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39 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (one slot is open), plus two players are on the 60-DAY IL and one player has been DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT (DFA)   

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

Last updated 4-23-2024
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Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Colten Brewer
Ben Brown
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Hector Neris 
Jameson Taillon 
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
* Matt Mervis
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom

* Cody Bellinger 
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

Kevin Alcantara, OF 
Michael Arias, P 
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF 
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF 
Porter Hodge, P 
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
Daniel Palencia, P 
Luis Vazquez, INF 

10-DAY IL: 1 
Seiya Suzuki, OF

15-DAY IL: 3
Kyle Hendricks, P 
* Drew Smyly, P 
* Justin Steele, P   

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

DFA: 1 
Garrett Cooper, 1B 

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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)


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.

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  • Childersb3 (view)

    Things I've been wrong about:

    -Tauchman is fine as a 4th OF. I knew that. I just want a better LH DH option and he was really the DH for us until Seiya got hurt. I'm glad Mervis is getting a chance at it. Caissie is coming for that job for sure. But Tauchman continues to be highly useful as a 4th OF with Seiya being hurt

    -I wanted Yency to go to get guys at Iowa a chance. Guys like Palencia and Sanders or RileyT. Maybe even Hodge! But Yency has been better the last two plus weeks. He did hit 96 the other day. He was 93 in Texas to open the season.

    -Leiter has his split working enough. It just needs to stay there

    -I was surprised Jed picked Wisdom over Cooper. I wonder if this happens if Seiya wasn't hurt. Wisdom has more power. Cooper is the better hitter. Jed picked Wisdom and Wisdom had an option left as well.

    -Palencia just doesn't miss enough bats. Similar to ManRod, just two yrs younger. ManRod is killing AAA for TB right now!

    Things I got right so far:

    -Hendricks. Sorry Kyle. You got paid though!

    Jed, you missed there.

    -Smyly. If Jed could've traded him before or during ST, then he should have and saved some cash.

    -Mastro.  Not a LH DH. Pinch runner. Defensive utility. Maybe he's better than Madrigal but didn't get a legit chance to prove it.

    -Luke Little is good. He's had one bad outing. That's it. Needs to get better entering with guys on base. But he needs to stay in MLB.

    -Oh yeah....Morel is doing fine at 3B! He'll get better as well!!

  • crunch (view)

    bellinger "right rib contusion"

  • Childersb3 (view)

    South Bend just lost the lead in the bottom of the 9th on the weirdest scenario, ever.

    It's absolutely pouring on 1st and 2nd, 1out....JPatterson asks for a new ball, but no time out was called....he throws the old ball toward the dugout (not sure if it rolled out of play).....the ump declares the runners get two bases each so one run scores. Then a single up the middle ties the game.

    The rain was coming down in buckets at this point.

    Just weird

  • crunch (view)

    ...and bellinger is gone in the 7th because of that 2nd blown chance and the wall he bounced off of...

    hopefully his rib cage/shoulder feels better tomorrow, we just got happ back.

  • Childersb3 (view)


    Any thoughts on Y. Rojas' stuff and Y. Melendez's game (I believe I've asked about him before, sorry)?

  • crunch (view)

    wow, things are moving fast.  hopefully it continues.

  • crunch (view)

    morel with 4 clean plays in 4 innings...showed off his 100000000mph arm a couple times.

    cody bellinger not having a good 4th, though...5 run leads are handy when your CF is making your pitcher have a 5-out inning.  2nd blown chance was ruled a hit even though it went in/out of his glove...1st was lost in the lights, also ruled a hit.

  • crunch (view)

    welcome back happ!  double off the wall 1st PA back.

  • crunch (view)

    oh yeah, totally, i was just chiming about why i fan like i fan.

    i would like nothing more than hendricks to keep on hendricks'ing.  guys with his stuff can throw for a long, long time as long as it works.

    he velocity is actually up a minor amount this year.  it's really "damn" when a guy like him not only has gas in the tank, but it's looking like it was years ago.  he added a curve a few years ago and it helped a little bit, but he's throwing it less and less while the fb/change combo are less effective.

  • Alexander Dimm (view)

    CRUNCH—There is no one person in this community I’m talking about.  My remarks were not directed at you or anyone, but at a tone I’ve noticed lately. 

    You have a great, dry sense of humor and there is thought behind your comments.   You and I don’t always agree but I always understand your position.  

    Lastly, and I’ll be quiet, I agree with you on Hendricks.  We can dislike the recent performance but still love the guy.  Lots of questions about his future.