Cubs Announce Arismendy Alcantara will Stay with the Team, Kyle Hendricks Optioned to Iowa

What was supposed to be a two-day taste of the big leagues has turned into a little more for Arismendy Alcantara. After the dust settled on the announcement that Anthony Rizzo won the fan vote and will join Starlin Castro on the National League All-Star team, the Cubs optioned RHP Kyle Hendricks to Iowa and said Arismendy Alcantara will stay on the Major League roster.

Arismendy Alcantara made the most of what was supposed to be two days in the big leagues. Alcantara followed up a 0-for-4 debut Wednesday night with a 4-for-5 performance Thursday that included a double, a triple, three RBI, two runs scored and a sacrifice fly. Alcantara drove in three of the Cubs six runs Thursday and scored two of the other three. Alcantara was in the middle of each of the four innings the Cubs put runs on the board.

Darwin Barney is expected to be activated from the Paternity Leave List prior to Friday’s game. And to make room for Barney on the active roster, Kyle Hendricks has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

PrintWith the All-Star break, the Cubs do not need a fourth or fifth starter until July 22. By optioning Dallas Beeler and Kyle Hendricks down Thursday, the Cubs will be able to recall both pitchers by the time a starter outside of Jake Arrieta, Edwin Jackson and Travis Wood is needed.

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  • The Dude Abides

    thumps up on the Alcantara announcement…

  • SirGladiator

    It’s a good move keeping Alcantara, give him a real chance to show what he can do, he sure earned it after his great day today. I don’t like sending Hendricks down, he was dominant after being screwed by the ump in the first inning, he already looks like one of our top pitchers. Hopefully they’ll bring him back up when it’s his turn in the rotation. If anybody deserves sending down, it’s Edwin Jackson.

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

      Totally agree. Hendricks looked like our #2 today. And Alcantara was electric. Where does Barney even play? Maybe he can be a late inning replacement but from what I saw Alcantara plays a great 2nd base defensively.

      • GaryLeeT

        Hendricks did OK, but keep in mind that he faced a Reds team without Bruce, Phillips, Votto, and Hamilton. The Cubs pretty much didn’t face the Red Legs today but more like the Red Leg.

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

          I think that “okay,” is quite an understatement. He had 7 K’s. And after what happened the first inning e easily could have folded like a lawn chair. And the out on Bruce was bigtime. Honestly I think that considering the first inning I’m even more impressed if he had cruised through without giving up a run. He overcame tough spots in his first MLB outing. And many were not his fault.

          Overall I came away thinking he’s the real deal. I was thoroughly impressed. And that same Reds lineup beat us 4 straight before today. It’s his first big league lineup after 4 straight losses. I don’t care if it was a bunch of nobodies. It was a good day for him.

          • GaryLeeT

            I am not saying he won’t prove to be a good pitcher, but today wasn’t much of a test.

          • DWalker

            opponent wise, ok, it wasn’t the first string lineup. Mentally? gotta disagree. he got beat up in the first in his first ML game with an away crowd, and he still came back and put on an excellent show. He probably should have collapsed after the first inning, and he didn’t. I like that for a rookie.

  • Tom U

    Told ya.

  • paulcatanese

    Well that’s a switch, good for him, and a smart move. I really thought he would be sent down no matter what. Glad to be wrong.

  • DWalker

    Ok, good move to keep him up since we won’t need a #4 and 5 starter for a while. That said, I hope people don’t get too caught up in him. Look what happened to poor Lake after a good start. Alcantara is probably going to be in for a rough patch sooner or later. whether he comes out or not will be the decider. I hate to be that guy, and I’d like him to succeed but hes got a long way to go to establish himself.

    • Denver Mike

      Alcantara and Lake are on two completely different levels as prospects, and their skill sets aren’t even comparable. Alcantara is a far superior ball player.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Very happy to hear this.
    Turned on radio on way home from work, and hear the Cubs recap and guy says Arismendy had 4 hits and it made my evening!

    After an 0-4 start I already imagined him sent back to minors for rest of year or worse just riding Ricky’s fickle bench rest of Summer.

    A great 4-5 showing helps show his potential and keeps him in the big Show!

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

    I wonder if saying Alcantara was only up for 2 days and back down was intentional? Makes sense. Takes a ton of pressure of the kid.

    I really liked what I saw both days at 2nd base. He looked like he could develop into a Gold Glove type. I know we have to move some of these SS to other positions but I want the best defenders at 2nd and SS. And from what I hear thats Russell and it certainly appears to be Alcantara. His quick hands and release scream infield to me. I do think Starlin could be a heckuva LF in a few years. I read where he grew an inh and a half and he seems to have added bulk. If it continues he’s be a good, power hitting outfielder. A lot of the Latino players seem to bulk up as they grow. Enter as skinny kids and become Sosa, Papi and Manny. I like that from Castro too as we need more middle of the order guys with power. He was never that speedy so if he can be a run producer even better.

    Alcantara 2nd
    Russell SS
    Bryant 3B
    Castro LF
    Schwarber RF
    Rizzo 1st
    Castillo C

    Baez? Almora CF? Hanneman CF? Trade or FA?

    I think we’ve got a good problem. But putting together a lineup I undermine myself because Alcantara helps team more in CF allowing Baez to play 2nd. Then Almora, Hanneman and everyone else, who are all young an don’t appear that close yet anyway have more time to grow. Soler is in there too somewhere but I don’t know where. I’ve got Castro in outfield and I don’t think any of us believe Kyle Schwarber isn’t going to be mashing doubles and HR in Wrigley before too long. He’s got one of those bats that forces his way into the lineup and puts a former all-star type player on the bench. At the point all these guys are proven we can start to trade for established pitching. Then we’ll have the next wave coming up in Almora, Hanneman, Torres, Jimenez and whoever else.

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

      Also Rizzo’s OBP is wasted down that far in the lineup. You want a guy that gets in base as he does batting before Bryant, Castro and Schwarber come up. In Bryant, Castro and Rizzo we’ve got bonifide 30-40 HR potential. Obiousky Rizzo is already gonna be to 30 this season barring injury. Schwarber looks like he’ll be the same. I see he and Bryant someday being the Cubs version of the. Bash Brothers. Which is funny to leave Rizzo out because he’ll probably hit. 40 at some point. Baez may too and I think a bulked up Castro can hit 30.

    • DWalker

      Alcantara, if he lives up to hype, may become a true super utility type, which frees up a slot for Baez. Play most days, but a different position every day. If you have 5 all stars and all are taking turns, they might not LIKE sitting once a week, but it gives you a lot of options. As a switch hitting lead off man, you can put a lot of versatility in your line up by switching guys up. I’ve heard this suggested a lot. Almora may turn into an odd situation and were all the main actually prospects pan out, I am not sure where he really fits. Hes a potential gold glover defensively, and while he may be productive offensively he’s not going to be a monster like most of the others could be. Which is where Soler fits in. For a while you could have one hell of a bench but sooner or later someone gets traded.

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

        True. If one of these guys is as advertised he won’t be on te bench for long. He’s worth more traded and get a pitcher or something. I think Almora could be valuable because in building a lineup were going to have guys like Bryant and Baez that while powerful, K a lot. Almora projects more as an on base/average table setter. We need a few of those. Your super fast, great defensive, on base guy. Guy like that can get on and cause havoc for a pitchers mindset.

        Also Kalish could be a factor in the near future. I’m not giving up in him. He may be a placeholder until Schwarber or Soler is ready.

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