Results tagged ‘ Esmailin Caridad ’

11/13 AFL & Winter ball updates

* Logan Watkins drew three walks and scored one run but it wasn’t enough as the Mesa Solar Sox lost 8-4 to Salt River on Monday in Arizona Fall League play. Other Cubs prospects to play included pitchers Nick Struck, who gave up one earned run in one inning, and Tony Zych, who also gave up a run in one inning. On Tuesday, the Solar Sox play host to Surprise at HoHoKam Park, starting at 12:35 p.m. MT.

* Junior Lake was 2-for-2, scoring two runs and driving in another, for Estrellas de Oriente in Dominican Winter League play on Monday. Lake was batting .365. Esmailin Caridad has a 1.93 ERA in 15 games for Yaquis de Obregon in the Dominican. He’s struck out 23 and walked six over 18 2/3 innings.

— Carrie Muskat

3/13 Cubs roster moves

The Cubs assigned right-handed pitchers Esmailin Caridad and Casey Weathers to the Minor League camp on Tuesday. Weathers, acquired from the Rockies in the Ian Stewart deal, also was outrighted off the 40-man roster, which is now at 39.

— Carrie Muskat

3/11 Gaub, Caridad to Iowa

The Cubs made their first roster cuts on Friday and optioned lefty John Gaub and right-hander Esmailin Caridad to Triple-A Iowa. The spring roster is now at 58 players. Caridad had appeared in 3 2/3 innings over four games, and given up three hits, three runs and one walk while striking out one. Gaub, acquired in the Mark DeRosa deal in December 2008, had pitched in two games and given up five runs on three hits and four walks over 1 1/3 innings. Expect more roster moves after this weekend’s split squad games.

— Carrie Muskat

5/19 Caridad on DL; Stevens up

The Cubs placed Esmailin Caridad on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this year and have recalled right-hander Jeff Stevens. Caridad missed time April 12-May 8 because of a strained right forearm. He’s now on the DL because of a right elbow strain. Stevens had a 2.60 ERA in 12 relief appearances for Triple-A Iowa.

— Carrie Muskat

5/7 Extra bases

Expect rookie Esmailin Caridad to rejoin the Cubs on Sunday. Caridad threw two innings Thursday in his second rehab outing for Triple-A Iowa. He gave up one hit, a solo home run. The Cubs will likely move one of the right-handers in the bullpen: Jeff Gray or Justin Berg.

* Rookie Tyler Colvin will get a start Saturday and Sunday. It’s part of Lou Piniella’s outfield rotation plan to keep the veterans fresh.

* What happens with Mike Fontenot and Jeff Baker now that Ryan Theriot is the second baseman?

“They become utility players,” Piniella said. “I like both of them. They’re both good players. Right now we’re going to go with the young kid at short and Ryan at second and hopefully it gets us better.”

— Carrie Muskat

5/1 Caridad update & the 'pen

Rookie Esmailin Caridad was to throw one inning in Mesa, Ariz., on Saturday, and if all goes well, the right-hander could join Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday for a couple rehab appearances. Caridad is on the disabled list with a strained right forearm and has been rehabbing in Mesa at the Cubs’ Spring Training complex.

“I would think if everything is right, he could be joining us by next weekend in Cincinnati,” Lou Piniella said Saturday. “That’s the plan if everything goes right.”

Caridad was projected as the Cubs’ primary set-up pitcher but with his injury, the team moved Carlos Zambrano into that role. That will remain unchanged when Caridad returns.

“I think it’ll make us a little deeper from the right side,” Piniella said of the bullpen makeup when Caridad comes back. “We haven’t discussed what we’re going to do, assuming he’s there next weekend. It’s still too far away. But it’ll be one of the young pitchers he’ll be replacing.”

Which would mean one of the young right-handers — Justin Berg or Jeff Gray — could be re-assigned.

— Carrie Muskat

4/29 Lineup, Caridad & Keller

No changes in Thursday’s lineup. It’ll be:

SS Theriot

RF Fukudome

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Byrd

LF Soriano

2B Fontenot

C Soto

P Lilly

* Also, Esmailin Caridad, rehabbing from a strained right forearm, was to throw one inning on Saturday in Mesa. The rookie is about 10 days away from returning.

* Cubs roving Minor League hitting instructor Dave Keller is with the team for the series to help Rudy Jaramillo.

— Carrie Muskat

4/27 First month assessment

GM Jim Hendry was asked Monday about how he feels about the Cubs after nearly one month of play:

“I like the last three days [in Milwaukee] more than the first 2 1/2 weeks,” Hendry said. “The good thing is we played like we’re capable of three days in a row. It just kind of verifies what we thought we had. Things can happen. Not all 30 teams break and do well. … I’m optimistic now that we’re starting to swing the bat, our pitching has been real good, our bench is better, our depth is better and Lou has proven his entire career that if you have some hiccups early, he puts people into roles right away to see if they can sink or swim. You find out, you make adjustments, you move a few pieces around.”

One of those hiccups was the struggles the bullpen was having. Moving Carlos Zambrano to the set-up role has changed this dramatically in the two games he’s pitched.

“The bottom line is that at this particular time, it makes us a better club,” Hendry said. “[Zambrano] didn’t throw poorly. [Silva and Gorzelanny], their arsenal isn’t conducive to going to the pen. … There’s no agenda at all except it was the best fit at the time. He’s capable of doing it.”

Zambrano has said he will do this until the Cubs find another set-up pitcher. Nobody knows when that will be.

“I don’t have a time frame,” Hendry said. “It makes us a better club right now. All the other guys are pitching great. A month from now, somebody may slip up or someone has an injury and things change.”

Which means Zambrano could move back into the rotation. By that time, Esmailin Caridad may be ready for the job. One thing is clear, salary was not a factor.

“You can’t worry about anybody’s individual salary,” Hendry said. “Things change. People adjust. We’re going to have an injury or two along the way and we’ll adjust to that. … Nobody ever breaks camp with the 25 in the same role and just run the table, win 100 and goes to the playoffs. To get hung up on what somebody makes or what they used to do or what’s going to happen a month from now or who you’re going to acquire, that’s foolish thinking.”

— Carrie Muskat

4/14 Caridad on DL, Gray joins team

Esmailin Caridad was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 12, because of inflammation in his right forearm. The right-hander said he felt it Monday. Jeff Gray, acquired from the Athletics for Jake Fox and Aaron Miles, was called up from Triple-A Iowa and added to the 25-man roster.

“I’ll use him the way I use the rest of these guys,” Lou Piniella said of Gray, who was slowed this spring because of a groin strain. “Get him in there and let him pitch. We have a little sorting out to do with our bullpen and we’re in the process of doing that.”

The Cubs came into the season thinking Caridad would be the leading set-up pitcher. Now, Piniella will call on pitchers based on the best matchup but he did say he will rely on John Grabow and Sean Marshall.

“The right-handers, will give them all opportunities,” Piniella said.

— Carrie Muskat


3/21 Berg waits for official go-ahead

Justin Berg hasn’t been officially told he’s made the Cubs’ Opening Day roster but he did hear that Lou Piniella said the right-hander was in. Berg says he probably won’t know until he’s on the plane to Atlanta for the season opener.

“I’m just going to keep competing, keep going out there and pitching,” Berg said. “I’m going to find a way to help the team win.”

Berg was in the big league camp last spring but this year has been different.

“I’m a little more comfortable coming in this year, having a little bit of experience,” he said. “Last year, coming up at the end of the season in September, facing the competition and knowing a lot of the guys now makes it more relaxed so I can just focus on pitching.”

Is the difference mental? Physical?

“It’s a little of everything,” Berg said.

He was called up last September and apperaed in 11 games. He gave up 10 hits and one run over 12 innings. That was it.

“It definitely helps having that experience,” the 25-year-old pitcher said. “If I stay here [with the big league team], I’m going to try to keep moving forward and keep pitching the way I have been.”

Berg was named co-winner of the first Cubs Idol competition on Saturday. His locker just happens to be next to Darwin Barney, who shared the top honors. The two talked music as the competition progressed. Berg can play guitar and drums, Barney the piano. They were competitive in the Idol showdown.

“We didn’t give each other too much information,” Berg said.

With the addition of Berg, the Cubs now have Carlos Marmol, John Grabow and Esmailin Caridad committed to the ‘pen. Berg was a starter in the Minor Leagues until last season when he pitched exclusively as a reliever at Triple-A Iowa. He’s gotten used to being in the bullpen.

“Whether I go one, two, a few innings, whatever, I’ll do it,” Berg said.

— Carrie Muskat