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For the second straight day, Emilio Bonifacio was not in the Cubs lineup as the team tries to move the infielder by the 3 p.m. CT Thursday Trade Deadline.
“He’s doing the best that he can under the circumstances,” manager Rick Renteria said prior to the game. “It’s obvious there might be some things shaking out. We’ll see how it continues to develop during the day.”
Bonifacio has been traded before, so he knows the drill.
“He’s aware of all the possibilities and I think he’s just taking it in stride and doing what he can do,” Renteria said. “He’s making sure he’s available and ready to go.”
Bonifacio has been linked to the Giants, who are looking to upgrade at second base, among other teams.
– Carrie Muskat
* The Cubs have acquired left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront from the Red Sox for a player to be named later.
* Emilio Bonifacio is not in the Cubs lineup because of a possible deal. Bonifacio did go out to hit, and pulled at his Cubs’ t-shirt saying, “I’m here.”
* Chris Rusin has joined the Cubs as reinforcements for the bullpen. No corresponding move has been made.
* And the Cubs have acquired Minor League pitcher Jonathan Martinez from the Dodgers to complete the Darwin Barney deal.
– Carrie Muskat
Cubs GM Jed Hoyer hinted on Tuesday that the team may move some of the players who will be free agents after this season, and that list apparently includes Emilio Bonifacio. There were reports Wednesday that the Giants, Royals, Mariners and Reds were looking at the switch-hitting Bonifacio, 29, who was batting .279 in 298 plate appearances for the Cubs. This was Bonifacio’s first season in Chicago and he has been slotted into the leadoff spot for most of the year. He did miss time from mid June to mid July with a strained right rib cage.
– Carrie Muskat
GM Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein have both indicated the Cubs could make another move by Thursday’s 3 p.m. CT Trade Deadline. The players most likely to go would be those who will be free agents after this season. That list includes:
Nate Schierholtz .198/.244/.310
Emilio Bonifacio .279/.318/.373
John Baker .216/.308/.256
Carlos Villanueva 4-6, 5.49 ERA in 28 games (2.87 ERA as reliever; 10.53 ERA in five starts)
Of course, with Baker’s outstanding pitching performance on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, they’ll probably keep him.
Chris Valaika, Eli Whiteside and Logan Watkins each homered in Iowa’s 5-4 win over Round Rock. All three home runs came in the second inning. Javier Baez added a two-run double. Eric Jokisch started, and gave up three earned runs over four innings. Chris Rusin gets the start Sunday.
Emilio Bonifacio committed an error in the fourth that allowed a run to score in Tennessee’s 1-0 loss to Huntsville in the first game of a doubleheader. Pierce Johnson took the loss, giving up four hits and two walks over five innings. Elliot Soto had two hits. In the second game, Stephen Bruno had two of the Smokies’ three hits in a 5-0 loss. Eduardo Figueroa gave up four runs over 3 1/3 innings.
Tayler Scott gave up four runs over five innings in Daytona’s 5-3 loss to Fort Myers. Gioskar Amaya, Albert Almora and Jordan Hankins each hit doubles, and Hankins finished with two RBIs.
Trey Martin had two hits and one RBIs in Kane County’s 4-2 loss to Great Lakes. Paul Blackburn took the loss, giving up four runs over six innings.
Jesse Hodges had three hits, including his fifth home run, and a triple, plus one RBIs in Boise’s 12-9 win over Salem-Keizer. Hodges is batting .282. Ben Wells got the win, giving up two runs over five innings. Mark Zagunis added two doubles.
Mesa held on for a 5-4 win over the Brewers. Eloy Jimenez had two RBIs, and Varonex Cuevas had two hits and two walks.
In case you missed it, the Cubs made some roster moves:
* Emilio Bonifacio has joined Double-A Tennessee on a rehab assignment. Bonifacio, 29, was batting .261 with 10 doubles, three triples, one homer and 17 RBIs in 61 games before he suffered a strained oblique.
* Kyle Schwarber was promoted from Class A Kane County to high A Daytona. Schwarber hit safely in 15 of the 23 games he played with the Cougars, batting .361 with four home runs and 15 RBIs. He was a catcher, played left and was the designated hitter.
* Kyuji Fujikawa has joined Class A Kane County on a rehab assignment. He’s been rehabbing in Mesa since undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in June 2013.
Edwin Jackson gets the start today as the Cubs face the Phillies in the second game of their three-game series. Here’s the lineup:
* Zac Rosscup was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
* The Cubs announced Emilio Bonifacio has a right oblique strain, and there is no timetable for his return. Bonifacio was injured on a swing Thursday in Pittsburgh.
* Hector Rondon has some tenderness in his right elbow. The Cubs were going to evaluate Rondon on Saturday.
Emilio Bonifacio has not only provided a much needed spark for the Cubs offense but he’s made it very easy for manager Rick Renteria to fill out his lineup card. David DeJesus was the Cubs’ main leadoff man last season until he was traded. Others to bat No. 1 in 2013 included Starlin Castro, Luis Valbuena, Dave Sappelt, Junior Lake, Darwin Barney, and Julio Borbon. Bonifacio has led off all seven Cubs games this season, and provided stability at that spot.
“If you can have a leadoff guy who you can slot in, it’s really big,” Renteria said. “We’ve had a couple guys who have done it in the past — Starlin has done it, and Junior has done it. ‘Boni’ might profile more as a typical leadoff guy.”
Bonifacio is on a record-setting pace. According to Elias, he is the first big league player in the modern era (since 1900) to record games with one hit, two hits, three hits, four hits and five hits all within the team’s first seven contests of a season. Bonifacio‘s 17 hits are the most by any Cubs player in the team’s first seven games of a season in the last 100 years since 1914, according to STATS Inc.
– Carrie Muskat
After Sunday’s game, the Cubs play host to the Pirates, starting Tuesday. Can the Pirates contain Emilio Bonifacio? He was 11-for-16 in the three games at PNC Park.
“He’s actually a ball of energy,” Rick Renteria said Sunday of the leadoff man. “He’s talking in the dugout all the time. He’s a ball of energy we appreciate having. The conversations in the dugout have been pretty good. All the games we’ve played, guys are talking about the right things and there’s good energy in there. The outcome hasn’t been what we wanted but everybody is still preparing to do what they can to help us have success.”
Even Renteria doesn’t think his leadoff man can keep up the pace.
“It would be impossible for us to believe he would maintain the clip he had through the Pittsburgh series but when he gets to the plate, he tries to work the count, he tries to get on, and when he gets on base, he wants to wreck havoc on the pitchers and the opposition,” Renteria said. “It’s good for him to be part of our club.”
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs apparently play better on less sleep. Mike Olt hit his first Major League home run to help Jason Hammel win his Cubs debut and post a 3-2 victory Thursday over the Pirates, giving Chicago manager Rick Renteria his first victory.
There was no beer shower or champagne bottle waiting for Renteria but he was soaked because of the rain that started late in the game and drenched his lineup card and game notes.
“I was hoping the water would cleanse me a little bit,” he said.
The win came after the Cubs opened with two extra-innings losses, including Wednesday’s 16-inning marathon that ended shortly after 1 a.m. ET Thursday. It was a quick turnaround for the 12:35 p.m. start in the series finale.
Hammel wanted to finish the game. The right-hander, who signed a one-year, $6 million deal in February, days before pitchers and catchers reported, held the Pirates to two hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out five. The Cubs bullpen was short-handed because of the extra innings the night before.
“I was pretty surprised the way I was moving through the game,” Hammel said. “I wanted to complete it and take it as far as I could have.”
Emilio Bonifacio can apparently fall out of bed and hit. He led off the game with a single, his 10th hit in his 13th at-bat, then stole second, and two outs later, scored on Anthony Rizzo’s single.
“He’s on fire and hopefully he continues,” Renteria said of Bonifacio, now 11-for-16 for the season. “We’re seeing a lot of guys have good at-bats. We had some balls hit well. We’re on the right track.”
Bonifacio remembers a hot streak like this when he played for the Marlins in 2009.
“I’m just swinging at strikes,” he said. “That’s the main difference.”
Bonifacio doubled to open the third, and scored one batter later when Justin Ruggiano grounded into a double play. When Bonifacio grounded out in the fifth, the crowd of 11,418 at PNC Park cheered. Finally.
“I was laughing — it was funny,” Bonifacio said. “That’s part of the game.”
Olt, who hoped to continue his spring comeback story this season, made it 2-0 with a leadoff home run in the second off Wandy Rodriguez, hitting an opposite-field shot to right for his first big league homer. He showed exactly what the Cubs — and most likely the Rangers — were hoping for. Chicago acquired the third baseman last July; he’d struggled with vision problems which apparently have cleared up.
“That ball, down and away, to hit it the other way with some power, it shows you the kind of thump he has in his stick,” Renteria said of Olt.
“It’s not that I go out there trying for [home runs],” Olt said, “but it was nice to get the first hit out of the way and that it happened to be a home run makes it a little sweeter.”
Now, the Cubs head home 1-2.
“We didn’t want to go home 0-3,” Bonifacio said. “We just played two really good games. This win was really important for us.”
Friday will be the Cubs’ home opener. Renteria has yet to see his office at Wrigley Field.
“I didn’t think it was going to be such a relief [to get the win] but it’s quite a relief, quite honestly,” Renteria said.
– Carrie Muskat