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 CDT – Kris Bryant was back in Iowa’s starting lineup Tuesday. Bryant hit third and played third base.
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.
Hendricks 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 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).
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.