Results tagged ‘ Jeff Stevens ’

3/19 Cubs trim eight from spring camp

The Cubs trimmed eight players from the spring camp roster, including 2008 No. 1 Draft pick Andrew Cashner. The right-handed pitcher, who was on the travel squad and expected to pitch Friday against the Chicago White Sox, had appeared in three games and given up one run on four hits and five walks over five innings.

Pitchers Blake Parker and Jeff Stevens and catcher Wellington Castillo were optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Five non-roster invitees were assigned to the Minor League camp, including pitchers Cashner, Casey Coleman, Thomas Diamond, and J.R. Mathes; and infielder Bryan LaHair.

Stevens, acquired from Cleveland in the Mark DeRosa deal, appeared in 11 games with the big league team last year and posted a 7.11 ERA. This spring, the right-hander had four innings over four games and had given up eight runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks.

Diamond was a non-roster invitee who was claimed off waivers from Texas, and had not given up a run in 4 1/3 innings. He gave up one hit and three walks in three games.

The roster is now at 42, including 18 pitchers, four catchers, 12 infielders, and eight outfielders.

– Carrie Muskat

2/15 Early birds

Carlos Zambrano was among the early birds at Fitch Park on Monday. Pitchers and catchers do not have their first workout until Thursday, but Zambrano was throwing off the mound in Mesa along with Randy Wells, Jeff Samardzija, Sean Marshall, Jeff Stevens, Tom Gorzelanny, Michael Parisi, David Patton, Jeff Gray, John Gaub and Vince Perkins. Gorzelanny is one of many who said he decided to report early just to get out of the snow up north. Catcher Koyie Hill also reported early to camp.

– Carrie Muskat

12/22 Winter ball update

Cubs prospect Robinson Chirinos has been on fire in Venezuela. On Friday, he went 4-for-4, hitting a home run and driving in two runs, to help Magallanes beat Caribes, 7-4, in the Venezuelan Winter League. The catcher followed that with a 1-for-3 game on Sunday. He’s batting .359 in 46 games with 10 doubles, nine homers and 32 RBIs.

Andres Blanco played 37 games with Magallanes, and hit .291 with 11 doubles, two triples, two homers and 27 RBIs. He played primarily at second base and hit second in the order.

Sam Fuld played in six games for Aragua in Venezuela, and batted .241 with two doubles, two triples and five RBIs.

In the Mexican League, Jeff Stevens struck out one in one inning of relief Sunday for Mexicali. Stevens has appeared in 16 games for the Mexican League team, and has a 0-4 record, two saves and a 4.15 ERA. He’s walked nine over 17 1/3 innings and struck out 12. The right-hander is holding batters to a .212 average.

Infielder Junior Lake, who batted .248 for Class A Peoria this season, was 7-for-16 in four games with Estrellas in the Dominican League.

Outfielder Jim Adduci appears to have finished his Winter League assignment. He played in 20 games for Hermosillo and batted .224 with two homers and seven RBIs. Infielder Matt Camp batted .333 in 56 games for Mexicali. He hit 18 doubles, two triples, and two homers.

– Carrie Muskat

12/14 Winter ball update

Brad Snyder went 2-for-4, including a triple, and drove in two runs for Mexicali on Sunday. The outfielder was batting .380 with eight homers and 47 RBIs in 52 games in the Mexican League. Snyder batted .278 at Triple-A Iowa this season.

Matt Camp went 1-for-5 and was batting .336 in 53 games. Jeff Stevens walked two and gave up two runs in one-third of an inning for Mexicali. In 12 games, the right-hander has a 4.61 ERA. He has walked eight and given up nine hits over 13 2/3 innings. Jim Adduci was playing for Hermosillo, and batting .224 in 20 games.

In Venezuela, catcher Robinson Chirinos went 2-for-4 Sunday for Magallanes. He was batting .338 in 43 games with eight homers and 26 RBIs. The Cubs were worried they would lose Chirinos in the Rule 5 Draft.

Andres Blanco has apparently finished his Winter Ball stint, batting .294 in 35 games for Magallanes. His last game was Dec. 4.

– Carrie Muskat

 

12/3 Winter ball update

Brad Snyder had two hits and Jeff Stevens picked up his second straight save in Mexicali’s 4-1 win over Culiacan on Wednesday. Snyder, who was claimed off waivers from Cleveland in September 2008, is batting .373 in 42 games in the Mexican Winter League with 36 RBIs. At Triple-A Iowa this year, he batted .278 with 14 homers and 44 RBIs in 69 games.

In Venezuela, Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run homer in Magallanes’ 8-7 loss to Margarita. Chirinos now has seven homers and 23 RBIs in 35 games.

In the Dominican Republic, Jake Fox went 1-for-4 in Licey’s 4-3 win over Gigantes. Fox went hitless for the first time on Tuesday, and now is batting .296 in seven games.

– Carrie Muskat

11/30 Winter ball update

Jake Fox went 3-for-5 Sunday for Licey with a double and two RBIs, and now is batting .350 with seven RBIs in five games in the Dominican Republic. In the Mexican League, Matt Camp went 4-for-5 on Saturday but was hitless in six at-bats Sunday for Mexicali. He’s still batting .349 with 23 RBIs in 43 games.

Also in Mexico, outfielder Jim Adduci, added to the 40-man roster on Nov. 20, was batting .250 in nine games for Hermosillo. He has two homers and six RBIs.

Jeff Stevens also is pitching in Mexico for Mexicali, and has appeared in five games so far. On Sunday, he took the loss against Mazatlan. Stevens struck out four over two innings but also walked one and served up a two-run homer.

And, in Venezuela, Blake Lalli went 2-for-4 with a RBI on Sunday for Caribes. He’s batting .353 in five games with one homer and three RBIs.

– Carrie Muskat

 

9/7 Stevens recalled

Right-handed pitcher Jeff Stevens was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Monday, and with the Cubs in Pittsburgh. Stevens, who turned 26 on Saturday, begins his fourth stint with the big league team. He compiled a 2.03 ERA in 42 relief appearances for Iowa thi syear, limiting the opponent to a .175 batting average. The moves gives the Cubs 32 players on the roster. They are expected to add Jeff Samardzija after his start Monday at Iowa.

– Carrie Muskat

8/5 Roster move & lineup

The Cubs activated infielder Aaron Miles from the disabled list, and he was starting at shortstop Wednesday night vs. the Reds. To make room on the roster, pitcher Jeff Stevens was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

In addition, the Cubs also released left-handed reliever B.J. Ryan and lefty Jason Waddell. Both were at Iowa. The 40-man roster is now at 37.

Wednesday’s lineup is:

CF Fukudome

SS Miles

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

RF Bradley

LF Soriano

2B Fontenot

C Hill

P Harden

– Carrie Muskat

8/4 Rain, rain, go away

It’s been raining most of the day Tuesday in Cincinnati, and the chances of getting the Cubs vs. Reds game are not good. Both teams could play a doubleheader on Wednesday. They both have a mutual off day Thursday.

If nature does cooperate, and the Cubs do play tonight, they have to make a roster move to add Tom Gorzelanny to the 25-man roster. There are two schools of thought. The Cubs could automatically send a pitcher to Iowa — Jeff Stevens or Jeff Samardzija are possibilities — or they could send a position player. The bullpen has been overworked and they’re not sure what to expect from Gorzelanny.

Samardzija has a 6.52 ERA in 14 games this season, and gave up three runs on three hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings Saturday against Florida.

“He throws the ball well sometimes,” Lou Piniella said of the right-hander. “To me, [the problem] I see is command. The stuff looks good. It’s the command. He throws a lot of pitches, he falls behind, he walks people. That’s not good.”

“Look at [Kevin] Hart,” Piniella said. “Hart basically didn’t pitch well out of the bulpen and when we started him, he did well. Maybe Samardzija is that type of pitcher, too, although right now we don’t have any spots. I don’t know — I’m just thinking out loud.”

Stevens has a 2.84 ERA so far in five games, and began his stint throwing 5 2/3 scoreless innings.

– Carrie Muskat

7/30 Soto update & more

Catcher Geovany Soto, on the disabled list since July 11 because of a left oblique strain, could begin playing in some Minor League games as early as Friday. GM Jim Hendry said the medical staff got an update on Wednesday. Soto has been rehabbing in Mesa, Ariz., at the team’s Spring Training facility, but has yet to get in a game.

“Optimistically, we hope he’s back in the lineup here no later than Colorado, maybe a chance a little before that, the couple games in Cincy,” Hendry said.

The Cubs will be in Cincinnati next Monday for a three-game series, and follow that with a four-game set in Colorado Aug. 7-10.

That means Koyie Hill could start 26 games in a row before Soto returns if he doesn’t come back until the Rockies series. It’s either that or insert Jake Fox behind the plate.

“I’m not opposed to it,” Lou Piniella said of Fox catching. “I’m comfortable enough that we can do that. We’ve been playing teams that have a little more speed and Hill does a nice job with that.”

* Jeff Stevens was optioned to Triple-A Iowa Wednesday, said his goodbyes to the Cubs, and was to spend the night in Chicago before catching a flight Thursday to join the Minor League team. But he got a phone call saying he needed to stick around. Stevens was added to the roster after Reed Johnson was placed on the disabled list.

Can he play center and sub for Johnson?

“I can play center field, I think,” he said

The Cubs would rather have him on the mound.

“It’s good to be back,” Stevens said. “I’m very happy to get another opportunity up here.”

* Jeff Baker’s pinch-hit home run on Friday against the Reds has ignited the Cubs bench. The pinch-hitters have gone 4-for-11 with two homers, five RBIs and three walks since then. Prior to that, Cubs pinch-hitters were 2-for-22.

– Carrie Muskat

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