The Cubs are dealing with a spate of injuries in the minor leagues, a couple serious and one not so, they tell us.
Right-handed pitcher Mike Parisi, whom the Cubs claimed from the Cardinals in the Rule 5 draft last December, will undergo elbow surgery tomorrow, according to farm director Oneri Fleita.
Parisi had Tommy John surgery in 2008 and appeared in 5 minor-league games last year. At Class AAA Iowa this year, Parisi was 0-3 with an 8.50 ERA in 3 games before being demoted to Class AA Tennessee, where he appeared in 1 game and lasted just 2.2 innings.
Also at Tennessee, right-handed pitcher Marcos Mateo suffered a knee injury fielding a ball last night. Mateo, who is on the 40-man roster, went for an MRI today.
“We’re still waiting for the results, but it’s not good,” farm director Oneri Fleita told me by phone today.
The Knoxville News Sentinel quoted Tennessee manager Bill Dancy as saying last night: “They think it’s his meniscus, and there’s clicking in the kneecap.”
At Class A Daytona, center fielder Brett Jackson, the Cubs’ No. 1 draft choice last year, has missed two games with a minor foot injury, according to Oneri. “It’s nothing serious; he played every day, and he just got a little foot thing,” Oneri said. “We’ll be on the conservative side. Give him a day or two off.”
Jackson has a line of .330/.446/.426 with 5 doubles, 3 triples and 10 RBI.
Pitcher Andrew Cashner, the No. 1 pick in 2008, made his first start last night for Class AAA Iowa. He picked up the victory, pitching 6 innings, giving up 5 hits and 1 run. He walked one and struck out six, throwing 89 pitches.
“Really good,” Oneri said. “The changeup was outstanding and so was hit breaking ball. He pitched to contact and threw a lot of strikes. He threw 96-97 (mph), I think the reports said, and I couldn’t be any happier.”
In that game, Micah Hoffpauir hit his fifth homer and had 3 RBI. He’s driven in a run in four of his last 5 games. Brad Snyder went 2-for-4 for his ninth multihit game. He leads the I-Cubs with 53 total bases. Sam Fuld extended his hitting streak to six games. He’s 11-for-24 (.458) during the streak.
Back at Tennessee, recently promoted Josh Vitters extended his hitting streak to four games since being called up. He went 2-for-4 with 2 doubles. He’s 6-for-13 in the streak. Pitcher Chris Carpenter worked 6 innings, giving up 5 hits and 1 run in getting a no-decision as the Smokies fell in extra innings.
At Daytona (A), catcher Michael Brenly, son of TV analyst Bob Brenly, extended a hitting streak to a season-high seven games, going 1-for-5. he’s 11-for-27 (.407) in the streak. Kyler Burke has hit safely in five of his last six games.