It was only supposed to be a two-day call-up for Arismendy Alcantara when the Cubs placed Darwin Barney on the paternity list for the last two games of the series in Cincinnati. But Alcantara played rather well in the field and went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, two runs scored and three RBI in his second game. So the Cubs decided to keep him up for the weekend series with the Braves because the team did not need a fourth or fifth starter on the roster until July 22.
Arismendy Alcantara responded with five hits in three games against the Braves that included two doubles and his first big league homer in Sunday’s finale. Plus, Alcantara singled with two outs in the ninth inning of Friday’s game, stole second and scored the winning run. Since starting his Major League career 0-for-4, Alcantara is 9-for-19 with three doubles, a triple, a home run, a walk, five RBI and six runs scored. Alcantara has started four of the five games at second base and looked good in centerfield on Saturday.
The front office and coaching staff are expected to meet by mid-week to discuss the construction of the active roster out of the break and the moves that will be made when the team needs to add two starting pitchers to the roster.
Emilio Bonifacio is rehabbing in Arizona and will receive playing time when he is ready to be activated so the Cubs can move him before the end of August. And the Cubs have players such as Darwin Barney, Junior Lake and Luis Valbuena that other teams are rumored to be interested in acquiring. Even if Alcantara is sent down to Iowa due to numbers, he figures to be the first call-up once trades open a permanent roster spot for him.
The Cubs announced Sunday the team would start the second half in Arizona with Edwin Jackson, Travis Wood and Jake Arrieta pitching the first three games after the break. The Cubs have not decided, or announced, which pitchers will be recalled to start the team’s fourth and fifth game after the All-Star Game. The Cubs do not need a fourth starter until July 22 when the Cubs face the Padres for the first game of a 10-game homestand.
Kyle Hendricks is expected to take one of the two spots in the rotation. Dallas Beeler, Tsuyoshi Wada and Dan Straily are also on the 40-man roster and could fill the other spot.
After Dan Straily was acquired from Oakland, the Cubs said Straily would report to Iowa so he could hit the reset button on his season like Jake Arrieta did a year ago. Straily has struggled in two starts for Iowa (nine runs, four earned on 11 hits with five walks and seven strikeouts in nine innings). Arrieta made his Cubs debut on July 30 in the second game of a doubleheader against the Brewers after he was acquired on July 2. Arrieta did not join the Cubs rotation full-time until Aug. 16 and made seven starts for the I-Cubs after the trade.
Based on Jed Hoyer’s comments last week that the team viewed Kyle Hendricks as the first option to fill a spot in the rotation if trades were made and the front office was looking forward to see how he pitched in the big league rotation, the last spot in the rotation, until Dan Straily is ready to be called up, appears to be between Wada and Beeler. With the Cubs having options on Beeler, Wada could be the first one that gets an extended look.
This Day In Cubstory
2013 – The U.S. Team beat the World Team in the Futures Game, 4-2. Arismendy Alcantara hit a solo home run for the World Team.
2012 – Ryan Dempster tied the Cubs franchise record by extending his scoreless streak to 33 innings in a 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks. Dempster tossed six scoreless before leaving the game and tied Ken Holtzman’s record that was set in 1969
2011 – Cubs signed free agent Dave Bush
2002 – Cubs signed amateur free agent Clay Rapada
1997 – In the longest night game at Wrigley Field, five hours and 19 minutes, the Cubs lost to the Astros 9-7 in 15 innings. Ricky Gutierrez singled in the go-ahead run.
1988 – Cubs traded Dave Martinez to the Expos for Mitch Webster
1970 – Jim Hickman drove in Pete Rose with a single in the 12th inning as the NL beat the AL 5-4 at the All-Star Game at Riverfront Stadium. Rose bowled over Ray Fosse at the plate when he scored the final run.
1969 – At Wrigley Field, Bill Hands and the Cubs edged Tom Seaver and the Mets 1-0. After the last out was made, Ron Santo jumped up and clicked his heels for the first time.
1969 – Jose Hernandez, born
1968 – Derrick May, born
1965 – In the second game of a doubleheader at Wrigley, the Cubs turned a triple play in the second inning on a bunt by Woody Woodward of the Braves. The play went from catcher Ed Bailey to shortstop Don Kessinger to pitcher Bill Faul to second baseman Glenn Beckert. This is the only time the Cubs have turned a triple play on a bunt. The Cubs lost game two 6-3 after winning game one 5-2.
1954 – Chuck Rainey, born
1947 – Steve Stone, born
1882 – The would be Cubs beat Detroit 23-4 behind Larry Corcoran at Lakefront Park. George Gore, Mike Kelley and Ed Williamson each drove in three runs and scored three runs.