Results tagged ‘ Chris Carpenter ’

3/29 Cubs complete Theo comp

The Red Sox sent 19-year-old first baseman Jair Bogaerts to the Cubs to complete the compensation deal for Theo Epstein. Bogaerts has played the last two seasons in the Dominican Summer League. He’s a right-handed hitter.

The Cubs sent pitcher Chris Carpenter to Boston earlier, but Carpenter is headed for surgery on his right elbow to remove bone spurs.

“It’s certainly something we had no knowledge of,” Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said Thursday. “I don’t think he had any elbow issues for the last two years. It’s unexpected and unfortunate.

“It’s obviously something you never want to happen,” Hoyer said. “With any trade, you want both sides to feel good. It’s not a great thing to have happen both for Chris or the Red Sox.”

– Carrie Muskat

3/28 Chris Carpenter to have surgery

Chris Carpenter, who was sent to the Red Sox as compensation for Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, will see Dr. James Andrews on Thursday to undergo surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow. Carpenter announced the news himself on Twitter. He added: “Stayin positive and prepared to work harder than ever to come back as soon as I can this season!” He had pitched in two Grapefruit League games.

– Carrie Muskat

3/15 Kurcz to Red Sox

The Cubs will send Minor League pitcher Aaron Kurcz to the Red Sox to complete their part of the compensation package for Theo Epstein. Kurcz was a 10th round pick in 2010 and was 5-4 with a 3.28 ERA in 32 games last season with Class A Daytona. He struck out 139 over 109 2/3 innings and walked 45. The Cubs earlier sent pitcher Chris Carpenter to the Red Sox, and at that time, the two teams also agreed to exchange Minor League players.

– Carrie Muskat

1/4 Cubs Caravan stop in Peoria Jan. 12

The Cubs Caravan will stop Jan. 12 in Peoria, Ill., and Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters, Matt Sczcur, Tony Campana, Chris Carpenter and Casey Coleman were expected to take part. New Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio, bench coach Jamie Quirk, first base coach Dave McKay, scouting director Joe Bohringer and assistant GM Shiraz Rehman also were scheduled to attend. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m., and an autograph and photo session will run from 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Peoria RiverPlex. Tickets are $15 and include the autograph/photo session, beer, soda, hot dogs, chips and cookies. Tickets will not be sold at the door. You can purchase them at the Peoria Chiefs’ offices at O’Brien Field.

– Carrie Muskat

11/6 AFL & winter ball update

Junior Lake went 1-for-3 with a double but also made a costly throwing error as the West team beat the East, 11-2, in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars game Saturday in Surprise. Cubs prospects Chris Carpenter and Trey McNutt each pitched in the game in relief. After an off day Sunday, the three rejoin the Mesa Solar Sox and play host to Peoria at HoHoKam Park on Monday.

In Venezuela, Austin Bibens-Dirkx gave up two hits and struck out five over seven innings to help Zulia beat La Guaira, 4-0. On Sunday, Carlos Zambrano is scheduled to start for Caribes against Magallanes. It will be his first game since Aug. 12.

– Carrie Muskat

11/2 AFL update – Wednesday’s games

Josh Vitters was 2-for-5 with two RBIs in Mesa’s 11-8 loss Wednesday to Phoenix in Arizona Fall League play. Jeff Beliveau, making his first Fall League appearance after pitching for Team USA in the World Cup and Pan Am Games, struck out one in one inning. Marcus Hatley and Chris Carpenter each pitched one inning in relief. Carpenter gave up two runs on three hits and struck out two. On Thursday, Mesa plays host to Phoenix at HoHoKam Park with first pitch scheduled for 12:35 p.m. MT.

10/26 AFL update

DJ LeMahieu had two hits, including a RBI double, and Chris Carpenter pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three, in Mesa’s 10-5 win over Scottsdale in Arizona Fall League play Wednesday. Marcus Hatley, another Cubs prospect, gave up two runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief for the Solar Sox. On Thursday, Mesa travels to Scottsdale. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. MT. Andrew Cashner was slated to pitch in the game in relief.

– Carrie Muskat

10/23 AFL & winter ball update

Junior Lake went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and a stolen base in Mesa’s 9-2 win over Salt River on Saturday in Arizona Fall League play. The shortstop hit a one-out single in the first, and a two-out single in the second. Lake hit a RBI double in the fourth and led off the eighth with another single. He now has hit in nine straight games and driven in a run in six of his last seven. This season, he hit .278 with 12 homers, 51 RBIs and 38 steals in 116 games between Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. Marcus Hatley and Chris Carpenter each pitched one scoreless inning in relief. Josh Vitters started in right field and went 1-for-5, and was batting .375 overall, while DJ LeMahieu was 0-for-3. After an off day Sunday, Mesa plays host to Surprise at HoHoKam Park on Monday. First pitch is 12:35 p.m. MT.

* Bryan LaHair was 0-for-5 on Saturday, only the second time he’s gone hitless in nine games for Magallanes in Venezuelan Winter Ball. LaHair played first base and right field and was batting .314 so far. On Sunday, Magallanes plays at Aragua.

– Carrie Muskat

10/19 AFL update – Wednesday’s game

The Mesa Solar Sox rallied for a 6-5 win over Scottsdale on Wednesday in Arizona Fall League play. Trey McNutt, who reportedly has drawn interest from the Red Sox in the Theo Epstein talks, started and gave up four runs — two earned — on five hits and one walk over 1 2/3 innings. Chris Carpenter picked up the win, pitching one inning in relief. Cubs prospects Junior Lake was 2-for-5, Josh Vitters 1-for-3, and DJ LeMahieu 1-for-4. White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino hit a two-run single in the ninth for the game-winning runs. The Mesa team plays host to Scottsdale on Thursday at HoHoKam Park.

– Carrie Muskat

10/18 Waiting for Theo, Day 7

On Oct. 27, 2009, a travel day during the World Series between the Yankees and Phillies, the Cubs held a news conference at Wrigley Field to announce the Ricketts family had completed the sale of the ballclub. MLB discourages teams from announcements during the World Series but made an exception for the Cubs that year. Could that happen again so the Cubs can name their next general manager?

One week ago, reports surfaced that the Cubs and Red Sox GM Theo Epstein had agreed in principle to a five-year deal. But Epstein has one year left on his contract, and the two teams have been discussing compensation and who, if any, of his staff can accompany him to Chicago. The two teams can set their own deadline to complete negotiations but Game 1 of the World Series between the Cardinals and Rangers is Wednesday night. No news conference was scheduled Tuesday for the Stadium Club at Wrigley Field.

The Red Sox apparently are trying to restock their pitching in the Minor Leagues. There were reports the Red Sox aimed high and asked for starter Matt Garza as compensation but the Cubs rejected that option. Boston was believed to be targeting right-hander Trey McNutt, who was currently pitching in the Arizona Fall League. A 32nd-round pick in 2009, McNutt battled blisters and a bruised rib cage this season at Double-A Tennessee and was 5-6 with a 4.55 ERA in 23 games. McNutt, 22, was 10-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 25 starts at Class A and Double-A in 2010.

Another arm in the mix could be right-hander Chris Carpenter, a third-round pick in 2008, who pitched in relief at Tennessee, Triple-A Iowa and briefly with the Cubs this season. But Chicago doesn’t have much depth in the system, which was evident this past season when the Cubs lost Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells to injuries after their first starts and struggled to fill their spots in the rotation.

There is some precedent. In 1994, after agreeing to terms with Twins GM Andy MacPhail to become president and CEO, the Cubs sent Class A pitcher Hector Trinidad to the Twins as compensation. Trinidad never made it to the big leagues.

Interim GM Randy Bush has handled the Cubs day to day operations the last two months, but there are decisions to be made once the World Series ends. Free agency begins five days after the final out. The Cubs staff also is on hold. Manager Mike Quade is under contract for 2012 but only hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo is believed to be signed for next year. The others have contracts that expire at the end of October.

In Epstein’s nine years as GM, the Red Sox won two World Series and reached the postseason six times. What’s that worth? Friday is a travel day for the Cardinals and Rangers. Perhaps Cubs and Red Sox followers will find out then.

– Carrie Muskat

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