Cubs Promote Vizcaino to Double-A, Veras Begins Rehab and Other News and Notes

Arodys Vizcaino was rather impressive in the spring as he tried to make the big league team out of camp. The Cubs optioned Vizcaino to the minors instead and had him begin the year at High-A Daytona. The weather factored in the front office’s decision on where to start the hard-throwing right hander. The Cubs also wanted a way to control his workload to make ensure he did not have a setback after missing two seasons recovering from arm injuries.

Arodys Vizcaino responded with a rather impressive nine games with the D-Cubs. Vizcaino pitched seven innings and while he surrendered one earned run on six hits, he issued four free passes while striking out 10 batters. Vizcaino finished five games and picked up a save.

The Daytona Cubs announced Tuesday morning that Vizcaino had been promoted to Double-A Tennessee.

According to a report from Comcast SportsNet, the Cubs will continue to be cautious with Arodys Vizcaino. Jed Hoyer told Patrick Mooney, “We’ll move with some caution. He had two years being away from a mound and I still think we want to give him a lot of mound time before he gets up here with a third deck and the pressure. We have the ability to do some teaching at the lowers levels, or mid-levels, without that third deck and the radar guns up there and everything like that. We’ll still have some caution, of course we will, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction for him and I think he’s earned it.”

Arodys Vizcaino is on the Cubs 40-man roster and could get called up at some point this season. Gordon Wittenmyer reported that Vizcaino is only a call away with him being in Double-A. But the Cubs do not appear to be in any rush to call him up to the big leagues.

Jose Veras

Jose Veras was placed on the 15-day DL on April 26, retroactive to April 25, with a strained left oblique. Veras took a breather and reported to Tennessee earlier this week to prepare for a rehab assignment. Veras officially begin his rehab assignment on Tuesday.

Jose Veras pitched the sixth inning of the Smokies 4-1 victory over the Birmingham Barons (White Sox) on Tuesday. Veras retired all three batters he faced on 11 pitches, seven for strikes.

When he was placed on the disabled list, Veras said he hoped the time off he needed to recover from the oblique injury would help him clear his mind … and get his season back on track.

Mike Olt

According to multiple reports, the Cubs like what they’ve seen from Mike Olt. Jed Hoyer acknowledged the slump that Olt is in and they feel “he’ll get through it.”

Rick Renteria told the beat writers, the Cubs plan on sticking it out with Olt. Renteria is “going to continue to try to match him up and give him some of the best possible situations he can have and see if we can continue to gain some confidence.”

Josh Vitters

Josh Vitters is hitting himself out of his recent slump. Vitters went yard twice on Tuesday night and has hit a home run in each of the last three games he’s played in. Vitters has hit six longballs on the season now, thanks to his hot streak.

Dallas Beeler

The Cubs sent RHP Dallas Beeler from extended Spring Training to Iowa on Monday and he made his Triple-A debut on Monday afternoon against the Sounds. Beeler had a very good outing. Beeler gave up one run on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts in six innings. Beeler threw 79 pitches, 51 for strikes, and picked up a win in his first game action of the season.

Dallas Beeler has been added to the I-Cubs rotation and Carlos Pimentel was moved to the bullpen.

Zack Godley

RHP Zack Godley received a promotion on Monday. Godley was sent from Low-A Kane County to High-A Daytona after posting a 1-1 record in 11 games with a 1.80 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP for the Cougars. Godley picked up seven saves before the promotion with 25 strikeouts and seven walks in 15 innings.

RHP Michael Wagner was sent from extended Spring Training to Kane County to take Godley’s spot in the bullpen.

Cubs-Reds Rainout

The Cubs announced Tuesday the game that was rained out in Cincinnati on Monday, April 28 will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday, July 8. The first game, of what is now a five-game series, will begin at 12:10pm CDT.

News and Notes

According to a report from Carrie Muskat, Rick Renteria sends his players a text message “each night telling them if they’re going to be in the lineup the next day.” And Renteria encourages his players to communicate with him if they are having any problems.

Rick Renteria said Tuesday the team will monitor Jeff Samardzija closely during his next start in Atlanta after Samardzija threw a career-high 126 pitches on Monday night.

To make room on the active roster for RHP Dallas Beeler, the I-Cubs placed INF Edgar Gonzalez back on the disabled list.

According to Baseball America, the Cubs released minor leaguers LHP Tommy Hottovy, 1B Matt Scioscia and SS Trevor Stevens.

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