Results tagged ‘ Ryan Kalish ’

5/26 Roster move

The Cubs activated outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Ryan Kalish to Triple-A Iowa. Ruggiano, 32, landed on the disabled list, April 24, with a left hamstring strain suffered the day before in the ninth inning. In six injury rehabilitation games with Iowa beginning May 19, Ruggiano batted .143 (3-for-21) with a double, three walks and three runs scored.

Kalish, 26, is hitting .242 (22-for-91) with two doubles, three triples and four RBI in 39 games for the Cubs after making an Opening Day active roster for the first time in his career.

4/27 Extra bases

* For the first time this season and 10th time in his career, Ryan Kalish was the leadoff man.

“He has the ability and the history coming up as being a guy who can work the count,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Sunday about having Kalish lead off. “I thought it was an appropriate substitution.”

Renteria wanted to give Emilio Bonifacio a day off and preferred keeping Junior Lake in the No. 2 spot, so Kalish got the assignment. Does it make a difference?

“The only difference is you see the first pitch of the game — that’s it,” Kalish said. “It’s all standard from there.

“I will say about the leadoff position is that being out there, it’s important to have a good idea of the strike zone, especially early,” he said. “I’m not saying you can’t be aggressive early, because that’s cool, too. You want to make sure you have control of the zone and show that we’re going to do that today.”

* Jake Arrieta, who made his fifth Minor League rehab start on Saturday, will join the Cubs in Cincinnati on Monday. When the right-hander returns to the rotation is still to be determined. Arrieta was slowed this spring by tightness in his right shoulder. On Saturday, he threw 44 pitches over two innings for Double-A Tennessee, which was a short outing because it’s the equivalent of the last Spring Training start for pitchers.

“Jake did a nice job yesterday,” Renteria said. “He worked through it healthy and we’ll see where he’s at once we put our eyes on him.”

Carlos Villanueva is 1-3 with a 10.19 ERA in four starts, and scheduled to pitch Wednesday in the series finale against the Reds. It’s unlikely Arrieta would be activated and take Villanueva’s spot, pitching on four days rest, but Renteria said no decision would be made until he and pitching coach Chris Bosio get a chance to see the right-hander.

* Nate Schierholtz started on Sunday against Milwaukee’s Wily Peralta even though the Cubs outfielder is 0-for-14 in his career against the pitcher.

“He doesn’t like being out of the lineup,” Renteria said. “I thought, let me give Nate another day. He’s a pretty strong man and he’s prepared on a daily basis to come out and perform. We wanted to give [Ryan] Sweeney a day and keep him off his feet a little bit. Schierholtz is a pretty resilient individual and I think he’ll work his way out of it.”

Schierholtz is scuffling against right-handers, and entered Sunday’s game 10-for-59 (.169) against righties.

– Carrie Muskat

4/6 Cubs 8, Phillies 3

Ryan Kalish drove in three runs to help the Cubs beat the Phillies, 8-3, on Sunday at Wrigley Field. It was Kalish’s first multi-hit effort since he had two hits Sept. 3, 2012, at Seattle. Starlin Castro, inserted in the No. 6 spot, delivered in a four-run first with a RBI double. Carlos Villanueva picked up the win in his first start, giving up one run on six hits over five innings. He had to work to get out of some jams, too.

* Emilio Bonifacio collected his 14th hit, tops in the Major Leagues.

* The Cubs had scored eight runs in their first five games combined.

* Wrigley Field had its first replay challenge when Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg challenged Chase Utley getting called out at first in the fifth inning. The play was confirmed.

* Kalish is back after undergoing cervical fusion surgery on his neck. He was injured in a collision with an outfield wall and said he’s not going to be charging into Wrigley Field’s walls any time soon.

“I’m not going to go full speed into this one here,” Kalish said. “That’s brick.”

* Catcher John Baker wanted No. 12 on the Cubs. That’s the same number Dusty Baker wore.

“I thought if I took it, there might be some cool t-shirts left over with ‘Baker’ on them,” Baker said.

* Next up: After an off day Monday, the Cubs play host to the Pirates at Wrigley Field Tuesday night, kicking off a three-game series. Edwin Jackson is scheduled to start.

– Carrie Muskat

4/2 Kalish: “I feel calm”

After missing all of last season following cervical fusion surgery, Ryan Kalish wasn’t sure he’d be playing baseball again. On Wednesday, he started in left field for the Cubs. It’s his first in the big leagues since Sept. 11, 2012. And he slept great Tuesday night.

“I feel calm about it, in a good way,” Kalish said prior to Wednesday’s game. “I’m still excited and nerves are a part of it for sure. I just feel like everything now is just a lot of gravy for me.

“I have big goals for my career and big goals for this team, but I don’t know, maybe I’m getting older and learning to keep it a little more relaxed because you see the best players in the game do things easy rather than too hard or a lot of effort behind their swing or whatever they’re doing,” he said.

Kalish was a non-roster invitee on the Cubs this spring and made the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career. He did sub in Monday’s season opener against the Pirates, but that’s not the same as starting.

“I’m happy to be in the lineup for sure and I’m proud of myself getting back to this point but there’s a lot of work to be done still,” Kalish said. “It’s not about just today. We’re focused on today, but going forward, I want to continue to feel comfortable about playing in the Major Leagues again and just playing my game for this team.”

Kalish needs at least 1 1/2 hours each day to do exercises to maintain his flexibility and core strength. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had the same surgery and Kalish would like to someday talk to him about it.

“It’d be interesting to hear what he had to say about his experience,” Kalish said.

– Carrie Muskat

3/27 Happy birthday, Ryan Kalish

Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein know Ryan Kalish well. The outfielder was the Red Sox’s ninth-round pick in 2006, and had a lot of potential but he was injured after colliding with an outfield wall in April 2011. He eventually needed cervical fusion surgery, which involves the removal of a disc in his neck, and the insertion of a metal plate. It’s the same surgery Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had, and Kalish had the same doctor, spinal specialist Robert Watkins, and even stayed in the same hospital room.

“He’s a solid defender, runs well, puts together a great at-bat, whether it’s against righties or lefties,” manager Rick Renteria said of Kalish. “He been down for awhile with different issues over the past couple years and he’s extremely happy to be a part of the organization and part of the club. He did a nice job this spring.”

After going through the surgery and the rehab and missing all of last season, Kalish admitted he got a little emotional when told he would be on the Opening Day roster.

“I got choked up a little bit,” Kalish said. “It’s been such a wild ride to even think I’d be starting Opening Day for the Cubs this year after being in a cervical fusion recovery room overnight is just pretty wild. This is a really awesome day for myself and everyone who has seen what I’ve gone through. My family is just ecstatic.”

He still has a lot of maintenance work to do on his body. Making the team is one step, he said.

“There’s a greater sense of something bigger going on than one day of being called up,” he said. “I want to be a part of what we want to make happen. This is one really cool day and tomorrow’s my birthday, so today is pretty cool. Tomorrow, we’re working. We have a bigger goal than one call-up on one day. I’m very fortunate and blessed.”

He’ll turn 26 on Friday.

“I’m young,” he said. “I still have a lot of years, a lot of legs left to improve my game, and do what the Cubs want me to do, be a leader, play hard, get on base, steal.”

– Carrie Muskat

3/12 Instant replay

Cubs manager Rick Renteria took advantage of the new instant replay rules and challenged a call in the fourth inning Wednesday night. With one out in the inning, and the game tied at 2, Ryan Kalish chopped the ball to Mariners shortstop Brad Miller, who threw to first. Kalish was called out on the close play. Renteria went out to first base umpire Dan Bellino and challenged the call. After Bellino and umpire Hal Gibson conferred on headsets with someone in New York who reviewed the play, the call was upheld.

Wednesday was the third Cubs game in which instant replay was available. Renteria did not challenge a call in the first game, and he was not at the second game because it was a split squad game in Tempe, and bench coach Brandon Hyde was acting manager. Instant replay also will be in effect March 16 and March 19.

– Carrie Muskat

2/21 Olympic passion

Ryan Kalish felt nearly as bad as the U.S. women’s hockey team after it lost to Canada in the finals of the Winter Olympics. Kalish, now a non-roster invitee in Cubs camp, trained with some of the U.S. women a year ago.

“They were fun to be around,” Kalish said Friday of the hockey team. “These women, they train so hard for their sport and they don’t get paid any money. It’s all about passion. Obviously, I’m very passionate about baseball and there’s big money in it so it’s a lot more appealing [for me]. They’re working for every four years.

“They were so ready to go every day, early mornings, trying to push themselves, lifting weights, running, the whole nine,” the outfielder said. “And that was only the beginning of their day because they had [hockey] practice later.”

Kalish worked out with the women at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning center near Boston. Boyle is a consultant to the Red Sox and designed a program for the women’s hockey team. The sessions were more than a year ago, Kalish said.

“[Boyle] loves hockey, so he did a lot of the training for free out of the kindness of his heart,” Kalish said. “It was so cool to be around them. They’re working for a medal, for the love of the game. Being around that was awesome for me.

“Their passion was just inspiring,” he said.

– Carrie Muskat

1/24 Non-roster invitees

The Cubs have invited 24 non-roster players to Spring Training, including top prospects Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, and Albert Almora. Among the pitchers invited to Major League camp are right-handeders Marcus Hatley, Kyle Hendricks, Carlos Pimentel, Armando Rivero and Brian Schlitter, and lefties Tommy Hottovy, Eric Jokisch, Jonathan Sanchez and Tsuyoshi Wada. Hendricks was the Cubs’ Minor League pitcher of the year in 2013.

Five infielders were invited, including Baez, Bryant, Ryan Roberts, Chris Valaika and Jeudy Valdez. The list of outfielders invited includes Almora, Chris Coghlan, Aaron Cunningham, Ryan Kalish, Mitch Maier, Darnell McDonald and Casper Wells.

Kalish, 25, a left-handed hitting outfielder, was voted the Red Sox’s rookie of the year in 2010. He’s coming off surgery on his right shoulder in January 2013 which was followed by cervical fusion surgery last August, similar to a procedure Peyton Manning had. Jorge Soler, another top Cubs prospect, will be in the big league camp; he’s on the 40-man roster.

Catchers John Baker, Rafael Lopez and Eli Whiteside also are on the list of non-roster invitees. The Cubs said Minor League catchers Luis Flores and Will Remillard also will assist at times in big league camp.

Cubs pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 13 to the team’s new facility in Mesa, Ariz., and have their first workout the next day. Position players report on Feb. 18, with new manager Rick Renteria’s first full squad workout scheduled for Feb. 19.

– Carrie Muskat

12/14 Roster moves

The Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks off waivers from the Twins. Hendriks, 24, is 2-13 with a complete game and a 6.06 ERA in 30 big league appearances (28 starts) with the Twins covering parts of the last three seasons (2011-13). He originally signed with the Twins as a non-drafted free agent in February 2007.

Last season, Hendriks split time between the Twins and Triple-A Rochester, posting a 1-3 record with a 6.85 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 10 big league games (eight starts). He made his first big league relief appearance Sept. 21 at Oakland, throwing 102 pitches, the fifth-most pitches in a relief appearance in Twins history. He made a second relief appearance Sept. 27 vs. Cleveland, striking out eight batters, the most strikeouts for a Twins pitcher in 2013, and tied for the third most in a relief appearance in Twins history.

The Perth, Australia native made the Twins Opening Day roster for the first time in 2012, going 1-8 with a complete game and a 5.59 ERA in 16 big league starts.

* The Cubs also have signed infielder Ryan Roberts, outfielder Ryan Kalish and catcher John Buck to Minor League deals with invites to Spring Training. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were with the Red Sox when they drafted Kalish.

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