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Besides selecting Kris Bryant’s contract, the Cubs made other roster moves on Friday.
* Third baseman Mike Olt was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15, with a hairline fracture in his right wrist. Olt was to get a cast on Friday and could be sidelined at least three weeks.
* Right-handed pitcher Neil Ramirez was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to April 16, with right shoulder inflammation. The good news is that an MRI on Thursday showed there was no structural damage in Ramirez’s shoulder.
* Outfielder Chris Denorfia was activated from the disabled list. He had been sidelined with a mild left hamstring strain.
* For those interested in numbers, Bryant will wear No. 17. First base coach Brandon Hyde, who was wearing No. 17, will now wear No. 16.
The Cubs felt the bullpen needed more help than third base, and recalled lefty Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa Tuesday and placed infielder Tommy La Stella on the disabled list. La Stella is sidelined with right rib cage inflammation. Third baseman Mike Olt is limited because of a sore right wrist, injured when he was hit by a pitch on Saturday in Colorado, but was available to pinch-hit and play third if needed.
“You get to the point where toughness doesn’t matter and you have to start thinking about the team,” Olt said Tuesday. “It wasn’t ready to go [Monday] and wasn’t in a good spot where I felt I could get out there and really help the team. I had to put my toughness and competitiveness aside.”
Cubs fans would like to see third baseman Kris Bryant promoted to fill the void at third, but Theo Epstein said he didn’t want to speculate as to whether they’d add the team’s top prospect.
“It depends on what’s happening with the roster, what’s happening with his development,” Epstein said Tuesday. “We don’t know yet. Every day, check in with the trainers, the manager, development guys and see where we’re at.
“Right now we’re thinking about today’s game and that an extra reliever would really come in handy,” Epstein said.
Cubs relievers have totaled 21 2/3 innings in six games, and manager Joe Maddon wanted to be able to give some guys a breather.
“We do need some help in the bullpen,” Maddon said. “They’ve been very active the last few days.”
— Carrie Muskat
Mike Olt, hit on the right wrist Saturday, was scratched from Monday night’s Cubs lineup to get one more day of treatment. The new lineup is:
Cubs third baseman Mike Olt, hit on the right wrist by a pitch Saturday night, was able to pinch-hit Sunday while infielder Tommy La Stella remained sidelined with a strained right side.
Olt was hit by an Adam Ottavino pitch in the ninth inning, and was surprised his wrist was not swollen Sunday. He did pinch-hit in the ninth, and struck out, but stayed in the game at third base. The Cubs were short-handed because La Stella has been sidelined all weekend with the sore side, which he felt prior to Friday’s game.
“I’m feeling better every day,” said La Stella, who has not swung a bat for three days. “It’s one of those things where you don’t feel the need to rush it.”
La Stella will be re-evaluated on Monday.
Pitcher Travis Wood was listed on the Cubs lineup sheet as a right-handed hitter off the bench, and did get an at-bat on Sunday. Catcher Welington Castillo has been working out at third base in case the Cubs need a backup.
— Carrie Muskat
Cubs third baseman Mikt Olt, hit on the right wrist by a pitch Saturday night, said he was available to pinch-hit Sunday and felt relieved that the swelling had gone done.
“I’ll be able to swing it for sure,” Olt said after taking some swings in the cage.
Olt was surprised that his wrist looked so normal after taking an Adam Ottavino pitch off it in the ninth inning.
“Last night, it was swollen, and I woke up this morning and it wasn’t,” Olt said. “That’s a big step in the right direction.”
He received plenty of treatment from what he called the “big word machines” that the Cubs athletic trainers have. Olt joked that he was ready for anything.
“I could probably steal a bag, whatever they need,” he said.
The Cubs bench was shorthanded because infielder Tommy La Stella is sidelined with a strained side, which he felt prior to Friday’s game. Pitcher Travis Wood was listed on the Cubs lineup sheet as a right-handed hitter off the bench. Catcher Welington Castillo has worked out at third base in case they need a backup.
When Olt had to leave Saturday’s game, there was social media buzz that the Cubs would promote top prospect Kris Bryant.
“Not today,” manager Joe Maddon said.
— Carrie Muskat
Cubs third baseman Mike Olt had to leave Saturday’s game after being hit on the right wrist by a pitch in the ninth inning. X-rays did not show a break, and the Cubs will re-evaluate Olt on Sunday.
“We’re going to approach it as if he’s going to be sore [Sunday],” Joe Maddon said. “I don’t know if he can play tomorrow but it does not appear to initially be a break.”
Olt said he was relieved that the wrist wasn’t broken. Olt hit his first home run this season in the third inning in the Cubs’ 9-5 win over the Rockies.
“Yeah, I was relieved,” Olt said of the X-ray results. “It’s a scary spot to get hit. There’s not much meat around it. I’ll be able to sleep tonight.”
— Carrie Muskat
The Cardinals spoiled the coming out party for Jon Lester and Joe Maddon at Wrigley Field Sunday night. Matt Holliday hit a pair of RBI singles to back Adam Wainwright and lead the Cardinals to a 3-0 victory on Opening Night.
“It was a good atmosphere tonight,” Cubs catcher David Ross said. “Sometimes with that atmosphere, you try a little hard, or whatever. it was loud to start the game, I had butterflies, and I haven’t had butterflies in a while. That was a lot of fun. We didn’t play our best baseball tonight but there are a lot of areas we can improve on.”
Lester scattered eight hits over 4 1/3 innings, striking out six. He felt his pitches were a little flat, and didn’t blame his time off in Spring Training.
The other issue was something Cubs fans saw all too much of in 2014 when they ranked 14th in the NL with runners in scoring position. On Sunday, they were 0-for-13.
“I think we had pretty good at-bats and guys going deep in counts,” Anthony Rizzo said. “Wainwright came through when he needed to.”
Rizzo didn’t think Lester had a bad outing.
“If three runs [off Lester] is a tough outing, I’ll take that every time,” Rizzo said. “We had good at-bats, we just didn’t score when we needed to.”
Sunday marked the debut of the new video scoreboard in left field. There was a packed crowd of 35,055, even if they couldn’t sit in the bleachers, which are under construction.
“It was a very cool experience,” Mike Olt said. “It was loud and it was fun to be a part of. We wish we could’ve got the ‘W’ but we’ll come in on Tuesday ready to go.”
— Carrie Muskat
Third baseman Mike Olt thought his days with the Cubs were over after Saturday’s workout. Olt and teammate Jorge Soler both hit balls off the new video scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and one of Olt’s batting practice home runs knocked out a panel on the board.
“I went home thinking, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe I did that,'” Olt said Sunday. “They fixed it.”
The 3,990-square foot video board, now installed at the back of the left field bleachers, will be protected during batting practice with netting. All Olt did when he connected was loosen a cable, and it did not take long to repair.
The video board is large.
“When I saw the mock ups, I was mildly concerned,” Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said. “when I saw the photos when I was in Arizona, I was extremely concerned. Did you ever hang a flat screen [television] on your wall, and your wife is telling you it’s too big and you’re arguing it’s not too big even though you know it’s too big? That’s how I thought I’d be, and I got here, it’s perfect.”
Cubs manager Joe Maddon also thought the video scoreboard was just the right size and enhanced the ballpark, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year.
“It’s spectacular,” Maddon said. “I’m sure it will be met with resistance, but I think new normals are ctreated in three to five years, and I think you’ll get the new normal working here where the people will be accepting of it.”
The fact that the video board is up at all is an accomplishment. Two weeks ago, the snow was six-inches deep on the field. The board is part of the first phase of a five-year renovation plan for the ballpark.
Olt and Soler were the envy of their teammates.
“If it was me, I’d be proud to hit a ball that far,” Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel said.
— Carrie Muskat
Mike Olt hit a two-run homer and a triple, and Travis Wood smacked a pinch-hit home run but it wasn’t enough as the Cubs lost, 8-4, to the Angels on Thursday at Sloan Park in Mesa in front of 15,246. Jered Weaver struck out eight over 5 1/3 innings for the Angels, who got home runs from Albert Pujols. The Cubs did turn four double plays, including one by left fielder Kris Bryant. Bryant was making his first start in the outfield. The Angels had a runner at second with one out in the sixth and Bryant caught Collin Cowgill’s fly ball in left and fired to Javier Baez at second to get the runner and end the inning.
Kris Bryant was a little worried about making a good throw to first. After all, Will Ferrell will be receiving the throw. Ferrell was to play first base for the Cubs in the fourth or fifth inning, depending on his arrival at Tempe Diablo Stadium Thursday for their game against the Angels.
As part of a new HBO special from Funny Or Die, Ferrell will be at five different Spring Training ballparks in Arizona. He’s doing so to honor the historic feat of Bert Campaneris five decades ago by playing every position on the field for 10 different teams in the same day.
Cubs pitcher Jon Lester won’t be there and was a little miffed. He posted on Twitter: “Bummed to miss the #FerrellTakesTheField fun today but love the cause! Remember, it’s hot out there, milk would be a bad choice! @NVRQT
Mike Olt will start at first for the Cubs and then hand over his glove to Ferrell. Did Olt have any tips?
“He’s asking the wrong guy,” said Olt, who normally plays third for the Cubs. “I don’t know how to play first base either. He might do just as well. Just have fun with it. That’s all that matters.”
Asked if he was worried that Ferrell might take his roster spot, Olt smiled.
“I talked to [Anthony] Rizzo about it, and he and I are both a little nervous,” Olt deadpanned.
Bryant was starting at third base. It’ll be up to him to make a good throw.
“It’s exciting — it’s kind of scary, too,” Bryant said. “Hopefully, he knows how to catch the ball. I’m sure he does. He’s a big target. That might help us out throwing to first.”
“Block the ball, keep it in front,” Bryant said. “I don’t think he’ll do as good a job as Rizzo over there. I think if we give him a good throw, he’ll handle it.”
Ferrell’s goal is to honor “Campy” Campaneris while also helping organizations dedicated to fighting cancer, including Cancer for College. On Sept. 8, 1965, Campaneris, in only his second Major League season, went 0-for-3 playing all nine positions for the Kansas City Athletics in a game against the California Angels.
“It says a lot about their character and a lot about that person and you gain a lot of respect for people who do that,” Olt said of Ferrell’s efforts. “I think for him doing this, it’ll be huge [for the cause].”
Ferrell is no stranger to the Cubs. He’s sung the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field and donned over-sized glasses to deliver his best Harry Caray impersonation. Now, he’s listed on the team’s active roster.
Bryant was excited to be part of it, too.
“I think it does put a little more pressure on me to make a better throw,” Bryant said. “And, I’m throwing to Will Ferrell, too. That’s pretty cool. I would’ve never expected that in a million years playing this game.”
— Carrie Muskat