, Jeff Stevens and Brian Schlitter. They used seven rookie relievers in 2006: Rich Hill, Juan Mateo, Angel Guzman, Carlos Marmol, Les Walrond, Jae Kuk Ryu, and David Aardsma.

Entering this season, the last time four rookies pitched out of the ‘pen in a game for
the Cubs was Sept. 30, 2006 when Ryu, Aardsma, Guzman and Walrond all appeared in relief. Those four were among 10 Cubs pitchers in an 11-9 loss to the Rockies. Mateo started that game.

According to baseball historian Ed Hartig, the last time four rookies pitched out of the ‘pen in the same game for the Cubs in a non-September expanded roster period was June 7, 1971. 
Ray Newman, Bill Bonham, Earl Stephenson and Ron Tompkins pitched in relief against the Pirates in an 11-6 loss at Wrigley Field.

– Carrie Muskat

6/29 Pregame notes & roster moves

The Cubs have been involved in 29 one-run games in their first 76 games this season. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Cubs had that many one-run games in the first 76 contests was 2000 when the team played 30 one-run games.

* Cubs starting pitchers have 48 quality starts, second in the NL and third in baseball. The starters have a 19-14 record and 2.20 ERA in those games with 15 no decisions. Carlos Silva and Ryan Dempster lead the team with 11 quality starts each.

* Brian Schlitter is the ninth rookie to play for the Cubs this year. The list includes Starlin Castro, Tyler Colvin, Justin Berg, Esmailin Caridad, Andrew Cashner, Jeff Gray, James Russell, Jeff Stevens and Schlitter.

Speaking of Russell, the lefty appears to be the latest pitcher called up from Iowa. He will take John Grabow’s spot on the 25-man roster. Grabow is headed to the DL for the second time after re-injuring his left knee Monday night. Jeff Stevens also will be added to take Carlos Zambrano’s spot with Big Z going on the restricted list.

– Carrie Muskat

11/23 Winter league update

Cubs infielder/outfielder Jake Fox was headed to the Dominican Republic on Monday to join Licey for the second half of the season. As for Cubs prospects currently playing, Brian Schlitter is 6-for-8 in save situations with Mexicali in the Mexican League. The right-hander from Park Ridge, Ill., whom the Cubs acquired from the Phillies in the Scott Eyre deal, has a 3.79 ERA.

Catcher Robinson Chirinos was batting .363 in 29 games with Magallanes in Venezuela. He has six homers and 20 RBIs in 29 games. Andres Blanco was batting .302 for Magallanes with 11 doubles, two triples, two homers and 25 RBIs. He’s played second, short and third in 30 games. And outfielder Nelson Perez was batting .311 in 22 games with Toros del Este in the Dominican Republic.

– Carrie Muskat

11/16 AFL & winter ball update

This is the final week of games for the Arizona Fall League. Josh Vitters apparently is recovered from the strained muscle, and hit a two-run homer Saturday in Mesa’s 4-2 win over Peoria. He’s batting .359 in the AFL. Starlin Castro went 2-for-5 with a double and was hitting .388. John Gaub and Blake Parker both pitched one inning of relief, and both picked up holds on Saturday.

On Monday, Mesa plays host to Phoenix at HoHoKam Stadium.

Cubs’ prospect Andrew Cashner is 2-2 with a 4.32 ERA in five starts in the AFL. In his last outing Nov. 11, he was roughed up, giving up four runs on seven hits over three innings. In his previous outing, the right-hander threw four shutout innings, serving up five hits. He has fanned 16 over 16 2/3 innings this fall. Catcher Michael Brenly was hitting .294 with one homer in six games.

In Venezuela, infielder Andres Blanco was batting .316 with one homer, 11 doubles, two triples and 22 RBIs for Magallanes. Blanco has primarily played second base and was hitting second in the lineup there. Cubs prospect Robinson Chirinos was batting .357 with six homers, five doubles and 19 RBIs for Magallanes.

J.R. Mathes has returned home after making six starts for Caracas. He went 1-2 with a 5.08 ERA, striking out 12 over 28 1/3 innings. In his last outing Nov. 6, Mathes gave up two runs, 11 hits and did not walk a batter over five innings.

In the Dominican Republic, outfielder Nelson Perez was batting .362 in 17 games with two homers, three doubles, two triples and five RBIs for Toros del Este.

In Mexico, shortstop Matt Camp was batting .336 for Mexicali with 10 doubles, one homer and 21 RBIs. He’s been leading off for the Mexican League team, and has a .401 on-base percentage. Brian Schlitter has seven saves and a 4.24 ERA in 16 games there, striking out 12 over 17 innings. The right-hander pitched on Sunday, and gaveup one run, two walks and struck out two in 1 1/3 innings.

– Carrie Muskat

11/7 Winter ball roundup

Thomas Diamond made his first start in the Mexican League on Friday night, and struck out three over three-plus innings in Mexicali’s 5-4 win over Obegron. Diamond did not walk a batter and did not give up a hit until the first two batters in the fourth connected off the right-hander. He was then pulled. Brad Snyder went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Mexicali, and was batting .348. Brian Schlitter, who totaled 22 saves at Double-A Tennessee, picked up the save, pitching one inning.

In Venezuela, J.R. Mathes gave up two runs on 11 hits over five innings, striking out two, but did not get a decision in Caracas’ 4-3 win over Lara.

Catcher Robinson Chirinos hit his fourth homer, a solo shot, to help Magallanes beat Caribes 3-1. Chirinos was batting .405 and has 12 RBIs. Andres Blanco also had a hit.

– Carrie Muskat

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