Results tagged ‘ Travis Wood ’

3/22 Cubs rotation

The Cubs have reconfigured the rotation. Jeff Samardzija will be the Opening Day starter and be followed by Edwin Jackson, Jason Hammel and Travis Wood. That means Wood would start the Cubs’ home opener at Wrigley Field on April 4. Who’s the fifth starter? That’s still to be determined, with Carlos Villanueva and Chris Rusin as options. Villanueva would have an edge in that if the fifth starter has to be skipped, he could go to the bullpen.

– Carrie Muskat

3/20 Extra bases

* Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, slowed this spring because of tightness in his right shoulder, will throw two innings in a simulated game on Friday. Arrieta said he is on schedule in his rehab. Projected for the fifth spot in the Cubs rotation, Arrieta is back on a regular routine, and that’s helped, too.

“For me, that’s very important, so I can approach each day as I would throughout the season and get into that routine,” he said.

* James McDonald was feeling better after coming out of his last start with soreness in his right shoulder. McDonald threw two pitches on Monday before he was lifted because of discomfort.

* The Cubs have traded outfielder Trevor Gretzky, son of hockey legend, Wayne Gretzky, to the Angels for Matthew Scioscia, who is manager Mike Scioscia’s son. Matthew, 25, batted .194 at three Minor League levels last season, while Gretzky, 21, hit .274 at short-season Boise and Class A Kane County. Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto told reporters the deal gives the two players a “new opportunity.”

* Travis Wood, scheduled to follow Jeff Samardzija in the Cubs rotation, will tune up with a start in the Minor League camp on Friday, facing the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A team. Wood, 27, has given up seven runs on 14 hits and one walk over 10 2/3 innings, striking out 11.

* The Cubs assigned left-handed pitcher Tommy Hottovy to Minor League camp on Thursday, reducing the spring camp roster to 44. Hottovy, 32, had appeared in three spring games, and given up one hit and one walk, while striking out five.

* The Cubs wives will host a mystery baseball charity event on Saturday at Cubs Park to raise money for Paz de Cristo in Mesa, which helps feed, clothe and empower those in need in the east valley. Fans can purchase an autographed ball for $30. There also will be game-used bats, jerseys and other equipment for sale. The wives will be set up near the left field gate, inside Cubs Park.

– Carrie Muskat

3/16 Cubs split split-squad games

Travis Wood struck out eight over five innings in the Cubs’ 3-2 loss to the Indians Sunday at Cubs Park in Mesa. Luis Valbuena hit a RBI double in the sixth.

In Las Vegas, Chris Rusin gave up one hit over four innings and Donnie Murphy, Daniel Vogelbach and Arismendy Alcantara each hit solo home runs to lead the Cubs to a 6-3 win over the Mets. Two runs scored on a throwing error in the Chicago first, and Ryan Sweeney added a RBI single. Alcantara finished with three hits.

On Monday, the Cubs play split squad games for the third straight day. Half of the team will face the Angels at Cubs Park. Edwin Jackson gets the start in Mesa. The other half travels to Phoenix where James McDonald will start against the Athletics.

3/11 Rockies 13, Cubs 0

Kyle Parker hit a two-run homer as the Rockies hit for the cycle in the third inning, and Nolan Arenado, Kent Matthes and Ryan Wheeler each added two-run blasts to beat the Cubs, 13-0, on Tuesday in front of a Cactus League record crowd of 14,840 at Cubs Park. The previous attendance high was 14,770, set Sunday at Cubs Park when Chicago played host to Milwaukee. Travis Wood took the loss, giving up five runs over 2 2/3 innings.

* James McDonald will make his second spring start on Wednesday when the Cubs travel to Peoria, Ariz., to face the Mariners in a rare night game. McDonald, 29, had a tough time last season with the Pirates. He was limited to six games because of shoulder issues, and posted a 2-2 record and 5.76 ERA. Pittsburgh designated him for assignment in September, and outrighted him to Triple-A Indianapolis but McDonald refused the assignment, and elected free agency. The game will be broadcast on Cubs.com, and you can watch on MLB.TV, although it will be the Seattle feed.

3/11 Extra bases

* Travis Wood is hoping the Cubs get all the dropped balls and strange plays out of their system this spring. On Tuesday, the Cubs lefty was charged with five runs on nine hits over 2 2/3 innings, with two runs scoring on singles that never left the infield. The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the first, and with two outs in the third, Nolan Arenado was credited with a triple on a ball that center fielder Junior Lake lost in the sun. Wood gave up hits to the next five batters, including a two-run homer to Kyle Parker, before he was lifted.

“It’s going to happen, it’s part of baseball,” Wood said. “You see it every year. I’ve got to come back and help him out of the inning. I felt I made some good pitches and they put some good swings on them.”

The Rockies also got a couple breaks. Wood could only shrug after his outing.

“I said it’s just one of those days,” the lefty said. “Luckily, it happened in spring, so we can move forward from that and get ready for the next one.”

* James Russell, slowed this spring because of a tired arm, will make his Cactus League debut on Wednesday in the Cubs’ game against the Mariners. Russell has appeared in more than 70 games in relief in back to back seasons, and manager Rick Renteria said he is very cognizant of a pitcher’s usage. The Cubs do have another lefty, Wesley Wright, who could pick up some of the workload for Russell during the season.

* Javier Baez is taking ground balls at second and third before batting practice and Renteria will try to get the Cubs’ top prospect at one of those positions in a Cactus League game soon but is looking for the right shortstop to match up with. Baez will open the season at Triple-A Iowa at shortstop.

“We’re going to make sure when we do put him there we’re really comfortable and confident he can handle that side of the diamond,” Renteria said. “I think it’s pretty close.”

Darwin Barney started his second game at shortstop on Tuesday, and Renteria said that would be the most likely pairing with Baez because they want someone with experience.

* Mike Olt, who has not started at third to protect a tender right shoulder, is “getting close” to playing there in a Cactus League game. Olt did make a perfect throw on a double play in Monday’s game against the Giants, which impressed Renteria.

* Shortstop Starlin Castro, sidelined with a mild right hamstring strain since March 2, was able to do some light baseball activity on Tuesday. He was expected to get into games early next week.

* Edwin Jackson will face Minor League hitters on Wednesday at the Cubs’ complex to stay on schedule, while James McDonald gets the start that night against the Mariners. Renteria said Tuesday he has yet to talk to Jackson since his last Cactus League start March 7 when the right-hander decided to only throw fastballs, but didn’t tell either the manager or pitching coach Chris Bosio. Jackson gave up three runs on four hits over three innings against Cleveland.

“I’m sure we’ll have the discussion, and that will be between me and him,” Renteria said.

– Carrie Muskat

3/11 Cubs lineup

Ryan Sweeney’s right knee soreness apparently isn’t too serious. The outfielder is in the Cubs lineup Tuesday for their game against the Rockies at Cubs Park. Sweeney felt some discomfort during a play Sunday in right. Travis Wood gets the start. The game will be available on webcast on Cubs.com. Here’s the lineup:

Lake CF
Schierholtz DH
Ruggiano LF
Rizzo 1B
Castillo C
Sweeney RF
Murphy 2B
Valbuena 3B
Barney SS

T. Wood P

3/6 Cubs lineup

Travis Wood makes his first spring start today when the Cubs travel to Goodyear to play the Indians. Wood was scheduled to pitch Saturday but that game was washed out by rain and he threw in the batting cages. It’s not quite the same as a game. Darwin Barney gets his first start at shortstop. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio LF
Murphy 3B
Schierholtz RF
Rizzo DH
Castillo C
Olt 1B
Barney SS
Almora CF
Alcantara 2B

T. Wood P

3/5 Looking ahead …

If you’re making the drive to Goodyear for Thursday’s Cubs game against the Indians, Darwin Barney will make his first start at shortstop this spring while Anthony Rizzo will be the designated hitter. Travis Wood gets the start. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio LF
Murphy 3B
Schierholtz RF
Rizzo DH
Castillo C
Olt 1B
Barney SS
Almora CF
Alcantara 2B

T. Wood P

3/1 Doubleheader

The Cubs will play a day-night, home-road doubleheader on Saturday, beginning with a day game in Mesa at Cubs Park against the Giants, and followed by a night game in Scottsdale against the Diamondbacks. Travis Wood is scheduled to start the first game with Edwin Jackson in the night game. It’s raining in Mesa this morning, so we’ll play it by ear. Here’s the lineup for Game 1:

Alcantara 2B
Valbuena 3B
Rizzo 1B
Ruggiano CF
Castillo C
Valaika SS
Kottaras DH
McDonald LF
Cunningham RF

T. Wood P

2/28 Looking ahead …

Saturday’s forecast calls for rain in the Valley of the Sun, which may mess up the Cubs’ day-night split squad games. Right now, the Cubs are scheduled to play at home against the Giants and at night in Scottsdale against the Diamondbacks. Here are Saturday’s lineups:

Vs. Giants, Mesa, AZ, 1:05 p.m. MT
Alcantara 2B
Valbuena 3B
Rizzo 1B
Ruggiano CF
Castillo C
Valaika SS
Kottaras DH
McDonald LF
Cunningham RF
T. Wood P

Vs. Diamondbacks, Scottsdale, AZ, 7:05 p.m. MT
Bonifacio 2B
Lake CF
Castro SS
Roberts 1B
Bryant 3B
Soler RF
Olt DH
Coghlan LF
Whiteside C
Jackson P

– Carrie Muskat

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