Results tagged ‘ Sam Fuld ’

1/7 Cubs to get Garza in 8-player deal

The Cubs apparently are close to acquiring Rays pitcher Matt Garza for five Minor League players, including 2010 Pitcher of the Year Chris Archer and 2010 Player of the Year Brandon Guyer. The deal will be finalized once the players undergo physicals.

Sources said Friday the framework is in place for the multi-player swap in which Chicago would get Garza in exchange for Archer, Guyer, shortstop Hak-Ju Lee, catcher Robinson Chirinos and outfielder Sam Fuld. The Cubs also would get two Minor League players from the Rays. According to the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald, one of the players is outfielder Fernando Perez, 27, who batted .234 in 107 big league
appearances. He hit .223 at Triple-A last year.

Team officials would not confirm the trade. Earlier this week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported the Cubs were close to acquiring Garza but both teams denied anything was imminent. The Daily Herald reported Friday that a deal was in the works and had the names.

Garza, 27, would join a rotation with Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, Tom Gorzelanny, and Carlos Silva. The Rays right-hander was 15-10 with a 3.91 ERA last season, and would definitely give the team a boost and help counter moves made this offseason by the Brewers, who added starters Zach Greinke and Shaun Marcum. The Cubs have been looking for an innings-eater type pitcher.

Garza is arbitration-eligible for the second time and will get a raise from his $3.35 million salary in 2010. Archer combined to go 15-3 with a 2.34 ERA in 28 games between Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. He was 8-2 with a 1.80 ERA with the Smokies, and also had a 10-strikeout game in the Pan-Am Qualifying Tournament this winter. Archer was acquired from the Indians in December 2008.

Guyer batted .344 with 39 doubles, six triples, 13 homers, 50 RBIs and a .398 on-base percentage. He was the Cubs’ fifth round pick in 2007.

Lee batted .282 in 122 games with Class A Peoria. Chirinos batted .318 with 15 homers and 64 RBIs at Tennessee and hit .364 with three homers and 10 RBIs with Triple-A Iowa. Fuld has a career .285 Minor League average and has hit .252 in 98 big league games with the Cubs.

— Carrie Muskat

9/25 Another scary moment

Cardinals pitcher Blake Hawksworth was struck on the right side of his face by a line drive by Sam Fuld with one out in the fifth and knocked out of the game. Hawksworth had started the inning in place of Chris Carpenter. The pitcher fell to the ground after being hit but was able to walk off the field under his own power.

It’s been a scary week for the Cubs. Last Sunday in Miami, Tyler Colvin was hit in the chest by a broken bat. He was home, recuperating and done for the season.

— Carrie Muskat

9/24 Cubs lineup vs Cardinals

Kosuke Fukudome and Alfonso Soriano are not in the Cubs’ starting lineup for Friday’s series opener against the Cardinals. Instead, Sam Fuld will be in left and Brad Snyder in right. It’s a blustery day at Wrigley Field. Hang onto your hats. Here’s the lineup:

LF Fuld
SS Castro
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Nady
2B DeWitt
RF Snyder
C Hill
P Gorzelanny

— Carrie Muskat

9/11 Keeping everybody happy

One of the things that was tough for Cubs manager Lou Piniella to do was keep his four outfielders happy in terms of playing time. Mike Quade says it has been a challenge.

“It’s difficult for me,” Quade said about getting enough at-bats for Kosuke Fukudome, Marlon Byrd, Alfonso Soriano and Tyler Colvin. “I don’t lose sleep over much but it usually involves personnel decisions. Everybody’s playing well.”

On Saturday, Fukudome got a rare start against a lefty in Milwaukee’s Randy Wolf. Expect Colvin back in the lineup Sunday.

“It’s a great problem to have,” Quade said, “and you respect the fact they all want to play every day and it makes it difficult when a guy gets a day or two more than he wants off. We’ll continue to keep rotating them.”

What about the callups such as Brad Snyder and Sam Fuld? Could they get spot start in the outfield?

“My sense is as we get through St. Louis [Monday through Wednesday], and we’ll look to get some people [a start],” he said. “It’d be a lot easier if I had a banged up outfield. … I stay focused on the guys who deserve to play every day.”

— Carrie Muskat

9/7 Cubs call-ups – UPDATED

The Cubs called up five players from Triple-A Iowa including outfielders Sam Fuld and Brad Snyder, infielder Bobby Scales, and pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Justin Berg. Also, Carlos Silva was activated from the DL to start Tuesday. For those of you keeping count, the Cubs placed John Grabow and Esmailin Caridad on the 60-day disabled list, which made room on the 40-man for Snyder and Scales.

— Carrie Muskat

8/31 Minor matters

Jason Dubois, Bryan LaHair and Brad Snyder each homered and each drove in four runs to power Iowa to a 20-9 win over Albuquerque on Monday. Mitch Atkins picked up the win, giving  up two runs on seven hits over six innings and now is 7-3. Sam Fuld had five hits and scored three runs. With the win, the Iowa Cubs maintained a half game lead in the Northern Division.

Tennessee and Daytona had Monday off. The Smokies travel to Jacksonville on Tuesday and Daytona meets Clearwater.

Ryan Searle gave up three runs — one earned — on six hits over five innings in Peoria’s 7-2 loss to Clinton. Jae-Hoon Ha and Hak-Ju Lee each had two hits.

Dustin Fitzgerald gave up one run on three hits over five innings in Boise’s 8-5 win over Spokane. Micah Gibbs had four hits and Elliot Soto had three hits and two RBIs.

— Carrie Muskat

8/19 Fuld to join Cubs

Outfielder Sam Fuld joins the Cubs on Thursday, not Micah Hoffpauir because of a technicality. Hoffpauir was with the Cubs in San Francisco last Thursday to take Derrek Lee’s spot on the roster when Lee was on the bereavement list. Hoffpauir has to be in the Minors at least 10 days before he can be called back — unless Lee had been hurt. That means, the earliest Hoffpauir could join the Cubs is Monday in Washington against the Nationals.

— Carrie Muskat

7/28 Zambrano update

Carlos Zambrano gave up three runs on three hits in the seventh inning in the Iowa Cubs’ 14-12 win over Albuquerque Tuesday night. Zambrano, making his third appearance for Iowa, got the first batter to ground out but Jamie Hoffman singled and Big Z then hit A.J. Ellis with a pitch. Pinch-hitter Michael Restovich singled to load the bases and Zambrano walked Elian Herrera to force in a run. Trent Oeltjen struck out and Ivan DeJesus Jr. followed with a two-run single to close to 13-11. Russ Mitchell grounded out and end the inning. Zambrano threw 32 pitches, 20 for strikes.

Jay Jackson gave up seven runs on eight hits over five innings for the win. The Iowa Cubs scored six runs in the fifth. Welington Castillo hit a grand slam, Brad Snyder had four RBIs and Micah Hoffpauir drove in three runs, hitting one on his 16th homer.

Zambrano, on the restricted list, was expected to join the Cubs Friday in Denver.

— Carrie Muskat


7/22 Zambrano update

Carlos Zambrano faced five batters and gave up two singles in a scoreless seventh inning Thursday night for Triple-A Iowa against Oklahoma City, his second Minor League appearance. Zambrano, who pitched one inning for the Mesa Rookie League team on Monday, threw 15 pitches, 10 for strikes in his lone inning. He entered with the game tied at 4 and got help from center fielder Sam Fuld who made a leaping catch at the wall for the second out. Of the five batters Zambrano faced, he threw first-pitch strike to one, the last batter.

After he was finished with the inning, Zambrano went to the bullpen to get more work in. He has not pitched for the Cubs since June 25 when he pitched one inning in a start against the White Sox and then threw a tantrum in the dugout, upset at the way his teammates were playing behind him. Zambrano was suspended for three days and then placed on the restricted list and underwent treatment for anger issues. He will stay with the Iowa Cubs to pitch in relief and was not expected to join the big league team until July 30 in Colorado.

— Carrie Muskat

7/21 Minor matters

Casey Coleman gave up two runs on seven hits over seven innings in Iowa’s 9-2 win over Oklahoma City in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday. Micah Hoffpauir and Bryan LaHair each hit two home runs. For Hoffpauir, it was his first multi-homer game of the season. In the second game, Hung-Wen Chen gave up three runs on seven hits over five innings for the win in the second game, a 4-3 decision. Sam Fuld hit a home run and had two RBIs.

Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-out walkoff RBI single in the ninth to lift Tennessee to a 4-3 win over Montgomery.

Michael Brenly extended his hitting streak to 19 games in Daytona’s 6-2 win over Charlotte. Brenly had three hits and is batting .405 in his streak.

Juan Yasser Serrano threw five shutout innings in Boise’s 3-0 win over Spokane.

Hunter Ackerman gave up two runs on four hits over two innings in Mesa’s 9-8 win over the Mariners. Ryan Cuneo had four hits and two RBIs.

— Carrie Muskat