Results tagged ‘ Steve Clevenger ’

5/27 Minor League report

Steve Clevenger, Brett Jackson, Anthony Rizzo and Josh Vitters each homered to power Iowa to a 6-4 win over Memphis Saturday night. Clevenger was 3-for-3 with his first inning homer and a double as he continues to rehab from a strained oblique and rib cage injury. If all goes well, Clevenger could join the Cubs in San Francisco on Friday. Rizzo belted his PCL-leading 17th homer in the eighth. Jackson was 2-for-4 with a triple, his fifth homer and two RBIs. Chris Volstad starts Sunday for the Iowa Cubs.

Trey McNutt gave up two runs on five hits over four innings in Tennessee’s 3-0 loss to Mobile. Michael Burgess had two of the Smokies’ five hits. Tyrelle Harris, making his first appearance since being promoted from Daytona, threw two shutout innings.

Matt Loosen gave up one run on four hits over six innings in Daytona’s 3-1 win over Clearwater. Loosen struck out seven. Rubi Silva had two hits.

Gerardo Concepcion gave up eight runs — five earned — on 12 hits over 4 2/3 innings in Peoria’s 11-3 loss to Wisconsin. Marco Hernandez hit a solo homer and a triple, and scored two runs.

* Javier Baez, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick last year, was expected to be assigned to Peoria. He has been playing in extended Spring Training in Mesa, Ariz.

– Carrie Muskat

5/20 Marmol, Clevenger, etc. updates

Carlos Marmol and Steve Clevenger will begin rehab assignments this week at Triple-A Iowa, but neither were expected to rejoin the big league team until after next weekend. Marmol, sidelined since May 12 with a strained right hamstring, was to throw on the side Monday for Iowa, then throw a simulated game Wednesday, and, if all goes well, he’ll get into a game Friday. Clevenger, out since April 26 with a strained right oblique and rib cage injury, has been taking batting practice this weekend for the first time since he was injured. He was to play Tuesday and ease his way into game action, gradually working up to nine innings as the week progresses.

* Welington Castillo has a mild sprain of the MCL in his right knee, and was expected to miss four to seven days, depending on how he responds to treatment. He was injured on Friday on the last pitch Kerry Wood threw. Said Castillo: “I felt like I couldn’t bend my knee or go side to side.”

* Reliever Blake Parker, who came out of Saturday’s game with a tight right hamstring, underwent an MRI on Sunday. Parker said it felt more like a cramp.

– Carrie Muskat

4/28 Clevenger placed on DL

The Cubs did not have good news on their catching situation. Steve Clevenger will be lost for an indefinite period of time because of a right oblique strain suffered Friday. Clevenger was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday and Welington Castillo called up from Triple-A Iowa. Cubs manager Dale Sveum told reporters in Philadelphia that Clevenger’s injury will take more than a couple weeks for him to recover from. Clevenger returned to Chicago to be treated. He hurt himself on his last swing of batting practice Friday.

“I kind of waited a little bit to tell anybody,” Clevenger told reporters in Philly. “I went in between innings to go swing and I just couldn’t swing so I had to let them know I couldn’t play.”

What complicates things is Geovany Soto was scratched from Saturday’s lineup because of tightness in his back.

Clevenger was leading the Cubs with five doubles and batting .500.

– Carrie Muskat

4/28 Castillo expected to join Cubs

Welington Castillo will join the Cubs in Philadelphia Saturday night, getting the call to replace Steve Clevenger, who has some tightness in his side. Castillo was batting .320 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 16 games (50 at-bats) for Triple-A Iowa. Clevenger, who was 11-for-22 in 10 games, felt the discomfort during batting practice Friday in Philadelphia. Geovany Soto, the Cubs regular catcher, was batting .135 with one RBI this season.

– Carrie Muskat 

4/25 Cubs lineup

Steve Clevenger is behind the plate for Wednesday’s series finale against the Cardinals. Chris Volstad is looking for his first win since July 17 last season. He’s gone 14 starts without a “W.” Here’s the lineup:

RF DeJesus

CF Campana

SS Castro

1B LaHair

LF Soriano

3B Stewart

C Clevenger

2B Barney

P Volstad

– Carrie Muskat

4/17 Cubs lineup

Steve Clevenger gets the start Tuesday when the Cubs face the Marlins at their new ballpark in Miami. The Cubs took advantage of the Florida sunshine to do some early work before the game, working on pitcher’s fielding practice and doing outfield drills. Here’s the lineup:

RF DeJesus

2B Barney

SS Castro

LF Soriano

3B Stewart

C Clevenger

1B LaHair

CF Byrd

P Dempster

– Carrie Muskat

4/8 Cubs lineup – UPDATED

Bryan LaHair is back and making his first start of the year at first base for the Cubs in the series finale against the Nationals. LaHair had been sidelined with tightness in his back. However, Blake DeWitt was a late scratch because of back spasms. Darwin Barney will start at second in place of DeWitt. The Cubs are trying to avoid beginning the season 0-3 for the first time since 1997, when they began the year 0-14. Here’s Sunday’s lineup:

RF DeJesus

2B Barney

SS Castro

LF Soriano

3B Stewart

1B LaHair

CF Byrd

C Clevenger

P Samardzija

– Carrie Muskat

4/2 Happy b-day to Stewart, Clevenger

Ian Stewart celebrated his 25th birthday on April 5, 2010, in a big way with a Major League milestone. He homered that day in his first plate appearance — and on the first pitch he swung at — and became the first player in Major League history to homer in his first at-bat in the season opener on his birthday. The only other player to homer on his birthday in the season opener was Scott Rolen in 2000.

Stewart was playing for the Rockies in Milwaukee and connected on a 3-0 pitch from the Brewers’ Yovani Gallardo. On Thursday, Stewart will start at third for the Cubs when they open the season against the Nationals at Wrigley Field. It’s his 27th birthday.

“[Nice] birthday present — spend your birthday in Chicago playing for the Cubs,” he said.

Stewart is definitely ready for the regular season to start. The Cubs third baseman has played solid defense and feels good at the plate.

“I feel like I’ve been ready for maybe a week,” he said. “My swing’s been good, my timing’s been on at the plate. Usually, it takes hitters two to three weeks at the most to be feeling good. Obviously, we’re here longer [in Spring Training] for the pitchers. I’m looking forward to a couple of days from now.”

What’s also been encouraging is how his left wrist has responded this spring. He was able to steal a base and survived.

“I still have that bad habit of kind of dragging my wrist,” Stewart said of his slide. “I have tape on and a padded wrist band thing and I also have a hard splint that I put on for baserunning. That’s helped big time. When you’ve slid that way for your whole life it’s hard to break and I’m trying but it’s comforting to know that the braces and stuff are working, too.”

For trivia buffs, there have been two Cubs who celebrated a birthday by playing on Opening Day. Ross Barnes did so on May 8, 1877, when he turned 27. He went 2-for-4 and scored twice. On April 2, 2001, Jon Lieber took the loss on his 31st birthday, a 5-4 decision to the Expos.

And Stewart won’t be the only one celebrating. Thursday is backup catcher Steve Clevenger’s 26th birthday.

– Carrie Muskat

3/29 Padres 12, Cubs 11

What went right:

Joe Mather kept on hitting with a double in the third. He also drove in a run in the four-run second and scored on Blake Dewitt’s single. Mather, now batting .418, also made a nice catch of a pop up in foul territory in the third. Chris Volstad helped himself with a two-run single. Kerry Wood made his first appearance since March 18, threw five pitches to one batter, struck him out, then got a fist-pump from pitching coach Chris Bosio and his day was done.

What went wrong:

Volstad was roughed up in the third, giving up four runs on five hits and one walk and blowing a 4-0 lead. He also served up a two-run homer in the second. Alberto Cabrera took the loss, giving up three runs on four hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Quotable:

“We just kind of said ‘thanks’ to each other, for me personally to get the opportunity to do it and they were happy I didn’t take it for granted and just show up and go thorugh the motions. It felt good. … You don’t know how many opportunities you’re going to get to start. Once you become a reliever and have success, a lot of times that’s where you end up in your career. I really wanted to give this a full head of steam and a full shot.” — Jeff Samardzija on getting the news he made the Cubs rotation

Injury report:

Marcos Mateo continues to rehab from right elbow soreness. He will not be ready for Opening Day.

This and that:

* The Cubs spring camp roster was trimmed to 31 on Thursday. Welington Castillo, Randy Wells, Scott Maine, Travis Wood and Dave Sappelt were optioned to Triple-A Iowa, while Blake Lalli, Blake Parker, Matt Tolbert and Edgar Gonzalez were assigned to the Minor League camp.

* The Red Sox sent first baseman Jair Bogaerts to the Cubs to complete the compensation for Theo Epstein, named president of baseball operations in late October. Bogaerts, 19, has played two seasons in the Dominican Summer League. His brother, Xander, is one of the top prospects in the Red Sox organization.

The Cubs now have sent Chris Carpenter and Minor League pitcher Aaron Kurcz to the Red Sox. However, Carpenter revealed on Wednesday he will undergo surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow.

“It’s certainly something we had no knowledge of,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Thursday about Carpenter’s injury. “I don’t think he had any elbow issues for the last two years. It’s unexpected and unfortunate.

* Joe Mather and Blake Dewitt were both told they will be on the Cubs Opening Day roster, but the bullpen is still in a state of flux. The Cubs have to decide on Rule 5 pick Lendy Castillo and who will be the long man. It won’t be Casey Coleman who was told Thursday he will be starting at Triple-A Iowa.

* Steve Clevenger, a converted shortstop, will be the backup catcher, beating Welington Castillo for the job.

“I’m kind of excited, kind of pumped up, ready to go,” Clevenger said. “I feel good about it. I’m speechless right now, trying to soak the moment up. It was a good choice in my career to be a catcher and now it’s paying off.”

Up next:

Ryan Dempster will face the Dodgers on Friday at HoHoKam Park, making his final tuneup before Opening Day. In four Cactus League starts, the right-hander has given up six runs on 16 hits over 14 2/3 innings. The game will be broadcast on Cubs.com.

– Carrie Muskat

3/17 Rangers 12, Cubs 7; Athletics 4, Cubs 3 (ss)

What went right:

In Las Vegas, Jeff Samardzija gave up one run on three hits over four innings, striking out three. Adrian Cardenas had three hits, including a solo homer, and Steve Clevenger and Junior Lake each hit solo homers. Joe Mather made a great diving catch in center field. In Phoenix against the A’s, Geovany Soto was 2-for-2 with a solo homer and Starlin Castro and Marlon Byrd also each had an RBI.

What went wrong:

Trever Miller, a veteran lefty vying for a spot in the bullpen, gave up five runs on four hits in one inning, and Casey Weathers served up three runs on one hit and two walks in Vegas. The pitching has been a little shaky. The Cubs have lost six of their last six games (taking split squads into account), and been outscored 48-21 in those games.

Quotable:

“Obviously, they’ll make their decisions based on what they feel is best for the team. I feel like I’ve accomplished what I wanted to show in camp and obviously we still have a ways to go. I had to come in and show I wasn’t going to give any free bases and attack the zone and I feel I’ve been doing that. When you do that, you see what happens today, and you get quick outs. Then when you do get in trouble, you still have the pitches to work with and your pitch count isn’t up and you know you can battle and get on to the next inning. I’m happy and it’ll be interesting to go through the lineup a couple times. I’m right where I want to be.” — Jeff Samardzija

Injury report:

Blake DeWitt was back in the Cubs lineup on Saturday in Las Vegas, starting at third, and played nine innings. Ian Stewart and Darwin Barney could return on Sunday. Stewart has been sidelined with tightness in his right quad. Barney had tightness in his left side.

Up next:

The Cubs continue split squad games on Sunday. Chris Volstad will start in Las Vegas against the Rangers while Andy Sonnanstine will face the White Sox in Mesa. It’ll be Volstad’s third start, and he has yet to give up a run over six innings. The Rangers are the home team on Sunday and Alfonso Soriano will be the designated hitter for the Cubs. The Cubs-White Sox game in Mesa will be broadcast on Cubs.com.

– Carrie Muskat

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