Results tagged ‘ Lendy Castillo ’

12/5 Phillies to get Cubs’ pick in Rule 5 Draft

The Cubs did not plan on taking a player in next week’s Rule 5 Draft but have apparently lost that selection because of a grievance filed by the Phillies. In December 2011, the Cubs selected right-hander Lendy Castillo from the Phillies’ organization. Castillo spent most of the 2012 season on the disabled list with a groin injury, and appeared in 13 games for the Cubs. Any player selected in the Rule 5 Draft must stay on a team’s active roster for the entire season. To prevent abuse of the draft, the player selected must be active for at least 90 days. That keeps teams from selecting players and placing them on the disabled list for the majority of the season. Castillo missed 91 days in 2012, and spent all of the 2013 season in the Minor Leagues. The Phillies will have the Cubs’ selection in the Rule 5 Draft as compensation.

– Carrie Muskat

10/3 Gamel, Sveum & AFL roster

Infielder Mat Gamel, who missed the 2013 season because of a torn right anterior cruciate ligament, was claimed off waivers by the Cubs. Gamel, 28, ended the season on the Brewers’ 60-day disabled list, and was transferred to the Cubs’ 60-day DL. A left-handed hitter, he played parts of the previous five seasons with the Brewers (2008-12), posting a .229 batting average with 11 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 29 RBIs in 106 games. He’s played first base, third base, and three games in left.

In his most recent full pro season in 2011, Gamel spent most of the season with Triple-A Nashville where he batted .310 with 29 doubles, 28 home runs and 96 RBIs in 128 games. He made the Brewers’ Opening Day roser in 2012 but suffered a torn right ACL 21 games into the season on May 1 in San Diego. This year, he was expected to fulfill the void created by Corey Hart but reinjured the ligament in Spring Training.

Originally selected by the Brewers in the fourth round of the 2005 Draft, Gamel earned Topps Minor League Player of the Year honors in 2008 after hitting .329 with 35 doubles, seven triples, 19 homers and 96 RBIs in 127 games with Double-A Huntsville. Gamel made his big league debut with Milwaukee near the end of the 2008 season. The Cubs are set at first with Anthony Rizzo but Gamel could see action at third base.

* Dale Sveum wasn’t out of work long. Sveum, who was dismissed as the Cubs manager on Monday, was hired by the Royals to be part of manager Ned Yost’s coaching staff. Sveum will work with the infielders and in-game responsibilities will be announced later. Sveum was a coach on Yost’s staff for three seasons with the Brewers, and replaced him in 2008 for the final 12 games of the season. Milwaukee reached the National League Division Series that year. In two seasons with the Cubs, Sveum compiled a 127-197 record, finishing 66-96 this year and last in the National League Central. The Royals announced the contracts of third base coach Eddie Rodriguez and bench coach Chino Cadahia will not be renewed, and Sveum could fill one of those openings.

* Third baseman Luis Valbuena was recovering this week from a stomach ailment that forced him to miss the Cubs’ last series of the regular season. Valbuena did not travel with the team to St. Louis because of the problem, and was receiving treatment in Chicago.

* The Arizona Fall League gets underway next Tuesday. Among the Cubs prospects playing for the Mesa Solar Sox are outfielders Albert Almora and Jorge Soler, infielders Kris Bryant and Wes Darvill, and right-handed pitchers Dallas Beeler, Matt Loosen, Lendy Castillo and Armando Rivero.

– Carrie Muskat

4/26 Minor matters

Ryan Sweeney hit his fourth home run, a three-run shot in the first, to help Iowa beat Omaha 9-3 on Thursday. Sweeney was batting .404 and has an 11-game hitting streak. He was 4-for-5 with a triple and four RBIs. Brent Lillibridge also had four hits and two RBIs. Ian Stewart went 1-for-3 in his eighth rehab game. Esmailin Caridad picked up the win in relief.

Dallas Beeler threw seven shutout innings in Tennessee’s 2-1 win over Pensacola. Ronald Torreyes had three hits and scored a run and Jae-Hoon Ha notched his 10th RBIs.

Javier Baez hit his fourth home run and Chad Noble hit his first in Daytona’s 5-3 win over Lakeland. Zach Cates picked up the win, giving up four hits over five scoreless innings. Baez is batting .238 with 11 RBIs.

Lendy Castillo gave up six runs on eight hits over six innings in Kane County’s 6-4 loss to Fort Wayne. Oliver Zapata hit a two-run double.

– Carrie Muskat

7/28 Minor League report

Chris Volstad threw a season-high eight innings and did not give up a run in Triple-A Iowa’s 5-0 win over Oklahoma City on Friday. Volstad, who opened the year in the Cubs rotation, struck out five, walked three and gave up four hits. The win snapped Iowa’s eight-game losing streak.  Dave Sappelt drove in two runs, and stole a base.

Greg Rohan hit his fourth home run but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost to Jacksonville, 6-4. Junior Lake had two doubles. Ty’Relle Harris took the loss, giving up four runs on six hits over 2 2/3 innings.

Robert Whitenack threw five shutout innings in Daytona’s 2-0 win over Bradenton. Rebel Ridling hit his second home run, and A.J. Morris picked up the save.

Javier Baez, the Cubs’ first-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, hit his 11th home run, a two-run shot in the eighth, in Peoria’s 3-2 win over Cedar Rapids. Baez was batting .335, including .385 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs in July. According to the Peoria Journal Star, Baez paused briefly while crossing home plate after his home run, then was chased back to the dugout by home plate umpire James Rackley. Said Baez: “I was just saying hello to their catcher.”

James Pugliese gave up three runs on six hits over four innings in Boise’s 8-3 win over Tri-City. Wilson Contreras hit a three-run homer in the first, Daniel Vogelbach, Gioskar Amaya and Trey Martin each had two hits.

Lendy Castillo, the Cubs’ Rule 5 pick, who has been on the disabled list with a groin injury, threw four innings Friday for the Mesa Rookie League team. He struck out six and gave up two hits and two walks. Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler was 2-for-4 with a stolen base in the game.

– Carrie Muskat

5/16 Injury, roster updates

Carlos Marmol was able to play catch Wednesday and catcher Steve Clevenger swung a bat for the first time since going on the disabled list. Marmol has been on the DL since May 12 with a strained right hamstring. He said it’s the first time he’s experienced that kind of injury. The good news for Marmol is that the MRI he had showed the injury wasn’t severe. Dale Sveum said the right-hander could be ready in 10 days. And Marmol?

“I should be ready to go,” Marmol said. “The way I’ve been working, I think I’ll be fine.”

* Clevenger has been sidelined since April 26 with a strained right oblique, and on Wednesday, took 15 swings off a batting tee and another 15 swings on the side. Both he and Marmol have had enough of the athletic trainer’s room.

“I’ve never really been on the DL before in my career,” Clevenger said. “I’m bored. I don’t like being in the trainer’s room.”

Clevenger is ahead of schedule and could be activated as early as May 25.

* Lendy Castillo, the Cubs’ Rule 5 pick, was placed on the disabled list with a strained left groin and lefty Scott Maine recalled from Triple-A Iowa. Castillo apparently felt something Sunday while running and it was tender on Tuesday. The addition of Maine gives the Cubs a second lefty in the bullpen.

* Blake DeWitt, who was designated for assignment on May 6, was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa. It’s up to him as to whether he accepts the assignment. He was batting .138 when designated.

– Carrie Muskat

4/11 When you’re smiling …

At one point in the seventh inning Tuesday night, Geovany Soto made Rafael Dolis laugh. The Brewers were threatening to add on after Dolis walked the first two batters. Soto, the Cubs catcher, went out to the mound to talk to Dolis, who was making his second appearance this year and third of his career, to make sure the right-hander was breathing.

“I told him, ‘Feel like you’re playing Wiffle ball in the Dominican and it’s cold because we just had a hurricane and there’s no power,'” Soto said Wednesday. “I was trying to get his mind away from [the game]. Maybe he’s feeling a little pressure or is nervous or is cold. I was trying to get him away from that so he could regroup.”

Telling Dolis there’s a hurricane sounds like an odd way to expect him to relax.

“I told him the power is out, the conditions are really bad,” Soto said. “We can only be outside playing Wiffle ball. I said, ‘This guy’s got two homers off you so you want to strike him out with Wiffle ball.’ He’s looking at me, like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I just tried to calm him down. When you’re calm and feel comfortable, that’s when your talent comes out. I wanted him to feel like he was at home. He has unbelievable talent and an unbelievable fastball that I want to come out.”

Dolis, who is from the Dominican Republic, has seen his share of hurricanes. But he laughed again when asked about Soto’s efforts. The right-hander did give up a run in the seventh and ended the inning by striking out Nyjer Morgan.

Soto also spent some time on the mound Tuesday night with Lendy Castillo, 23, who pitched the ninth. Castillo spent last season at Class A and is making a huge leap to the big leagues.

“It’s going to take a little bit for these guys,” Soto said. “I remember my first time when I was in the big leagues and my knees were shaking a little bit. It goes like that. You can’t teach experience. You just have to go out there and play.”

– Carrie Muskat

4/4 Final bullpen makeup

The Cubs will go with 14 position players and 11 pitchers to start the season, with Rule 5 pick Lendy Castillo and Rafael Dolis making the Opening Day roster for the first time in their young careers. The rest of the bullpen will be Carlos Marmol, Kerry Wood, James Russell and recent acquisition Shawn Camp. Russel is the only left-hander and general manager Jed Hoyer said they are on the lookout for another one.

“Ideally, we would’ve been able to find another lefty,” Hoyer said Wednesday. “We haven’t matched up yet. I think it’s safe to say it’s something we’ll be looking to do during the first part of the season to try to find another lefty. Russell is a very good left-hander but having two would make life easier for Dale [Sveum, Cubs manager].”

Castillo, 22, was selected last December in the Rule 5 Draft from the Phillies organization and the converted shortstop will be making the jump from Class A to the big leagues. This spring, the right-hander appeared in 11 games, giving up five earned runs on 12 hits and 10 walks over 13 innings. Dolis, 24, was charged with one run on three hits and six walks over 10 innings in nine Cactus League games. He spent last season at Double-A Tennessee, where he was 8-5 with a 3.22 ERA in 51 games, including four starts.

Camp was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays this spring. He appeared in 11 games total, and gave up five runs on 16 hits and five walks over 14 1/3 innings. Rodrigo Lopez was in Chicago for Wednesday’s workout and projected as the long man in the bullpen but he will not be on the Opening Day roster.

– Carrie Muskat

4/1 Bullpen decisions

The Cubs have eight relievers in camp for seven spots, and may not make a final decision until Wednesday when the 25-man roster has to be set. The list includes Carlos Marmol, Kerry Wood, and James Russell, who are set. Also competing for spots are Rafael Dolis, Shawn Camp, Rodrigo Lopez, Lendy Castillo and Manuel Corpas. Dolis has not given up a run in nine innings over eight games, striking out five and walking four. Corpas, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery in 2010, has served up six runs on eight hits over 9 2/3 innings in eight games. He’s struck out 11. Castillo, the Rule 5 pick, has appeared in 10 games, giving up five earned runs on 10 hits and 10 walks over 12 innings. He has 11 strikeouts. Dale Sveum has said he’s impressed by Castillo’s poise, considering he’s 22, relatively new to pitching (he was a shortstop), and was at Class A last year. Camp was claimed off waivers from the Mariners. So far this spring, he has given up five earned runs on 14 hits over 11 2/3 innings. Lopez will likely take over as the long man in the ‘pen.

– Carrie Muskat

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