Word out of Cincinnati is that Andrew Cashner will go for an MRI after experiencing more tightness in his right shoulder. That tightness forced Cashner to scrap his extended-spring session today. Cashner has been on the DL since April 8 with a strained right rotator cuff. Randy Wells, who went on the DL the same day with a strained right forearm, makes a rehab start Tuesday at Peoria. The folks with the Chiefs will keep us posted, I'm sure.
It's another start for Koyie Hill behind the plate tonight against the Reds. That already has this blog and other sights atwitter, so to speak. Maybe Welington Castillo can join the artist's club. Whenever I'd ask Dusty if a Cubs call-up was going to play, he'd answer: "He's here to play, not to paint." A lot of those call-ups should have been named Rembrandt for all the playing they did.
From the game notes, this is the second of 10 straight night games for the Cubs, made possible by Sunday's rainout. That's the longest stretch in team history, according to Elias. The Cubs played nine in a row in 1960 and 1992. I'm pretty sure the 1960 streak consisted of all road games.
Big Z has won 5 consecutive starts at Great American Ball Park, dating to July 29, 2007. He is 5-0 with a 0.75 ERA during the run. Z’s 9 wins at Great American Ball Park are the most by any opposing pitcher. Zambrano is 7-1 with a 1.84 ERA in his last 9 games (8 starts) against Cincinnati, dating to September 28, 2007.
Starlin Castro (54 hits) and Marlon Byrd (48 hits) have combined for 102 hits this season, second most of any duo in baseball behind the Dodgers Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp's 104 combined hits.
Castro's 54 hits are tied for first in the majors with the Dodgers Andre Ethier, the Mets Jose Reyes and the Rangers Michael Young.
The hits just keep on coming in the Pacific Coast League. Class AAA Iowa won 14-11 at Reno yesterday, and they'll send Austin Bibens-Dirkx there tonight. J.R. Mathes was the pitching victim yesterday, giving up 10 hits and 8 runs (5 earned) in 5 innings. Brad Snyder hit his sixth homer. The offensive star again was Lou Montanez, who had a 6-RBI game going 3-for-5 with a walk. He has 39 RBI for the season to go with a line of .378/.433/.607 for an OPS of 1.041 and 5 homers. Tony Campana (.342/.383/.442) had his fifth straight multihit game, going 2-for-5 with a walk, 3 runs and a stolen base. Catcher Chris Robinson was 3-for-5. Thomas Diamond got the win with Scott Maine working 2 innings for his seventh save.
Class AA Tennessee beat Chattanooga 10-1. Lefty Brooks Raley got the win to improve to 1-3 with a 6.54 ERA. Raley worked 5 innings, giving up 6 hits and 1 run. Josh Vitters hit his fifth homer. He also struck out for the first time since April 25. The line is a mixed one for Vitters: .236/.282/.415 with 5 homers, 20 RBI, 6 walks and 7 strikeouts. DJ LeMahieu extended a hitting streak to 16 games, going 2-for-4.
Class A Daytona beat Fort Myers 8-3. Lefty Zachary Rosscup, obtained from Tampa Bay, worked 5 innings, giving up 5 hits and 2 runs. Rosscup improved to 3-0 with a 2.83 ERA. Justin Bour hit his 10th homer of the season. Bour, who turns 23 later this month, hit 12 homers all of last year for Class A Peoria. He's a 25th-rounder out of George Mason University in 2009. Bour is at .300/.369/.607. Cubs people tell me they like the way Bour is using all fields. Jae-Hoon Ha was promoted to Tennessee after the game. Ha, a center fielder out of South Korea is at .311/.344/.523 with 6 homers and 27 RBI. Coming up to Daytona is outfielder Rubi Silva from Peoria.
Peoria beat the Kane County Cougars 11-8 in Geneva. Hayden Simpson, last year's No. 1 pick, lasted 3.1 innings, giving up 4 hits and 5 runs, 3 earned. He walked three and struck out two. Third baseman Greg Rohan was 4-for-5 with 2 doubles and a homer. Rohan, a graduate of Kent State, was a 21st rounder in 2009. Rohan is at .337/.388/.538 with 3 homers and 26 rBI. Anthony Giansanti was 4-for-5 with a homer. Northwestern's Eric Jokish, an 11th-rounder last year, worked 5.2 innings of relief. He's 5-0 with a 2.84 ERA and a WHIP of 1.21.