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* The Cubs recalled right-hander Jake Arrieta from Triple-A Iowa, and he will be the 26th man for Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Brewers. Arrieta will make his Cubs debut, starting the second game of the twinbill. Arrieta, 27, was the Orioles’ Opening Day starter in 2012. He was acquired from Baltimore as part of the Scott Feldman deal on July 2. In five starts at Triple-A Iowa, Arrieta was 1-2 with a 4.03 ERA.
* Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader was the Cubs first at Wrigley Field since June 28, 2011, when they played two against the Giants. Chicago did play a twinbill in Cincinnati last Aug. 18.
* Scott Baker can take his time rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. The Cubs had hoped the right-hander would start this year, but there isn’t as much of a need as last season when they were scrambling to find starters. In his fourth rehab start on Monday, Baker gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks over 3 1/3 innings for Class A Daytona against Fort Myers. Baker threw 65 pitches, struck out two, and served up a solo home run to Matt Koch in the fourth. In three previous rehab outings with Class A Kane County, Baker was charged with 13 runs on 17 hits and six walks over 8 2/3 innings.
Dale Sveum said Tuesday that Baker’s velocity was a little better in Monday’s outing.
“Sixty five pitches in 3 1/3 innings, that’s 20 pitches per inning again,” Sveum said. “He’s still not getting quick outs and what you want done in a 65-pitch outing.”
The Cubs have dealt two-fifths of their rotation — Matt Garza and Scott Feldman — but were better prepared this season to fill the gaps, inserting Carlos Villanueva and promoting lefty Chris Rusin. Jake Arrieta, acquired from the Orioles in the Feldman deal, started the second game of the Cubs’ doubleheader Tuesday.
“We’re not too concerned [about Baker] because right now, we don’t have a need right now, and we’re OK with everything,” Sveum said. “It’s just kind of a slow development for him right now. We don’t have a big need right now for a starting pitcher and we’re OK with things progressing at a slow rate.”
* The best way for Junior Lake to learn how to play the outfield is by playing. Lake, who had been an infielder primarily coming up through the Cubs system, has played only in the outfield since he was promoted July 19.
“You can’t replace the reps in a game in center field and the outfield,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “You can kind of simulate infield because of ground balls but the outfield. It’s very difficult to simulate balls over your head and in the gap and other outfielders running for the same ball. Outfield is a lot of reps to get going out there.”
The Cubs are hoping Lake gets more playing time in the outfield in winter ball. Sveum wouldn’t rule out having the athletic Lake switch to third if needed.
“He’s the kind of guy you want covering a lot of space,” Sveum said. “It looks like he can go get ‘em.”
* Anthony Rizzo will host his first “Cook-Off for Cancer” on Aug. 14 at Cafe Brauer in Chicago. Notable Chicago chefs will prepare ballpark food as only they can, and the dishes will be served by Cubs players. Guests will vote for their favorite chef by tipping their Cubs server. All tips and event proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer research, care and support. The event will take place from 6-10 p.m. CT. Among the chefs participating are Giuseppe Tentori of GT Fish and Oyster; Tony Priolo of Piccolo Sogno; Nate Henssler of Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab; Cosmo Goss of Publican; Jimmy Bannos of the Purple Pig; Mark Sparacino of Proseco; and David Burns, Wrigley Field’s executive chef. Tickets are $200, and available on Cubs.com/cook.
Rizzo also will celebrate being cancer free for five years when he hosts his second Walk-Off for Cancer on Dec. 15 in Parkland, Fla., at Pine Trails Park. The walk will begin at 9 a.m. ET.
– Carrie Muskat
Jake Arrieta will make his Cubs debut on Tuesday in the second game of a doubleheader against the Brewers. The right-hander was acquired from the Orioles on July 2 in the Scott Feldman deal along with right-hander Pedro Strop.
“I think it’s a very good change for me,” Arrieta said Monday.
He had three stints with the Orioles this season, going 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA in five starts. The right-hander was Baltimore’s Opening Day starter in 2012, and has had a lot of expectations.
“It was almost like a weight off my shoulders, really,” he said of the deal. “I felt like I was able to do a lot of good things over there but there were some things that kept me from being able to do it on a consistent basis. My time there was great, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. There came the point where they felt a move needed to be made to better their team and better this team as well.
“I’ve got a lot to offer,” he said. “I feel I’m a guy who can go out there and be a bulldog and pitch deep in games and I know I can do it on a consistent basis, so it’s just a matter of finally going out there and doing it.”
The problem this season has been not being on a consistent schedule. He’s shuttled between the big league team and the Minors, and been in the bullpen. As he said, his routine was thrown out of whack.
“I need to get out there every five days and continue to battle,” he said. “I think my career is as a starter, and I’m going to show I can keep it that way.”
Arrieta has been pitching for Triple-A Iowa. As of now, he’s scheduled to make Tuesday’s start, and that’s it.
“I think the performance will do the speaking, that will determine whether I stay here or go back to Iowa,” he said. “I don’t plan on going back. I plan on making it tough for them to decide and just go from there. I just think first and foremost, it’s great to be here. First time in Wrigley, and as soon as I walked up those [dugout] steps, I got some chills. It’s a park that I’ve heard about and knew a lot about as a kid. It’s just special. I’m thankful for this opportunity.”
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs return home Monday without Matt Garza (traded to Rangers on 7/22) and without Alfonso Soriano (traded to NYY 7/26). They’ve also dealt Scott Feldman, Scott Hairston and Carlos Marmol this month. Is it more challenging now for Dale Sveum with all the turnover?
“It’s not as much of a challenge for me as always making sure you have the depth to fill the voids that happen someitmes,” Sveum said. “[Chris] Rusin has filled in with two great starts and we have [Carlos] Villanueva. We have a lot more depth than we did last year. Losing Soriano is a big blow on a lot of different scales than losing your four hitter.”
On Tuesday in the makeup doubleheader, Jake Arrieta will make his Cubs debut. It’ll be Sveum’s first look at him. He was acquired from the Orioles in the Feldman deal.
“You’re curious to get your eyes on him yourself,” Sveum said. “It’s stuff, it’s 95 to 97 [mph], and a guy who can throw a 91 mph slider or cutter, whatever you want to call it, as well as a changeup and curveball. You’ve got plus arm and plus stuff who can strike people out and do things that way.”
– Carrie Muskat
* Dioner Navarro seemed a good candidate to fill the fourth spot in the Cubs’ lineup Saturday against southpaw Madison Bumgarner. Navarro was 17-for-33 (.515) against left-handed pitching. Manager Dale Sveum is mixing and matching in that spot in the lineup following Alfonso Soriano’s departure via trade.
“[Navarro's] numbers against left-handed pitching are as good as anybody,” Sveum said.
* Shawon Dunston Jr. was batting .328 at Class A Boise, and had more walks (18) than strikeouts (15) in 33 games. That’s the opposite of what his father, former Cubs shortstop Shawon Dunston, would do. In his 18 year career, Shawon senior struck out 1,000 times and drew 203 walks. Dunston now is a coach on the Giants staff. What gives?
“First, he hits left-handed,” said Dunston of his son. “The patience is from my wife.”
* Carlos Villanueva will start the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Brewers and Jake Arrieta will be called up to pitch in the night cap. Arrieta was currently on Triple-A Iowa’s staff. Teams can add a 26th player for a doubleheader.
– Carrie Muskat
Jake Arrieta gave up one run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight, in Iowa’s 4-3 win over New Orleans. Josh Vitters was 1-for-2 with one RBI, but had to come out of the game with a hamstring injury. Arrieta was expected to start one of the Cubs’ games Tuesday when they play a makeup doubleheader against the Brewers. Justin Grimm makes his first start for the Iowa Cubs on Friday against Oklahoma City.
Javier Baez hit two home runs, and Rubi Silva and Justin Bour each hit one in Tennessee’s 10-5 win over Huntsville. Baez drove in four runs and now is batting .229. Marcos Mateo picked up the win in relief.
Ivan Pineyro gave up five runs over six innings in Daytona’s 6-5 win over Palm Beach. Ben Carhart had two hits and two RBIs, and Chad Krist had two hits and one RBIs.
Wilson Contreras and Rock Shoulders each homered to help Kane County beat Beloit, 11-8. Albert Almora had four hits, including two doubles, Shoulders finished with three hits and three RBIs and Contreras and Marco Hernandez each had four hits.
Boise lost, 5-4, to Eugene. Yasiel Balaguert had two hits and one RBIs, and Jacob Hannemann drove in two runs. On Wednesday, six Hawks were named to the South Division All-Star team: Lance Rymel, Jacob Rogers, Daniel Lockhart, and Balaguert will start, while Shawn Dunston, David Bote, James Pugliese and Tyler Bremer were voted in as reserves.
Jesse Hodges hit his first home run, a two-run shot, in Mesa’s 7-3 loss to the Athletics. Brett Jackson, who has been sidelined since mid June with a calf injury, started in center field, and was 1-for-4 in his first game.
Brooks Raley gave up one run over seven innings, but didn’t get a decision as Iowa lost, 2-1, to New Orleans in 10 innings. Raley struck out six and walked three. Brad Nelson had three hits. Jake Arrieta, who could start one of the Cubs’ games Tuesday against the Brewers, is scheduled to start Thursday against New Orleans.
Dae-Eun Rhee struck out six and gave up one run over five innings in Tennessee’s 6-1 win over Huntsville. Javier Baez, Justin Bour and Rafael Lopez each homered. For Baez, it was his second home run in as many games, and gave him 17 combined this season. Baez also hit a double, and was batting .219 at Tennessee. Tony Zych worked a scoreless ninth, and has not given up a run in his last 10 appearances.
Daytona’s game against St. Lucie was canceled because of rain and unplayable field conditions.
Scott Baker gave up three runs on five hits over three innings in his third rehab start as Kane County lost, 5-1, to Beloit. Baker walked two and struck out two. He’s given up 13 runs on 17 hits over 8 2/3 innings. Rock Shoulders and Reggie Golden each had two hits.
Kris Bryant went 1-for-4, hitting his first double, in Boise’s 5-1 loss to Eugene. Jacob Rogers had two hits and Jacob Hannemann hit a double and scored a run.
Mesa had Wednesday off, and returns to action Thursday against the Athletics.
* Outfielder David DeJesus could be activated from the disabled list soon. DeJesus has been sidelined since June 14 with a sprained right shoulder, and was playing for the Cubs’ Rookie League team now in Arizona.
“Everything is going really well right now,” Dale Sveum said of DeJesus’ rehab.
* Sveum and other Cubs staffers toured the team’s new Spring Training facility in Mesa on Tuesday.
“It’s beautiful,” Sveum said. “Obviously, we’re a few months away from the final touches being done but you can see it all coming together and how cool it is and the facility and the space and the weight room are going to be phenomenal. It’s just nice that it’s all ours, I think is the biggest thing, and that stadium will be something to see.”
The new facility is in east Mesa, located near the intersection of highways 101 and 202.
* Jake Arrieta, acquired from the Orioles in the Scott Feldman deal, could start for the Cubs on Tuesday when they play a makeup doubleheader against the Brewers. Arrieta was currently pitching at Triple-A Iowa. The right-hander was 0-2 with a 5.17 ERA in four starts, giving up nine earned runs over 15 2/3 innings.
* Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick, joined Class A Boise on Tuesday. Bryant recorded his first professional hit, a double, and drove in two runs on Monday for the Cubs’ Rookie League team. Bryant had played two games for the Cubs’ Rookie League team, and provided all the offense in a 2-1 win over the Royals on Monday.
The third baseman will be joined in Boise by third-round pick Jacob Hannemann. Bryant, picked second overall, will be the highest Draft pick to ever play for the Hawks. Lou Montanez (2000) and Josh Vitters (2007), who were both taken third overall, did play for the team.
* Scott Baker, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, was scheduled to make his third rehab start for Class A Kane County on Wednesday. So far, Baker has given up 10 earned runs over 5 2/3 innings in two games.
– Carrie Muskat
Jake Arrieta gave up four runs over five innings in Iowa’s 5-2 loss to Round Rock. Ty Wright had two hits, and one RBI, and Josh Vitters, Brad Nelson and Darnell McDonald each had two hits.
Austin Kirk gave up four runs over five innings and picked up the win in Tennessee’s 7-4 victory over Jacksonville. Justin Bour hit his ninth home run, Arismendy Alcantara had three hits, and Javier Baez had two hits and two RBIs.
Daytona lost 1-0 to Charlotte in 13 innings in the conclusion of a game suspended by rain in the top of the sevent h inning on Friday. In the second game, the two teams played to a 2-2, 15-inning tie. The Florida State League does not allow an inning to begin after 12:50 a.m. ET, and the final out was recorded in the 15th with the clock at 12:56 a.m. ET. Bijan Rademacher had three hits, including a double and triple, as well as an outfield assist.
Felix Pena gave up four runs over six innings in Kane County’s 8-4 rain-shortened, six-inning win over Lansing. Dan Vogelbach had two hits, including a double, and an RBI.
Duane Underwood gave up three earned runs over four innings in Boise’s 8-7 loss to Everett. Shawon Dunston had three hits and two RBIs.
Mesa trailed the Angels, 8-1, after four innings in a game halted by rain. David DeJesus was 0-for-1 in his first game of a rehab assignment.
Jake Arrieta gave up three earned runs over 3 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 9-0 loss to New Orleans. The Iowa Cubs now have been shutout a league-high 10 times. Ty Wright hit a double, and Marcus Hatley, Casey Coleman and Jeff Antigua combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.
Tennessee had Tuesday off. The Smokies will play a doubleheader Wednesday at Jackson. They’re the first of seven games in five days, with another twinbill scheduled for Friday. Eric Jokisch and Alberto Cabrera start on Wednesday.
Elliot Soto and Pin-Chieh Chen each had two hits in Daytona’s 4-3 loss to Lakeland. Ben Wells did not a get a decision, but gave up two runs on one hit and one walk over six innings. He’s 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA in his last four starts.
Kane County had Tuesday off and will return to action Wednesday at South Bend.
Boise had Tuesday off and will face Vancouver Wednesday. Duane Underwood is scheduled to start.
Mesa lost its fourth straight game, a 5-1 setback to the Diamondbacks. Jeffrey Baez had the lone extra-base hit, a double.
Cubs closer Kevin Gregg was a teammate of Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop last year with the Orioles, and was with Matt Guerrier on the Dodgers in Spring Training. When he heard that the Cubs had acquired Arrieta and Strop on Tuesday, he was surprised.
“I couldn’t believe when I heard it, that we got both Arrieta and Pedro,” Gregg said Tuesday. “That’s two big pickoffs. Stuff-wise, you’re looking at two good arms.”
The Cubs sent Scott Feldman to the Orioles for Arrieta and Strop, and dealt Carlos Marmol to the Dodgers for Guerrier. Strop and Guerrier were expected to join the team and be in the bullpen on Wednesday, while Arrieta will go to Triple-A Iowa.
“Strop had a great year last year, and was part of the best bullpen in baseball,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “This year has not been going so good. I guess he was on the [disabled list] with back problems. We’re getting a power arm. Guerrier will be a guy you can use in multiple roles, like [Carlos] Villanueva is for us now.”
Gregg said both Arrieta and Strop have good arms and a good mix of pitches.
“Pedro is a great bullpen guy,” Gregg said. “He had an outstanding year last year and just got in a funk this year. I think it’ll be good to get him here and get him pitching. He needs to pitch more to be successful.”
In 2012, Strop compiled a 2.44 ERA in a career-high 70 games, striking out 58 over 66 1/3 innings. He has a 7.25 ERA in 29 games this season with the Orioles. Maybe the right-hander needs a change of scenery?
“It could be good for him,” Gregg said of Strop. “He left Texas and came to Baltimore and did outstanding, and then got in a funk again. When he came to Baltimore, we weren’t winning, and he got in a groove and ran with it. He had a couple rough outings and got pushed to the side a little. I’m excited. It’s a great pickup for the Cubs.”
Gregg, who in the Dodgers camp this spring, also talked to Guerrier about his role. The newest Cubs pitcher had a 4.80 ERA in 34 appearances with the Dodgers.
“He’s a solid reliever who has been there, done that,” Gregg said of the right-hander. “The change of scenery could help him, too. We talked a little in Spring Training because he was under the microscope in spring with the situation the way it was there.”
– Carrie Muskat