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40-Man Roster Info

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus two players are on the 60-DAY IL 

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, twelve players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, one player is on the 15-DAY IL, and one player is on the 10-DAY IL

Last updated 4-18-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 13
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Colten Brewer
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
Hector Neris 
* Drew Smyly
Jameson Taillon 
Keegan Thompson
* Jordan Wicks

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch 
Garrett Cooper
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 4
* Cody Bellinger 
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

OPTIONED: 12 
Kevin Alcantara, OF 
Michael Arias, P 
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF 
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF 
Porter Hodge, P 
* Luke Little, P 
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B 
Daniel Palencia, P 
Luis Vazquez, INF 
Hayden Wesneski, P 

10-DAY IL: 1 
Seiya Suzuki, OF

15-DAY IL
* Justin Steele, P   

60-DAY IL: 2 
Caleb Kilian, P 
Julian Merryweather, P
 





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Cubs @ Cardinal: Series Thread (Games 75-76)

The Cubs and Cardinals travel to London to show off the Great American Pastime across the pond. With extra days off to accommodate travel, the Cubs are able to line up their top starting pitchers and hold Drew Smyly for a potential relief appearance. See below for matchupa.



Game 75, Saturday, June 24, 12:10 pm central
CHC: LHP Justin Steele (7-2, 2.71 ERA)
STL: RHP Adam Wainwright (3-1, 5.56 ERA)



Game 76, Sunday, June 26, 9:10 am central
CHC: RHP Marcus Stroman (9-4, 2.28 ERA)
STL: RHP Jack Flaherty (4-5, 4.95 ERA)

Comments

Home plate umpire must have confused Madrigal with Dave Winfield on that way too high called strike three - brutal. 

plane trip didn't do flaherty much good.  sunday starter TBA (pending overnight health change) with flaherty experiencing hip tightness.

cubs wearing an ad-patch for Advocate Health on their sleeves.  both teams have batting helmet ads for Capital One.  the ad creep keeps creeping...

Medical news reported by MLBTR site and I’ll add my 2 cents worth. 1) Cody Heuer: his pitching elbow injury was a fracture and he has had season ending surgery to repair this. His TJ surgery must have held but he probably developed a nearby stress fracture that became a more definitive fracture with the acute injury and matches his severe pain when the fracture occurred. 2) Brandon Hughes: his knee apparently is arthritic and being so young they don’t do joint replacement (yet). The alternative is an osteotomy which cuts the bone and changes where the weight bearing area is to shift it away from the arthritic side. Medial compartment arthritis gets a proximal tibial osteotomy (bone below knee).  Lateral compartment arthritis gets a distal femoral osteotomy (bone above knee) which is the operation that Hughes apparently had. Obviously, the weight shifting brace he was trying didn’t work. I don’t know of any pro ball players who have undergone an osteotomy and returned to the mlb level. In non-pro athletes, when osteotomy works, the results can buy 5-10 years of relief and then partial or total joint replacement comes into play but that’s more common in patients in their 40’s. A few pros have had joint replacement (i.e. Bo Jackson, hip) but they had at best short returns that didn’t last. His knee has already been scoped and I suspect non-surgical alternatives such as injections of plasma rich protein or hyaluronic acid were considered or even tried already before considering osteotomy. Assuming the meniscus is badly worn along with significant articular cartilage damage (which is the arthritis), Lateral meniscal transplant is more difficult and less successful but is on the list of considerations too. 

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In reply to by Cubster

i would be more upset if the cubs issues with pitching were more severe and these guys had more going on than upside.  heuer's always trended a bit wild and hughes gives up too many hard hits, especially homers.  still, losing any options that are young and cheap isn't a good thing.

cubs win, brews lose, reds lose...woo.  it's nice this matters.  a couple weeks ago it seems like this wouldn't matter.

angels/rockies game is crazy.  angels up 23-0...going into the 5th.  every angels hitter has 2-4 hits except ohtani (1 hit).  3 pitchers used by COL so far, all getting destroyed.

More on injuries from the Sunday Tribune.

Canario is back and supposedly ahead of schedule. Played in 5 AZ games with 4 extra base hits.

Heuer also had ulnar nerve anterior transposition which makes sense because fixing the fracture required hardware that needed to be placed very near the normal course of the nerve (right in the area referred to the “crazy bone”). This moves the nerve out of the way to a safe place. The TJ ligament repair/reconstruction is also nearby, so they can see directly that is was OK.

 

Hughes had his knee drained this year which means he probably, at the time it gets drained, had something injected such as hyaluronic acid or a corticosteroid. Obviously, that was helpful only to a limited extent. 

 

Topps (the baseball card company) does an on-demand limited availability "Topps Now" set on daily acheivements and notable things that happen in games.  it's a total cash grab.  they already have "London Series" cards + certified memorabilia cards (jersey pieces, bases, etc) available.  crazy.

paul goldschmidt has a game-used base relic card for being the first player to play an official MLB game in 5 countries.  there's only 189 available and it sold out in less than 5 minutes (at $139 each).

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In reply to by crunch

A few years ago I spoke with the Head of Ecommerce for Topps. I hold a similar position and he was a client reference for a vendor I was vetting.  It was more a dev side than a marketing side call discussion but the psychology of the collectibles business is unique.  They have to estimate the inherent demand for an event (for example commemorating a Yankees rookie hitting their first homer versus a Marlins rookie would have more inherent customer interest) and then finding the best qty and price point to optimize total revenue.  Curious with all the AI breakthroughs how it has evolved since then.

It also takes a really nimble tech and marketing team to go live with a product shortly after somebody hitting their first home run.  Way more interesting conversation than talking to the gazzillinth women's fashion brand.

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In reply to by Sonicwind75

i'm a vintage collector and don't mess with the new stuff, but there are crazy revenue streams in the new stuff.  artificial scarcity is the name of the game and it's done cheaply.  make a card border a different color and stamp #/10 on it...boom, hobby places an insane value on it.  it's a very low-effort product for high reward for whoever holds the card.  that allows the manufacturer to place crazy prices on boxes/cases.

as a collector, the cost to "buy in" is so big that if i want a modern card, i just buy the card outright rather than playing the lottery buying boxes/packs.

Fanatics (soon to own everything sports related, it seems) currently owns Topps (for about a year) and their main focus is gaining more money out of the collecting ecosphere.  they're all over the place right now, but they have the resources to throw everything at a wall and see what sticks.

Today, Ben Brown had his second start against Memphis in the past week and did not fare well: pulled in the first inning with two outs after throwing 38 pitches (21 strikes). Gave up 3 hits, 3 walks, 1 hit batsman, 6 R, 6 ER, and 2 Ks. Happens - hopefully bounces back in his next start. 

Pleased owner of a print of Tim’s marquee du jour. Actually, I don’t own it. I gave it as a gift to our son. It hangs in his home so I do have visitation rights.

Oddly, the only games the I-Cubs lost in their six-game set w/ the Redbirds (Memphis branch-“The Des Moines Series”) were BB’s 2 starts.

Recent comments

  • Raisin101 (view)

    Hi Arizona Phil!

    Exciting to see Naz Mule in box scores a few times. What's his stuff like now after the TJS?

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Mastrobuoni can't come back, yet

    Wisdom does have an option left. He can hide in Iowa if Jed DFA's someone else

    Does Brennan Davis get shown the door? I know it's too early for that, but these injuries are crunching the roster of a 12-7 team playoff demands and BDavis isn't going to help anytime soon.

    Someone has to go to add Peralta. And Canario isn't going to get to play everyday regardless of RHers or LHers. Neither is Tauchman. Also don't see PCA getting a chance over Peralta.

    If Jed does those moves:

    4 OF: Belli, Peralta, Canny, Tauch

    2 C: Gomes and Amaya

    2 DH: Cooper and Mervis

    5 INF: Busch, Nico, Dansby, Morel, Madrigal

    Little short on OF depth but two injuries will do that  

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    I have had the pleasure of watching some of the young A's pitchers lately (first Joe Boyle the last day of Minor League Spring Training in March, and more recently Luis Morales last week and Steven Echavarria yesterday at Extended Spring Training), and it reminds me of the Miami Marlins a couple of years ago. A really nice collection of young pitchers. It will be interesting to see what the A's will get for two years of ex-Cub Paul Blackburn at the Trade Deadline (there should be a robust market for Blackburn). 

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Good deal

    MB needs some talent infusion!

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Childersb3: Very possible. Suriel, too. 

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    DJL: if a pitcher is recalled to be the 27th man for a doubleheader and then is optioned back to the minors the next day, the 15-day "clock" does NOT reset. The one day call-up for the doubleheader is treated like it never happened with respect to a pitcher having to spend at least 15 days on optional assignment before he can be recalled. 

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Probably the only reason David Peralta is still in the organization (he is at AAA Iowa) is to be available in case anything bad were to happen to Ian Happ (which it just did). So if Happ needs to go on the IL, the Cubs can select Peralta to play LF, DFA Wisdom (and hope he and what remains of his $2.725M salary gets claimed off waivers), and recall Mervis to platoon at DH with Cooper (with Canario / Tauchman sharing RF), at least until Suzuki and Happ are back...

     

  • crunch (view)

    i'd just like to take a moment to express to the world i'm still pissed willson contreras is not a cub when the pricetag was 5/87m (17.5m/yr).

    it would be nice to have a legacy-type player to stick around, especially one with his leadership and the respect he gets from his peers.  cubs fans deserved more than 1 season of contreras + morel...that was gold.

  • crunch (view)

    happ, right hamstring tightness, day-to-day (hopefully 0 days).

    he will be reevaluated tomorrow.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    I guess I'm not looking for that type of AB 

    Just a difference of opinion