Cubs get good news on pitching prospect Edwards
MILWAUKEE -- The Cubs got good news today when they found out an MRI performed on top pitching prospect C.J. Edwards turned up only fatigue and inflammation but no structural damage. The 22-year-old Edwards had felt some fatigue during his last bullpen session for Class AA Tennessee. The Cubs say Edwards will rest for a couple of weeks before beginning a throwing program.
Edwards is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP at Tennessee. The Cubs obtained him last July from the Rangers along with Mike Olt, Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez for Matt Garza, who pitches tonight for the Brewers here at Miller Park. Garza will face former Brewers pitcher Carlos Villanueva.
The Cubs will go this way against Garza:
Villanueva is 1-4 with a 10.93 ERA. He has yet to record a quality start. The Cubs are 5-8 when the get a quality start, and the starters have an ERA of 2.22 in those starts. When the Cubs don’t get a quality start, they are 2-6, and the starters have an ERA of 6.75 in those games.
For the Brewers, Garza is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA.
From the game notes: Cubs starting pitchers went at least 7 innings in all four games of the just-completed series at home against the Diamondbacks. They posted a 2.22 ERA. Cubs pitchers aim to go five straight games with at least 7 innings since a seven-game stretch May 20-26, 2005, according to STATS, Inc.
Catcher Welington Castillo enters tonight with a six-game hitting streak, one shy of his career high, June 16-Aug. 8, 2012. Cubs hitters have drawn 66 walks in the team’s first 21 games after drawing 45 walks in the first 21 games of last year. Anthony Rizzo has an OBP of .424, and Emilio Bonifacio is at .416. They are both in the top 10. Luis Valbuena has an OBP of .411, but he is 9 plate appearances short of qualifying on the leader board.
Class AAA Iowa recorded its first shutout of all time at Colorado Springs Thursday with a 9-0 victory. Tsuyoshi Wada worked 5 innings, giving up 4 hits while walking one and striking out six as he improved to 3-1 with an 0.68 ERA. That ERA leads the Pacific Coast League. Chris Valaika recorded a season-high 4 hits. Christian Villanueva was 2-for-5 with 2 doubles. Chris Coghlan and Josh Vitters each had 2 hits.
Tennessee got just 4 hits in a 3-1 loss to Huntsville. Ivan Pineyro took the loss as he pitched 5 innings, giving up 6 hits and 2 runs. He walked two and struck out two in falling to 0-2 with a 1.74 ERA. Kris Bryant was 1-for-3 with a walk and a double. Stephen Bruno was 2-for-4. Armando Rivero worked 2 scoreless innings of relief.
Daytona (A) got 4 hits and a homer from Dan Vogelbach to beat Brevard County 7-3. Vogelbach was 4-for-4. Albert Almora extended a hit streak to seven games, going 2-for-4 with a double. He’s 9-for-31 in the streak. Pitcher Yao-Lin Wang got no decision as he worked 4 innings and gave up 3 hits and 3 runs.
Vogelbach told daytonacubs.com he had been struggling in a way at the plate.
"I had been over-thinking things," he told the site. "I just came in tonight and made things real simple for myself."
Part of the improvement came from working with hitting coach Mariano Duncan on simplifying things, according to the report.
"I was thinking dead-red fastball," Vogelbach said. "Dunc always preaches sitting on the fastball and that's what I got."
The Kane County Cougars (A) scored 7 runs in the eighth inning to beat Beloit 10-8. Josh Davis worked 3 innings, giving up 7 hits and 6 runs, 3 earned. Trey Martin was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Jordan Hankins and Daniel Lockhard each had a hit and 2 RBI.