Results tagged ‘ Jake Fox ’

7/30 Lineup & roster move

Reed Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a non-displaced fracture in his left foot, and pitcher Jeff Stevens was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs are going to stick with 13 pitchers for Thursday, and were expected to add an outfielder Friday, most likely Sam Fuld. Stevens was optioned to Iowa on Wednesday to make room for Mitch Atkins. Players are required to stay in the Minors 10 days, but because of the injury to Johnson, the Cubs could recall Stevens right away. Good thing he didn’t leave town.

Jake Fox was starting at third Thursday. The lineup is:

CF Fukudome

SS Theriot

1B Lee

3B Fox

RF Bradley

LF Soriano

2B Fontenot

C Hill

P Hart

– Carrie Muskat

7/26 Lineup

Derrek Lee was not in the Cubs’ starting lineup Sunday vs. the Reds in order to give him one more day to treat neck spasms. Lou Piniella said he expected Lee back Monday night vs. the Astros. Jake Fox was starting at first. Milton Bradley was back in the starting lineup.
 
CF Fukudome
SS Theriot
3B Ramirez
1B Fox
RF Bradley
LF Soriano
2B Fontenot
C Hill
P Harden
 
– Carrie Muskat

7/25 Quick hits

Left-handed reliever B.J. Ryan was to report to Triple-A Iowa on Monday. The Cubs signed Ryan to a Minor League contract. Minor League pitching coordinator Mark Riggins has been working with the lefty in Mesa, Ariz.

“The reports from Riggins are that he’s throwing the ball well and he thinks he can come up here and help us at least as a second lefty out of the bullpen,” Lou Piniella said of Ryan, who saved more than 30 games three seasons.

* Aaron Miles, on the DL for the second time this season because of a hyperextended elbow, was playing at Iowa.

* Catcher Geovany Soto was to begin taking batting practice on Saturday. Soto has been on the DL since July 7 because of a left oblique strain.

“It’s my understanding that he should be ready the first four, five days of August,” Piniella said.

The Cubs are considering giving Koyie Hill a breather, and having Jake Fox catch one of the games. Piniella projected Fox could be behind the plate for either Randy Wells or Rich Harden. They wanted Hill behind the plate against the Phillies and Reds, because both teams run well.

– Carrie Muskat

7/24 Quick hits

Lou Piniella asked one of the Japanese writers to help as interpreter so he could talk hitting with Kyosuke Sasaki on Friday. Sasaki has been with the Cubs since Monday to work with his star pupil, Kosuke Fukudome, and will go back to Japan on Sunday. One thing PIniella noticed during batting practice and games is that Fukudome is using his legs better in his swing. Piniella thanked Sasaki — and then suggested he should stick around to work with a couple other players as well.

* Geovany Soto’s rehab is progressing in Mesa, Ariz., but PIniella wasn’t sure if the catcher had started swinging a bat. Soto is sidelined with a left oblique strain. “We talked about bringing up another catcher here,” Piniella said. “Where it hurts us is the fact that [Jake] Fox has done well pinch-hitting and it’s hard to utilize him in that role. When I used him the other day, I told [pitcher Randy] Wells he’s my backup catcher.

“We know we’re in a precarious situation,” Piniella said. “We’re trying to ride this thing out. We don’t want to send out the 12th pitcher and at the same time our bench, we’re comfortable with the way it’s set up now. If we need somebody, we’ll have them here the following day.”

Wells was pitching Friday.

“How about if Wells pitches the first seven and catches the last two? That would give ESPN and the rest of the networks something to talk about,” Piniella said.

* The trading deadline is approaching. In Washington, Piniella hinted he was still looking for a left-handed hitter.

“Our GM [Jim Hendry] does as good a job as any GM in baseball in addressing a team’s needs,” Piniella said. “I’m fully comfortable that if there’s anything out there that’s available and can help us, Jim will find him and that’s all he can do.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/20 Lineup

Jake Fox didn’t make the starting lineup on his birthday Monday, but that’s because he hasn’t played right field much and he’s also the Cubs’ backup catcher. They have to be careful when they use Fox.

So, Micah Hoffpauir got the start Monday. It’ll be CF Fukudome, SS Theriot, 1B Lee, 3B Ramirez, RF Hoffpauir, LF Soriano, 2B Fontenot, C Hill, and P Lilly.

And Milton Bradley and Lou Piniella did work together in the batting cages before the game. More on that later.

– Carrie Muskat

7/19 Lineups & roster move

Outfielder Sam Fuld was optioned to Triple-A Iowa Sunday to make room on the roster for Kevin Hart, who was to start the series finale against the Nationals. One thing to watch with this lineup is that both Koyie Hill and the backup catcher, Jake Fox, are starting.

The Cubs lineup:

CF Fukudome

SS Theriot

1B Lee

RF Hoffpauir

3B Fox

LF Soriano

2B Fontenot

C Hill

P Hart

– Carrie Muskat

7/17 White House tour, Part II

Derrek Lee, Carlos Zambrano, Micah Hoffpauir, Jake Fox, Reed Johnson and Sam Fuld all took a tour of the White House on Friday, but didn’t get a chance to meet President Obama.

Lee brought his wife and daughter on the tour. This was his second trip to the White House, having attended a dinner a few years ago with then President George W. Bush. Lee would’ve liked to have met Obama.

“I voted for him,” Lee said. “I never met him.”

Fox took plenty of pictures to share with his family, including one of him at the same podium Obama uses for his news conferences.

“The coolest part for me was seeing the behind the scenes stuff,” Fox said.

They peeked at everything from the library to where they do the flower arrangements.

“To me, the most impressive part was all the detail they have in that house, from the architecture to the paintings to the carpet to the themes,” Fox said. “I wish we could’ve seen more of it. They said if [Mr. Obama] wasn’t there, we could’ve seen more of the West Wing. The only part of the West Wing we got to see was the media room.”

Fox didn’t think the President was going to interrupt his schedule for him.

“The only chance we had was that ‘Z’ and ‘D-Lee’ were with us,” Fox said. “[Mr. Obama] would have taken time to see those two. It would’ve been pretty cool if we had a chance to do that.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/16 Lineup & quick hits

Reed Johnson is playing center and leading off for the Cubs Thursday against the Nationals and lefty John Lannan. It’ll be CF Johnson, SS Theriot, RF Bradley, 1B Lee, 3B Ramirez, LF Soriano, 2B Baker, C Hill, P Harden.

* The Cubs did not find another backup catcher over the All-Star break, and hope to get by with Koyie Hill and Jake Fox. Apparently, Geovany Soto (left oblique strain) may not be sidelined one month.

“We’re exploring other things but we’re also encouraged that Geovany Soto — we’re hopeful — he’s feeling really good the last few days,” Cubs assistant GM Randy Bush said. “We’re hopeful he’s turned the corner and this could be a short term thing. We don’t want to put any time frame on it. We’re encouraged where he’s at.”

Fox was behind the plate at the end of Sunday’s second game of a day-night doubleheader.

“Rather than rush into something, we thought we’d get more information on Geo and see how it goes with Koyie and Jake and adjust if we need to,” Bush said.

* Ted Lilly was back with the team after his All-Star experience.

“It was a special, special time,” Lilly said. “It would’ve been great to break the tradition of the American League winning, but it was a great experience.”

The lefty was rudely greeted by the St. Louis crowd.

“I’ll take the booing,” Lilly said.

Lilly, Jason Marquis and Zach Duke were the only NL pitchers who did not get in the game.

* Ryan Dempster (broken right toe) has been throwing from flat ground and says he’s making progress. There’s no pain, and the inflammation is almost gone. X-rays on Wednesday showed nothing was out of place, which is a good sign.

“I don’t want to rush anything or come to any conclusions and say I’ll be back sooner than I thought, but let’s just say everything feels really, really good,” Dempster said.

* WGN broadcaster Ron Santo is not on this trip. He’s home recuperating from a kidney infection, and was expected back in the booth when the team returns to Wrigley Field.

– Carrie Muskat

Livin' the dream

Jake Fox fulfilled a life-long dream Sunday night when he entered the Cubs’ game in the eighth as the catcher. Fox pinch-hit for starter Randy Wells in the seventh, and then subbed for Koyie Hill in the eighth. Hill had caught all nine innings in the first game of Sunday’s day-night doubleheader.

– Carrie Muskat

7/12 Second game lineup

Rookie Sam Fuld will start in center in the second game of Sunday’s day-night doubleheader, but it won’t be Jake Fox behind the plate. Koyie Hill is slated to catch Randy Wells in the first half finale against the Cardinals. Here’s the lineup:

CF Fuld

SS Theriot

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

LF Soriano

RF Bradley

2B Baker

C Hill

P Wells

– Carrie Muskat

 

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