Results tagged ‘ Ryan Sweeney ’

5/5 Roster moves

The Cubs were expected to call up outfielder Ryan Sweeney from Triple-A Iowa and option Dave Sappelt to the Minor Leagues on Monday. Sweeney was pulled from the second game of Iowa’s Sunday doubleheader and told by manager Marty Pevey that he was headed to the big leagues.

“It’s a good feeling,” Sweeney told the Des Moines Register. “I put in some hard work down here and hopefully, I’ll go up there and transfer it over.”

Sweeney, 28, has played for the White Sox, Athletics and Red Sox, and has a career .280 batting average over seven seasons in the big leagues. Last season, he appeared in 63 games for the Red Sox, batting .260 with 16 RBIs. Boston released him on March 30, and he signed with the Cubs on April 2.

A left-handed hitter, he was batting .337 in 23 games with six home runs, two doubles, two triples and 16 RBIs. Sappelt was used in manager Dale Sveum’s platoon against left-handed pitchers. In 20 games with the Cubs, Sappelt was batting .178 (8-for-45).

The Cubs would have to make a roster move to open a spot on the 40-man for Sweeney. One option may be tweaking the bullpen, and sending right-hander Kameron Loe to Iowa. On Sunday, Loe gave up one run on one hit and two walks in one inning against the Reds, and has a 5.40 ERA in seven games. The team could promote a pitcher from Iowa or decide Kyuji Fujikawa is ready after one rehab outing. The Japanese right-hander, on the disabled list with a strained right forearm since April 13, threw 21 pitches Sunday in one inning for Iowa and struck out two.

– Carrie Muskat

4/26 Minor matters

Ryan Sweeney hit his fourth home run, a three-run shot in the first, to help Iowa beat Omaha 9-3 on Thursday. Sweeney was batting .404 and has an 11-game hitting streak. He was 4-for-5 with a triple and four RBIs. Brent Lillibridge also had four hits and two RBIs. Ian Stewart went 1-for-3 in his eighth rehab game. Esmailin Caridad picked up the win in relief.

Dallas Beeler threw seven shutout innings in Tennessee’s 2-1 win over Pensacola. Ronald Torreyes had three hits and scored a run and Jae-Hoon Ha notched his 10th RBIs.

Javier Baez hit his fourth home run and Chad Noble hit his first in Daytona’s 5-3 win over Lakeland. Zach Cates picked up the win, giving up four hits over five scoreless innings. Baez is batting .238 with 11 RBIs.

Lendy Castillo gave up six runs on eight hits over six innings in Kane County’s 6-4 loss to Fort Wayne. Oliver Zapata hit a two-run double.

– Carrie Muskat

4/16 Minor matters

Ryan Sweeney had two hits, including a third-inning, three-run homer as Iowa lost 11-5 to Albuquerque on Monday. Drew Carpenter took the loss, giving up five runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings. Darwin Barney went 4-for-5 with a double in the third and final game of his rehab assignment.

Rubi Silva had three hits, including his second home run, and drove in four runs, but Tennessee lost, 8-7, to Huntsville. Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits, including a double, and Jonathan Mota had two hits.

Ben Wells threw six shutout innings, giving up five hits, as Daytona beat Clearwater, 8-1. Zeke DeVoss had two hits and three RBIs, and Ben Carhart had three hits and one RBIs. On Monday, pitcher Ryan Searle was named Florida State League pitcher of the week. In two bullpen appearances, he gave up three hits and struck out 10 over 8 1/3 innings. He picked up the win in relief on April 5.

Kane County’s game against Beloit was postponed because of rain. The two teams were to play a doubleheader Tuesday.

* The Smokies announced right-hander Matt Loosen has been added to the active roster from extended Spring Training, and Dae-Eun Rhee has been placed on the disabled list. Rhee, 24, was 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA, giving up one earned run over 10 1/3 innings.

– Carrie Muskat

4/7 Minor matters

Ryan Sweeney went 3-for-3 in his first game with the Iowa Cubs but it wasn’t enough as they lost, 8-3, to Albuquerque. Brooks Raley took the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits over four innings.

Tennessee scored eight runs in the top of the 12th to beat Pensacola, 9-1. The Smokies sent 14 batters to the plate in the 12th. Matt Szczur hit a two-run single to break the tie, Jae-Hoon Ha added a two-run single, then Rafael Lopez hit a two-run double and Szczur finished his night and the inning with a RBI single. Frank Batista picked up the win in relief.

Jorge Soler hit his first home run of the season in Daytona’s 4-2 win over Brevard County. Soler was batting .417 so far. Tim Saunders was 3-for-4.

Oliver Zapata had three hits and five RBIs in Kane County’s 13-10, 11-inning loss to Quad Cities. The two teams combined for 36 hits. Rock Shoulders was 4-for-6 and Dan Vogelbach had three hits.

– Carrie Muskat

4/3 Cubs sign Sweeney

The Cubs have reportedly signed outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who was released by the Red Sox, to a Minor League deal, and he was to report to Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday. It’s good news for Sweeney, who lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The 28-year-old batted .217 in 21 games this spring with the Red Sox, and was then released.

“[I'm] just frustrated with the situation with how it happened, not making the team and stuff like that,” Sweeney told “Hindsight’s always 20-20 signing with a team and being a free agent. I don’t regret signing with them. I just wish things had worked out a little different.”

A left-handed hitter, he’s played for the White Sox, Athletics and Red Sox, and has a career .280 average over seven big league seasons.

Sweeney announced his signing on his Twitter account: “So pumped to get this opportunity with the Cubs. I know I have made a lot of Midwest people happy. Looking forward to a great 2013 season!”

– Carrie Muskat


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