The Daily CCO: Tsuyoshi Wada Gets First Shot at Fifth Spot in the Rotation and Other Cubs News

Rick Renteria announced Sunday that LHP Tsuyoshi Wada would be recalled from Triple-A Iowa Wednesday and start the second game of the series with the Padres. Wada is coming off a solid start with Iowa last Friday in which he gave up one run on three hits with a walk and 10 strikeouts over six innings to Round Rock. Wada bounced back after a not-so-good start in his first outing back from the big leagues.

Renteria would not commit to Wada making more than the one start Wednesday against the Padres.

Kyle Hendricks will make his Wrigley Field debut Tuesday in the opener of the three-game series with San Diego and the front office is expecting him to remain in the rotation for the rest of the season. The Cubs saw Hendricks as the first call-up if trades opened a spot or two in the rotation. And the Cubs like what they saw from Hendricks after the first inning in his debut.

While Hendricks and Wada are filling the two vacated spots in the starting staff, both Dallas Beeler and Dan Straily are on the 40-man roster and are expected to get extended looks at some point this season. And Straily appears to be on the same timeframe as Jake Arrieta was a year ago, as previously reported. Comcast SportsNet indicated Sunday “the Cubs also want to see what they have in Dan Straily” and Theo Epstein “saw Jake Arrieta as a blueprint.” The Cubs had Arrieta regroup in the minors after the trade on July 2 and with the exception of one start in the second game of a doubleheader, Arrieta stayed in Iowa until mid-August.

PrintThe Cubs sent LHP Zac Rosscup down to Iowa after Sunday’s game to make room on the active roster for Kyle Hendricks. The Cubs have not officially recalled Hendricks and will wait until Tuesday to make the move. The front office will have to make at least two more roster moves prior to Wednesday game to add Wada to the active roster.

The Cubs have not committed to keeping Arismendy Alcantara with the big league team. If the front office does not send Alcantara to Iowa, Mike Olt or Junior Lake could be optioned down.

There could, and should be, quite a bit of roster movement over the next 10 days. It is the trade season and the Cubs are expected to be active for the rest of the month and in August. Plus, Emilio Bonifacio is getting close to returning and Kyuji Fujikawa is rehabbing in Kane County.

News, Notes and Rumors

Jake Arrieta admitted after Sunday’s game that he had been battling a virus for three days. Arrieta was not at full strength after not being able to eat much over the weekend. And the numbers, or final line, from Arrieta’s start are deceiving according to a report from ESPN Chicago.

Chris Bosio is ready for the challenge of a third straight second half with different staff than he began the year.

Emilio Bonifacio went 4-for-5 with a run scored for the Smokies Sunday as Bonifacio works his way back to the big leagues. Bonifacio was also caught stealing in Tennessee’s 10-3 win over Huntsville.

According to Newsday’s David Lennon, a source familiar with the Cubs said Starlin Castro is not expected to be traded this season. And Castro could be moved to third base in 2015.

Ken Rosenthal thinks trading for David Price would be the right move for the Cubs.

Minor News and Notes

Addison Russell had a huge day in the Smokies 10-3 victory on Sunday. Russell went 2-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI. Russell hit a grand slam in the fifth inning, the first slam of the season for the Smokies. Russell is 5-for-11 over his last three games with three home runs, a walk and a strikeout.

Pierce Johnson took Addison Russell out of his pre-game routine Sunday, said Russell would go 4-for-4 with four RBI afterwards … and Russell went 2-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI.

Javier Baez extended his hitting streak to 14 games Sunday. Baez went 3-for-6 in the loss. Baez also swiped a base and was caught stealing. His 14-game hitting streak is the longest for the I-Cubs this season and is two games short of his career best 16-game hitting streak. Baez is hitting .318/.340/.682 with four doubles, four home runs, a walk, seven strikeouts and a 1.022 OPS over his last 10 games. Baez returned to shortstop Sunday after three straight games at second base.

Albert Almora went 4-for-5 with two runs scored Sunday and is hitting .377/.403/.638 with five doubles, two triples, three home runs, three walks, 10 strikeouts and a 1.041 OPS in 16 games in July.

Weekend Headlines

The big league club did not have a good weekend in the win-loss column. Anthony Rizzo came out of the break rather hot and beside the unbelievable catch he made Sunday, Rizzo hit three home runs and tied his career high with 23 home runs in a single season. Even with Edwin Jackson being Edwin Jackson, two reports indicated the Yankees could be interested in acquiring Jackson.

In the minors, Home Run Mania caught everyone’s attention while Javier Baez played three straight games at second base and stayed hot at the plate.

This Day In Cubstory

2004 – Cubs traded Ricky Gutierrez to the Red Sox

2000 – Cubs traded Glenallen Hill to the Yankees for Ben Ford and Oswaldo Mairena

1998 – Kerry Wood outpitched Greg Maddux and beat the Braves. Wood struck out 11 batters in 7 2/3 innings and was the sixth time in 18 starts Wood recorded double-digits strikeouts. Wood handed Maddux his first loss against the Cubs.

1992 – Cubs released Dennis Rasmussen

1989 – Before the game against the Giants at Wrigley Field, OF Dwight Smith sang the National Anthem. Smith went 0-for-4 in the game the Cubs dropped 4-3. Mark Grace hit a two-run homer in the eighth. All of the Giants runs scored off Rick Sutcliffe.

1986 – Cubs traded Davey Lopes to the Astros for Frank DiPino

1980 – Kyuji Fujikawa, born

1972 – Billy Williams drove in six runs with four hits that included a double and a home run in a 11-3 victory over the Astros

1971 – Ernie Banks hit the 511th home run of his career, tying Mel Ott, in the Cubs 11-7 win over the Mets at Wrigley Field

1951 – Phil Cavarretta replaced Frankie Frisch as Cubs manager

1881 – Johnny Evers, born

This Day in Baseball History

1988 – Yankees traded Rick Balabon, a PTBNL and Jay Buhner to the Mariners for Ken Phelps

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