Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs Split Squad Day – 03/15/12

Spring Training Game Twelve: Cubs (SS) (6-5) vs. Diamondbacks (3-9)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com
Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa

Ryan Dempster (1-0, 1.80/1.20) vs. Ian Kennedy (0-2, 10.38/2.08)

Spring Training Game Thirteen: Cubs (SS) (6-5) vs. Rockies (6-6)
Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Rockies.com
Location – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale

Rodrigo Lopez (0-0, 0.00/0.00) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (0-1, 3.60/1.20)

Updated 12:58pm CDT – The Cubs announced their fourth round of spring roster cuts Thursday morning.

The Cubs optioned Junior Lake and Matt Szczur to Double-A Tennessee. Jeff Beliveau, Alberto Cabrera, John Gaub and Josh Vitters were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Jason Jaramillo was assigned to minor league camp. The Cubs spring roster now stands at 48 players (32 on the 40-man roster, 16 non-roster invitees).
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Spring Training or not, the Cubs begin a difficult stretch of game this afternoon with their first split squad games. The Cubs play seven games over the next four days and ten games in the next six days leading up to their only day off in the Cactus League (March 21). The Cubs play a total of five split squad games this spring, the last one against the Padres and D-Backs on March 26.

Following today’s exhibitions against Arizona and Colorado, the Cubs host the Giants on Friday afternoon then Dale Sveum and half of the roster leave for their annual appearance in the ‘Big League Weekend‘ at Cashman Field in Las Vegas.

Today’s exhibition games start with Ryan Dempster and Rodrigo Lopez

Cubs vs. Diamondbacks – HoHoKam Park
Ryan Dempster makes his third start of the spring this afternoon. Dempster has allowed one run on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts in five innings over two outings. Dempster threw the ball a lot better in his last start.

Dempster should pitch into the fourth inning today after going two innings in his first outing and three in his last game. Kerry Wood,Carlos Marmol and James Russell are scheduled to follow Dempster this afternoon.

David DeJesus, Ian Stewart , and Bryan LaHair are expected to be in Sveum’s starting lineup at HoHoKam.

Ian Kennedy is coming off a breakout season but has struggled so far this spring. Kennedy will make his third start in the Cactus League after allowed five runs on nine hits without a walk and four strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.

Cubs vs. Rockies – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Rodrigo Lopez has been very good this spring and will make his second start, third appearance, today in Scottsdale. Lopez was impressive in the Cactus League opener then tossed two scoreless innings out of the pen in his second appearance.

Lopez has not allowed a hit or walked a batter in four spring innings and has struck out three.

Scott Maine, Alberto Cabrera, Marcos Mateo and Blake Parker are scheduled to follow Rodrigo Lopez.

Reed Johnson, Marlon Byrd, Joe Mather and Alfonso Soriano are expected to be in the Cubs starting lineup against the Colorado Rockies.

The Rockies are hoping Jhoulys Chacin can fill the second spot in their rotation and provide some stability the staff.

Chacin has thrown the ball rather well this spring and will make his third Cactus League start this afternoon. Chacin has allowed four runs, two earned, on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts in five innings.

News and Notes

Dale Sveum will make the trip to Las Vegas this weekend and manage both games at Cashman Field against the Texas Rangers. Jamie Quirk will manage the games against the A’s (Saturday in Phoenix) and White Sox (Sunday in Mesa).

Jeff Samardzija (Saturday) and Chris Volstad (Sunday) are scheduled to start the game in Vegas while Paul Maholm will stay behind and face the A’s on Saturday with Andy Sonnanstine slated to start Sunday’s game against the White Sox at HoHoKam Park.

The Cubs are expected to make another round of roster moves next week after the stretch of 10 games in six days comes to an end.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Cubs announced their fourth round of roster cuts Thursday morning.

    The Cubs optioned Junior Lake and Matt Szczur to Double-A Tennessee. Jeff Beliveau, Alberto Cabrera, John Gaub and Josh Vitters were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Jason Jaramillo was assigned to minor league camp. The Cubs spring roster now stands at 48 players (32 on the 40-man roster, 16 non-roster invitees).

    • Zonk

      The interesting one there might be Jaramillo, who was a pre-spring possibility for the backup C role.  Castillo and Clevenger have obviously shown  that they deserve a chance.

      Personally, I would go with Clevenger, and give Castillo the opportunity to play every day in Iowa.  If he performs well in Iowa, the Cubs might consider trading Geo, who would command a good return in a market devoid of good catchers.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineups:

    D-Backs game

    Johnson – RF
    Byrd – CF
    Castro – SS
    Soriano – LF
    Baker – 1B
    Soto – C
    Barney – 2B
    Vitters – 3B
    Dempster – P

    Rockies game

    DeJesus – RF
    DeWitt – 2B
    Cardenas – 3B
    LaHair – 1B
    Mather – CF
    B.Jackson – LF
    Castillo – C
    Lake – SS
    Lopez – P
     

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Stewart scratched from game against Rockies because of sore quad. He’s day to day

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Stewart scratched from game against Rockies because of sore quad. He’s day to day

    Barney was scratched from starting lineup in Mesa, no word why.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Ryan Dempster’s line against D-Backs: 3R, 8H (HR), 1BB, 3K in 3.2 IP, #Cubs trail 3-0 in 4th inning

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    LaHair with a double against the Rockies

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soto with a single to left in the bottom of the 4th at HoHoKam, first hit of the spring 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From ESPN Chicago: Stewart was scratched with a minor rt. quad injury. Barney also scratched. Not known why. Doesn’t seem serious.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rodrigo Lopez’s line against the Rockies: 2R, 6H (HR), 0BB, 2K, 3IP, #Cubs trail 2-1 in 4th inning

    Brett Jackson tripled in the game. Mather with RBI.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Darwin Barney sidelined as precautionary measure with tightness in left
    side. He felt something during swing in BP. He’s day to day 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Carlos Marmol’s line against D-Backs: 0R, 1H, 1BB, 1K in 1IP

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    From CSN Chicago: A relieved Marmol is in a good mood after throwing a scoreless inning, says his goal is to make the All-Star team this year.

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    Junior Lake with a three-run HR, #Cubs lead #Rockies 4-3 in the 6th inning
     

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    According to Jerry Crasnick, minor leaguer Aaron Kurcz has been told he’s the player to be named later in Theo Epstein compensation package, source says
     

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Aaron Kurcz just confirmed on Twitter he has been traded to the Red Sox

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs (SS) lost 12-2 to D-Backs Thursday

    Ryan Dempster: 3R, 8H (HR), BB, 3K, 3.2IP; Geovany Soto: 2-for-3, 2B; Starlin Castro: 2-for-2; Carlos Marmol: 0R, 1H, BB, K, 1IP

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs (SS) lost 7-5 to Rockies Thursday

    Rodrigo Lopez: 2R, 6H(HR), 0BB, 2K, 3IP; Junior Lake: 1-for-3, HR, 3RBI, BB; Bryan LaHair: 3-for-5, 2B, R; Brett Jackson: 1-for-4, 3B