The Daily CCO: Back to the Field After a Day Off

The Cubs open a three-game series on Friday night (7:10pm CDT) at Miller Park after spending Thursday recovering from their seven-day road trip to the West Coast. And when the team takes the field Friday night, the offense will be looking to end a scoreless drought that dates back 20 innings from the seventh inning of Monday afternoon’s game.

The business side of the Cubs’ front office spent Thursday trying to explain why Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the team was not ready to meet with the Landmarks Commission.

And on the baseball side, the upcoming draft was the focus as the speculation continued on which player the Astros will select with the first pick. The Cubs first pick in last year’s draft went yard again while Iowa avoided history on CBS Sports Network’s first Minor League Game of the Week.

Wesley Wright and Blake Parker

The Cubs activated Wesley Wright from the paternity list on Thursday and optioned Blake Parker to Iowa. Wright was placed on the paternity list prior to Tuesday’s game in San Francisco so he could be with his wife for the birth of their daughter. Wright will be back in the pen on Friday night in Milwaukee.

Blake Parker was optioned back to Iowa after pitching a scoreless inning on Tuesday night.

News, Notes and Rumors

Dylan Bundy is one of the pitchers in the Orioles system that has been connected to the Cubs in a possible Jeff Samardzija deal. Bundy threw 50 pitches over three innings in an extended Spring Training game on Thursday. Bundy did not allow a hit, struck out four batters and walked three. Bundy said his arm felt strong but he wished his velocity was higher (91 mph, topped at 92 mph). He said he knows it will come back that it just takes time. Bundy is scheduled for four innings the next time out.

Junior Lake has had a good month and is making progress as ESPN Chicago pointed out. But he is still a raw talent that no one has been able to project, yet, what he will be in the majors.

Joel Sherman wonders if Manny Ramirez’s return could be a blueprint for Alex Rodriguez.

Minor News and Notes

Kris Bryant went 1-for-4 with a home run and a walk on Thursday night. Bryant has reached base safely in each of his last 10 games while hitting .484/.610/1.097 with four doubles, five home runs, 10 walks, eight strikeouts and a 1.707 OPS. In 52 games this season, Bryant is hitting .347/.451/.654/1.125 with 14 doubles and a league leading 16 home runs.

Arismendy Alcantara broke up Pat Cooney’s no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning Thursday night in Memphis. Matt Szczur worked a two-out walk that extended the inning for Alcantara. The Redbirds beat the I-Cubs 4-0 after Javier Baez struck out swinging to end the game.

Thursday’s Headlines

With the big league team not suiting up on Thursday, here are the headlines and links from Thursday to catch you up from the off day.

This Day In Cubstory

1986 – Tony Campana, born

1983 – Jose Asencio, born

1983 – Jae Kuk Ryu, born

1972 – Manny Ramirez, born

1972 – Scott Eyre (Stevie Ire), born

1965 – Phillies purchased Lew Burdette from the Cubs

1963 – Ron Santo collected five hits in six trips to the plate. Santo doubled in the 12-0 victory over his favorite team, the Mets.

1956 – Cubs and Braves hit a combined 15 home runs in both games of a doubleheader at Wrigley Field, Bobby Thompson hit four.

1927 – Cubs shortstop Jimmy Cooney turned an unassisted triple play in the fourth inning. Cooney snagged a liner from Paul Waner, stepped on second to double off Lloyd Waner and tagged Clyde Barnhart coming from first base. Cubs beat the Pirates 7-6 in 10 innings.

1922 – Cubs acquired Cliff Heathcote from the Cardinals for Max Flack, the trade was made in between games of a doubleheader

1912 – Cubs acquired Tommy Leach and Lefty Leifeld from the Pirates for King Cole and Solly Hofman

1910 – Cubs beat the Cardinals 6-1 in game one of a doubleheader behind Mordecai Brown. The Cubs won their 11th game in a row before losing the afternoon game 3-1.

1906 – Jack Pfiester struck out 17 batters in a 4-2 loss to the Cardinals in St. Louis.

1888 – Bill Hutchinson pitched and won both ends of a doubleheader at Brooklyn 6-4 and 11-7. Hutchinson pitched all nine innings in each game.

1884 – Third baseman Ed Williamson became the first player in Major League history to his three home runs in a single game. The team now known as the Cubs beat Buffalo 12-2 in the second game of a doubleheader at Lakefront Park. Cubs won the first game 11-10.

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  • Patrick_Schaefer

    One good thing about Kalish being sent down is at least he should play everyday. What happens when Sweeney comes back? Does Lake’s playing time get affected? Or now that Bonifacio is coming back down to earth. Does he lose playing time? Will Alcantara, Baez or Bryant be up this year?

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      I think Boni loses some time, but also think Ricky may platoon Nate and Ruggiano in RF a bit. We will see…

  • Theboardrider

    I’d love to get Bundy. I think he’d be a nice piece for Shark. Add in at least Gausmann or Rodriguez and it would be a good haul.

    A future rotation:


    Doesn’t look too bad. Plus we have guys like Blackburn and Maples that will factor in, along with several extremely young arms in lowest levels.

    • Sonate

      I disagree slightly (because I’m greedy). Bundy is wonderful, but very high risk. Gausmann has an ERA of 11.25!!! I would also demand Hunter Harvey as well. As Rip says, prospects are suspects until they prove themselves in MLB. Gausmann has not…yet. The Os would have Shark for 1.5 years control at a lower salary, and they would get draft compensation with a “competitive” offer if they can’t sign him. Shark’s not an “ace” but none of Bundy, Gausmann and Harvey have not yet demonstrated they even belong in “the show.”

      • Theboardrider

        I think a 3rd like Harvey should come as well. But really Bundy is the prize for me. He’s got “ace,” written all over him. Just about as much as any prospect outside of Archie Bradley. Tommy John surgery still has a long recovery but it is now routine in many pitchers careers. Bundy struck out 4 in his most recent EXST game.

        If it’s the Orioles Bundy must be involved. And I think he’s got ace potential.

        • Denver Mike

          Bundy sure does have ace potential, he was the #1 prospect in all of baseball two years ago before TJ. Big fan of him in spite of the risk.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      looks like 4 completely unproven guys and a #3 (Wood).

      I love your enthusiasm, but seriously.

      • Theboardrider

        That’s what prospects are. We’re not gonna get 3 Max Sherzerz. U get 3 with high ceilings and one or two turn out. Bundy does have the potential to be the next Strasburg. We need guys that will be hitting stride in 2 years with years ahead of them. Not a guy that will be about to head downhill in 2 years. I don’t get the hand wringing on this one. Expecially since Shark doesn’t want to sign.

        I’ll be extremely happy about some high end pitching prospects. “He’ll yeah’s,” all around from me.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          I am not arguing that we would get prospects for Samardzija.

          I am saying the idea that we will wind up with 2 starters in our rotation by giving away 1 just isn’t realistic. We will be lucky to replace his production (this year so far) with any prospects. Could we get the Samardzija of 2012 or 2013? Sure…they are dime a dozen.

          I just find it amazing we have no one to bring up from the farm right now. Rusin is the closest thing. Pierce Johnson?

          • Theboardrider

            Hendricks or Wada seem to be the only guys near ready. Since Archer was traded and McNutt scuttled we just dot have much.

            I think if we trade a current stud pitcher it’s feasible to expect 2 future stud pitchers in return. If prospects are involved. A guy like Shark could easily be the difference for a contender. If te situation were reversed I’d be all in favor. It’s no guarantee but no trade is. You scout an you hope.

            The cupboard was left barren when Hendry left. Result of a guy focused on saving his job which is understandable. Now were doing the slow and methodical huh frustrates many. But I’m all in favor of trading to stack the farm system. Because it’s a crap shoot it’s all about depth. Were gettig there, but pitching is the hardest. In the end, I still believe we will be equipped for a lengthy run of success.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            Archer netted Garza that netted Edwards, who you threw in your future rotation. McNutt was probably a JH guy, as is Baez and Castro. Rizzo came via a JH guy.

            And the worst GM in the league probably wouldn’t have screwed up picking Bryant with a #2 pick. Anyone can look like a genius picking in top 4.

          • Tony_H

            LOL! That was a great laugh. Bryant was not the clear #2 pick last year and many were wanting and mad that we didn’t get Gray.

            Not sure what McNutt probably being a JH guy as is Baez and Castro has to do with anything. Castro has been extended and Baez is coming up fast. McNutt has stalled.

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