Cubs Ready to Add Jake Arrieta to the Rotation and Other News and Notes

Before Monday night’s game in Cincinnati was postponed due to rain, the Cubs announced Jake Arrieta would be activated from the disabled list and start the finale of the three-game series against the Reds on Wednesday night. Once the rains washed out game one and made the Cubs trip to Cincinnati a two-game series, the Cubs shuffled their rotation and pushed Jake Arrieta’s season debut back to the weekend series at Wrigley against the Cardinals.

Jeff Samardzija and Edwin Jackson will start the two games in Cincinnati and it appears the Cubs will keep Travis Wood on schedule and have him pitch the opener on Friday against St. Louis. The Cubs have not said if Jason Hammel will start Saturday’s game or if he will get two extra days in between starts.

Jake Arrieta will get the ball the next time the fifth spot in the rotation rolls back around.

Carlos Villanueva has been moved to the bullpen, which will give Rick Renteria an extra arm in his pen for at least the next three days. The Cubs will have to send a reliever out before Arrieta can be activated, but there is no reason to make the move until the day Arrieta is scheduled to pitch.

Carlos Villanueva pointed to a “mechanics problem” as one of the reasons he has struggled this season. Villanueva told the Sun-Times he is working on the issues.

Corey Black

Corey Black was named Southern League Pitcher of the Week. Black received the honor Monday after he tossed six innings of no-hit ball last Wednesday in Birmingham. Black started Monday night in the finale of the series with the Huntsville Stars (Milwaukee Brewers). Black improved to 2-1 on the season after allowing one run on three hits with one walk, a HBP and five strikeouts. The run scored on a solo homer by Nick Ramirez in the first inning.

Corey Black is 2-1 in five games, four starts, this season with a 2.35 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Black has allowed six runs on 10 hits with 13 walks and 21 strikeouts in 23 innings.

David DeJesus

Bruce Levine caught up with David DeJesus while he was in Chicago with the Rays taking on the White Sox on the South Side. DeJesus told Levine he “has nothing but great feelings about his experience at Clark and Addison” and his time with the Cubs.

DeJesus said he “sees the reality of President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein’s task to win without the economic resources to support the player development plan.” DeJesus told Levine, “They are in a tough situation right now. If the money isn’t there, you can’t really do what your plan was set out for. You think if I had this money I could do this or that. They don’t have it and they are caught in the middle of their plan.”

DeJesus also said to Levine he feels he might still be with the Cubs if Epstein “had the money to build his club properly.” DeJesus thinks the Cubs need a veteran presence to help with the development of the young players, something the baseball operations side of the front office “intended to have from the beginning.”

News and Notes

Kris Bryant will get his second taste of big league pitching this month. Kris Bryant, Dustin Geiger and the Tennessee Smokies open a series in Chattanooga on Wednesday against the Lookouts. The Lookouts are the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to make his second rehab start on Wednesday, so Bryant will get a firsthand look at the best lefty in the game. Bryant faced Mat Latos earlier this season and took the Reds’ starter downtown. Latos did not appreciate it and plunked Bryant in his next at bat.

C.J. Edwards discussed his injury with Smokies Radio.

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  • Patrick_Schaefer

    At this point with Christian Villaneueva struggling a little bit with the bat i’d love to see Kris Bryant moved up to AAA an Villanueva sent back to AA.
    Olt should be playing everyday to see if he is legitimate. If not I could see Bryant brought up this year. Or see Bryant moved to RF if OLt steps up his Game.
    Valbuena should be starting everyday against RHP at 2b.

    • cubtex

      I never understood the need to write Villanueva at 3rd base with a pen for Iowa. This guy hit .260 in AA last year. A caller on MLB radio called and said the same thing about Olt and Holly put up the exact stats that I did about what he has done against RHP. Holly said they would love to be able to play him everyday but he has to prove a little more that he is not just a platoon type of hitter. Remember….this guy has been brutal against RHP so far.

      • Patrick_Schaefer

        Bonifacio is not a good 2b. Valbuena has surprised me with his defense at 2b he still doesn’t have Barneys defense and range but has Been solid. I didn’t think Valbuena had enough range at 2b but he’s been proving me wrong.
        so my question is would you rather have Bonifacio Playing poor second base or Barney and his poor offense at second base with Valbuena at 3rd or Valbuena at 2nd and Olt getting a chance to face right handed pitchers. Olt can’t prove anything if he isn’t given enough opportunity. and if he is a platoon guyyou know for sure and Bryant will stay at 3rd.

        • DWalker

          I really don’t think a lot of these line up decisions are coming from the dug out. Its the same game as last year. Trot the trade bait out game after game hoping they get hot so they can be traded. Just gotta hope that after the trade deadline the kids are playing.

        • cubtex

          Look at his splits against RHP. Look at Lake’s splits as well. It is career suicide to play both of those 2 everyday at this stage of their careers. They both will get plenty of opportunities. We are only still in April.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Olt splits:
        Vs RHP: .143 BA (that’s 1 for 7 clip)
        .257 slugging. Worse than Darwin Barney’s career average .321, and Barney’s 2013 .264 slugging!)

        35 AB, 16 K’s, 1 BB vs RHP

        Vs. LHP”
        .263 BA
        .737 slug

        Okay, there is a difference.
        19 AB. 4 k.

  • GaryLeeT

    See, even DeJesus can see that Theo was sold a bill of goods by Ricketts. It’s time for the family to sell to a group with big boy pants on, that have deep pockets, and the will to move the team west.

    • Bryan

      You do have to wonder what, behind the curtain, is the current relationship between Tom and Theo. I could be wrong, but I sense there is likely more intrigue between the two than we’re seeing.

      • GaryLeeT

        Theo is being a professional on the outside, but on the inside, he’s seething, and I don’t blame him.

        • Bryan

          Dwindling payroll investment and dwindling fan base attendance. Never a good combination.

          • BigJonLilJon

            And its going to get worse not better.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Like I said last winter, the pursuit of Tanaka was pure smoke screen in an attempt to stimulate season ticket sales. And the same with the Joe Giardi. The Cubs never, ever intended to sign either one.

      But the Cubs were fishing for lemmings.

      • GaryLeeT

        Here in Florida we call it, reaching for something with alligator arms.

  • BigJonLilJon

    If DeJesus thinks the Cubs have no money, what do you think a prize FA is thinking when it comes time to sign some where? Lets just face it… we’ve all been sold a bill of goods on this rebuild. There is no money due to the type of deal the Rickets were forced into signing. That’s why the only thing that can be done is go the prospect direction. We can only hope that most of the prospects work out, otherwise we’ll be back in this same boat in 3 years. Losing, no money to get players, and starting over.

    • cubtex

      Small market rebuild with have a Small market billfold.

    • GaryLeeT

      The deal Ricketts signed was no sweetheart deal by any means, but there is nothing preventing him from borrowing from the family (zero interest with no repayment terms) to fund a better payroll. He’s decided (or promised) that no matter what, he will not spend beyond what the team nets. As I have stated many times, that’s just being penny wise, and pound foolish.

  • cubtex

    Watching Sonny Gray dominate the Rangers last night proves how deep that 2011 draft was for 1st round pitching prospects. Remember Gray was drafted by the Cubs out of High School but he decided to go to Vanderbilt.

    2011 draft (same draft as Javy Baez)

    1. Gerrit Cole
    7. Archie Bradley
    14. Jose Fernandez
    18. Sonny Gray
    21. Tyler Beede(didn’t sign)

    Cubs need to get a pitcher in this years draft!

    • GaryLeeT

      Pitchers

      • cubtex

        a TOR pitcher.

    • John_CC

      Also proves that you don’t have to have, or use, a high pick to get lucky.

      I’ve read some opinions of the pitchers and have come around…sound like the Aiken kid has huge potential. I also like Beede and Hoffman now as well.

      • cubtex

        There has been a lot of talk on the draft with the Baseball America guys the last couple of days. I would be thrilled if Rodon slid to the Cubs but Kolek, Aiken, Hoffman would all be great.

        • John_CC

          Not Beede?

          Does anyone think Rondon will slide all the way to 4?

          • cubtex

            Most are saying Beede has dropped out of the top 5 or so. Many have put Hoffman ahead of him(even with the minor arm strain) There is a chance that the Stros will take Kolek or Aiken at 1 and try and sign him at a lesser amount(like they did with Correa) and have more money for later picks. Rodon would be the absolute best case scenario if he slips. I doubt he will but stranger things have happened.

          • Tony_H

            Not sure how we can go wrong with two of Rodon, Hoffman, Beede, Kolek and Aiken going to be available. And if some how someone in the top 3 takes a bat, we could choose from 3 of those.

            I wish we could trade for another Top 5 pick!

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          You know who is advising Rodon right?

          • cubtex

            Is it Boras? If Rodon slips to 4…I would still jump on him. He would be way too good to pass up there.

          • Tony_H
          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Yes, it is Boras. There was a discussion on BP’s show that Boras could advise Rodon the same way he did Appel if he is not taken no 1.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Let’s try this again. My comment above was chopped up.

            Boras is advising Rodon. During Sunday night’s BP show there was a discussion that if Rodon does not go 1-1 then Boras could ‘advise Rodon to go back for his senior year, the same way he did with Mark Appel.

          • John_CC

            If he won’t sign then its a moot point. No one is so good that they are worth the high percentage risk of throwing away your #4 pick.

          • cubtex

            I can’t believe a guy would not sign at 4. There is only 3 spots to move up by risking pitching another year in college

          • John_CC

            Its Boras. Appel didn’t sign at 7 or 8, the Cubs passed him at 6. Why would they take Rondon at 4?

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Lots of concern with Rodon right now.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    They have some money just not crazy money like the Dodgers and the Yankees remember they were trying to give Tanaka 120 million. they just aren’t going to overpay for an aging veteran.

    • BigJonLilJon

      I don’t believe for a second the Cubs don’t have money any way. Maybe not as much as in previous years to spend on payroll due to terms of the sale, but they have the money. Yes, they were willing to invest 120 mil on Tanaka. And no, I don’t want them to spend stupidly. But, they could still spend wisely to but a better product on the field for the fans.

  • Zonk

    20 Years Ago Today in Cubs History: April 29, 1994. Any guesses as to what happened?

    • GaryLeeT

      Tom Trebelhorn’s firehouse chat with angry fans.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Jose Abreu is the only player in the last 100 years with 3 multi-HR games in his 1st 24 career games.

    • Sonate

      Interesting freak statistic Rip. How’d you find it? I’m curious to see how Abreu does his second time around the league. (He could be the real deal.) My uncle told me of a Cub player in the 1950’s named Bob Speake (or close to that). According to my uncle Speake as a rookie had 10 HRs in April….and finished the season with 12!!! (Don’t believe he got injured.)

      • Ripsnorter1

        You can certainly bet that there will be adjustments made against this guy.

        But do not forget Mr. Brian LaHair. Some guys can handle the outside fastball (Lahair), but cannot handle the inside heater (not enough bat speed). And lo and behold, that is exactly the scouts’ critique of Mr. Abreu: not enough bat speed.

        Look for ML pitchers to adjust by throwing him heat inside, and slow, soft stuff away. And watch those K’s climb right into orbit!

        • Ripsnorter1

          Mr. Lahair’s BA and power stats dropped every month.

          See also Fukodome, Koske for further illustration.

        • cubtex

          He is a good hitter. Watch him. I have. He uses the entire field. He was a great sign by them!