Cubs Minor League Roster Moves: RHP Joel Pineiro Released, Corey Black Placed on DL

The Cubs announced several roster moves throughout the system prior to the start of the draft.

The Cubs released veteran RHP Joel Pineiro. The team signed Pineiro to a minor league contract in April. After spending longer than expected in extended Spring Training, Pineiro reported to Double-A Tennessee after C.J. Edwards ended up on the disabled list. Pineiro struggled in four starts with the Smokies and was 0-1 in four starts with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. In 22 1/3 innings, Pineiro gave up 15 runs, 11 earned, on 29 hits with four walks and 10 strikeouts.

Corey Black was placed on the 7-day DL on Thursday in order to give his right hand time to heal from being hit with a comebacker in his last start. Black was named to the Southern League North Division All-Star team earlier in the week after putting together a solid start to his season.

Corey Black joins rotation mates C.J. Edwards, Pierce Johnson and Ivan Pineyro on the disabled list.

The Cubs reassigned INF Jonathan Mota and RHP Eduardo Figueroa to Double-A Tennessee from the Iowa Cubs. RHP Zach Cates was promoted to Double-A Tennessee from High-A Daytona. And RHP Justin Amlung was bumped up from Kane County to High-A Daytona on Thursday.

Josh Vitters

Josh Vitters was activated from the DL on Thursday after missing 11 games with a broken left toe. Vitters has struggled this season and in 43 games has managed a .208/.278/.375 line with six doubles and six home runs.

Vitters has struggled with injuries his entire pro career and his latest stint on the disabled list slowed him down even further this year.

Marcos Mateo

Marcos Mateo was activated from the DL on Thursday. The Cubs lost Mateo in the Rule 5 Draft in December to Arizona, but the Diamondbacks returned him to the Cubs before the end of Spring Training. Mateo was placed on the disabled list May 18 with a lower back strain. The 30-year old reliever has appeared in 14 games for the I-Cubs this season with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP (nine runs, eight earned, 14 hits, six walks, nine strikeouts, 13 1/3 innings).

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  • Tom U

    Congratulations to the Kane County Cougars. The Cougars clinched the Midwest League Western Division first half title with a 12-5 win over Clinton tonight.

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

    Can’t wait to start seeing assignments from the new draftees! Hope we get some of these pitchers to forego college and join this system being built. If we do get these guys to sign we will finally have some young pitching depth. Albeit, very young.

    • RynoTiger

      so young it just shows that the Cubs are losing on purpose for the rest of the century..oh and Theo was involved in the Kennedy assassination. and knows where Hoffa is buried. and he and Jed had dinner with Elvis last week at the Village Inn at the corner of Dobson and Southern in Mesa.

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

        Totally agree. I don’t see how those connections aren’t obvious to everyone!

    • Eugene Debs

      If these younger “speculation” high school guys do not sign, this will have been a weird draft. The whole plan was to save in the first couple of rounds and take a chance on some high school guys that are slated for college but maybe the extra cash bonus would convince them to forgo college. Let’s hope that indeed happens.

      This quantity over quality approach could yield big results once these guys are coached up and available as trade bait if/when we look ready to compete.

      • Sonate

        That was my sense of the plan also. If they can sign all their top 8 picks I’d call the strategy a success. (I know…that’s a big if.)

        • IUCannon

          Given the amount of money, I think they’ll be able to sign about 6-7 of the top 10. Would love it if they could get 8-9 but there is probably 1-2 guys at least that don’t want/need the money right now and/or would prefer to go to college. There’s some potential with the guys picked on day 2 but most of them won’t make it to the majors. In reality if one of the pitchers ends up being a legit starter and another a big league reliever then it’s a success.

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