Revolving roster door keep spinning
MILWAUKEE _ The Cubs and Brewers take it indoors this weekend at Miller Park. Good thing, as temps will drop to about freezing here following an afternoon of intermittent snow flurries. The Cubs made another roster move today, claiming outfielder Julio Borbon off waivers from Texas and designated infielder Alberto Gonzalez for assignment. The Cubs also said infielder Brent Lillibridge had cleared waivers and will go to Class AAA Iowa.
Pitcher Matt Garza also threw a short simulated game today at Miller Park. It was the first of what will be at least 4, and maybe 5, “spring-training” starts.
“Everything was coming out of his hand (well),” said manager Dale Sveum. “He was a little rusty being on the mound with hitters out there. Other than that, he felt great, and the ball was coming out of his hand. The slider was a little off. The curveball was good. The fastball had a lot of life, not a lot of pinpoint (control). That’s just the first step to get out there.”
Lineup tonight vs. Marco Estrada:
Jeff Samardzija has lost his last 2 starts after winning on Opening Day. He was outdueled by the Giants Madison Bumgarner his last start, during which he ran his pitch count up one inning by walking the pitcher.
As for the new guy, Borbon is expected to arrive sometime during the game. The 27-year-old left-handed hitter and thrower is a career .283 hitter (194-for-685) with 16 doubles, 7 triples, 7 homers and 73 RBI. He spent the entire 2012 season at Class AAA Round Rock and was designated for assignment on April 9 of this year after going hitless in 1 at-bats. With Gonzalez gone, the Cubs have one backup infielder: Cody Ransom.
Third baseman Ian Stewart’s rehab got another delay yesterday when Class AAA Iowa was rained out for a second straight day. Stewart may return on the next homestand. He’s recovering from a left-quad strain.
Class AA Tennessee beat Huntsville 5-3 in11 innings. Kyle Hendricks worked 2 innings, giving up 5 hits and 3 runs. Arismendy Alcantara went 3-for-4 with a walk. Justin Bour walked three times and drove in 3, going 1-for-3.
Class A Daytona lost 13-7 to Tampa, with the two teams combining for 28 hits and 15 walks. P.J. Francescon started for the Cubs, going 3 innings and giving up 8 hits and 7 runs while walking one and striking out two. Stephen Bruno extended a hit streak to 12 games, going 2-for-5. He’s 21-for-48 in the streak. Dustin Geiger extended his hitting streak to 11 games, during which he’s 17-for-46. Javier Baez had 2 hits, and Jorge Soler returned from suspension and went 1-for-3.
The Kane County Cougars lost 9-8 to Quad Cities in the 10th. Lendy Castillo worked 4 innings, giving up 7 hits and 5 runs while walking two and striking out six. Willson Contreras, a catcher, hit his second homer. Marco Hernandez was 3-for-5, and Gioskar Amaya had 2 doubles in 5 at-bats.