Results tagged ‘ Junior Lake ’

7/18 Lake to join Cubs

The Cubs were expected to promote infielder/outfielder Junior Lake to the big league team on Friday to take the roster spot of outfielder Brian Bogusevic, expected to go on the disabled list after he re-aggravated his hamstring in the first half finale. Lake, 23, was batting .295 at Triple-A Iowa with four home runs, 10 doubles, two triples, 18 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases. Ranked ninth on’s top 20 Cubs prospects list, Lake was slowed this season by a back injury, and did not join Iowa until June 6. This was his first year at the Triple-A level.

Bogusevic, 29, was batting .261 in 13 games with the Cubs. He felt tightness in his left hamstring July 4, and did not go on the disabled list at that time, but did not start until July 11. On Sunday at Wrigley Field against the Cardinals, he aggravated his leg chasing a ball, and came out of the game.

Lake’s promotion could be brief. Outfielder David DeJesus (sprained right shoulder) is working out in Mesa, Ariz., and could play in Rookie League games this week. If all goes well, he could be activated from the disabled list next week.

The Cubs are a little thin in the Minor Leagues in terms of outfield options. Ryan Sweeney is on the disabled list with fractured ribs. Outfielder Brett Jackson, on the Iowa team’s disabled list with a calf injury, also was working out in Mesa. The Cubs recently claimed outfielder Cole Gillespie off waivers from the Giants.

– Carrie Muskat

7/8 Raley joins Cubs

The Cubs needed a fresh arm, and recalled lefty Brooks Raley from Triple-A Iowa to take the roster spot of outfielder Scott Hairston, who was traded to the Nationals earlier Monday. Raley has been a starter at Iowa, posting a 6-6 record and 4.91 ERA. He did make one relief appearance. He made his big league debut last August, and went 1-2 with a 8.14 ERA in five starts. He was called up June 12-13, but did not appear in a game.

How long will the Cubs go with an extra pitcher in the ‘pen?

“That’ll be dictated on what happens the next couple days with how long our starters go,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

The Cubs don’t have many options at Iowa to fill the outfield.

“[Junior] Lake is playing well but we want to let him develop more,” Sveum said. “There’s not a whole lot of options right now. Right now our bullpen concern is more important than anything right now.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/8 More on Hairston deal to Nats

It wasn’t that Scott Hairston wasn’t doing enough for the Cubs. The Nationals need him more. The Cubs dealt Hairston to the Nationals for a Minor League pitcher, Ivan Pineyro, who was pitching at High A Potomac. Hairston, 33, had been part of a platoon in right field but has gotten limited playing time. GM Jed Hoyer said Monday that Nationals GM Mike Rizzo called, seeking to solidify their bench with another right-handed bat.

“[Hairston] is a real pro, and as far as bench guys who can hit lefties, he can hit a homer against a lefty as good as any bench bat in baseball,” Hoyer said. “Given the makeup of who we’ve been playing and the pitching makeup in our division, he hasn’t been playing as much as we’d hoped, and I think this is a good opprotunity for Scott and the Nationals to get more playing time. It was a good opportunity for us to get a young pitcher we liked.”

Hairston was batting .172 overall, and .179 against left-handers, and eight of his 14 hits off lefties have been home runs.

Pineyro, in his third Minor League season, began the year with Class A Hagerstown, going 5-3 with a 3.14 ERA in 13 starts. The 21-year-old right-hander was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team before he was promoted to Hagerstown. He will join the Cubs’ Class A Daytona team.

The Cubs have been busy in the last week, dealing Scott Feldman, Carlos Marmol, Steve Clevenger and now Hairston. More deals are expected leading up to the July 31 Trade Deadline. Matt Garza, who has been rumored to be dealt since Spring Training, was scheduled to start Monday against the White Sox.

Last year, the Cubs traded Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson, Geovany Soto and Jeff Baker. Could free agents be hesitant to sign with the Cubs? Hoyer said no.

“Looking at Scott Feldman’s situation, we gave him a great opportunity,” Hoyer said. “A lot of places weren’t willing to guarantee him a rotation spot coming off a so-so year in Texas. We were wiling to do that, and I think he appreciated that. With Scott [Hairston], he looks at this as an opportunity to get more playing time. I think everything is taken on an individual basis.

“I would hope that we cease being sellers on an annual basis,” Hoyer said. “We want to be buyers. We need to acquire a lot of talent and build that wave that can come up here and give us that sustained success, and with that we hope we can move in the other direction and be buyers and not sellers.”

What about Garza? The right-hander has given up two earned runs over 30 innings in his last four starts.

“He’s been a popular name and a guy we’ve gotten a lot of phone calls on,” Hoyer said. “I think he’s opened a lot of eyes the way he’s thrown the last four, five times out.”

Because the Cubs bullpen has been overworked the last few games, they will promote left-hander Brooks Raley from Triple-A Iowa, and not add another outfielder.

“Our bullpen is pretty taxed right now with [Carlos] Villanueva still getting stretched back out,” Hoyer said. “We don’t want to push those guys too hard. We would like to add another right-handed bat. We’ll explore and discuss those options over the next couple days until our bullpen is rested.”

Raley was 6-6 in 16 starts at Iowa, posting a 5.08 ERA as a starter. He did make one relief appearance on May 16, and gave up two hits and one walk over three innings.

* Who else could the Cubs call up? Brett Jackson would be among the candidates at Iowa if he was healthy but he was on the disabled list with a right calf strain.

“I think we all have high expectations for Brett,” Hoyer said. “We’d love nothing more than to be able to give him playing time later in the year. He’s got to get out there and play and earn it, but he’s still a guy we’re very high on.”

Both Junior Lake and Logan Watkins have played well at Iowa, but Hoyer said they both need more at-bats in the Minors.

“They’ve both played well and both got our attention with how they’ve played and been part of the discussions,” Hoyer said. “I think both of those guys have development left. It’s nice to see them performing well at Triple-A. That bodes well for our future.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/5 Minor matters

Junior Lake and Luis Flores each homered in Iowa’s 9-5, 10-inning win over Albuquerque. Ty Wright had three hits and one RBIs. Casey Coleman picked up the win in relief.

Eric Jokisch gave up one run over six innings in Tennessee’s 4-1 win over Huntsville. Justin Bour hit his seventh home run and Christian Villanueva had three hits.

Daytona ended a two-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Brevard County. Ben Wells threw seven shutout innings. Tim Saunders and Dustin Geiger each homered.

Gloskar Amaya had three hits, including a home run, in Kane County’s 7-4 win over Quad Cities. Dan Vogelbach and Marco Hernandez each had two hits. Dillon Maples picked up his first save.

Duane Underwood gave up two runs over 4 2/3 innings in Boise’s 7-5 loss to Tri-City. Dan Lockhart had three hits.

Jesse Hodges had three hits, a stolen base and one RBIs in Mesa’s 2-1 win over the Angels.

7/4 Minor matters

Brad Nelson, Junior Lake and Ty Wright hit back to back to back home runs in the fourth inning but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 6-5, to Memphis. They are the first trio of Iowa Cubs to hit consecutive homers in 14 years. Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits, including a double and a home run.

A.J. Morris threw six shutout innings in Tennessee’s 3-1 win over Montgomery. Christian Villanueva and Justin Bour each homered. Matt Szczur had two hits, including a double.

Javier Baez singled, walked and scored a run in Daytona’s 5-1 loss to Brevard County. Matt Loosen did not get a decision, striking out six over five scoreless innings.

Dan Vogelbach had three hits and two RBIs in Kane County’s 4-2 loss to Wisconsin. Albert Almora singled, walked and scored a run.

Jacob Rogers had two hits in Boise’s 11-3 loss to Salem-Keizer. Loiger Padron took the loss, giving up seven runs on six hits over 1 2/3 innings.

Mesa had Wednesday off, and plays host to the Angels on Thursday.

6/22 Minor matters

Friday’s games

Logan Watkins, Junior Lake and Brad Nelson each homered to help Iowa beat Nashville, 5-4, in the first game of a doubleheader. Guillermo Moscoso gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings for the win. In the second game, Watkins and Lake homered again, as did Donnie Murphy and Brian Bogusevic in a 8-6 win. Steve Clevenger was behind the plate, and went 0-for-2 in the 15th game of his rehab assignment. He’s batting .327. Casey Coleman converted his third save.

Arismendy Alcantara hit his 10th home run to help Tennessee beat Chattanooga, 8-7. Matt Szczur had two hits and Anthony Giansanti drove in two runs.

Dustin Geiger hit a RBI double but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost, 3-1, to Dunedin.

Tayler Scott gave up two runs on 11 hits over five innings in Kane County’s 4-2 loss to Quad Cities. Gioskar Amaya and Carlos Escobar each had two hits.

Yasiel Balaguert hit a three-run homer and Kevin Encarnacion added a solo shot in Boise’s 4-1 win over Spokane. Paul Blackburn gave up one unearned run over five innings, but did not get a decision. He has not given up an earned run in 10 innings.

Mesa opened its season with a win over the Diamondbacks, 6-4. Erick Castillo, Guiseppe Papaccio and Zak Blair each had two hits. Castillo drove in two runs.

6/5 Minor matters

Brad Nelson, Ian Stewart and Brian Bogusevic each homered to help Iowa post a 10-2 win over New Orleans, snapping a six-game losing streak. Brooks Raley started but had to leave after 3 1/3 innings when he was hit by a line drive. Logan Watkins had three hits. Steve Clevenger was 2-for-4 with a double in his second rehab game.

* Junior Lake was expected to join the Iowa Cubs Thursday. He’s been rehabbing at the Cubs’ facility in Mesa, Ariz., from a rib injury suffered in Spring Training.

Ronald Torreyes hit his second homer and Ty Wright belted his third in Tennessee’s 8-6 win over Jackson. Matt Szczur had three hits, including two doubles, and three RBIs. Chad Noble had four hits and one RBIs.

Ben Wells threw five shutout innings, giving up two hits, in Daytona’s 1-0 win over Bradenton. John Andreoli and Tim Saunders each had two hits. Andreoli, Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Dustin Geiger were all named to the Florida State League’s first half North All-Star team. Baez and Soler bought pizzas for the Daytona team after Tuesday’s game to celebrate. Baez also was invited to take part in the All-Star home run derby, and agreed. The Florida State League All-Star game will be played June 15 in Dunedin, Fla.

Kane County had Tuesday off, and returns to action Wednesday against Burlington.

3/13 Add Lake to injury list

Cubs infielder Junior Lake was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the top rib on the right side, and will be sidelined four to six weeks, the team announced Wednesday. He will rehab the rest of Spring Training. Lake, who missed time last spring because of an ankle injury, and then was slow to start the season because of a back injury, played third and some outfield this year.

“Learning a new position, he’s a little bit raw there, but he still did a pretty good job there,” Dale Sveum said of Lake’s play at third. “Swinging the bat, he’s a very premeditated swinger. He’s just not getting good pitches to hit, and he’s swinging at arm action a lot. He’s a guy who has a lot of bat speed, and doesn’t have to be a premeditated swinger but he’s still in that mode. He’s got all the tools — we didn’t get to see him play the outfield but a couple times. It’s a nice player to have but there’s still development there.”

Lake, who turns 23 on March 27, batted .304 in 10 games this spring.

– Carrie Muskat

3/10 Cubs injury updates

Neither Ian Stewart or Josh Vitters was expected to be ready until the weekend as both try to come back from sore left quads. The two Cubs third basemen have not played since an intrasquad game Feb. 21. Stewart hit a double in his only at-bat, then had to leave the game with soreness in his quad. He was projected to come back by mid week but now that’s been pushed back.

“Now it’s looking to the weekend,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “They’re still feeling it — both he and Vitters are the same thing. They’re still feeling stiffness when they’re jogging at 80 percent or running at 80 percent. Hopefully, maybe this weekend. Now it seems to be getting pushed back every day.”

Sveum had mentioned that Stewart would have to undergo a cram session to get ready in time for the regular season.

“It’s getting more crammy,” Sveum said.

There’s better news about Starlin Castro and Brent Lillibridge. Both of them should be back on Wednesday. Castro has been sidelined since Feb. 27 with tightness in his left hamstring, while Lillibridge was injured that day, suffering a strained groin.

On Sunday, the Cubs medical staff was to re-evaluate Matt Garza and see if he could begin a throwing program. He’s been out since Feb. 17 with a strained left lat.

Add another name to the injury list: Junior Lake was scratched from Sunday’s game. He has shoulder soreness, which Sveum called a “stiff trapeze.” He meant trapezius.

– Carrie Muskat

2/26 Tuesday extra bases

* Carlos Villanueva, obviously, was expected to go two innings on Monday but couldn’t finish the first because of a 16-pitch at-bat against Dodgers leadoff man Dee Gordon.

“That’s a manager’s or starting pitcher’s worst nightmare,” Dale Sveum said of Villanueva’s first batter. “You still need three outs and you’re already at 15 pitches and figure you have to throw 10 more. He was actually keeping the ball down and threw some really good pitches that didn’t get called that changed the whole rest of that inning around, too.”

Villanueva did get Gordon to strike out, then walked the next two batters. One out later, Nick Punto hit a two-run single and Villanueva was lifted. The right-hander will stay in the Cubs’ Cactus League rotation, and is being built up to start this spring.

* Outfielder Darnell McDonald, a non-roster invitee, has been impressive so far.

“He’s obviously been swinging the bat well,” Sveum said. “He’s killed left-handed pitching in his career. He’s in the mix for one of those spots [on the bench]. He’s the ultimate professional, he really works hard and he’s a great guy. We’re just glad to have him in camp.”

* Matt Garza, sidelined with a strained left lat, could begin tossing on Thursday. He has not done any baseball activities since Feb. 17.

* So far, Junior Lake has looked better in games than in practice. Not many players can do that.

“He looks better in games than he does when he’s doing his work,” Sveum said. “It’s like the game speeds up for him in [batting practice] and he slows it down in the game. That’s always a nice asset to have.”

* Anthony Rizzo’s last day in Cubs camp will be March 3, and then he will join Team Italy for the World Baseball Classic.

* Brooks Raley will start Wednesday for the Cubs when they play host to the Dodgers, and Scott Feldman will make his Cubs debut Thursday against the Athletics. Here’s the early lineup:

Valbuena 3B
Castro DH
Rizzo 1B
Soriano LF
Schierholtz RF
Hairston CF
Castillo C
Barney 2B
Lillibridge SS

– Carrie Muskat


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