Results tagged ‘ Rafael Dolis ’

7/22 Dolis to Iowa; Beliveau up

Right-handed reliever Rafael Dolis was optioned to Triple-A Iowa and left-hander Jeff Beliveau promoted to the Cubs on Sunday. Dolis was 2-4 with a 6.44 ERA in 27 appearances, and struggled in his last four outings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks over four innings. An 18th-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Beliveau was 4-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 34 games, giving up 42 hits and walking 17 over 40 innings at Iowa.

– Carrie Muskat

6/27 Wells DFA’d, Dolis up & Soler could be coming

Randy Wells was designated for assignment on Wednesday, and Rafael Dolis recalled from Triple-A Iowa. The move opens a spot on the Cubs’ 40-man roster, which could mean the team is close to signing Jorge Soler. There is a July 2 deadline — which is Tuesday — to complete the deal before new restrictions kick in regarding international signings.

–  Carrie Muskat

6/15 Marmol back as closer

The Cubs needed to stabilize the bullpen and have decided Carlos Marmol is back as the closer. He made it interesting on Friday against the Red Sox. With one out, Ryan Sweeney singled, and Mike Aviles reached on an error. One out later, Marmol walked Scott Podsednik to load the bases. Sveum came out for a chat.

“It wasn’t a lot of nice things — nice words, I should say,” Sveum said of his conversation.

“He didn’t tell me good things,” Marmol said, laughing. “I appreciate what he said to me. He said, ‘Throw strikes, I don’t want to take you out of the game. Let’s go.'”

Marmol got Dustin Pedroia to hit into a force at third to end the game. It was his first save since May 2 and third of the season. Rookie Rafael Dolis had taken over the duties but struggled with his command and has been pitching at Triple-A Iowa since the end of May. Since then, James Russell and Shawn Camp have shared the workload.

“We told [Marmol] he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do and his side sessions and his work and he’s been throwing his fastball more,” Sveum said.

The problem has been fastball command, or the lack of.

“He has at least some conviction with his fastball now,” Sveum said. “It’s not, ‘I’m going to waste it and go back to my slider.'”

– Carrie Muskat 

6/1 Minor League report

Thursday’s games

Brett Jackson hit a RBI single and a sac fly in Iowa’s 4-1 win in the first game of a doubleheader against Omaha. Rafael Dolis pitched 1 1/3 innings for a save. In the second game, Mike Montgomery limited the I-Cubs to two hits in a complete game 10-1 win. Jackson hit his sixth homer of the season in the sixth for Iowa’s only run. Chris Volstad was scheduled to start Friday against Omaha in the series finale. Anthony Rizzo did not play in the twinbill; he has not played in a game since Sunday when he left with a sore right wrist.

Eric Jokisch took a no-hitter into the fifth and combined with three relievers to lead Tennessee to a 4-1 win over Huntsville. Mike Burgess homered and Junior Lake hit a RBI double.

Roni Torreyes hit a walkoff homer in the ninth to give Daytona a 7-6 win over Brevard. Torreyes entered the game batting .175. Nelson Perez gave Daytona a 5-3 lead with a grand slam in the third.

Burlington’s Sean Jamieson homered off Austin Reed in the seventh to hand Peoria a 3-2 loss. Yasiel Belaguert hit a two-run single in the sixth. Gerardo Concepcion posted a quality start.

Wednesday’s games

Junior Lake had two hits, including his third homer, and Michael Brenly hit his first homer with Tennessee in a 6-4 loss to Huntsville. Dallas Beeler took the loss, giving up four earned runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Greg Rohan had two hits, including his 10th homer, and Micah Gibbs hit his second in Daytona’s 6-5 win over Brevard County. Tony Zych earned the win in relief.

Wes Darvill had two hits in Peoria’s 10-1 loss to Burlington. Hunter Cervenka struck out six over 2 1/3 innings in relief.

 — Carrie Muskat

5/27 Dolis out as closer

Rookie Rafael Dolis is out for now as the Cubs closer and James Russell and possibly Shawn Camp will share the role, manager Dale Sveum said Sunday. Dolis, who had taken over for Carlos Marmol, hit a batter with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Sunday to force in the Pirates’ game-winning run in a 3-2 win over the Cubs.

“That’s the frustrating thing with the back end of the bullpen is giving it up because of walks and hit batters,” Sveum said Sunday. “Nobody is hitting the ball and doing things. We’re imploding by walking guys and hitting guys.”

Dolis, 22, gave up a single and walked two batters before he hit Matt Hague with a pitch.

“It’s a combination of youth and being put in a situation he probably shouldn’t be put in, for obvious reasons,” Sveum said of Dolis, who was projected to be one of the Cubs set-up pitchers this season but was switched after Marmol struggled. “It’s funny because he started out doing a nice job. Now it’s a combination of making sure you repeat the mechanics that he has in the bullpen. He’s throwing great bullpens and he gets on the mound and wants to recoil and fall off and do these things. It’s a matter of being able to get on the mound, no matter what inning it is or how many outs, and repeat your delivery and throw back to back quality pitches.”

Russell has four career saves, none this year. Camp is 10-for-23 in save opportunities in his career.

“We’ll see how it all pans out,” Sveum said. “Hopefully, [Matt] Garza throws nine innings and we won’t have to worry about it.”

Marmol, currently on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, will make his second rehab outing Sunday for Triple-A Iowa and could join the Cubs Monday or Tuesday when they open a brief three-game homestand against the Padres.

– Carrie Muskat

5/12 About last night …

* Friday’s 13-inning game was 5 hours 4 minutes long, and strangely, followed the shortest game of the year on Wednesday, which was completed in 2:05

* The Cubs walked 14 batters, one shy of the franchise record of 15 set May 15, 1962, against the Mets, which also was a 13-inning game.

* There were 466 pitches thrown (235 by eight Cubs pitchers, 231 by eight Brewers pitchers). Rafael Dolis threw a season-high 41 pitches; his previous high was 39 in his second appearance of the season on April 10 against the Brewers. Dolis now is 3-for-5 in save opportunities this year. Kerry Wood matched his season high with 25 pitches.

“Woody did a great job,” Dale Sveum said. “Hopefully that builds his confidence up.”

* Bryan LaHair was 0-for-6, and his batting average dropped from .384 to .359. His streak of reaching base safely ended at 27 games. Starlin Castro did extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

* After combing for one run over the first six innings, the Cubs and Brewers then totaled 14 in the final seven.

– Carrie Muskat 

5/11 Dolis the designated closer

This weekend, Rafael Dolis is the designated closer. Dale Sveum will try to give Dolis or James Russell a heads up during batting practice as to who will handle the ninth. Sveum has shown a lot of faith in the youngsters who have taken over for Carlos Marmol.

“You’re open minded to everything for the most part but the bottom line is performance,” Sveum said. “We talked about it in Spring Training — was Dolis going to be able to handle the seventh, eighth, ninth inning with the lead, and he has. He’s thrown strikes and been able to get back in counts with strikes after he’s thrown a couple balls. He’s proven he can do it. When guys prove they can do it, you have to use them and give them that confidence, too.”

He said it’s difficult to determine if a player has the right mentality for the job until their in those situations.

– Carrie Muskat

5/9 WHIP numbers

A key statistic to gauge how pitchers are doing is WHIP, or walks plus hits per innings pitched. The lower the number the better. Here are the Cubs bullpen numbers:

Rafael Dolis 1.09

Shawn Camp 1.19

James Russell 1.32

Carlos Marmol 2.16

Kerry Wood 2.77

The Marlins Heath Bell has the highest WHIP in the Major Leagues at 2.88.

Among the Cubs starters, Ryan Dempster ranks fifth in the Major Leagues with an 0.85 WHIP and Matt Garza is eighth at 0.89.

– Carrie Muskat

5/9 Movie star Dolis

Rookie Rafael Dolis has teammate Starlin Castro’s support to handle the Cubs’ closer duties.

“He’s an amazing guy,” Castro said of Dolis, who is sharing the job with James Russell for now. “He’s working hard, too. Every day. He watches a lot of movies every day but he works hard.”

Movies? Dolis is trying to improve his English by watching English-language movies. On Tuesday, it was “Contraband.” That’s how Castro improved his English. OK, back to baseball. What can Dolis do?

“He’s got a hard sinker, 96 [mph], and you don’t need more than that,” Castro said. “Sometimes he has a pretty good slider. He doesn’t need to throw that because he has an amazing sinker. He’ll be pretty good. He still has to work pretty hard. One day, he’ll be good.”

– Carrie Muskat 

5/9 Sveum: “We’re not perfect”

Dale Sveum didn’t see Kerry Wood throw his glove and cap into the stands after Tuesday’s game but he understood why Wood did it.

“Do I care? Of course, I care,” Sveum said. “I don’t condone it or wish it to happen all the time. We all know in this game that there’s frustration that happens and sometimes we regret things we do. We’re not perfect human beings. I missed the whole thing, so I didn’t see any of that.”

The game was tied at 1 in the eighth when Wood took over and he walked two batters and gave up two hits, including a game-winning two-run single by the Braves’ Dan Uggla. Has managing the bullpen been a challenge for Sveum?

“I guess you could say that,” Sveum said. “We’re always trying to be optimistic about the team. On the other hand, we’ve had some guys step up and do a great job.”

He complimented James Russell and Shawn Camp and said rookie Rafael Dolis has done well in clutch situations.

“We’ve had a lot of bright spots, too,” Sveum said. “A month in, you’re dealing with situations and how to handle them and what roles. It’s not that cut and dry, seventh, eighth and ninth guys, that’s for sure.”

Wood was making his second appearance since coming off the disabled list with right shoulder fatigue. He’s now given up seven runs on six hits and six walks over 4 1/3 innings in six games this season.

“It’s just a matter of getting comfortable and in a rhythm and bottom line, throwing strikes and being able to use your fastball and getting back in counts,” Sveum said. “He still has to be able to use that breaking ball. There’s a lot of things to work on. Sometimes it just takes a few times on the mound.”

– Carrie Muskat

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