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The Cubs open a four-game series against the Rockies on Monday night at Wrigley Field. Tsuyoshi Wada gets the start. This is also the first of four straight games against left-handed starters. Justin Ruggiano is back after missing some time because of a sore groin. Here’s the lineup:
Jake Arrieta starts Tuesday night against the Giants. Justin Ruggiano is in the lineup for the Cubs, his first game action since being activated from the disabled list on Monday. Ruggiano will start in left in place of Junior Lake, who was 5-for-19 on the current road trip. Here’s the lineup:
The Cubs activated outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Ryan Kalish to Triple-A Iowa. Ruggiano, 32, landed on the disabled list, April 24, with a left hamstring strain suffered the day before in the ninth inning. In six injury rehabilitation games with Iowa beginning May 19, Ruggiano batted .143 (3-for-21) with a double, three walks and three runs scored.
Kalish, 26, is hitting .242 (22-for-91) with two doubles, three triples and four RBI in 39 games for the Cubs after making an Opening Day active roster for the first time in his career.
Iowa scored two runs in the first but that was it in a 4-2 loss to Round Rock. Justin Ruggiano, assigned to Iowa for a Minor League rehab, singled in his first at-bat. Javy Baez doubled and Ruggiano scored on Chris Valaika’s groundout. Josh Vitters followed with a two-out RBI single, and that was it. Chris Rusin did post a quality start but took the loss, and now is 2-6.
Kris Bryant hit a pinch-hit, two-run double with two outs in the fifth and Charlie Cutler drove in a run in the seventh with a pinch-hit sacrifice fly to lift Tennessee to a 3-1 win over Mississippi. Bryant was scratched from the starting lineup because he felt ill. But he batted for pitcher Pierce Johnson, and delivered a key hit. Tony Zych picked up the win.
Wilson Contreras hit a go-ahead two-run single with two outs in the eighth to help Daytona beat Fort Myers, 4-2. Albert Almora had two hits and threw two runners out. He’s batting .279. Nathan Dorris, promoted from Kane County, blew a save but ended up with the win in relief.
Kane County’s game against Wisconsin was postponed because of rain. The two teams were to play a doubleheader Tuesday.
Justin Ruggiano will begin a Minor League rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Iowa, joining the team when it faces Round Rock. He’s been sidelined because of a hamstring strain. However, Ryan Sweeney took a step back, according to manager Rick Renteria, and he’s not close to starting a rehab assignment. Sweeney also is out with a hamstring strain.
The Cubs recalled left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup and right-hander Neil Ramirez from Triple-A Iowa, placed outfielder Justin Ruggiano on the 15-day DL, and optioned Blake Parker to Iowa. Manager Rick Renteria says he’ll go with 13 pitchers for the time being. Ruggiano has a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring and will be out three to four weeks. He felt a pop in his leg as he approached the bullpen mound trying to chase down a ball on Wednesday in the ninth. Renteria says they don’t need another outfielder because they can use Emilio Bonifacio in center.
* Starlin Castro may have only played three Cactus League games, but that was enough to convince Cubs manager Rick Renteria to insert the shortstop into the No. 3 spot in the Opening Day lineup.
“Wherever he puts me, I’ll try to do my job,” said Castro, who missed time because of a right hamstring strain suffered March 2.
Renteria wanted speed at the top of the lineup and went with Emilio Bonifacio and Junior Lake ahead of Castro, who also could lead off in games.
“I think I have some flexibility with the guys,” Renteria said.
* Justin Ruggiano did not start Monday against the Pirates’ Francisco Liriano because of a tender left ankle.
“He had a sore ankle at end of spring and we’re just trying to make sure we give him one more day and then we have a day off [Tuesday] and he’ll be ready to go the following day,” Renteria said.
* Top prospects Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler will open the season at Double-A Tennessee. Soler, however, will be slowed because of a sore hamstring. Arodys Vizcaino, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, was assigned to Class A Daytona to take advantage of the warm weather. Vizcaino will be on a structured program for the first month.
– Carrie Muskat
If it was the regular season, Justin Ruggiano would be in the Cubs’ lineup, but instead he will be careful with his left ankle, which was swollen when he woke up Tuesday. Ruggiano was scratched from the Cubs’ lineup against the Angels, but didn’t think the problem was serious.
“I just woke up a little swollen, not comfortable to run around on now,” Ruggiano said. “Given the fact that we’re a week out [before the season starts], I want to give it one day. I’ll be fine tomorrow.”
Ruggiano, who was going to get some hitting in the cages Tuesday, will get treatment Tuesday to take care of the inflammation in his ankle.
“I think what I did was break up some old scar tissue,” he said of the problem. “There was no [ankle] roll, nothing that happened.
“It felt good yesterday,” he said. “I did it before the game. Played the whole game, felt good, went home, you sleep for 12 hours, 10 hours, and then it has time for the swelling to set in. That’s all it is now, it’s just swollen.”
So if this was the regular season, he’d be playing?
“Definitely,” Ruggiano said.
– Carrie Muskat
Justin Ruggiano drove in three runs, including two on his second spring homer, Junior Lake smacked a tie-breaking RBI and a sacrifice fly, Brett Jackson had a two-run pinch-hit single, and Anthony Rizzo hit a RBI triple for the Cubs who rallied to beat the Brewers, 10-8, on Sunday. The game drew a Cactus League-record crowd of 14,770. The attendance topped the previous league mark of 14,680 set March 1 at new Cubs Park.
* Right fielder Ryan Sweeney had to leave the game after chasing Jeff Bianchi’s double because of soreness in his right knee. Sweeney was listed as day to day.
* Kyle Hendricks, the Cubs’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2013, gave up two runs on three hits and two walks over three innings in his second Cactus League start.
“I’m much happier with this [start],” Hendricks said. “I’m just disappointed that we go out and score two runs and then I go out and give them both back up. That will all work itself out as I get out there more and am more consistent with my mechanics.”
Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun was greeted by a chorus of boos from the sellout crowd during his two at-bats. Hendricks struck Braun out to end the first, but the Brewers outfielder doubled in the third.
“He got me on the second at-bat, but that wasn’t a bad pitch,” Hendricks said. “His barrel stays through the zone very well. I could’ve thrown a different pitch to him — but it was a good pitch, and he’s a really good hitter. He’s going to get his hits.”
Did Hendricks hear the crowd?
“You could hear those boos,” Hendricks said. “All the Brewers fans were trying to cheer over them.”
* Jeff Samardzija will make his third spring start on Monday when the Cubs travel to Scottsdale to face the Giants. Samardzija will likely pitch at least four innings. In his last outing against the Rockies, he gave up three runs on four hits over three innings. So far, he has not walked a batter, which is good. The right-hander is working on being more efficient with his pitches. The game will be broadcast on Cubs.com.
– Carrie Muskat
* Justin Ruggiano and Anthony Rizzo combined for three runs, Albert Almora delivered a tie-breaking RBI single and Mike Olt smacked a two-run home run to lift the Cubs to a 6-3 victory Tuesday over the Athletics’ split-squad team. Ruggiano hit a RBI double in the first and a two-run homer in the third, driving in Rizzo both times, and Almora delivered a tie-breaking RBI single with one out in the eighth as the Cubs won for the second straight game.
Kyle Hendricks, the Cubs’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 13-4 at Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa, gave up one run on two hits and three walks over two innings in his first Cactus League start. The right-hander walked three batters in four of his 27 starts last season, and posted a 1.058 WHIP for the season.
* Last spring, Mike Olt struggled to bat .194. On Tuesday, he collected his first Cactus League home run in just his third at-bat and it wasn’t a relief as much as affirmation that everything is going well. Olt, hoping to find a spot on the Cubs’ Opening Day roster, belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the eighth.
“I’ve been feeling good at the plate the last couple days and as long as I’m feeling comfortable, I think good things will come,” Olt said.
The infielder was dealing with vision problems last year, although it took him while to figure that out. He went 6-for-31 in 19 spring games last year with the Rangers, including two home runs. He was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock, where he continued to struggle, batting .213. Texas included Olt as one of the four players in the deal to get Matt Garza from the Cubs. Tuesday’s home run was another step in Olt’s comeback.
“It’s really not me getting hits,” he said. “It’s about me seeing the ball well and that’s my main goal in Spring Training. Obviously, you want hits and you want to perform but the main goal in Spring Training is to get comfortable and it’s definitely a noticeable difference just the way I feel right now, and that’s what I’m happy about.”
* Cubs reliever James Russell has yet to appear in a game this spring. He said Tuesday it was because of his allergies but manager Rick Renteria said the lefty is going through a “dead arm” phase, which Russell has dealt with in the past. Russell is coming off his second straight season in which he appeared in 70-plus games. Renteria wasn’t worried about the lefty, who threw on the side Tuesday.
* Looking ahead, Jeff Samardzija starts on Wednesday against the Rockies and will be followed by Chris Rusin. Travis Wood will go Thursday, and James McDonald will make his first Cactus League start on Friday against the Angels in one of the Cubs’ split squad games. Edwin Jackson will get his second spring start in Mesa against the Indians. McDonald gave up six runs on three hits against the Angels in his first outing last Friday.
* Samardzija on the addition of Ted Lilly to the Cubs front office: “I wouldn’t have had the success I did my rookie year without Teddy.”
– Carrie Muskat