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4/22 Minor matters

Brian Bogusevic extended his hitting streak to seven games, but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 1-0, to Memphis on Sunday. Drew Carpenter started and did not get a decision, throwing 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out six. Ian Stewart went 0-for-4, and now is 1-for-17 in five games.

Matt Szczur drove in two runs in Tennessee’s 9-6, 11-inning loss to Montgomery. Anthony Giansanti was 2-for-2 and Rubi Silva had two hits and one RBIs. Trey McNutt struck out one in two perfect innings in relief. He has held opponents scoreless in five of his six appearances.

Ryan Searle gave up five runs over four innings in Daytona’s 9-1 loss to Dunedin. Jorge Soler extended his hitting streak to 10 games, and was batting .378 overall.

Trey Martin had three hits, including a double, and drove in a run in Kane County’s 7-6 win over Peoria. Rock Shoulders had two hits, including a double, and Dan Vogelbach walked, stole a base and scored a run.

* On Wednesday, Cubs pitcher Matt Garza was scheduled to make a rehab start with Double-A Tennessee. He’s coming back from a strained left lat injured Feb. 17 during a live BP session in Spring Training.

— Carrie Muskat

4/19 Extra bases

Matt Garza threw a two-inning simulated game Friday at Miller Park, and did well, although he struggled a bit with what manager Dale Sveum called “pinpoint-manship.”
Garza, who strained his left lat during a live batting practice session Feb. 17 and did not appear in a Spring Training game, was throwing in a game situation for the first time this year. He has not pitched in a regular season game since July, and missed the second half of last season with elbow problems.

“Everything was coming out of his hand OK,” Sveum said. “He was a little rusty.”

His command was also off a bit, resulting in the lack of pinpoint control.

“That’s just the first step to get out there,” Sveum said of Garza, who faced two hitters.

This was the first of at least four games for Garza. Next step will be 45 pitches over three innings. If all goes well, the right-hander should be ready to return to the Cubs rotation by mid May. Garza most likely will go to Double-A Tennessee for his next outing.

* With the addition of outfielder Julio Borbon, infielder Alex Gonzalez was designated for assignment. That doesn’t give the Cubs much depth in the infield. Cody Ransom is the backup at second, short and third, and there is no official backup first baseman. Sveum said the Cubs will rectify that when they add third baseman Ian Stewart, who was rehabbing at Triple-A Iowa. Stewart missed Spring Training with a strained left quad suffered in an intrasquad game Feb. 21, and weather has interfered with his rehab at Iowa. Stewart had played in two games heading into Friday.

“He needs a good solid week to play,” Sveum said of Stewart, limited to 55 games last season because of problems with his left wrist that ultimately required surgery. “He had no Spring Training.”

When Stewart does arrive, Luis Valbuena can fill the utility infielder role.

“If [Stewart] is here, he’s going to start,” Sveum said. “Valbuena will move all over the place. You still have to perform.”

* Kyuji Fujikawa, on the DL since April 13 with a strained right forearm, played catch in Chicago Friday. He threw from about 75 feet, and had no pain. It’s the first time he has thrown since going on the DL.

* Infielder Brent Lillibridge, designated for assignment on Tuesday to make room on the roster for Ransom, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa. Lillibridge was 1-for-24 in nine games with the Cubs.

* Jorge Soler rejoined Class A Daytona on Thursday after serving a five-game suspension and went 1-for-3 with a single in his first at-bat. He was penalized for charging the opposing dugout with a bat in his hand on April 10. Soler had gone to Mesa, Ariz., to workout at the Cubs’ facility there during the suspension.

“He was really anxious to come back, he was excited to play,” Daytona manager Dave Keller told the Daytona Beach News Journal. “I just told him, ‘Hey, let’s go play baseball. Let’s go after it. Get into your routine and get prepared for the game.'”

— Carrie Muskat

4/15 Minor matters – Monday’s game

Darwin Barney went 4-for-5 with a double Monday for Triple-A Iowa in an 11-5 loss to Albuquerque. Barney was expected to rejoin the Cubs on Tuesday in Chicago for the Interleague series against the Rangers. Ian Stewart, coming back from a strained left quad, was 0-for-4 in his second rehab start game.

4/15 Minor matters

* Chris Rusin gave up one run on four hits over seven innings in Iowa’s 4-1 victory over Albuquerque on Sunday. Brian Bogusevic had two hits, Darwin Barney walked three times and stole a base, and Ian Stewart was 0-for-3 with an RBI. Brad Nelson had two RBI.

For Stewart, it was his first game action since June 12. He underwent wrist surgery last July but has been on the disabled list this spring with a strained left quad.

“Everything felt good, so it was encouraging,” Stewart told the Des Moines Register of his first game.

Both he and Barney took extra grounders after the game. Stewart has something to prove, especially to the Cubs.

“I feel like I owe them for helping me through that,” he said.

* Dae-Eun Rhee gave up one hit over six shutout innings in Tennessee’s 7-3 victory over Chattanooga. Jae-Hoon Ha went 3-for-3 with an RBI.

* Zach Cates gave up one run on four hits over six innings as Daytona beat Tampa, 3-1. Stephen Bruno, Dustin Geiger and Micah Gibbs each had two hits.

* Kane County’s doubleheader at Wisconsin was postponed because of bad weather. The games will be made up June 14-16 at Kane County.

— Carrie Muskat

4/14 Stewart joins I-Cubs

Ian Stewart joined Triple-A Iowa on Sunday to begin a rehab assignment. He has been recovering from a left quad strain suffered Feb. 21 in an intrasquad game. Acquired from the Rockies along with Minor League pitcher Casey Weathers, Stewart was limited to 55 games last season by a wrist injury. He had surgery on his wrist, and has reported no problems with that.

— Carrie Muskat

4/13 Extra bases

* Scott Feldman, bothered by tightness in his back, will take advantage of Monday’s off day and be skipped one turn in the Cubs rotation. Feldman was originally scheduled to start Wednesday against his former team, the Rangers, in the second game of an Interleague series, but now will not start until Saturday when the Cubs are playing the Brewers at Miller Park. The Cubs’ rotation against the Rangers now will be Travis Wood, Carlos Villanueva and Jeff Samardzija.

* Second baseman Darwin Barney flew to Des Moines on Saturday to begin a Minor League rehab assignment. Barney, out since March 30 with a left knee laceration, was expected to play Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the Triple-A Iowa team, and rejoin the Cubs on Tuesday. Barney was injured sliding into the right field wall at Minute Maid Park on March 30.

* Third baseman Ian Stewart was headed to Iowa on Saturday and will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday. He did not play in any Cactus League games because of a strained left quad, injured in the first intrasquad game Feb. 21.

* Scott Baker, still rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, which he had one year ago, was in Chicago to be re-examined by team orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo. Baker has been training at the Cubs’ facility in Mesa, Ariz. There’s no timetable for his return.

* Steve Clevenger could start at third base Sunday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Giants. Clevenger made his first start on Friday, and cleanly handled the balls hit to him. He made the Cubs’ Opening Day roster last year as a backup catcher.

“I’ll put Clevenger at third again [Sunday] and see what happens,” manager Dale Sveum said. “He can swing the bat. He gives you that left-handed bat that changes the way a pitcher pitches and gets pitch count up.”

Clevenger was a middle infielder before he was converted to catcher in the Cubs’ Minor League system.

* Giants manager Bruce Bochy presented Nate Schierholtz with his 2012 World Series ring while San Francisco was taking batting practice on Saturday. Schierholtz came up in the Giants organization, winning a ring in 2010. He was with the Giants until July 31 when he was dealt to the Phillies for Hunter Pence.

* Congrats to Garrett Camp, 5 1/2 year old son of Cubs pitcher Shawn Camp, who scored three goals for his soccer team on Friday in a 4-3 win. Garrett now has seven goals for the season.

— Carrie Muskat

4/12 Clevenger starts at 3B; Stewart progressing

Steve Clevenger was a middle infielder before he was converted to catcher in the Cubs’ Minor League system, but on Friday, he was back at third base. Clevenger got the start against the Giants’ Matt Cain as the Cubs tried to overload the lineup with left-handed hitters.

“I got my ground balls in,” Clevenger said. “I feel very comfortable over there. I played infield when I was first drafted. It’s nothing new to me, just getting the reps.”

He did play infield this spring than in the past. Last year, Clevenger won a spot on the Cubs’ Opening Day roster as a backup catcher.

“It’s just a reaction position at third,” he said. “It’s basically catch it and throw it.”

He’s also prepared as far as equipment.

“I always keep my infielder’s glove broken in,” he said.

“If he’s going to be here, he has to play,” manager Dale Sveum said of Clevenger, who is the third catcher on the Cubs’ roster. “It’s time to get him in the lineup against Cain and see what happens.”

Third baseman Ian Stewart, on the disabled list with a strained left quad, has been rehabbing at extended Spring Training, and played four innings on Thursday, hitting a couple doubles. Sveum said he expected Stewart would begin a Minor League rehab assignment soon.

— Carrie Muskat

4/6 Injury updates

* Ian Stewart, on the disabled list with a strained left quad, was the designated hitter in a game at the Cubs’ extended Spring Training in Mesa, Ariz., on Saturday, and could be a few weeks away from rejoining the team. Stewart, injured Feb. 21 during an intrasquad game, was able to run at 80-90 percent on Friday, and is making progress. He has yet to play in the field in a game. Cubs manager Dale Sveum said if all goes well, Stewart could be ready in two to three weeks.

* Second baseman Darwin Barney, on the disabled list with a left knee laceration, was able to take batting practice on Saturday. He had five stitches in his knee because of the cut, and was expected to get the stitches out this week.

* Matt Garza, on the disabled list with a strained left lat, was to throw his second bullpen session on Sunday. Garza threw 25 pitches on Thursday in Arizona, and has had no problems since the workout. He’s expected to return in May.

— Carrie Muskat

3/27 Extra bases

* The Cubs will say goodbye to HoHoKam Stadium after Thursday’s game. The team has called the ballpark home since its first game, Feb. 28, 1997, against the Mariners. Fittingly, the Cubs will wrap up the 2013 Cactus League season against the Mariners. First pitch is scheduled for 10:05 a.m. CT. The Cubs are 132-118-13 all-time in Cactus League play at HoHoKam Stadium over 17 seasons.

Just because the big league team is leaving after Thursday’s game, it doesn’t mean HoHoKam will be dormant. The Cubs’ Minor Leaguers will play there this spring before breaking camp for their respective sites, plus the stadium will host the team’s Arizona Rookie League squad this summer. The Mesa Solar Sox also will play Arizona Fall League games at HoHoKam, starting in October.

The Athletics have signed a 20-year lease to play at HoHoKam, starting in 2015. Among the changes they will make is a new video scoreboard, wider seats, and a bigger clubhouse. The Cubs are moving to a new facility, currently being built in west Mesa at the intersection of highways 101 and 202, and scheduled to be ready for 2014 Spring Training.

* Outfielder Brett Jackson played in a Minor League game Wednesday, and got some at-bats. Jackson, sidelined with a strained right shoulder, was expected to play four or five innings on Thursday. He will open the season at Triple-A Iowa.

* Third baseman Ian Stewart expects to take batting practice on Friday. He will remain in Arizona and continue his rehab here from a sore left quad.

* The Cubs did claim right-handed pitcher Guillermo Moscoso off waivers from the Blue Jays in their continued search for bullpen help. But they won’t see the pitcher in the final exhibition games. Moscoso is not guaranteed a spot on the Cubs’ Opening Day roster, but is an option for the pen. The team did tell right-hander Cory Wade, one of the in-house candidates, that he will not make the 25-man roster. That leaves lefty Hisanori Takahashi in camp, but the Cubs are still monitoring the waiver wire.

To make room for Moscoso on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Arodys Vizcaino was placed on the 60-day disabled list. He is recovering from Tommy John surgery. Takahashi is a non-roster invitee, and the Cubs would need to open a spot on the 40-man for him as well. The lefty has given up six earned runs on 16 hits and four walks over 15 1/3 innings this spring.

* The Cubs also have yet to finalize the position players on the roster. Steve Clevenger is in the same situation as Takahashi. He’s the last in-house candidate.

“It’s a little weird not knowing what your fate is,” said Clevenger, who made the Opening Day roster last year as a backup catcher. “I put stuff on the truck [going to Chicago]. I’m getting ready to head north, and if they tell me different, they’ll have to send it to me.

“It’s a little weird,” he said. “It’s a little nerve-racking, too. At least I’m making them make a decision rather than be already down in the Minor League camp.”

— Carrie Muskat

3/24 Extra bases

* The competition for the last bulllpen spot is down to three pitchers after Rafael Dolis was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. It’s now down to Hisanori Takahashi, Zach Putnam and Cory Wade.

* Cubs outfielder Dave Sappelt was scratched from Sunday’s lineup because of a stiff neck. The outfielder was struck on the right side of his neck by a ball on the fly while sliding into third during Saturday’s game, and had a large bruise to show for it.

“They got me,” Sappelt said. “As soon as I peeked back, it hit me.”

He was expected to be sidelined two to three days.

* Brett Jackson, who has been sidelined because of inflammation in his right shoulder, was expected to resume playing this week, although it could be in a Minor League game.

“They’ll be smart about easing me back into it,” Jackson said.

He doesn’t have any problems hitting, and was able to hit off a batting tee on Saturday, and planned on doing the same Sunday.

* Ian Stewart was examined on Sunday by the team orthopedic specialist, and will begin a rehab assignment in two weeks if he continues to progress. Stewart has been sidelined with a sore left quad since Feb. 21.

— Carrie Muskat