The Daily CCO: Bryant Back on the Field, Hendricks Posts Another Quality Start and Other Cubs News

According to reports from the Des Moines Register, Kris Bryant expects to be back in the lineup for Tuesday’s game against Salt Lake. Bryant did some running and participated in batting practice before Monday’s game a day after an MRI on his left foot revealed a bruise. Marty Pevey told the Des Moines Register that Bryant could return to the lineup Tuesday.

Kris Bryant was available off the bench for Monday’s game and pinch-hit for Elliot Soto in the eighth inning. Bryant walked and Jonathan Mota pinch-ran for him. Bryant wanted to play Monday and was held out of the starting lineup.

In 57 games for Iowa this season, Kris Bryant is hitting .306/.419/.648 with 13 doubles, 18 home runs and a 1.067 OPS.

Updated 12:55pm CDTKris Bryant was back in Iowa’s starting lineup Tuesday. Bryant hit third and played third base.

Kyle Hendricks

Kyle Hendricks put together another impressive outing Monday. Hendricks gave up one run on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in seven innings to the Mets. Hendricks improved to 4-0 in his last four starts with a 1.23 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.

PrintHendricks has quickly become must-see for the Cubs because of the way he pitches. It isn’t power, but location and the ability to keep hitters off balance. It will be interesting to see how he pitches against teams the second time around.

Hendricks became the first Cubs’ rookie pitcher since Kerry Wood to post six straight quality starts. Hendricks was asked about his accomplishment and said it was an honor to be in the same company as Kerry Wood.

Rick Renteria did not help his young right hander with his post-game comments. Renteria was asked who Hendricks reminds him of and instead of not comparing Hendricks to anyone, Renteria told the beat writers, “I reserve the right not to pigeonhole him or compare him to anybody. I think he’s establishing himself. I know it’s a short snippet, but he’s been very, very good. He is Maddux-like, a little bit, in his execution, his approach.”

Renteria should be asked about the comment prior to Tuesday game.

Nate Schierholtz

Nate Schierholtz singed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals on Monday. Schierholtz is reporting to Triple-A Syracuse Tuesday and is expected to be added to the Nationals active roster in the near future to take the spot of the injured Nate McLouth.

The Nationals have tried to acquire Schierholtz from the Cubs but were not able to work out a deal in the past.

The Cubs owe Schierholtz the remainder of his $5 million contract, less the minimum he will receive from the Nationals.

News and Notes

Chris Coghlan was held out of the starting lineup Monday with a sore left toe. Coghlan pinch hit in the eighth inning and stayed in to play left field.

As was pointed out by the Cubs Monday, Starlin Castro has more home runs (13) this season than errors (12).

And as Comcast SportsNet reported, since Starlin Castro was able to show the Mets what they’re missing, it’s time to appreciate what the Cubs have in Starlin Castro.

Javy is Being Javy and Javier Baez is not showing any nerves according to a report from Comcast SportsNet.

Junior Lake reported to Iowa and was in the starting lineup for Monday’s game. Lake hit leadoff and played centerfield. Lake went 0-for-4 with a walk, a strikeout and a RBI.

Mike Olt had his worst game Monday since returning to Iowa. Olt struck out in all four plate appearances. Over his last 17 games, Olt is hitting .273/.338/.621 with five doubles, six home runs and a .959 OPS.

Shawon Dunston is in Chicago for the Giants series this week and thanks to the schedule makers he was able to see his son play Monday night … and Dunston Jr. delivered the game-winner in front of his father. Shawon Dunston Jr. has quietly been very, very good since the break. Dunston Jr. is batting .324/.364/.446 over his last 43 games with nine doubles, three triples, a home run and a .810 OPS … plus he is 17-for-20 in stolen base attempts.

Paul Johnson and Kevin Druley caught up with Shawon Dunston at Kane County’s game Monday night. It was the first time he has been able to see his son play in a regular season game. With the Giants and Cubs both in Arizona, Dunston has seen his son in Spring Training games. Dunston thought his son played well and admitted he keeps up with all of the Cubs prospects.

This Day In Cubstory

2013 – Washington Nationals claimed David DeJesus off of waivers from the Cubs

2012 – Cubs claimed Alex Hinshaw off of waivers from the Cubs

2011 – Jim Hendry was dismissed as the General Manager of the Chicago Cubs, Randy Bush replaced Hendry as the Cubs interim GM

2004 – Cubs signed free agent Neifi Perez

2003 – Cubs acquired Tony Womack from the Rockies for Emmanuel Ramirez

1998 – Cubs signed free agent Gary Gaetti

1993 – Cubs acquired Glenallen Hill from the Indians for Candy Maldonado

1989 – Jerome Walton extended his hitting streak to 29 games and set the Cubs modern day record for the longest consecutive hitting streak surpassing Ron Santo’s 28 games in 1966.

1981 – Cubs acquired Pat Tabler from the Yankees for two PTBNL. Cubs sent Bill Caudill (April 1, 1982) and Jay Howell (August 2, 1982) to the Yankees to complete the trade

1979 – Rocky Cherry, born

1970 – Cubs hit seven home runs in a 12-2 win over the Padres at Wrigley Field. Ferguson Jenkins picked up the victory. Jim Hickman and Glenn Beckert both hit two home runs. Joe Pepitone, Johnny Callison, Ferguson Jenkins and Billy Williams each hit one longball. Beckert, Callison and Pepitone went deep in the eighth inning.

1969 – Ken Holtzman threw a no-hitter against the Braves at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won 3-0 behind a first inning three-run homer by Ron Santo.

1958 – Gary Gaetti, born

1955 – Cubs signed free agent George Altman

1930 – Hack Wilson hit home run No. 43 and tied Chuck Klein’s National League record for a single season.

1909 – Cubs purchased King Cole from Bay City

1880 – Larry Corcoran pitched the first no-hitter in franchise history. Corcoran blanked Boston 6-0 at Lakefront Park. Cap Anson recorded 21 putouts at first base.

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  • Theboardrider

    One thing when we say it on here. Another when Ricky openly compares Hendricks to GM! I don’t think it’s a bad or inaccurate comparison, but it sure does put the pressure on. Rookie manager mistake…

    • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

      Maybe he said it because he wants to put a little pressure on him. Not just this site, anytime his name comes up in a conversation, GB comparisons always come up on any extended conversation on Kyle. Have heard it on MLB network, ESPN, and the score. Maybe he is just going with it….

      • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

        Seen him pitch last year in AA. So much reminded me of Maddux. He hit 91 a couple of times, just pitched like he is doing now. Gave up a solo hr and just kept hitters of balance for most of the game. Hopefully he can maintain what he is currently doing….

    • cubtex

      Who’s that guy who took over your avatar?

      • Theboardrider

        That handsome guy? I clipped that pic from an Abercrombie catalogue :).

        I felt it was time for a change, but didn’t want to take away the big smile that everyone gets a kick out of.

        How you today ST?

        • cubtex

          :))) If I were any better there would be 2 of me Rider :) Have a great day my friend.

          • Theboardrider

            Makes my day to hear ST, you keep on keepin’ on…

    • Jeffrey Rogers

      It is not bad or inaccurate. They are comparing his pitching style to GM. Not his ability and certainly not predicting his future career expectations.

      • Theboardrider

        For sure. When I’ve made the comment I’m not saying he’ll have the success. But the way he pitches, his style, attention to detail, the way he keeps hitters off balance and essentially plays chess with them. There’s only one guy that really jumps to mind as a greet historical comp.

        Although I do like my more recent Mark Buerhle comp as well.

    • triple

      I managed to watch the end of yesterday’s game on one of those free internet sites that shows the stream. It was the Mets broadcast, and during the postgame, a Mets player was asked about Hendricks, and he talked about seeing some video and hearing the talk about how good he was, and now they got to see it first hand. They gave him some props for being a good pitcher.

  • John G

    8/19/1969 Ken Holtzman’s no-hitter against the Braves. I was sitting in Right-Center, next to the batters eye. Hank Aaron’s 7th inning shot was a home-run that appeared to stop in mid-air and come vertically straight down. Never saw Billy Williams catch it because he was in the “dip”, back against the vines. I can still picture Glenn Beckert bobbling the ground ball before firing it over to Ernie at 1st for the last out. The most exciting day I ever had at Wrigley. I was even relatively sober by the 9th inning to appreciate it.

    • Neil

      Thank you so much for posting this. Just awesome.

      • John G

        Just a note that there was no Basket on the bleacher wall at the time. It would have been a home run, otherwise. And one more note, Holtzman had no strikeouts that day. very unusual.

        • Neil

          This just popped up on Twitter, I thought you would enjoy

          45 yrs ago today, Ken Holtzman no-hit the Braves. It’s my favorite Cubs game. Kenny, Billy, Aaron & others remember:

          • John G

            Thanks Neil for posting that. It’s exactly how I remember it. I’ve never been to a game where the electricity was so high as that 9th inning. Great Memory. I’ve read several articles today about it, being that it was 45 years ago today. It was an amazing year. Up to that point at least. At risk of being indelicate, I would say that being a Cub fan that year was like good sex. It reached a climax on August 19, but like many of us, we just couldn’t keep going long enough to make it the greatest ever great. Premature something or another.

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  • paulcatanese

    Carlos Pena was released yesterday. How it took so long is a mystery. One of my all time favorites to dislike as a player.

    • cubtex

      you didn’t like him Paul? lol. I never knew that :)