Results tagged ‘ Mark DeRosa ’

5/4 Mark DeRosa, grillmaster

Mark DeRosa was at Wrigley Field on Sunday but not for the Cubs’ game. DeRosa was a guest judge on the Travel Channel show “American Grilled.” This episode will be aired in the summer, so can’t give away any details. What DeRosa did admit is that he doesn’t grill but he does eat.

“I’m willing to try anything,” DeRosa said. “I wouldn’t call myself a grillmaster by any stretch of the imagination but I do know what good food is. I let the other guys judge on who used the grill the proper way. I’m going based on what would I eat, what would I order in a restaurant, what would I bring into the clubhouse for the boys to try. So far, I’ve been pretty spot on with the judges. At the end of the day, it’s taste.”

DeRosa, 39, who played for the Cubs in 2007 and ’08, is busy now on MLB Network.

“Life is good,” he said. “I get to be home with the kids, get to still stay in the game, great network, treating me great. Good people all around. There’s a passion for the game in that building and it keeps my spirit going. I’m learning a lot about every team. I always used to just concentrate on what we had to concentrate on. I’m finding there are a lot of really good ballplayers in teh game and am having fun diving into it.”

He has been critical and heard from some of his former teammates when he is. He’s just being honest.

“I can always put a positive spin on it but my teammates always knew I knew where I fell as a far as a ballplayer,” he said. “I was never a 3-4 hitter in any order. I’ll never know the stress levels those guys deal with on an every day basis. I was always a truthful teammate and always expected things done a certain way and done with your teammates in mind. I would expect nothing less of my teammates to come up to me. I’ll never forget how hard it was to get in that box.”

His days with the Cubs?

“The best in my career by far,” he said. “I played on eight teams but I only call myself a Cubbie. That’s what I believe. I want this team to do well. I always pull for them. It’s hard for me to watch what’s going on right now. I’m disappointed, especially when you have a microphone. I’d love to be all over them and loving them. They’re going through a rebuilding process.”

— Carrie Muskat

3/11 Gaub, Caridad to Iowa

The Cubs made their first roster cuts on Friday and optioned lefty John Gaub and right-hander Esmailin Caridad to Triple-A Iowa. The spring roster is now at 58 players. Caridad had appeared in 3 2/3 innings over four games, and given up three hits, three runs and one walk while striking out one. Gaub, acquired in the Mark DeRosa deal in December 2008, had pitched in two games and given up five runs on three hits and four walks over 1 1/3 innings. Expect more roster moves after this weekend’s split squad games.

— Carrie Muskat

12/29 Looking ahead

Will the Cubs be quiet on New Year’s Eve? Or will it be like last year when they signed outfielder Marlon Byrd to a three-year deal on Dec. 31, 2009? Remember New Year’s Eve 2008? On that date, the Cubs signed infielder Aaron Miles and traded Mark DeRosa to the Indians for Chris Archer, John Gaub and Jeff Stevens. Archer was named the organization’s Minor League pitcher of the year in 2010.

Heading into 2011, the Cubs’ only major piece of unfinished business is to sign arbitration eligible players Carlos Marmol, Tom Gorzelanny, Sean Marshall, Geovany Soto, and Koyie Hill. Jeff Baker also was arb eligible but he signed on Dec. 2 for $1.18 million. The arbitration filing period is Jan. 5-15, and figures are Jan. 18 if a resolution is not reached. Hearings take place in February.

Other dates to remember: The Cubs Convention will be Jan. 14-16 at the Hilton Chicago.

— Carrie Muskat

9/24 Archer throws at Wrigley

Chris Archer, the Cubs’ Minor League pitcher of the year, had a chance to get a bullpen session in at Wrigley Field on Friday. Archer and outfielder Brandon Guyer, named the organization’s player of the year, were to be honored Saturday prior to the Cubs’ game against the Cardinals.

Archer, 21, combined to go 15-3 with a 2.34 ERA (37 earned runs in 142 1/3 innings) in 28 games between Class A Daytona and Tennessee. He struck out 149 in 142 1/3 innings and walked 65. He credited Minor League pitching coordinator Mark Riggins with helping him get on track.

“Some things fell in place and I started to feel a lot more comfortable,” said Archer, who improved command of his fastball. “Everybody has told me once you start throwing strikes, you’re going to move fast and be successful and that’s what’s happening.”

Originally selected by the Indians in the fifth round of the 2006 Draft, Archer was acquired along with pitchers Jeff Stevens and John Gaub in the December 2006 trade for infielder Mark DeRosa. He knows how popular DeRosa was in Chicago.

“I let it motivate me because I wanted to prove to the fans and show they made a good decision,” he said.

Archer will pitch for the U.S. team in the Pan American Qualifying Team tournament in Puerto Rico, which begins next week.

— Carrie Muskat

8/9 DeRosa sends 'get well' to Silva

Carlos Silva has a sympathetic friend in former Cubs infielder Mark DeRosa, who underwent the same cardiac ablation procedure in Spring Training 2008 when he was a member of the Cubs.

“The only reason you have to take it easy is not so much the heart but where the catheter goes in and they want to make sure that’s healed,” said DeRosa, now with the Giants.

“It’s definitely scary,” DeRosa said. “I think the toughest thing [Silva] will have to get over is mentally that feeling, ‘Is it ever going to come back?'”

DeRosa, sidelined following surgery on his left wrist, had heart palpitations since he was in high school. Silva thought his problems were caused by adrenaline in games.

Since he had the procedure, DeRosa has not had any recurring problems.

“I think it affected everything,” he said. “It changed a lot of things for me — I felt totally different from how I used to feel. I used to have palpitations during the day. For me not to get [them] was weird.”

Silva was discharged from Northwestern Memorial Hospital Monday after the problem and sent home after a normal period of observation. The right-hander was expected to begin light activity this week and start a throwing program by early next week.

— Carrie Muskat

8/6 Silva to have diagnostic test

Carlos Silva, who was pulled from his last start because of an abnormal heart rate, will undergo a diagnostic test Monday that could potentially include a cardiac ablation. Silva, 31, has been evaluated since he returned from Denver on Monday. He was hospitalized overnight in Denver after being pulled from Sunday’s game after four batters. He was expected to pitch again this year.

The pitcher can look to the quick recovery of former Cubs infielder Mark DeRosa, who underwent a cardiac ablation in Spring Training 2008 because of an abnormal heart rate. DeRosa was back in action about two weeks after the procedure.

The diagnostic test Monday involves having a catheter inserted through his groin area. Doctors are looking for an abnormal pathway that is causing the irregular heart beat.

— Carrie Muskat

5/4 Hitting machine

Ryan Theriot hit an infield single in the second inning Tuesday to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, matching his career high. Theriot also had a 13-game streak July 3-20, 2008. The shortstop also had an eight-game hitting stretch from April 9-17 and is the first Cubs player with two hitting streaks of at least eight games in the first month since Mark DeRosa did so in 2008. Theriot came into Tuesday’s game leading the NL with 39 hits and third with a .355 batting average.

— Carrie Muskat

3/29 Wells likes positive vibe

Randy Wells has a good feeling about the Cubs this year. Let’s start with Marlon Byrd.

“He’s awesome,” Wells said of the outfielder. “He doesn’t shut up. He’s always positive. I don’t think I’ve heard a negative comment come out of his mouth in Spring Training. Being a young guy, looking how he treats everybody. … I don’t think there’s a guy in this clubhouse who thinks they’re better than anybody or higher than anybody. It was the same feeling with the ’08 team. You see guys like Mark DeRosa and Ryan Dempster and Ted Lilly, and you think, ‘Oh my, God,’ and then they’re ripping on you like you’ve known them for 20 years. It’s the same feeling this year and it’s fun to be here.”

Wells was getting to the ballpark around 7 a.m. each day.

“I was one of the last guys,” he said.

“Everybody’s excited to come to the ballpark to get to work,” he said. “[At] 6:30, you park your car and there’s balls flying in the cage already.”

— Carrie Muskat

10/23 AFL update

Andrew Cashner, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in 2008, gave up one run on three hits in 3 2/3 innings Thursday to take the loss in the Mesa Solar Sox’s loss to Scottsdale. Cashner struck out one, and now is 0-2 in Arizona Fall League play.

Reliever John Gaub, whom the Cubs acquired in the Mark DeRosa deal, was hit hard, giving up four runs on four hits over one inning.

Starlin Castro was the DH Thursday, and went 1-for-4 with a double. He’s batting .481 in the AFL. On Friday, Mesa plays at Peoria, AZ, against the Saguaros.

— Carrie Muskat

10/15 Cubs hitting coach update

Mark DeRosa loved him. DeRosa gave Rudy Jaramillo credit for making him a better hitter in 2006 when he batted .296 with the Rangers, hitting a then career-high 13 homers and driving in 74 runs. Jaramillo helped Milton Bradley in his one season in Texas when Bradley led the American League in on-base percentage, and batted .321 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs. Those are numbers the Cubs never saw.

On Wednesday, the Rangers announced they are bringing back all of their coaches except Jaramillo. Texas general manager Jon Daniels said: “Rudy Jaramillo has been a consummate professional and great asset to the Rangers, and we wish him luck in his future endeavors.”

The Cubs are looking for a hitting coach after deciding at the end of the season to retain all of Lou Piniella’s coaching staff except Von Joshua. Joshua had taken over in June for Gerald Perry, who was relieved of his duties. The Cubs have invited Joshua to return to their Minor League system.

Jaramillo is still under contract to the Rangers through Oct. 31, and then becomes a free agent. Cubs officials declined to comment on Jaramillo because it would be tampering, just like with a player under contract. But a team source did say they will likely to talk to Jaramillo, who was the Rangers hitting coach from 1994-2009. The only name GM Jim Hendry has mentioned for the job is Cubs Minor League hitting coordinator Dave Keller, and Keller had yet to be interviewed.

The Cubs have worked with Jaramillo already. This season, Piniella contacted him for help in getting Bradley on track. Bradley was not expected to return to the team after he was suspended for the final 15 games because of detrimental conduct. Just because the Cubs may be interested in Jaramillo doesn’t mean Bradley will return.

Besides DeRosa, Jaramillo helped develop Jeff Bagwell, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Michael Young. Entering the 2009 season, Rangers hitters had won 17 Silver Slugger awards, four MVPs, three home run titles, and three RBI crowns under Jaramillo. He wanted a multi-year contract and the team only offered a one-year deal. Jaramillo said he was not “bitter” at what happened but decided to make a move.

“This is my decision,” Jaramillo told’s T.R. Sullivan. “I want to go out there and see where I stand in the game.”

— Carrie Muskat