The Cubs announced prior to Friday’s game that Kyle Hendricks will be recalled from Triple-A Tuesday to make the start against the Padres in what will be his Wrigley Field debut. The Cubs would like to see Hendricks grab the fourth spot in the rotation for the remainder of the season.
Rick Renteria did not say if Tsuyoshi Wada or Dallas Beeler would be recalled to start Wednesday’s game. Wada started Friday night for Iowa and had a good outing. Wada would be pitching on normal rest if he is called-up. Dallas Beeler started Thursday and would be pitching on an extra day of rest. Dan Straily could get a chance later in the season. But Straily appears to be on the Jake Arrieta timeframe and if that is the case it will be another month before Straily makes his Cubs debut. After Arrieta was acquired from Baltimore, outside of a start in the second game of a doubleheader against the Brewers, Arrieta was not called up to stay until Aug. 16.
The Cubs have not tipped their hand on their plans for fifth starter but Tsuyoshi Wada appears to be the first candidate to have a shot to stick at that spot in the in the rotation.
Jed Hoyer talked about Kyle Hendricks after the trade with Oakland that opened a spot for him in the rotation. Hoyer gave a scouting report to Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette (Power Alley) on MLB Network Radio and discussed his first outing in Cincinnati on the Kap & Haugh Show (87.7 The Game).
“Really good command. He’s a guy that throws a two-seamer, a cutter and throws a good change-up. Really incredibly well-prepared,” Hoyer told Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette. “I think he sort of carved through Double-A last year and has really had a lot of success in a good hitter league in Triple-A this year. But being well-prepared and commanding. One thing I will say is that people think of him as a guy who is not a soft-tosser but is certainly not overpowering. But he reaches back and touches 94, half-dozen to 10 times a start. He has the velocity in the tank. He’s not always looking to use it. He really pitches well and is a really cerebral pitcher. I look forward to getting him up here. I think he’s certainly earned the promotion. We’ve had him in Triple-A knowing that if we made any moves he was the guy who we were going to go to. We are excited to see him this week and for the rest of the year.”
On Hendricks’ first start in Cincinnati, Jed Hoyer told David Kaplan and David Haugh, “I thought the first inning was just clear that he was nervous. His best attribute is that he paints and really knows what he is doing on the mound, really executes a very high percentage of his pitches because obviously you could see in the first inning when he threw the first nine balls his nerves were getting the best of him.”
“I think he deserves a lot of credit for settling down. That first inning, frankly, could have been worse than three runs, but you look at the rest of his outing I think he had no walks and seven strikeouts in his final five innings and really the only mistake was the home run to [Ryan] Ludwick,” Hoyer said. “I think if you take that outing in two parts, I thought the last five innings were very good. I think the first inning is something he can learn from. You have to be able to control your emotions in the big leagues and you only have one debut and hopefully now when he gets back out there he knows he’s going to be up here and he can just go about executing his pitches and doing what he does well.”
News and Notes
Rick Renteria said Friday the Cubs pushed Jake Arrieta back a couple of days in order to give him a little extra time. The team is still being cautious his shoulder. Renteria did not say there is any cause for concern. The Cubs just want to make sure the shoulder issue that sidelined him in the spring is behind him.
Arismendy Alcantara may or may not be with the Cubs past this weekend. Rick Renteria would not say what the Cubs plan is for Alcantara beyond Sunday. The Cubs will have to open two spots on the active roster next week in order to recall Kyle Hendricks and either Tsuyoshi Wada or Dallas Beeler. Renteria said Alcantara is “still day-to-day” and the team has not decided how they will proceed with him.
Emilio Bonifacio could be close to returning. Rick Renteria said Friday that Bonifacio would be evaluated after a “few more games.”
The Javier Baez Watch has started according to Comcast SportsNet. When asked about Javier Baez, Rick Renteria said he would be foolish and it would be irresponsible for him to say he’s looking forward to having Baez in the Cubs’ dugout. But Jake Arrieta told the beat writers he thinks the Cubs “future is bright” with players like Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant “and a couple of the other younger guys” in the pipeline.
Christopher Kamka provided two tidbits during Friday’s game: Anthony Rizzo has hit 60 home runs in a Cubs uniform. Rizzo, who wears No. 44, is the 44th player in Cubs history to hit at least 60 homers. Arismendy Alcantara has scored seven runs in his first six games, that is the most runs scored by a Cubs player in his first six games since Mark Grace in May of 1988.
Yorvit Torrealba asked for and was granted his release from the Cubs on Friday. Torrealba signed a minor league contract with the Cubs on June 12.
C.J. Edwards threw 50 pitches in a live batting practice session Friday. Edwards is scheduled to pitch in a game Wednesday, July 23.
The Cubs could be pushing Kyuji Fujikawa. Fujikawa started a rehab assignment with Kane County Thursday and pitched in his second game in as many days Friday. Fujikawa pitched two-thirds of an inning and allowed one unearned run on one hit with two strikeouts.
FOX Sports has a new, and excellent website, Just a Bit Outside, Jon Paul Morosi took a look at Oakland’s All-Star Josh Donaldson and the report includes must-read quotes from Tim Wilken and Jim Hendry.
The Reds signed INF Donnie Murphy to a minor league contract.
This Day In Cubstory
2012 – Cubs purchased Justin Germano from the Boston Red Sox
2009 – Cubs signed free agent B.J. Ryan
2007 – Pirates purchased Cesar Izturis from the Cubs
2000 – Ed Lynch stepped down as General Manager of the Chicago Cubs. Lynch was replaced by Team President Andy MacPhail
1940 – Hank Leiber hit a grand slam in the first inning and Bill Nicholson hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Cubs pounded the Dodgers 11-4 at Wrigley Field. A bench clearing brawl erupted in the eighth inning after Cubs pitcher Claude Passeau threw hit bat at Dodgers pitcher Hugh Casey after Casey hit Passeau in between his shoulder blades. Passeau was ejected from the game but still picked up the win.