The Cubs acquired LHP Felix Doubront from the Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash Wednesday and Doubront spoke with the beat writers prior to Friday’s opener at Dodger Stadium.
Doubront said he is happy to be with the Cubs and to be reunited with Theo Epstein. Doubront pointed out he did not ask to be traded out of Boston but he feels he is a starting pitcher and not a reliever.
Felix Doubront was officially placed on the 15-day DL with a left calf strain. Doubront admitted he was having problems with his leg over the last couple of weeks “and it’s been real slow to heal.”
The Cubs are sending him to Mesa for him to rehab the injury. According to multiple reports, Doubront will spend a few weeks at the Cubs complex then report to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs view Doubront as a starter and he could make a couple of starts with the Cubs in late August and September if everything goes as planned.
Felix Doubront said the right things Friday and mentioned the Cubs are going to let him be what he wants to be. Doubront recognizes there is a lot of talent on its way to the majors and he wants to be part of it.
The front office made a low risk gamble on a 26-year old lefty that if Chris Bosio and the Cubs pitching department can turn back around could pay off down the road.
The Cubs added Chris Valaika to the 40-man roster and called him up prior to Friday’s opener at Dodger Stadium. Valaika is expected to see playing time all over the field, especially against left handed starters. Valaika grew up close to Dodger Stadium, but has not played there. That could change Saturday night with lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu on the hill.
Chris Valaika told the beat writers he grew up a Cubs fan because his father is from Chicago.
News, Notes and Rumors
According to a report from Carrie Muskat, Kyuji Fujikawa could be activated from the disabled list next week with a report from Japan pointing to Tuesday’s opener in Denver as being the day Fujikawa comes off the disabled list. Reports early this week pointed to the series with the Dodgers as to when Fujikawa would return from the DL. Fujikawa pitched a scoreless inning Friday night in New Orleans. In six outings (six innings) with Iowa, Fujikawa has allowed one run on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Friday was Fujikawa’s fifth straight scoreless outing.
Dan Straily was very good Thursday night. Straily tossed six innings of shutout ball while allowing four hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
Buster Olney thinks Nate Schierholtz could be moved in August.
RHP Jonathan Martinez, who was acquired from the Dodgers as the PTBNL in the Darwin Barney deal, will make his organizational debut Saturday night. Martinez is scheduled to take the hill for Kane County.
This Day In Cubstory
2011 – Cubs hit six home runs in an 11-6 victory over the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Alfonso Soriano (2), Aramis Ramirez, Geovany Soto, Marlon Byrd and Tyler Colvin hit the dingers.
2003 – Cubs signed free agent Rudy Seanez
2003 – Cubs released Lenny Harris
1991 – Tigers released Rick Renteria
1988 – Brett Jackson, born
1982 – Cubs traded Bill Caudill and Jay Howell to the Yankees for Pat Tabler.
1955 – Ernie Banks hit his fourth grand slam of the season in a 12-4 victory over the Pirates at Wrigley Field
1950 – Andy Pafko hit three home runs and drove in five runs in the second game of a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds. The Cubs lost both games, 11-1 and 8-6
1932 – Bill Veeck Sr. announced Charlie Grimm as the replacement for Rogers Hornsby. ‘Jolly Cholly’ led the Cubs to 20 wins in the next 25 games as the Cubs’ player-manager and to the National League pennant.
1911 – A Jimmy Archer homer in the bottom of the 10th and gave the Cubs a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers at West Side Grounds. King Cole pitched a two-hitter for the Cubs.