Results tagged ‘ Geovany Soto ’

7/31 Cubs face D-Lee, Pirates Monday

Last August, when the Cubs traded Derrek Lee to the Braves, it created an strange scenario. Lee was dealt the day before the Braves played the Cubs at Wrigley Field, so he had to face his former teammates about 48 hours after he left. The Gold Glove first baseman played in Chicago from 2004-10.

It’s almost the same situation this year as the Orioles traded Lee to the Pirates, whom the Cubs face on Monday. That will be the first baseman’s first game with his new team.

“He’s a very professional player, a quiet, silent leader,” Geovany Soto said of Lee. “I had the pleasure of playing with him for a couple years and it was special. He’s always upbeat, he’s always positive. I think he’ll be a good addition to the Pirates.”

So, how was it last year when the Cubs had to face Lee in his first game with the Braves?

“It’s a litte awkward, but good for him,” Soto said. “He’s got a chance to compete and get to the playoffs and best of luck.”

– Carrie Muskat

6/21 Extra bases

Jeff Baker was the DH on Tuesday and Aramis Ramirez will do so on Wednesday, which will give him a two-day break with the off day Thursday. Baker is batting .460 against left-handed pitching so it makes sense to get him in the lineup. What’s the key?

“I just close my eyes and swing real hard,” Baker said.

* Geovany Soto has seen the replay of Ozzie Guillen kicking his mask about 80 times and it still makes him laugh.

“He was just angry,” Soto said. “I know it wasn’t anything personal toward me.”

Said Reed Johnson: “Ozzie kicking the mask is one thing. To see Geo’s reaction was great.”

* Darwin Barney took batting practice on the field Tuesday. Once he gets a brace for his left knee, he’ll be able to do more activities.

* Marlon Byrd is expected to begin a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Iowa.

– Carrie Muskat

5/30 LeMahieu to join Cubs

Add another Cubs player to the DL list. Jeff Baker was to be placed on the disabled list Monday because of a strained groin and infielder DJ LeMahieu to be called up from Double-A Tennessee. LeMahieu was the Cubs’ second-round pick in 2009. He was batting .358 with 15 doubles, two triples, two homers and 27 RBIs with the Smokies. Baker pinch-hit on Saturday but it was obvious he still had trouble running. He was batting .368 overall, .512 against left-handers.

Baker joins Reed Johnson (back), Marlon Byrd (face), Andrew Cashner (shoulder), and Matt Garza (elbow) on the DL. The Cubs did get Randy Wells back on Saturday and Geovany Soto on Sunday.

More info on DJ: He played second and third with the Smokies, and was hitting .459 against left-handers, .310 vs. right-handers. He’s been red-hot this month, batting .419 in 27 games. He hit second and third in the lineup. What should help the Cubs is he was batting .357 with runners in scoring position.

So far, the Cubs have added Tony Campana, Brad Snyder, Lou Montanez, Welington Castillo, Casey Coleman, Scott Maine, Jeff Stevens, Marcos Mateo and Justin Berg from their Minor League system this year plus acquired pitchers Doug Davis and Rodrigo Lopez. And it’s not yet June.

– Carrie Muskat

5/25 Tuesday’s Minor League games

Robert Coello gave up four runs on eight hits and five walks over 5 1/3 innings in Iowa’s 4-1 loss to Las Vegas. Brad Snyder had two hits, including a solo homer, his seventh.

Alberto Cabrera gave up three runs on six hits over seven innings in Tennessee’s 10-5 win over Mississippi. Cabrera now is 6-2 with a 5.36 ERA. Ryan Flaherty extended his hitting streak to nine games with his 11th homer and Jae-Hoon Ha added a solo homer.

Justin Bour had three hits, including his 12th homer, and two RBIs in Daytona’s 9-7 win over St. Lucie. Junior Lake and Jake Optiz also homered. Optiz finished with four RBIs.

Su-Min Jung gave up nine runs on 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings in Peoria’s 10-2 loss to Wisconsin. Greg Rohan and Richard Jones had two hits each.

* Minor League notes: Tyler Colvin went 0-for-4, and was batting .292 since joining the Iowa Cubs. He missed hitting for the cycle on Sunday by a home run, then homered on Monday. “Mechanically, I’m fine,” Colvin told the Des Moines Register. “It’s just about getting my timing back.”

Geovany Soto will join Double-A Tennessee Thursday and Friday. He’s been on the DL since May 11 with a strained left groin. Outfielder James Adduci had a broken bone in his hand surgically repaired and may miss the rest of the season.

– Carrie Muskat

3/9 Big Z home run derby March 21

Want to watch Carlos Zambrano take a few swings? Big Z will host a Home Run Derby on March 21 at Big League Dreams, 4586 E. Elliot Road, Gilbert, Ariz. It’s a charitable event for the Big Z Foundation supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Gilbert as well as Hope of Life.
You can watch Zambrano and other MLB players and the world’s greatest softball hitters, the Long Haul Bombers, in an old fashioned home run derby. There will be a silent auction, raffle. VIP seating, and more. Go to the bigZfoundation.com for more info. Among the participants are Ozzie Guillen, Geovany Soto, Omar Vizquel and Bobby Abreu.

– Carrie Muskat


1/14 Geovany Soto signs

Cubs catcher Geovany Soto avoided arbitration and signed a one-year, $3 million deal Friday night. Soto batted .280 last season with 17 homers and 53 RBIs in 105 games. The 2008 National League Rookie of the Year, Soto struggled in ’09 and batted .218. The Cubs now have avoided arbitration with Soto, Jeff Baker and Koyie Hill. The arbitration eligible players remaining include Sean Marshall, Carlos Marmol, Matt Garza and Tom Gorzelanny.

– Carrie Muskat 

1/12 Hill avoids arbitration

The Cubs avoided arbirtration with catcher Koyie Hill on Wednesday and signed him to a one-year, $850,000 contract.

“In the bottom of my heart, I would probably scrape every penny I have to pay for a chance to do this,” Hill said. “Contract negotiations is something that’s part of the game, but I’m happy its over, I’m happy I’m a Cub and I’m happy the Cubs organization thinks enough of me to want to have me back.”

Hill, 31, made 60 starts last season and batted .214 with 13 doubles, one triple, one homer and 17 RBIs. Since 2007, the team has an 84-72 record in games he has started.

Catcher Geovany Soto and pitchers Matt Garza, Carlos Marmol, Sean Marshall, and Tom Gorzelanny are the Cubs’ remaining arbitration eligible players. Jeff Baker, 29, also was arbitration eligible but he renewed Dec. 2 on a $1.175 million contract.

– Carrie Muskat

12/29 Looking ahead

Will the Cubs be quiet on New Year’s Eve? Or will it be like last year when they signed outfielder Marlon Byrd to a three-year deal on Dec. 31, 2009? Remember New Year’s Eve 2008? On that date, the Cubs signed infielder Aaron Miles and traded Mark DeRosa to the Indians for Chris Archer, John Gaub and Jeff Stevens. Archer was named the organization’s Minor League pitcher of the year in 2010.

Heading into 2011, the Cubs’ only major piece of unfinished business is to sign arbitration eligible players Carlos Marmol, Tom Gorzelanny, Sean Marshall, Geovany Soto, and Koyie Hill. Jeff Baker also was arb eligible but he signed on Dec. 2 for $1.18 million. The arbitration filing period is Jan. 5-15, and figures are Jan. 18 if a resolution is not reached. Hearings take place in February.

Other dates to remember: The Cubs Convention will be Jan. 14-16 at the Hilton Chicago.

– Carrie Muskat

12/2 Baker signs 1-year deal

The Cubs and Jeff Baker avoided arbitration, and the infielder signed a one-year, $1.175 million deal on Thursday. Baker was one of six Cubs who are arbitration eligible. The team will tender contracts to the other five: Geovany Soto, Tom Gorzelanny, Koyie Hill, Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol. As of now, Baker is listed on the depth chart at first base.

– Carrie Muskat

9/22 Soto encouraged after surgery

Geovany Soto is already beginning his rehab after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Monday. Soto said Wednesday that everything went well and he’s glad he had the procedure done now.

“They didn’t go in and repair anything and said every ligament and muscle looks great and I’m really happy for that,” Soto said.

The Cubs medical staff was pleased with the Cubs catcher’s progress.

“They were really surprised today,” Soto said, smiling. “I could move it all around — it was pretty good today.”

He’s expected to begin baseball activities by Jan. 1.

“No doubt I’ll be 100 percent by Spring Training and way before that, too,” Soto said. “Our goal is to get it 100 percent as early as possible. I’m going to try to get ready as soon as possible so it’s not a big deal.”

The pain in his shoulder flared up during the Cubs’ early August series against Milwaukee. The Cubs medical staff said the problem could have been caused by an earlier hit on his shoulder when he was younger. The problem wasn’t throwing but hitting.

– Carrie Muskat

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