Results tagged ‘ Peoria ’

8/28 Brett Jackson to DL

Outfielder Brett Jackson, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in the June Draft, was placed on the disabled list Friday because of inflammation in his right wrist. Jackson was batting .308 in 24 games at Class A Peoria with six homers, 16 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He was expected to be back in time for the Chiefs’ final regular season series Sept. 2-4, and for the playoffs.

— Carrie Muskat

8/20 Zambrano update

Carlos Zambrano struck out five over five scoreless innings in a rehab start Thursday for Class A Peoria. Zambrano, pitching for the first time since Aug. 1, gave up four hits and did not walk a batter. He threw 76 pitches, 45 for strikes. He retired the first five batters he faced, then gave up a single in the second. In the fourth, he needed just nine pitches to retire the side, all on fly ball outs. He got in a little trouble in the fifth. The first two Clinton batters grounded out, but the next one singled, then stole second and advanced on a wild pitch. Zambrano struck out the next batter to end the inning and his evening.

He had been sidelined with back spasms, and if Zambrano comes out of this start OK, he will start Tuesday when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Nationals at Wrigley Field. Also, Big Z tuned up by hitting six home runs during batting practice in Peoria.

— Carrie Muskat 

8/20 Big Z's rehab

It’s standing room only tonight in Peoria for Carlos Zambrano’s rehab start. Word from the Midwest League team is that all seats have been sold for the game between the Class A Peoria and Clinton. Zambrano, rehabbing from back spasms, was to throw 70-75 pitches for the Chiefs. If all goes well, Zambrano will rejoin the Cubs rotation next Tuesday vs. the Nationals.

— Carrie Muskat

8/17 Zambrano's abs

Carlos Zambrano apparently didn’t like to do stomach exercises. That will change, he says. Big Z admitted Sunday the problem is that he’s been “lazy,” and promised to re-dedicate himself to a routine designed to strengthen his stomach muscles.

The Cubs pitcher, who has not started since an abbreviated outing Aug. 1 against Florida, will make a rehab start Thursday for Class A Peoria. If that goes well, he’ll open the Cubs’ next homestand Aug. 25 against Washington. So far this month, with the Cubs scrambling to stay in the race in the NL Central, Zambrano has made one start, lasted three innings, and faced 16 batters.

“My problem is I’ve been lazy,” Zambrano said. “There are things in life you don’t like to do, but you have to do them. I don’t like abs [abdominal muscle workouts], but I have to do them. I have to start doing them every day and be serious about it.”

Zambrano admitted he has done his exercises, but not with the conviction needed.

“I’ve got to be honest with me and with you [media] guys and the fans. I’m 28 years old, I’m not 16 anymore,” Zambrano said. “I’m a big guy and I work hard every day, [but] one of the things I don’t like to do is my abs, my core work. If I do abs every day and keep doing my job and be serious about my abs, I’ll be OK.”

— Carrie Muskat


6/29 Vitters to Daytona

Josh Vitters is moving up. Vitters will join Class A Daytona on Tuesday. He had been playing for Class A Peoria, and was batting .316 with 15 homers and 46 RBIs in 70 games. The third baseman, who was the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in 2007, will compete in the All-Star Futures Game for the U.S. team as well.

— Carrie Muskat