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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

8/23 Minor matters

Jay Jackson gave up two runs on six hits over five innings as Iowa beat Nashville, 3-2, on Sunday. Jackson struck out six. Jeff Stevens converted his fifth save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

One day after going 5-for-5, Steve Clevenger went 3-for-3 in Tennessee’s 11-2 win over Mississippi. Rafael Dolis gave up one run on four hits over five innings for the win. Clevenger hit a double, a homer and drove in four runs. Matt Spencer added his 17th home run.

Daytona’s game was postponed because of inclement weather.

Peoria stranded 11 runners on base in a 4-2 loss to Clinton. Justin Bour, Hak-Ju Lee and Jae-Hoon Ha each had two hits.

Alvaro Ramirez had two hits but it wasn’t enough as Boise lost 4-3 to Vancouver. Brent Ebinger took the loss, giving up two runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Brian Shields posted his 13th multi-hit game of the year in Mesa’s 7-5 win over the Giants.

— Carrie Muskat

7/30 Minor matters

The Iowa Cubs scored four runs in the eighth to beat Albuquerque, 4-2, on Thursday. Bryan LaHair had two RBIs and Mitch Atkins earned the win in relief, throwing three innings of one-run, three hit ball. Jeff Stevens picked up the save.

Craig Muschko gave up two runs on four hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 9-3 win over West Tenn. The Smokies scored five runs in the fifth. Russ Canzler had two home runs and drove in three. Tony Thomas had two RBIs.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up three runs on eight hits over five innings in Daytona’s 8-3 win over Palm Beach, its 11th straight win. Michael Brenly reached base safely in his 27th straight game with a single.

Matt Szczur drove in runs in the first and ninth innings, including a game-winning walkoff RBI single with the bases loaded, to help Peoria beat Wisconsin, 3-2. Szczur, who hit a RBI triple in the first and added a double in the game, now has hit safely in 21 straight games. However, he’s scheduled to report to Villanova for football practice next week.

Alvaro Ramirez had two hits in Boise’s 3-1 loss to Vancouver. Mesa’s game against the Reds was postponed because of rain.

— Carrie Muskat

7/20 Cubs recall Stevens; Atkins to Iowa

The Cubs added a fresh arm Tuesday, recalling right-handed pitcher Jeff Stevens from Triple-A Iowa. Mitch Atkins was optioned to the Minor League team. Stevens, 26, begins his third stint with the Cubs this season, having recorded a 5.71 ERA in 17 relief appearances from May 19-June 26 and June 29-July 5. At Iowa, Stevens had a 3.18 ERA in 16 relief appearances.

Atkins, 24, has a 6.43 ERA in three relief outings for the Cubs since he was recalled July 7. With Iowa this season, Atkins was 5-2 with one save and a 3.60 ERA in 18 games (10 starts).

— Carrie Muskat

6/29 Rookie relief

The Cubs now have four rookies in the bullpen in James Russell, Andrew Cashner, Jeff Stevens and Brian Schlitter. They used seven rookie relievers in 2006: Rich Hill, Juan Mateo, Angel Guzman, Carlos Marmol, Les Walrond, Jae Kuk Ryu, and David Aardsma.

Entering this season, the last time four rookies pitched out of the ‘pen in a game for
the Cubs was Sept. 30, 2006 when Ryu, Aardsma, Guzman and Walrond all appeared in relief. Those four were among 10 Cubs pitchers in an 11-9 loss to the Rockies. Mateo started that game.

According to baseball historian Ed Hartig, the last time four rookies pitched out of the ‘pen in the same game for the Cubs in a non-September expanded roster period was June 7, 1971. 
Ray Newman, Bill Bonham, Earl Stephenson and Ron Tompkins pitched in relief against the Pirates in an 11-6 loss at Wrigley Field.

— Carrie Muskat

6/29 Lineup & roster moves

James Russell and Jeff Stevens rejoined the Cubs on Tuesday while John Grabow was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a moderate sprain of his left knee and Carlos Zambrano was placed on the restricted list. Both Russell and Stevens arrived in time for Tuesday’s game vs. the Pirates. Marlon Byrd is getting a breather. Here’s the lineup:

RF Fukudome

2B Theriot

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Colvin

LF Soriano

C Hill

SS Castro

P Lilly

— Carrie Muskat

6/29 Pregame notes & roster moves

The Cubs have been involved in 29 one-run games in their first 76 games this season. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Cubs had that many one-run games in the first 76 contests was 2000 when the team played 30 one-run games.

* Cubs starting pitchers have 48 quality starts, second in the NL and third in baseball. The starters have a 19-14 record and 2.20 ERA in those games with 15 no decisions. Carlos Silva and Ryan Dempster lead the team with 11 quality starts each.

* Brian Schlitter is the ninth rookie to play for the Cubs this year. The list includes Starlin Castro, Tyler Colvin, Justin Berg, Esmailin Caridad, Andrew Cashner, Jeff Gray, James Russell, Jeff Stevens and Schlitter.

Speaking of Russell, the lefty appears to be the latest pitcher called up from Iowa. He will take John Grabow’s spot on the 25-man roster. Grabow is headed to the DL for the second time after re-injuring his left knee Monday night. Jeff Stevens also will be added to take Carlos Zambrano’s spot with Big Z going on the restricted list.

— Carrie Muskat

6/28 Zambrano placed on restricted list

Carlos Zambrano will be placed on the restricted list, effective Tuesday, and will undergo evaluation by doctors picked by Major League Baseball and the Players Association. Zambrano has been suspended without pay since a dugout tantrum on Friday at U.S. Cellular Field after the first inning of the Cubs’ game against the White Sox. He accused his teammates of not making plays behind him as the White Sox opened a 4-0 lead, adding three runs on Carlos Quentin’s three-run homer.

Starting Wednesday, Zambrano will begin a treatment program in New York by mutually agreed upon doctors selected by MLB and the Players Association. He will then be re-evaluated.

“If the program is acted upon properly and in accordance with what the doctors signify he needs to work on and improve on, Carlos would not be reinstated until sometime after the All-Star break,” Cubs GM Jim Hendry said Monday.

“It’s an unfortunate situation,” Hendry said. “His actions certainly were inappropriate. As I said Friday, those actions toward his teammates and staff will not be tolerated.”

When Zambrano was suspended, the Cubs played with a 24-man roster. With him being assigned to the restricted list, the Cubs will be able to add a player and pitcher Jeff Stevens will be called up Tuesday. Stevens had been sent down to Triple-A Iowa.

— Carrie Muskat


6/9 The kids can play

With the arrival of Stephen Strasburg to the Nationals, Mike Stanton to the Marlins, Ike Davis to the Mets and Jason Heyward to the Braves, Lou Piniella was asked about all the rookies making a splash in the big leagues this year. He’s got a few of his own in 20-year-old shortstop Starlin Castro, Tyler Colvin, James Russell, Andrew Cashner and Jeff Stevens.
“It’s going to get more prevalent,” Piniella said of young kids in the game. “It is going to get more prevalent because these kids are ready and second of all, they’re the future of these organizations. You can build over time around these kids. We’ve got Castro here, we’ve got Colvin here, we’ve got Cashner here, we’ve got Russell here, we’ve got Stevens here, we’ve got a slew of kids and they’ve all done a nice job.”
Does he like managing them?

“I love managing young kids,” Piniella said. “They bring enthusiasm. They want to learn. As long as they can handle it from a mental standpoint, why not? I think you have to bring them along a little slower. With Castro, we put him at shortstop and he’s playing. With Colvin, truthfully, I’d like to do the same thing. I’ve got five Major League outfielders here. Five. They’re all playing well. What we have to do here is the people who are productive are the people who will play.”
— Carrie Muskat

5/19 Caridad on DL; Stevens up

The Cubs placed Esmailin Caridad on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this year and have recalled right-hander Jeff Stevens. Caridad missed time April 12-May 8 because of a strained right forearm. He’s now on the DL because of a right elbow strain. Stevens had a 2.60 ERA in 12 relief appearances for Triple-A Iowa.

— Carrie Muskat