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On Tuesday, Logan Watkins posted a photo from his airplane window on Twitter, saying how excited he was to be headed to Arizona. But that excitement didn’t last long. On Wednesday, the infielder posted this:
“Devastated to say that I tore my Achilles today working out in Arizona. Hard to put into words how sad I am that I won’t be a part of the great season the Cubs are prepared to have.”
Watkins, 25, batted .246 in 31 games last season with the Cubs, including .381 in August.
Cubs position players do not have to report to Mesa, Ariz., until Feb. 24 but many are taking advantage of the team’s facilities and getting an early start on their workouts.
— Carrie Muskat
Right-handed pitcher Donn Roach and infielder Logan Watkins both cleared waivers and were assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa. The two had been designated for assignment to make room on the Cubs 40-man roster for catcher Ryan Lavarnway and outfielder Shane Peterson who were claimed off waivers from the Dodgers and Athletics, respectively.
Roach, 25, was claimed off waivers from the Padres on Nov. 12. He went 1-0 with a 4.75 ERA in 16 appearances, including one start, with the Padres last season, his first year in the big leagues. Watkins, 25, batted .233 with four doubles, one home run and six RBIs in 58 games over the last two seasons with the Cubs. A solid defender at second, he was the Cubs’ 21st round pick in 2008.
— Carrie Muskat
The Cubs claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway off waivers from the Dodgers and outfielder Shane Peterson off waivers from the Athletics. To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Donn Roach and infielder Logan Watkins were designated for assignment.
Lavarnway, 27, has spent the last seven seasons in the Red Sox organization, batting .299 in 25 games on the 2013 World Championship team. He was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers on Dec. 5 but designated for assignment on Dec. 10. He missed more than two months last season with a left wrist strain and spent most of the year with Triple-A Pawtucket, batting .283 with three homers, 20 RBIs and a .389 on-base percentage in 62 games.
Theo Epstein knows him well. Lavarnway was a sixth-round pick out of Yale in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft by the Red Sox.
Peterson, 26, batted .308 with 40 doubles, 11 homers and 90 RBIs with Triple-A Sacramento last season, and earned Pacific Coast League midseason and postseason All Star honors. A left-handed hitter, he posted a .381 on-base percentage and a .460 slugging percentage. Peterson led the league in hits and doubles and ranked second with 101 runs scored.
— Carrie Muskat
Cubs manager Rick Renteria said it was going to be a challenge to face the National League West-leading Dodgers, and it was. The Dodgers took advantage of an error by rookie Logan Watkins to score five runs in the seventh and post an 8-4 come-from-behind victory Thursday night over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, inching closer to securing a playoff berth. Los Angeles increased its lead over San Francisco to 2 1/2 games.
“They hit a couple balls hard, for sure,” Renteria said of the Dodgers, “but there were a couple plays we could’ve made.”
The Cubs had a 4-1 lead after six innings, but in the seventh, Los Angeles had two on and one out against Neil Ramirez and tallied on an error by Watkins, who couldn’t get a glove on Juan Uribe’s potential double-play ball. The miscue was costly. Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier followed with an RBI double, and another run scored on a ground out by pinch-hitter Justin Turner to tie the game at 4.
Dee Gordon then smacked an RBI double and scored on Yasiel Puig’s single to chase Ramirez for a 6-4 lead. Of the five runs off Ramirez that inning, only one was earned.
“Uribe hit a pretty hard ball, right up the middle and the first instinct was to knock it down and keep it in front of me and it kicked to the left,” Watkins said.
Watkins also was charged with an error on a throw in the ninth that led to another Dodgers run.
“I can honestly look back and say I wouldn’t have done anything different on both balls,” Watkins said. “That one there [in the seventh], I didn’t want it to go to the outfield. The other one, a diving play, just try to get it to first as fast as possible.
“It’s baseball,” he said. “I’ll make more. It did [stink] because I wanted to get Neil out of that inning right there because it was a possible double play. I wouldn’t have done anything different. … It always seems like that — you make an error and the wheels come off.”
The win snapped the Dodgers’ two-game losing streak, and was a rarity. Los Angeles now is 2-54 when trailing after six.
“All things being equal, we haven’t had a lot of games like that,” Renteria said. “The guys have been pretty good. This one just got away. It’s just baseball.”
While the Dodgers are preparing for postseason play, Chicago’s Tsuyoshi Wada made his last start. The Cubs want to get a look at rookie Eric Jokisch in one of their final nine games. Wada, 33, who was told Thursday was his final outing, struck out five and gave up five hits over five innings. The left-hander said his hamstring has been tender, and may have been a factor Thursday. He was grateful to the Cubs for the opportunity.
“If I look back personally, I feel it was a very good year in regards that the Cubs picked me up without me having any Major League numbers and gave me the opportunity to start in this big league atmosphere,” Wada said through interpreter Ryo Shinkawa. “When I look back, it was a very good year.”
— Carrie Muskat
Logan Watkins will be the 39th different player to be the designated hitter for the Cubs tonight as they wrap up their three-game series against the Blue Jays. Kyle Hendricks gets the start. Here’s the lineup:
Logan Watkins, called up Thursday from Triple-A Iowa, gets the start on Friday in the Cubs Interleague opener against the Orioles. It’ll be a big start for Jake Arrieta, who will be facing his former team for the first time. Here’s the lineup:
Kyle Hendricks struck out nine and gave up three runs over seven innings in Iowa’s 6-3 win over New Orleans. Logan Watkins hit his first home run and Arismendy Alcantara had three hits, and was a home run shy of the cycle. Josh Vitters had two RBI doubles and was batting .293.
In injury news, the Iowa Cubs placed outfielder Brett Jackson on the disabled list with a strained right oblique and added infielder/outfielder Jonathan Mota from Tennessee.
Jake Arrieta moved closer to returning to the big leagues with a 5 2/3 innings rehab outing for Tennessee. The Smokies beat the Generals, 7-2. Arrieta gave up one run on three hits and one walk, striking out two. John Andreoli drove in three runs and Jae-Hoon Ha had two RBIs.
Tayler Scott gave up four runs over 4 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 5-1 loss to Dunedin. Marco Hernandez had two hits.
Tyler Skulina gave up two runs over five innings in Kane County’s 6-2 win over Bowling Green. David Bote, Danny Lockhart, Shawon Dunston and Trey Martin produced consecutive RBI hits in the ninth.
The Cubs need a few more signs at their new Spring Training facility to warn fans of Javier Baez’s power. Baez apparently broke a car window with one of his batting practice home runs on Friday.
“I saw it fly and I heard a sound,” said infielder Logan Watkins, who was in the outfield during batting practice.
What did he hear?
“Glass,” Watkins said.
“Somebody told me, but I didn’t know that,” Baez said about the freak accident. “It [stinks] for the person who parked there.”
This is the Cubs’ first spring at the new facility in west Mesa, and there are a few glitches.
“They’re parking too close to the field,” Baez said.
It’s not just Baez either. Jorge Soler launched a ball out of Field 5 as well. Maybe they need more screens? Or park further away?
“[At least] not until Group 1 is done hitting,” Watkins said. “Mike Olt hit a couple far out there, too.”
Home runs are not unusual for Baez, 21, who belted 37 combined at Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee last season. This is Baez’s second year in the big league spring camp and he said it’s a little easier.
“I’m trying to follow all the big guys,” the shortstop said.
Starlin Castro has been encouraging Baez, who is challenging for Castro’s job.
“[Castro] tells me all the time, ‘You’re going to get there whenever they think I’m ready,'” Baez said. “We’re just waiting now.”
Third baseman Christian Villanueva, who also was in the outfield during the batting practice session, gave Baez an animated description of what happened in Spanish.
“It was impressive,” Villanueva said. “I think he hit two cars. Some family was getting into the car and they heard the noise. They’re like, ‘Who’s hitting?'”
Baez didn’t know what happened.
“He doesn’t even care,” Watkins said. “He’s like, ‘Oh, cool.’ It’s not cool for whoever’s car it was.
“That’s a fun group to watch hit,” Watkins said. “They were making that field look real small. I get in trouble if I try to do that because that’s not really my game. Last round, I try to put one over [the fence] at least. He can do it every round if he wants. I don’t think anyone’s going to say that’s not your game because it obviously is.”
— Carrie Muskat
Chris Rusin makes his final start of the season on Tuesday as the Cubs play host to the playoff-bound Pirates at Wrigley Field. Logan Watkins will start at second in place of Darwin Barney.
Rusin and All-Star Travis Wood (2.98 ERA) both have ERAs under 3.52. The Cubs look to have two left-handers make at least 10 starts and each turn in an ERA of 3.80 or less in the same year for the first time in 46 years when Rich Nye (3.20 ERA, 30 starts) and Ken Holtzman (2.53 ERA, 12 starts) did so.
Here’s the lineup:
Carlos Villanueva dropped his fourth straight loss despite posting his seventh quality start in Sunday’s 1-0 Cubs loss to the Dodgers. Villanueva is winless in his last 11 starts.
* Logan Watkins (1-for-4) recorded his first Major League hit with a sixth-inning single to left field. With Watkins making his ML debut and Donnie Murphy (0-for-2, BB) making his Cubs debut, the Cubs have utilized 48 players this season, five shy of the franchise record 53 players who appeared last year.
* The Cubs were shut out for the second consecutive game and eighth time this season. They have been blanked in back to back games for the first time since Oct. 1-2, 2012, vs. the Astros.
* With the loss, the Cubs are 15-24 in one-run games and finished the eight-game homestand, 1-7.
* The Cubs had opportunities. They out-hit the Dodgers in two of the games and in the total series, 34-33, including 7-2 on Sunday. They were outscored, 16-6, in the four games, and left 30 runners in base, going 5-for-27 with runners in scoring position.