From the Wire: Cubs Activate Jose Veras, Place Zac Rosscup on 15-Day DL

The Cubs announced Wednesday that RHP Jose Veras was activated from the 15-day DL and LHP Zac Rosscup was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder soreness. The Cubs backdated Rosscup’s trip to the DL to May 10.

Jose Veras was placed on the DL on April 26, retroactive to April 25, with a strained left oblique. Veras said at the time he hoped that his time on the disabled list would not only gave his sore oblique a chance to heal, but he would also be able to hit the reset button on his season. Veras reported to Double-A Tennessee and began his rehab assignment on May 6.

This season has been a struggle from day one for Jose Veras. A rough Spring Training carried into the regular season and the veteran right hander allowed 10 runs on six hits with 10 walks, five strikeouts and three HBP in 5 2/3 innings (six appearances). Veras pitched in four games for the Smokies and surrendered one hit with three strikeouts and two walks in 4 2/3 innings.

Zac Rosscup has the stuff to be a successful big league reliever. Jed Hoyer said Rosscup has been feeling the soreness in his left shoulder “warming up lately.” Rosscup will see Dr. Stephen Gryzlo to determine the extent of the injury or if it is just general soreness.

Rosscup was on the shuttle between Iowa and Chicago. Rosscup had already been recalled three times this season and he was very good in four appearances out of the Cubs’ pen. Rosscup did not surrender a run and gave up only one hit in four innings with two walks and five strikeouts.

With Rosscup on the shelf and Veras back in the pen, Rick Renteria will have the following eight relievers to call on for now: Hector Rondon, Neil Ramirez, Justin Grimm, Carlos Villanueva, Jose Veras, Brian Schlitter, Wesley Wright and James Russell.

The Cubs have not said if Jose Veras will be used in save situations, but it is likely that Rick Renteria will ease Veras back into the mix then try to build his trade value over the next six weeks.

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  • jtrain23

    I really hope Rick Renteria’s agenda doesn’t actually include building the trade value of players. I know that the front office signed guys hoping they could flip them, but the manager of this team needs to be focused on trying to win games and develop this team and it’s players.

    • Neil

      As you said, Veras was signed to flip for prospects. The Cubs have to build his value. If he is effective, that will take care of itself. Agenda might be a little strong, but they will try to put him in high leverage situations to show he can still get outs late in games.

      • jtrain23

        Of course this is the reality. Don’t get me wrong Neil, I wasn’t criticizing your analysis of the situation. It is just a bit disheartening to think of our manager making in game decisions to build the value of potential trade chips.

        It makes you question whether Renteria is really making his own decisions or simply doing what he is told. I hope it is the former of the two because I hope he has been given the ability to put his fingerprints on the team. If the F.O. truly believes that Renteria is the manager to lead this team back to prominence and not just a guy to do their bidding and hold a spot, then he has to be able to coach the way he wants to. He may know in the back of his mind that some of these guys will not be here this year if they prove valuable to other teams, but that cannot be his purpose.

        • Theboardrider

          This FO doesn’t tell managers how to manage in games. Renteria knows the goal for Beras and he will act accordingly. Theo has always let managers manage. It’s just not his style to micromanage. He manages the roster and let’s the manager know overall strategy. It’s up to Renteria to dictate tactics.

          • cubtex

            And what an excellent job done by Theo of putting together this talented and versatile roster.

          • No Baseball In Indiana

            Pythagorean has the cubs at 17-19. One instance where numbers tell you one thing and reality tells you something else.

          • BillyFinT

            You definitely should get a hug for this one. Field manager still has an independent workspace to operate. Many love to claim the baseball manager is a “corporate man,” but he’s not.

          • jtrain23

            I hope you are correct in your assumption. Not that it matters much in the present, because this team does not appear to be on the brink of being competitive.

            However, if the long term goal is to be competitive, then there will be situations when our manager will have to have complete control and trust of the roster.

            I am not questioning the knowledge and skill of Renteria. I think he has already done a nice job and his arrival has something to do with Castro’s early success. I just hope that he and his players trust and know that he is the leader in the dugout, clubhouse, and on the field.

        • Neil

          I did not think you were being critical of me in anyway.

          There are certain players on this roster that will be given every opportunity to produce for the sole purpose of being able to maximize their value in July and early August. Let’s just hope those players get going sooner rather that later.

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