Cubs add Raley to pen; Sveum talks Garza-Castillo

Cubs add Raley to pen; Sveum talks Garza-Castillo

Posted by Bruce on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 13:15

It was more roster-go-round here at Wrigley this morning after the short turnaround from last night’s 3-hour, 18-minute game. The Cubs placed reliever Zach Putnam on the 15-day DL with right-elbow soreness. They recalled lefty Brooks Raley from Class AAA Iowa to work out of the bullpen. Putnam came out of last night’s game, and manager Dale Sveum said bone spurs have been bothering him. He’ll get an MRI.

After last night’s game, the Cubs picked up right-handed reliever Henry Rodriguez from the Nationals in exchange for Kane County Cougars pitcher Ian Dickson. Rodriguez was designated for assignment June 4. He has 72 hours to report and may join the Cubs in New York Friday. Rodriguez, 26, went 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in 17 games with Washington this year. In all or parts of five major-league seasons, he has pitched for Oakland and Washington, going 5-7 with 11 saves, a 4.23 ERA and 1.48 WHIP.

He’ll join a list of veteran relievers who’ve pitched for the Cubs this year that includes Hisanori Takahashi, Kameron Loe and Alex Burnett. Manager Dale Sveum said Rodriguez hasn’t thrown in about 10 days so the Cubs want to let him throw and see where they’re at.

Raley, 24, is 5-4 with a 4.92 ERA (35 ER/64.0 IP) in 13 appearances (12 starts) with Iowa this season. He joins the Cubs for the second year. He made his big league debut with the club last August and went 1-2 with an 8.14 ERA (22 ER/24.1 IP) in 5 starts.

”Our bullpen’s a little short, so we got some length there,” said manager Dale Sveum.

Shawn Camp, on the DL since May 22 with a right-big-toe sprain, worked 1 inning yesterday for the Kane County Cougars in a rehab game. He’ll work 2 innings, up to 35 pitches, Friday for the Cougars.

Sveum also didn’t seem to be buying into Matt Garza’s theory that he needs to work more with catcher Welington Castillo. Garza seemed to use that as a reason for his 5-inning, 9-run performance in last night’s 12-2 loss to the Reds.

“I haven't thrown to Welly; that’s what spring training is for: he kind of gets a feel for me, and I get a feel for him,” Garza said of Castillo. “I think that’s what we’re trying to do right now, just feel each other out. It’s tough. Being in this game for as many seasons as I have, I need to take control and guide him through it. I’m not doing what I’m supposed to do.”

Sveum had a terse response when informed of that comment. Castillo has caught all 5 of Garza’s starts since Garza came off the DL May 21.

“He had a pretty good outing with him behind the plate a couple outings ago. You get the ball up and it doesn’t matter who’s catching.”

As far as some stats go, the Cubs had a plus-6 run differential and a record of 22-30 on May 31. Today, they’re 25-37 and have a run differential of minus-17. They’re “expected” or Pythagorean record is 29-33.

The Reds come into today having won 11 straight at Wrigley Field. The 11 straight losses by the Cubs at home is the longest skid at home to any opponent in franchise history.

“Their park, when it’s calm, it’s a nice place to hit, too,” Sveum said. “Last night, when this place is calm, you get those home runs like they hit last night that are just in the basket. They have a nice offense. They battle. They got good left-handed hitters. They’ve got right-handed hitters. You’ve got (Brandon) Phillips, who’s right up there at the top of the league in driving runs in. Their 3-4-5 hitters are driving in whatever they’ve got now, about 130 RBI. That’s a good lineup in most parks. You put them in a park like this when it’s calm, yeah, it fits a lot of lineups.”

MINOR-LEAGUE ROUNDUP

The suspended Ian Stewart hit his fifth homer of the season Tuesday in Class AAA Iowa’s 8-5 loss to Oklahoma City. Stewart, as you know, was suspended for his Twitter rant. Brett Jackson hit his sixth homer of the season by going 1-for-4. Guillermo Moscoso took the loss, working 5 innings and giving up 4 hits and 3 runs. He’s 2-4 with a 4.82 ERA.

Class AA Tennessee lost 3-2 to Mobile. Eric Jokisch got the loss as he pitched 6.2 innings and gave up 6 hits and 3 runs, 2 earned. He didn’t walk anybody and struck out sven. He’s 4-6 with a 3.67 ERA. Matt Szczur was 2-for-4. He is 13-for-40 in 11 games this month. Jonathan Mota has a seven game hitting streak (11-for-26) after going 2-for-4. Local guy Tony Zych had his sixth straight scoreless relief appearance, covering 8 innings.

Daytona (A) had its game postponed because of wet grounds. The Kane County Cougars got 13 hits but lost 7-6 to Burlington. Jose Rosario started and got the loss. He worked 5 innings, giving up 7 hits and 7 runs, 6 earned. He’s 0-3 with a 5.79 ERA. Jeimer Candelario was 3-for-5 with 2 doubles. He’s 18-for-42 in June. Willson Contreras hit his sixth homer. Marco Hernandez has a seven-game hitting streak.

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