Results tagged ‘ James McDonald ’

2/21 Wake-up call

Eight pitchers are scheduled to throw live BP sessions on Friday at Cubs camp. The list includes James McDonald, Jose Veras, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Tsuyoshi Wada, Zac Rosscup, Tommy Hottovy and Brian Schlitter. McDonald is a candidate for the rotation. James, 29, had a tough time last season with the Pirates. He was limited to six games because of shoulder issues, and posted a 2-2 record and 5.76 ERA. Pittsburgh designated him for assignment in September, and outrighted him to Triple-A Indianapolis but McDonald refused the assignment, and elected free agency.

The Cubs players are scheduled to be on the field at 9:30 a.m. Arizona time to stretch. It should be another beautiful day in Mesa.

– Carrie Muskat

2/13 Hammel, McDonald official; Arrieta hurt

The Cubs officially signed free agent pitchers Jason Hammel and James McDonald on Thursday and may need at least one or both for the rotation because Jake Arrieta will be behind schedule this spring after experiencing some tightness in his right shoulder. Arrieta was projected as the Cubs’ fourth starter this season. GM Jed Hoyer said Thursday that the right-hander had some discomfort when he started throwing in the winter.

“We’ve re-started his throwing program but he’ll be a little bit late into camp as far as throwing bullpens and getting into games,” Hoyer said. “No time tables yet but he is throwing and feeling good now. That was something in the back of our minds as we went through this and added some pitching depth.”

Hammel signed a one-year, $6 million deal while McDonald signed a one-year, $1 million non-guaranteed contract that does include incentives.

Hammel, 31, posted some of the best numbers of his career in 2012, going 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 118 innings over 20 starts for the Orioles. He was Baltimore’s Opening Day starter in 2013 but took a step back last season, finishing 7-8 with a 4.97 ERA in 139 1/3 innings over 26 appearances (23 starts). Part of the problem may have been injury as Hammel was on the disabled list because of tenderness in his right forearm.

“He’s a guy who’s had some success in some pretty difficult places,” Hoyer said of Hammel. “He started in Tampa, Went to Colorado and had some success in Coors Field and then obviously had some success in the American League East with Baltimore. We’re excited to get him.”

McDonald, 29, was limited to six games last season with the Pirates because of shoulder issues, and posted a 2-2 record and 5.76 ERA. The right-hander was designated for assignment in September, and outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis but refused that assignment, and elected free agency.

“James is a guy who we’ve really liked the stuff,” Hoyer said. “He’s dealt with some injuries over the last couple years but he worked really hard this winter. We’ve seen him throw a number of times over the course of the winter and he looks healthy.”

– Carrie Muskat

2/13 Hammel, McDonald

Both Jason Hammel and James McDonald are in Cubs camp on Thursday, and Hammel threw a side session with pitching coach Chris Bosio. The team was expected to announce their signing on Thursday.

– Carrie Muskat

2/12 Roster moves

The Cubs made room for free agent pitchers Jason Hammel and James McDonald on the roster on Wednesday. The Reds claimed right-handed pitcher Brett Marshall off waivers while the Twins claimed lefty Brooks Raley from the Cubs. Chicago’s 40-man roster was at 40 prior to those moves.

Marshall, 23, never pitched for the Cubs. He was was claimed in December off the Yankees’ roster. The right-hander did appear in three games last season with New York.

Raley, 25, a sixth-round pick in 2009, has appeared in 14 games with the Cubs over two seasons. He was used as a starter in 2012 with the big league team but pitched in relief last season, compiling a 5.14 ERA in nine games.

The Cubs were expected to announce Hammel’s and McDonald’s signings on Thursday. Hammel, who has reportedly agreed to a $6 million, one-year deal, was the Orioles’ Opening Day starter last year, and finished 7-8 with a 4.97 ERA. He battled a right forearm strain that sidelined him from late July until early September. The last two seasons, the Cubs have signed free agents Paul Maholm and Scott Feldman and then flipped them at the Trade Deadline for prospects. If Hammel has success, that may be his fate as well.

McDonald, 29, spent last season with the Pirates.

– Carrie Muskat

1/31 Cubs and pitching

The Cubs appear to be stockpiling more pitching. FOX Sports and MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported the Cubs had signed free agent pitcher Jason Hammel to a one-year, $6 million contract, pending a physical. The Cubs also have reportedly signed free agent pitcher James McDonald to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training. The Cubs would not confirm the reports.

In the last two seasons, the Cubs have signed free agent pitchers such as Paul Maholm and Scott Feldman, and then flipped them at the Trade Deadline for young prospects. They also dealt Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza the last two years, and were able to acquire young talent to the organization.

Hammel, 31, posted some of the best numbers of his career in 2012, going 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 118 innings over 20 starts for the Orioles. He took a step back in 2013, however, finishing 7-8 with a 4.97 ERA in 139 1/3 innings over 26 appearances (23 starts). Part of the problem may have been injury as Hammel was on the disabled list because of tenderness in his right forearm.

From 2009-11, Hammel proved to be a durable back-of-the-rotation starter with the Rockies, throwing at least 170 innings in each of those three seasons while posting a 27-30 record and 4.63 ERA, inflated by hitter-friendly Coors Field. Overall in parts of eight big-league seasons with the Rays, Rockies and Orioles, the right-hander has gone 49-59 with a 4.80 ERA in 989 1/3 innings.

McDonald, 29, was limited to six games last season with the Pirates because of shoulder issues, and posted a 2-2 record and 5.76 ERA. The right-hander was designated for assignment in September, and outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis but refused that assignment, and elected free agency.

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