The Daily CCO: Manny Makes Iowa Debut and Alcantara Just Keeps on Hitting

Manny Ramirez made his Iowa Cubs debut Thursday night in Colorado Springs. Ramirez started the second game of the doubleheader in left field and hit sixth in the lineup behind Kris Bryant. Ramirez now wears No. 44 and reached on an error by the shortstop in his first at bat with Josh Vitters scoring on the play. Ramirez went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Marty Pevey, Iowa’s manager, talked to Manny Ramirez prior to Thursday’s games and reiterated to Ramirez that he is a coach first and a player second. Ramirez will play one or maybe two games a week. Ramirez will be available off the bench in the other games.

Steve Greenberg caught up with Manny Ramirez after Thursday’s game. Ramirez said he felt good at the plate and he wasn’t jumping or guessing. Ramirez played in the field for the first time since 2009 and said he was “going day by day” in the field.

As for his coaching role, he is “just trying to know them and just trying to be their friend.”

According to the Sun-Times report, Ramirez would like to play more often and he said, “Hey, you never know. As long as I’m here and I keep working in the outfield, you never know what could happen.”

Arismendy Alcantara

Iowa’s leadoff man had another good night in Colorado Springs. Arismendy Alcantara went 3-for-7 in Thursday’s doubleheader with two doubles, one home run, two RBI and three runs scored. Alcantara started the first game at second base and played the first part of game two in center. Alcantara finished the second game at second base.

Arismendy Alcantara is making his case to be called up. Alcantara has reached base safely in each of his last 10 games and has hit safely in nine of ten. And he has six multi-hit games in the last ten while batting .441/.500/.735 with five doubles, one triple, one home run, five walks, eight strikeouts, six stolen bases and a 1.235 OPS.

Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant snapped his home run streak in the first game of the doubleheader Thursday in Colorado Springs. Bryant went 1-for-2 with a single, two walks and a RBI. Bryant followed his single-only performance with a 1-for-4 effort in game two that included a RBI double. Both of Bryant’s hits went to left field.

Kris Bryant is 7-for-27 in eight games with the I-Cubs. Bryant has six extra basehits and has put together a .259/.375/.852 line with one double, five home runs, 10 RBI, five walks, 12 strikeouts and a 1.227 OPS.

News and Notes

Rick Renteria said Thursday that Welington Castillo will not play every day as the team tries to ease Castillo back after spending time on the DL. Castillo is still getting back into game shape according to a report from Carrie Muskat.

Emilio Bonifacio is close to beginning a rehab at the Cubs facility in Mesa according to a report from Carrie Muskat.

Junior Lake appeared to be okay following Thursday’s game. Lake could be back in the lineup Friday after passing the concussion tests. Lake wanted to stay in the game and was very fortunate to receive only bruises to his face and knees. Lake is expected to be re-examined Friday morning.

Minor News and Notes

Mark Zagunis, the Cubs third round pick, went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a RBI in his debut Thursday night with the AZL Cubs.

Jorge Soler returned to the field Thursday after four days off. Soler was the AZL Cubs DH and went 1-for-2 with a home run, two RBI, two walks and two runs scored.

Kyle Schwarber collected two more hits Thursday, including his third double with the Cougars. Schwarber went 2-for-3 with a double, a RBI, a walk and two runs scored. Schwarber is 10-for-22 in seven games with Kane County that includes three doubles and two home runs. Schwarber has put together a .455/.538/.864 line with a 1.402 OPS.

Albert Almora extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 1-for-3 effort Thursday that includes a walk, a run scored and a RBI. Almora is 12-for-35 over his last eight games and is batting .293/.318/.390 with one double, one home run, two walks and a .708 OPS over his last 10 games.

This Day In Cubstory

2011 – Cubs released Bobby Scales

1996 – Cubs traded Ismael Villegas to the Braves for Tyler Houston

1994 – Cubs beat the Pirates 2-1 as Randy Meyers recorded the 200th save of his career. Myers was only the third lefthander to reach the mark

1993 – Mariners signed free agent Dale Sveum

1993 – Twins released Randy Bush

1992 – Cubs acquired Kal Daniels from the Dodgers for a PTBNL. Cubs sent Mike Sodders to the Dodgers on July 28 to complete the trade

1975 – Daryle Ward, born

1970 – Jim Edmonds, born

1968 – Cubs purchased Gene Oliver from the Red Sox

1967 – Cubs traded Arnold Earley to the Astros for Marv Breeding

1951 – Cubs farmhand Boyd Tepler filed a $450,000 suit against baseball, the Chicago Cubs and William Wrigley citing an arm injury he suffered in 1944. His suit contended that negligent coaching allowed him to continue with flaws in his pitching motion that resulted in damage to his arm and the end of his promising pitching career.

1930 – The largest crowd in Wrigley Field history (51,556) saw the Cubs beat the Dodgers, 7-5, on Kiki Cuyler’s 10th inning home run. There is 30,476 Ladies Day guests and 1,332 passholders. The paid attendance was 19,748.

1887 – Rookie pitcher George Van Haltren walked 16 batters, hit two batters and threw a wild pitch as Boston beat the Chicago National League Ballclub 17-11 at West Side Park. King Kelly, playing for Boston, walked five times.

1884 – Larry Corcoran pitched his third no-hitter as the Chicago National League Ballclub beat Providence 6-0 at Lakefront Park.

This Day In Baseball History

1940 – To honor the lyricist of Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Jack Norworth Day was celebrated at Ebbets Field. Norworth and his partner Albert Von Tilzer, who wrote the music, had never seen a game when they wrote the song in 1908.

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  • cubtex

    Bring up Alcantara now!

    • redlarczykg

      Completely agree! Waiting for Barney to hit more so they might get something for him looks futile. Alcantara could continue to develop in the show and Cub fans would be thrown a bone of hope during another losing season.

    • mutantbeast

      cant be any worse than Fred Flinstones pal Barney.

    • cc002600

      If I were to make a bet, I think Alcantara will be a much better MLB player then Baez. He is just way more solid in his all around game. Baez is too hit and miss. I hope they are both stars, but just my $.02

      • Vivid_Reality

        Blasphemy! But in all seriousness I agree with you to an extent. I think Alcantara has a higher floor than Baez. He hasn’t struggled as much when adjusting to a new level. There hasn’t been a significant spike in k rate either which is nice to see. However Baez seems to struggle at a new level and then adjust and turn on the burners. If Baez can figure it out in the majors, Alcantara won’t even hold a candle too him.

    • triple

      Something we agree on!!! The kid is playing so good and has to be really confident. It sure seems like the time is right for him to be promoted. Compared to all our current options he’d look really nice in the leadoff spot.

  • paulcatanese

    The thought of Manny being a coach is one thing, but why does he have to play, at all?

    • Tony_H

      Player/coach They cut Casper Wells their 29 year old back-up OF that they used to give a day off or two a week. Manny still wants to play and the minors have used player/coaches forever.

  • Theboardrider

    Schwarzenegger is outclassing single A. He should come to AA sooner than later.

    Like to see Bryant get the average up to .300.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      12 K’s in 27 ABs is alarming. Let him get his seasoning…the power is prodigious, but no rush to bring him up until he has the avg up and the K’s down.