Jacob Turner is expected to report to the Cubs Sunday and once he officially arrives at Wrigley Field he will be placed on the active 25-man roster. Turner is out of minor league options and has already been added to the Cubs 40-man roster.
Theo Epstein said Friday that Turner will pitch once he joins the team. Epstein did not indicate if Turner would pitch out of the bullpen or be inserted into the rotation. And Rick Renteria did not provide any clarity Saturday on Turner’s role with the team moving forward.
With the Cubs adding a pitcher to the 25-man roster, the team is expected to option a pitcher out in order to create a spot on the active roster for Jacob Turner. The Cubs have been pretty adamant about sticking with a 13-man pitching staff until the rosters expand on Sept. 1.
There was good news in regards to Albert Almora on Saturday night. A day after leaving the game with an apparent hamstring injury, Almora was in the Smokies starting lineup for Saturday’s game. Tennessee was rained out in Mobile and did not play.
Mick Gillispie, the Smokies’ excellent play-by-play man, reported Friday night that Almora left the game “after grabbing his hamstring” running to first base on a groundout.
Albert Almora has struggled with the Smokies (.183/.222/.267 in 15 games) but with losing so much time last year due to injury, finishing this season on the active roster would be another step in the right direction for the 20-year old outfielder.
Felix Doubront threw a bullpen session Saturday and could begin a rehab assignment next week. Doubront completed his second bullpen session since Wednesday and his third since he was acquired from the Red Sox for a PTBNL prior to the deadline.
Reports from Wrigley indicated Doubront is continuing to make progress and the left calf strain that landed him on the DL is improving.
News and Notes
Kris Bryant is on the same path as Evan Longoria according to a report from ESPN Chicago.
Kyle Schwarber had a very good night Thursday for Daytona. Schwarber went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two walks. Schwarber is hitting .244/.386/.385 in 23 games with Daytona. Schwarber told MiLB.com that it’s been a “whirlwind” for him since he signed with the Cubs and he reiterated he will play in the field wherever the team wants him to play.
Jim Hendry was at Wrigley on Friday afternoon for Javier Baez’s home debut.
This Day In Cubstory
2011 – Cubs released Dave Bush
2002 – Sammy Sosa hit home runs in consecutive at bats in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Sosa tied a Cubs’ record with nine RBI set in 1911 by Heine Zimmerman. Sosa’s sixth career three home run game tied the Major League record established by Johnny Mize and became only the fifth player in big league history to hit home runs in three straight innings. The Cubs beat the Rockies 15-1.
2001 – Cardinals selected Miguel Cairo off waivers from the Cubs
2001 – Pirates selected Gary Matthews Jr. off waiver from the Cubs
2000 – Cubs signed free agent Brandon Donnelly
1997 – Greg Maddux signed a five-year, $57.5 million contract with the Braves that made Maddux the highest paid player in the game.
1937 – Ripper Collins fractured his right leg sliding into home in a game against Pittsburgh
1934 – Phillies signed free agent Hack Wilson
1930 – In front of 45,000 at Wrigley Field, the Cubs swept two from the Boston Braves and moved within a game of Brooklyn. Hack Wilson drove in seven runs on three home runs.
1909 – Ed Reulbach won his 14th straight game when he held the Dodgers to six hits in an 8-1 Cubs victory at West Side Grounds
2008 – Micah Hoffpauir tied a PCL record when he homered in each of his first four at bats in Iowa’s 15-3 win over Round Rock.
2005 – Cubs traded Mike Remlinger and cash to the Red Sox for Olivio Astacio
1988 – The first official night game was played at Wrigley Field with the Cubs beating the Mets 6-4.
1966 – Bob Scanlan, born
1951 – Steve Swisher, born
1950 – Junior Kennedy, born
1948 – Bill Campbell, born
1913 – Cubs acquired Hippo Vaughn from Kansas City of the American Association for Lew Richie
1906 – Jack Taylor beat the Dodgers 5-3 in Brooklyn and recorded his 187th straight complete game, a Major League record. Taylor’s streak of complete games began on June 20, 1901 and during his streak he also made 15 relief appearances. Taylor’s streak ended on Aug. 13 when he was replaced in the third inning of a game against the Dodgers.