Hoyer Backs Sveum … and Other Cubs News and Notes

Jed Hoyer gave his support to Dale Sveum prior to Monday’s game in the response to the backlash Sveum received for using Carlos Marmol in the ninth inning on Sunday. According to the Tribune, Hoyer said Sveum made the right call using Marmol with Kevin Gregg being unavailable after pitching in four straight games.

Hoyer explained that he and Theo Epstein have not given Sveum the strongest bullpen and they understand that Sveum is doing the best he can with the talent the Cubs have right now.

Dale Sveum is not worried about the criticism he received following his decision to use Carlos Marmol in the ninth inning of Sunday’s game. Sveum told the Tribune he really doesn’t care what people think about him and knows he will always be second guessed for his decisions.

David DeJesus

David DeJesus had a MRI on his right shoulder on Monday. The MRI confirmed a strain in the shoulder and the Cubs are not sure how long he will be sidelined. According to reports, DeJesus still has a lot of swelling in his shoulder.

DeJesus figured to be one of the players the Cubs would be looking to move prior to the deadline but this injury could keep him with the team past the trading deadline.

Carlos Marmol

Prior to Monday’s game, Dale Sveum said he will no longer use Carlos Marmol to close out games even when Kevin Gregg is unavailable. Marmol will only be used in the seventh and eighth inning moving forward. Sveum said they will have to find someone else to close out games on the days Gregg is not available.

Jed Hoyer said Monday the team has no intentions of releasing Marmol.

Javier Baez

Javier Baez was named the Florida State Player of the Week for the week ending June 16 on Monday. Baez earned player of the week honors for the second time this season after hitting four home runs on June 11 and driving in a career-high seven runs.

Baez is hitting .357/.460/.833 in 12 games this month with five doubles, five home runs and a 1.293 OPS. After a slow start, Baez is hitting .277/.333/.541 with 17 doubles, four triples and 13 home runs in 61 games for the D-Cubs this season.

Official Release from the Daytona Cubs

Jorge Soler

Jorge Soler could be headed to the disabled list. After reports on Monday evening indicated Soler was out of Monday’s lineup with a slight calf strain, reports during Monday’s game stated that Soler injured his shin and the Cubs were awaiting results from further tests. Soler was in the starting lineup in Saturday’s FSL All-Star game but was lifted before he had a chance to hit.

Jorge Soler is hitting .281/.343/.467 with 13 doubles, one triple and eight home runs in 55 games for the D-Cubs this season. There have been reports that the front office was to discuss a possible promotion to Double-A for Soler in the coming weeks.

News and Notes

Frustrations are starting to boil over for the Cubs according to the Sun-Times.

Matt Garza mentioned on Sunday that he would not mind having Dioner Navarro behind the plate on the days he starts. When asked about the possibility of Navarro being Garza’s personal catcher on Monday, Sveum did not seem to like the idea and pointed out the great job that Welington Castillo has done with the pitching staff this season.

Monday night was the third time Dale Sveum has been ejected from a game this season.

Ty Wright and the Smokies raised $16,000 for the Central Oklahoma Red Cross to help with Tornado Relief.

Chris Rusin pitched a complete game shutout on Monday. Rusin allowed five hits with only one walk and struck out eight batters on 93 pitches, 64 for strikes.

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  • Sonate

    “Marmol will only be used in the seventh and eighth inning…” This, finally, makes sense. Marmol can be serviceable in that role. I was beginning to fear that Sveum had caught the same ‘disease’ that Pinella and Baker did while managing here.

    • Shawon O’Meter

      I agree with you mostly Sonate but the problem becomes who would you recommend the Cubs use? Besides Russell (had already been used) and Gregg who was unavailable our bullpen is utterly horrible.

  • tonydann1984@hotmail.com

    Dale Sveum is not a good manager. He is equal to marmol being able to close a game for our team.

    • J Daniel

      Better players will help make a better manager.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Tough to pass judgment given the cards he has to play. But yeah, he’s looking questionable at best these days.

        • paulcatanese

          How did you know they were changing Sveums number to
          (??) and Marmol’s to a (?). I would really get on Sveum, and make him shave.:):)

      • DWalker

        I can understand using marmol sunday. That I get. What I don’t get is why he was left in. Why is he always left in when he self destructs? why are any of them left in when you can see after 10 pitches they are totally not in the game? Why does Sveum make so many questionable bullpen decisions. Russell to face one batter? need long relief, don’t use the starter just moved to bullpen, lets use him for a half inning. If it was a one time thing, I could understand, but he does it over and over and over. I don’t know that a better bullpen would solve the core problem, I think he could still figure out how to waste it and loose games.

      • Dorasaga

        Indeed. Ron Washington in 2008, terrible team, bad management, it seemed from surface. Guess what happened from 2009 forward? Hindsight is 50=50.

      • paulcatanese

        Always !

    • paulcatanese

      I bash Sveum and praise him in different situations, as he does.
      He bash’s players and praise’s them and has their back. That’s his job.
      No one knows what he is thinking, as his facial expression never seems to change, I will say one thing though, he rarely, rarely cracks a smile.
      I give Epstein and Hoyer credit as before, however this roster was concocted Sveum just plays what has been dealt, and they are responsible for it.
      Not saying he is doing a good job, but he’s doing a job with a plan that was put in place by the agreement of all three of them prior to the start of their tenure If Sveum wasn’t on board with the plan, he wouldn’t have been hired.
      They have Sveum’s back and should have.
      I do admire the fact that they are putting the heat where it belongs, with all three of them.
      And the “plan” whether good or bad is a “plan” and better than none at all.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Agreed Paul.

      • 07GreyDigger

        Paul would you crack a smile with that bullpen and situational hitting?

        Granted I don’t watch a ton of the games, (at least not until hockey season is over), but this team wasn’t going to be very good regardless of who managed it. I can’t really fault Sveum and the coaching staff for leaving pitches hanging or not moving runs over. That’s the players. Sure, from the sounds of it, he could put them in better positions to succeed, but considering the talent level in the bullpen, it seems like he’s throwing things at the wall and seeing what sticks.

        I guess I don’t let myself get mad because I went into this season knowing they would be bad, but just a little better than last year making small improvements. It might not look it, but this team is better than last year. The starting pitching is better and there has been improvements in overall production at positions like C, 3B and RF.

        The real test for this team will come after the deadline and how they respond to losing some key guys. That’ll make the early part of the season look wonderful.

        • triple

          Great perspective GreyDigger… I agree, the team has shown improvement in multiple areas, even if it hasn’t effected the results so much. But I’m not gonna lie and say it hasn’t been frustrating. And I think the FO is proving that they do know how to find cheap starting pitching that can help a team win, and also some cheap plug-ins in the field that can help produce, all-be-it as platoon parts, instead of regulars.

          One of my concerns is that these cheap one/two-year contract guys just DO NOT bring back big returns at the trade deadline. I seriously wonder if they would consider trading a guy like Travis Wood at the trade deadline, as he may be the type of guy who can bring a bigger return than most the guys they will be dangling in the next month and a half. And if Garza can keep on track and prove healthy, he can bring a pretty good return too. If they can deal both of them to contenders with good farm systems, they may actually get a couple more pitchers who could be useful, and younger than these guys will be 2 or 3 years from now.

          • 07GreyDigger

            That’s true. Scott Feldman and David DeJesus don’t invite big name prospects. But what they do is create depth.

            I think that’s the key to the prospect train that the FO intends to create. Sure, they want prospects they can bring up and can plug in, but they also wants guys they can flip for improved talent. The deal Boston made for Adrian Gonzalez comes to mind as they dealt prospects to San Diego for a big name player.

        • paulcatanese

          Funny, but I always smile with what comes out of the bullpen in a game, especially when it has been Marmol, in fact my wife say’s “here goes the game”.
          What makes it easier is that I know they are not going anywhere this year, but on the other hand, there was a point that they looked pretty good and may have pulled of a decent season, they still might as all Cub fans are eternal optimists.
          Situational hitting is not in what I expect from the present roster, and in reality, I am pleased when they even hit the ball.
          Still trying to figure out though when a strikeout is a good strikeout, that doesn’t fly with me. When they don’t put the ball in play, and I would stress, not a fly ball, but a ground ball, many things can happen, it can be missed, bad throw, dropped, but a strikeout is just that a strikeout and nothing happens but an out.
          Sorry for taking so long to answer, and I do tell the Doctors office that I am on the clock to read the blog, they don’t listen for some reason.

          • 07GreyDigger

            Haha, Agree with you wholeheartedly on the strikeouts. I can’t stand listening or watching the game when they have a chance to tie or score and someone strikes out. It just kills me.

          • triple

            I think the only “good” strikeout is when a guy like Derek Lee has a season where he leads the league in GIDP’s, and he strikes out with a runner on 1st and less than 2 outs.

          • paulcatanese

            I don’t know how old you are, but there was a catcher ( I mentioned him in another venue) and a double play machine he was. RH hitter, if they would throw to the low outside corner there was absolutely 0 he could do but hit ground balls to the shortstop.
            You are right Derek Lee was much the same, frustrating.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Trey Masek

    Just signed my contract, officially a member of the Chicago Cubs organization! Couldn’t be more blessed!

    • calicub

      i see in the twitter feed the cubs have signed 8players from the draft. Is that 8 of the top ten or 8 of 40?

      The latter seems a little low.. I know the deadline is weeks off but still

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Officially it is eight total they announced today. That does not include Trey Masek. From what I can tell they have agreements in place with all of the first 10 with the exception of Bryant … and he will be signed soon.

  • Rick Barkan

    So keep Marmol and just keep letting him blow games that makes a lot of sense. Everyone involved in keeping Marmol needs a Brain check.

    • paulcatanese

      As most on this site the sentiments are the same. But short of just releasing him and eating the rest of his contract, it’s probably not going to happen.
      The one thing they could do would be to trade him to one of the teams he approves and eat the majority if not all of his contract, and maybe just maybe get a borderline minor league player in return, and I’m not sure that could even happen.