The Saturday roster-move blog
As expected, the Cubs made some roster moves this morning. They placed outfielder Ryan Sweeney on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Sweeney injured himself making a running catch in Friday’s game against the Cardinals. To replace him in the outfield, the Cubs selected the contract of Chris Coghlan from Class AAA Iowa.
They also activated pitcher Jake Arrieta from the disabled list to start against the Cardinals’ Michael Wacha in today’s 12:05 p.m. game. The Cubs also optioned left-handed reliever Zac Rosscup to Iowa and transferred injured reliever Kyuji Fujikawa from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. That move is procedural as the Cubs had to make room on the 40-man roster for Coghlan.
Sweeney is likely looking at a 3-4-week stint on the DL.
“It’s not as bad as we thought, but he’s definitely on the DL,” said manager Rick Renteria. “He did a nice job staying with that ball he ended up running down and shuffling off to Ryan (Kalish). It was a nice job of keeping presence of mind.”
Sweeney pulled up lame while making the catch. Even hurt, he was able to make a flip to Kalish, who was playing left field.
Coghlan, 28, went to spring training with the Cubs as a nonroster man. At Iowa, he had a .243 batting average and .379 OBP with 5 doubles, 6 RBI, 6 steals and 13 walks. He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2009 with the Marlins.
“Coghlan did a nice job, played some third, played some first, played the outfield, started swinging the bat a little bit later on in the spring,” Renteria said. “He’s a guy we can use off the bench. He’s a guy that can eventually start in the outfield. He just continues to give us a little bit of flexibility in the outfield.”
Today’s game will be carried by seven broadcast outlets: both teams’ local radio and TV, Fox Sports1, ESPN radio and MLB International.
From the game notes: Anthony Rizzo enters today with 54 straight errorless games at first base dating to Sept. 1 of last year. It’s the longest streak for a Cubs first baseman since Derrek Lee went 59 consecutive errorless games from April 7-June 13, 2010. Rizzo reached safely in 8 straight plate appearances from the first inning Wednesday at Cincinnati through the fifth inning Friday. He had 2 homers, 5 walks and a single. Rizzo has a .419 OBP in his first 27 games, sixth best in the NL. In his first 27 games last year, he had a .313 OBP.
Since moving to the cleanup spot on April 25, Starlin Castro is 10-for-24 (.417) with 2 doubles, 2 homers and 5 RBI in 6 games.
Welington Castillo had 3 doubles yesterday. He became the first Cubs catcher to do that since Damon Berryhill on Sept. 16, 1990 at St. Louis.
“Welington, obviously, has been swinging the bat well,” Renteria said. “He’s been continuing to grow as a hitter, continuing to show that he’s got a complete game. He works very hard and takes a lot of pride in all aspects of his game. We’re really happy where he’s at right now. Obviously it’s a long season so we hope that consistency maintains itself throughout the long season.”
Class AAA Iowa lost its second straight, falling 4-3 at Nashville. Chris Rusin took the loss, working 6 innings and giving up 5 hits and 3 runs. He walked three and struck out five in falling to 1-4 with a 4.71 ERA. Chris Valaika (.354) went 2-for-3 with 2 doubles and a walk. Logan Watkins was 2-for-4.
Class AA Tennessee won its fifth straight, getting a 6-run sixth inning. Dae-Eun Rhee worked 4.1 innings and gave u 6 hits and 5 runs. John Andreoli extended a hit streak to six games, going 3-for-5 with 2 RBI and a stolen base. He has 13 steals, tied for second in the Southern League. Stephen Bruno was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI.
Daytona (A) had a doubleheader with Clearwater rained out. They’ll try two today.
The Kane County Cougars (A) beat Burlington 3-2 in 11 innings, thanks to a throwing error. Starter Duane Underwood worked 5 innings, giving up 2 hits and 2 runs while walking three and striking out three. He has a 3.24 ERA. David Bote had the Cougars’ lone multihit gamek gong 2-for-5.