Chicago's Inside Pitch

Chicago's Inside Pitch

More moving pitchers, plus Hoyer unfiltered

Posted by Bruce on Wed, 07/03/2013 - 17:54

The Cubs today added relievers Matt Guerrier and Pedro Strop to the roster today. They optioned lefty Chris Rusin back to Class AAA Iowa after Rusin started Tuesday night’s series opener at Oakland. They also designated reliever Shawn Camp for assignment. The Cubs will finish up at Oakland Thursday and come home for three with the Pirates over the weekend.

They’ll need a starter for Sunday’s game, but word out of Oakland is that it won’t be Carlos Villanueva, who has just begun to get stretched out to start. Nor, apparently, will it be Jake Arrieta, acquired Tuesday in the trade that sent Scott Feldman to Baltimore. Strop also came in that deal.

Konerko, Crain land on DL

Posted by scotgreg on Wed, 07/03/2013 - 17:14

We’re about one hour away from the scheduled first pitch between the White Sox and Orioles, and it’s raining at U.S. Cellular Field.
How fitting.
It’s been a miserable first half of the season for the Sox in every area – performance, health, weather – and the bad news kept coming Wednesday.
Paul Konerko and Jesse Crain are both on the disabled list, and they’ll be out until after the all-star break.
Konerko has a sore lower back, and he sat out six games before returning to the lineup against the Orioles Tuesday.
Crain has a right shoulder strain, the same injury that sent him to the DL at this time last year.
Both players have been mentioned in trade rumors, particularly Crain (0.74 ERA). Interested teams have to wait a bit longer to make offers now.

Sox sign 16-year-old Dominican outfielder

Posted by scotgreg on Tue, 07/02/2013 - 12:21

Has the White Sox’ rebuilding process begun?
The Sox signed Micker Adolfo Zapata today, and the 16-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic received a $1.6 million bonus.
That is the largest bonus the White Sox have ever paid for an international prospect.
Zapata is 6-foot-3, 225 pounds and ranked as the No. 2 international prospect by MLB.com.
"Micker is a terrific young man who is tremendously talented," Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “As we've gotten to know Micker and his family, we've been even more and more impressed. We cannot say enough about his baseball potential and his future with the White Sox."
Hahn was in the Dominica Republic for the signing.

Marmol trade to Dodgers a possibility

Posted by Bruce on Mon, 07/01/2013 - 20:27

The Cubs had no comment Monday on an ESPN Chicago report that said the Cubs were close to trading former closer Carlos Marmol to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Marmol was designated for assignment last Tuesday, meaning the Cubs have 10 days to release, trade or re-assign him.

If the Cubs can find a taker for Marmol, they may get a minor-league player in return along with a little relief from what’s left on Marmol’s $9.8 million salary for this year, or about $4.9 million.

If Marmol becomes a free agent, he can sign with another team, and the Cubs are on the hook for the whole salary. The Dodgers might see Marmol as a good fit for seventh- or eighth-inning relief work in setting up closer Kenley Jansen.

Double trouble

Posted by scotgreg on Sat, 06/29/2013 - 14:39

Well, that was fun.
Kidding.
To be truthful, Friday's White Sox-Indians doubleheader was some of the worst baseball I've seen in two decades on the beat.
I still remember the twinbill against the Boston Red Sox in August of 2007, when the White Sox dropped both games and were outscored 21-4.
And, if I remember correctly, former Sox manager Ozzie Guillen apologized to the media afterward for having to witness the carnage.
I'm sure Ozzie was happy he wasn't in the dugout Friday afternoon, Friday night and early Saturday morning.
It was a long, long day, and the White Sox lost Game 1 of a doubleheader to Cleveland 19-10 and lost Game 2 9-8.
"It seems like when things go bad, they go bad," Adam Dunn said. "Real bad."
Well said.

Konerko to DL? Keppinger to Yankees?

Posted by scotgreg on Fri, 06/28/2013 - 16:15

It's been one injury after another for the White Sox this season, and Paul Konerko is the latest player to get bitten by the bug.
After missing Tuesday and Wednesday's interleague games against the Mets with a sore lower back, Paul Konerko had an MRI Thursday and six pain injections on Friday.
While the Sox’ 37-year-old captain said he feels a “little better,” he sat out Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field and is also out for Game 2.
Konerko said he’ll try to swing a bat Saturday. If he’s still unable to play, the disabled list is a definite possibility.

Leg injury may sideline Soler for season

Posted by Bruce on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 12:58

MILWAUKEE -- The Cubs got a dose of bad news as they’ve learned outfield prospect Jorge Soler will be out for perhaps the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his left tibia. Soler was examined in Chicago yesterday. He fouled a pitch off the leg during a game with Class A Daytona.

Soler has a hitting line of .281/.343/.467 for the D-Cubs. He has 8 homers, 35 RBI, 21 walks and 38 strikeouts in 210 at-bats over 55 games.

The not so mighty White Sox

Posted by scotgreg on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 18:07

There go the Hawks, the mighty Blackhawks...
And, here come the White Sox, the not so mighty White Sox.
Like it or not, the Hawks' admirable postseason run is over, and they are the Stanley Cup champions for the second time in four years.
And, like it or not, it's baseball season in Chicago.
The Sox are back home tonight for the first of two interleague games vs. the New York Mets.
If you've been tuned in to hockey the last month or so, here's a quick update on the White Sox:
They are 31-42 and occupy last place in the AL Central. The Sox are coming off a 3-7 road trip and rank last in the American League with 272 runs scored, a .295 on-base percentage and 179 walks.
The White Sox are also tied for last in the AL with a .980 fielding percentage and have made 53 errors in 73 games.

Thoughts on Marmol; Castro sits (UPDATED)

Posted by Bruce on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 14:51

MILWAUKEE – The Carlos Marmol era with the Cubs is over, and whatever you think of Marmol, he always was a standup guy who faced the media music whether he saved a game or blew the save chance.

“He never ducked anything,” said his agent, Paul Kinzer. “It’s a shame the fans didn’t get to see that side of him more.”

The Cubs designated Marmol for assignment today. They also selected the contract of outfielder Brian Bogusevic for assignment. Third baseman Ian Stewart and the Cubs also reached agreement on Stewart being released. The 10-game suspension Stewart received for his Twitter ran while he was with Class AAA Iowa was upheld.

Sunday brunch blog: Castro, Szczur and Baez

Posted by Bruce on Sun, 06/23/2013 - 12:40

The Cubs will finish with the Astros today before heading out on a road trip that will take them to Milwaukee, Seattle and Oakland. If the Cubs can win today, it will give them their first series victory at home since they took both games from the White Sox May 29-30. The Cubs are 0-3 in their last three home series after going 3-1-1 in five series at Wrigley from May 6-30.

Among the early workers today was Starlin Castro, who was taking grounders at short.