The Daily CCO: Parker Up, Vitters Out and Two Minor Leaguers Suspended

Before the Cubs had a frustrating night in San Francisco, the team announced Blake Parker had been recalled from Triple-A Iowa for a couple of days. Wesley Wright was placed on the paternity list. Wright was expected to catch-up with the team on Friday in Milwaukee. Wright can be out for the three games on the paternity list.

Blake Parker pitched the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game and threw strikes. Parker has appeared in 12 games for Iowa this season. Parker has eight saves and has allowed one run on eight hits with no walks and 15 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings (0.77 ERA, 0.69 WHIP).

Josh Vitters

The I-Cubs placed OF Josh Vitters on the 7-day DL on Tuesday retroactive to May 24 with a broken big toe on his left foot according to reports from Des Moines. The I-Cubs were hoping to avoid placing Vitters on the disabled list but made the roster move on Tuesday. Vitters broke his toe when he fouled a ball off his foot during batting practice a couple of days ago.

Vitters has not hit much this season while learning a new position. The 24-year old is hitting .208/.278/.375 in 43 games with six doubles, six home runs and a .653 OPS.

Rock Shoulders and Michael Jensen

The Daytona Cubs placed Rock Shoulders and reliever Michael Jensen on the temporarily suspended list on Tuesday for violation of team rules.

Reports from Daytona said the number of games each player will miss has not been decided, but both players will miss multiple games.

D-Cubs manager Dave Keller said reinstatement for both players depends on resolving a couple of issues.

News and Notes

Justin Grimm is gaining confidence in the bullpen according to a report from Cubs.com.

The Giants might make a good fit for Jeff Samardzija according to Jesse Rogers.

Jake Arrieta had a frustrating start on Tuesday. The Giants put four runs on the board with very little solid contact and Arrieta issued only one walk. Arrieta is coming along according to a report from ESPN Chicago.

Minor League Notes

The I-Cubs were rained out on Tuesday and will make up the rainout Friday. When the I-Cubs lineup was posted, Arismendy Alcantara was starting in centerfield in what would have been his first start in the outfield. Reports downplayed him starting in center and pointed to the facts Josh Vitters was placed on the DL and Ryan Kalish had not reported to Iowa yet (players have 72 hours to report after being optioned to the minors).

Kris Bryant went 0-for-1 in Tennessee’s 2-1 loss on Tuesday night. Bryant walked four times in five plate appearances. Over his last 10 games, Bryant is hitting .400/.538/.800 with three doubles, three home runs, nine walks, 10 strikeouts and a 1.338 OPS. For the season, .335/.440/.637/1.077 with 13 doubles, 14 home runs, 29 walks, 60 strikeouts and a 1.077 OPS in 182 at bats.

This Day In Cubstory

2008 – Cubs signed free agent Jason Dubois

2006 – The Braves set a new club record in an 11 inning game at Wrigley Field. Atlanta hit eight home runs in the 13-12 victory over the Cubs … Marcus Giles, Andruw Jones, Ryan Langerhans, Adam LaRoche (2), Brayan Pena and Edgar Renteria (2) hit the longballs.

2005 – Cubs traded LaTroy Hawkins to the Giants for David Aardsma and Jerome Williams

2004 – Matt Clement became the 21st big league pitcher and the first Cubs pitcher in over a century to hit three batters in one inning. Clement hit Bobby Hill, Jason Kendall and Craig Wilson in the fifth inning. The Cubs lost the first game of a doubleheader to the Pirates 5-4 at PNC Park.

The doubleheader against the Pirates at PNC in 2004 is remembered as Rob Mackowiak day. His wife gave birth to their son in the morning, Mackowiak hit a walk-off grand slam in the first game of the doubleheader and he tied the second game in the ninth with a two-run homer.

1990 – Tigers signed free agent Jody Davis

1985 – Cubs signed free agent Larry Gura

1977 – Cubs traded Ramon Hernandez to the Red Sox for Bobby Darwin

1977 – Cubs moved into first place with a 6-3 victory over the Pirates. Bruce Sutter picked up the save after tossing three scoreless innings.

1969 – The day after Todd Hundley was born, Randy Hundley hit a grand slam and a double in the Cubs 9-8 victory over the Giants. ‘The Rebel’ drove in five runs at Candlestick Park.

1966 – Cubs traded Ted Abernathy to the Braves for Lee Thomas

1930 – Grover Cleveland Alexander called it a career after a relief appearance with the Phillies. ‘Old Pete’ was 128-83 in nine seasons with the Cubs (1918-1926) with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. Alexander pitched 1884 1/3 innings in 242 games (224 starts) for the Cubs with 158 complete games … that is 7.78 innings per appearance during his nine seasons with the Cubs.

1925 – Cubs scored 12 runs in the seventh inning on 11 hits en route to a 13-3 win over the Reds in Cincinnati. In the 12-run inning, Barney Friberg doubled and tripled, Charlie Grimm singled and doubled and Wilbur Cooper, the Cubs pitcher, collected two singles.

1914 – Larry Cheney went 13 innings as the Cubs beat the Cardinals 4-3 in 16 innings in Chicago. George Pearce was the winning pitcher in relief of Cheney.

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  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    2 of the guys Clement hit were former Cubs…

    • triple

      There are 2 former Cubs on that list, however, Clement only hit one former Cub.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        Jason Kendall and Bobby Hill are both ex-cubs.

        unless you are just splitting hairs to mean bobby hill was ex cub at time but kendall wasn’t ex cub until after clement was gone from cubs.

        • triple

          Sorry Jason, yes I was splitting hairs, but just being sarcastic…didn’t really come off that way.

  • Denver Mike

    I don’t know if they are pitching around Bryant now or what, but 4 walks is a lot. If that is the case then maybe the promotion to AAA is due, since AA pitchers don’t seem to be pitching to him anymore.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Here’s another positive on the four walks, if they are pitching around him (I think you are right) at least he is not expanding his strike zone.

      • Jeffrey Rogers

        Do AA teams make a habit of pitching around hitters? Seems it would be one of those “unwritten rules” to avoid that in AA. Players are there to develop first and foremost, not win. My opinion anyway.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          I wouldn’t say there’s a habit of it, but players are pitched around and intentionally walked. Bryant has been intentionally walked twice this year.

  • gmoss

    was expecting to see manram’s name as one of the suspended….

  • Jeffrey Rogers

    I remember when Phil Rogers once wrote that Bobby Hill was going to make Cubs fans forget about Ryne Sandberg……oops.

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

    It may be time to look for a trade partner for Vitters and BJax. We take a couple of underperforming prospects and give them our big 2.

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

    I’m feeling very good about Arietta. I believe he can still develop into a #2 or #3 pitcher. Rogers comparison to Shark feels apropos.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      no way. I have seen enough. He is a right-handed Rich Hill.

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

        I vehemently disagree. He could jut as easily be Shark.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          I vehemently reject your disagreement! (but in a nice way)

          I wanted to like this guy, but his command is suspect, and he is also about as much fun to watch pitch as EJax…he is soooo slow. I would rather see a couple of the other farm kids make it up to fill out the rotation.