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37 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (three slots are open)

Last updated 11-17-2023
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Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Daniel Palencia
Michael Rucker
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

Kevin Alcantara
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman


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Lubo Long-Ball Highlights Four-Run Third at Sloan Park

Ed Howard tripled and scored in the 1st inning, collected an RBI on a fielder's choice and scored a run in the 3rd, and reached base on an error and scored in the 7th, Jefferson Rojas blooped an RBI single into short RF, stole a base, and scored a run in the 1st and walked and scored in the 3rd, Ismael Mena belted a triple into the RF corner leading off the bottom of the 3rd and scored a run, Geuri Lubo blasted a three-run HR onto the LF berm to cap a four-run 3rd, and five pitchers combined on a five-hitter with twelve strikeouts, as the Cubs defeated the Athletics 8-1 in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game played Tuesday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.   

The A's were held scoreless until two outs in the top of the 9th, when an unearned run scored on a passed ball. 

In EXST Cubs roster news, LHSP DJ Herz and RHRP Eduarniel Nunez  (both on the AA Tennessee 7-day IL) and INF James Triantos (on Hi-A South Bend 7-day IL) have completed their respective EXST rehab assignments and have been reinstated from the IL (Herz has been moved-up to Tennessee, and E. Nunez and Triantos have been moved-up to South Bend).  

Also, OF-1B Frank Hernandez (Cubs 2019 IFA - Spain) has entered the Catcher Conversion Program at EXST. His twin brother Omar is a catcher in the Royals organization, so Frank clearly has the DNA for the job. And as a one-time two-way player (RHP / OF) with Team Spain 18U, Frank has the arm he will need as well.  

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):  
1. Ismael Mena, CF-RF: 1-4 (K, 3B, L-8, P-6, R)
2. Ed Howard, SS: 1-4 (3B, FC, 6-3, E-4, 3 R, RBI) 
3a. Jefferson Rojas, DH #1: 1-2 (1B, BB, K, 2 R, RBI, SB) 
3b. Yeison Santana, PH: 0-1 (E-4, R, SB) 
4. Adan Sanchez, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, K, 6-3, F-8 SF, RBI)
5a. Christopher Paciolla, 2B: 0-2 (5-4 FC, F-9, RBI, PO)
5b. Alexis Hernandez, 2B: 0-2 (E-5, 6-3, RBI)
6. Geuri Lubo, 3B: 1-4 (6-3, HR, K, K, R, 3 RBI)
7. Anderson Suriel, 1B: 0-4 (F-7, 4-3, F-7, F-7) 
8. Raino Coran, LF: 1-4 (1B, E-9, K, K) 
9a. Jairo Diaz, C: 1-2 (1B, FC) 
9b. Wally Soto, C: 1-2 (2B, 3-U) 
10a. Brayan Altuve, RF: 0-2 (K, K) 
10b. Christian Olivo, CF: 0-0 (HBP) 

1. Jordan Holloway: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 17 pitches (11 strikes) 
2. Danis Correa: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 27 pitches (13 strikes) 
3. Zac Leigh: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 28 pitches (17 strikes) 
4. Starlyn Pichardo: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1/3 GO/AO, 53 pitches (25 strikes) 
5. Eligio Paredes: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1/3 GO/AO, 50 pitches (29 strikes) 


1. Jairo Diaz: 0-1 CS, 1 PB
2. Wally Soto: 1-1 CS, 1 PB

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 



"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


Thanks Phil!

Prayerfully Frank can convert to catching successfully! Always seemed like he was hitting consistently.......

The Professor brought his old lecture notes last night in Des Moines. Five goose eggs, zero hard contact, a handful of Ks, no walks, a few comebackers, lots of off balance swings-looked like his old self.

I wonder if Taillon would be the better long-man option? Doesn't mean that's what they'll do, but I think it would be best for the team.......with Assad, Thompson, and Taillon as piggyback starters, we'd need less bullpen arms? 

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

taillon's agent would probably fry the cubs if they did that.  boras gets a lot of heat for being a hardass because he'll talk to the media about anything, but jeff schwartz is a heavyweight, too.

if taillon's down for it, though...whatever.   there is no good way to fold hendricks back into the rotation without injury to someone else opening up a slot given current rotation construction.

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In reply to by crunch

Yeah there’s no chance Taillon moves to the pen. If anything he should probably still be on the IL or making a rehab start or two. He’s one month into a 4 year free agent deal, it would be kinda crazy to demote him based on that, even without consideration past that

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

Unless Taillon really turns things around, I don't see him still in the rotation by the latest sometime during '24, but definitely not after; if he's not one of the best 5 or 6 options in our rotation, should his contract matter? I understand he was signed for 4 years, and should be given some leash; but shouldn't performance be the barometer to spots on the MLB roster, irrespective of status? If he turns it around, great; the more good options the better............

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In reply to by crunch

I don't know what's to be gained by Wesneski pitching in Iowa. To have an arm like his to pitch the 6th thru 9th innings once or twice a week would be a helluva lot more benefit to him and the Cubs.

He would do what Assad did last night, only better. 

Assad, Merryweather, Boxberger  -- lots of better choices to option or DFA. 


And Ben Brown today-looks like he’s on a pretty fast track. 10 Ks in 5 scoreless. 👏

Kohl Franklin to TN

That's Wicks, Jensen, Herz, Palencia, Hodge and Franklin.

Remember Luke Little is already in their pen.

Is Jensen or Palencia moving to the pen as well?

Or, is Wicks going to Iowa?

I noticed Riley Thompson came in from the pen today for Iowa.

Interesting development

I see only 3 starters in that group:  Wicks, Hodge and Franklin and Franklin has been working only 4 or 5 innings at most.

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In reply to by videographer

Herz just got to TN.
Palencia was in the rotation there but it's been reported he has been sent to the Development List.
So, Walker Powell probably gets the 5th spot for now.
Little and Jensen "light Piggyback"
I wonder if Palencia is going to be moved to the Pen now as well.

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