Results tagged ‘ Joey Gathright ’

7/6 Freel trade

The Cubs traded infielder Ryan Freel to the Kansas City Royals on Monday for a player to be named later. Freel was designated for assignment by the Cubs on July 2.  In 14 games with Chicago, Freel batted .143 (4-for-28) with one run scored and one RBI. The Cubs originally acquired Freel from Baltimore for outfielder Joey Gathright on May 8.

— Carrie Muskat

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When it rains, it pours …

Derrek Lee had to come out of Sunday’s game after hitting a double in the three-run first inning. As soon as we get an injury update, we’ll pass it on. Losing Lee leaves the Cubs with Koyie Hill and Joey Gathright as the only 100 percent healthy players on the bench. If needed, Carlos Zambrano may have to pinch-hit.

— Carrie Muskat

No. 42

Micah Hoffpauir didn’t believe his wife when she told him that everyone on the Cubs would be wearing No. 42 Wednesday in honor of Jackie Robinson. But there it was, a No. 42 jersey in Hoffpauir’s locker, and everyone else’s locker. Lou Piniella and all the coaches wore No. 42 as well. Last year, more than 330 players and on-field staff chose to wear No. 42. On Wednesday, Jackie Robinson Day, every player in baseball did so in a fitting tribute.

“It’s about honoring him and educating people about what he’s done,” Derrek Lee said. “Now you can’t miss it. You’ll see everyone wearing 42 and if you don’t know, you’ll ask, ‘Why are they doing that?’ and someone will explain what’s going on.”

Said Joey Gathright: “If you’re black and you play this game, you should know about Jackie. If you don’t, you shouldn’t be playing.”

— Carrie Muskat

Something to think about

While driving back from Tucson Saturday night on I-10, shortly before reaching Picacho Peak, the discussion turned to So Taguchi vs. Joey Gathright. It was prompted by a play in the eighth inning when Colorado’s Ryan Spilborghs tripled to right. Two runs scored, but what will not show up in the box score was the way that Taguchi, who was playing in left, ran in to backup at third base. Taguchi, 39, who signed a Minor League free agent contract with the Cubs, is batting .263 this spring and is fundamentally sound. Maybe he should be the extra outfielder?

“I’ll tell you the guy who’s had a heck of a spring is Taguchi,” Lou Piniella said after Friday’s game, totally unprompted. “He gives you a very professional at-bat and has done a really nice job. I don’t know if there will be room, but what a professional young man he is and the way he approaches things and the way he works. I’ve been very impressed.”

Gathright is batting .244 so far after an 0-for-4 game Saturday. A left-handed hitter, he batted .254 with 21 stolen bases last year for the Royals, missing time because of a bone bruise in his right shoulder. He has a career .263 average against right-handed pitchers, and a .288 average with runners in scoring position.

Taguchi, a right-handed bat, hit .220 in 88 games with the Phillies last season, is a career .281 hitter against lefties (but just .184 last year), and .278 hitter vs. right-handers. He has a career .332 average with RISP.

Both can play the corners. Gathright can help in center, but the Cubs already have Kosuke Fukudome and Reed Johnson. There’s been a lot of talk about needing more left-handed bats, but if the Cubs take Micah Hoffpauir, they should have enough.

Between Taguchi and Gathright, who can help the Cubs more? We’ll see.

— Carrie Muskat

3/17 Lineup switch

Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup because of a sore right quad. It’s apparently been bothering him for a couple days. His status is day to day. Jake Fox started at first base.

Joey Gathright also was unavailable. He went to see a dentist. And Milton Bradley was still sidelined with the flu.

— Carrie Muskat