The Chicago Cubs will receive a boost today when Kris Bryant is officially added to the big league roster and makes his Major League debut. The Cubs called up Bryant from Triple-A Thursday following the first game of a scheduled doubleheader in New Orleans.
The reigning Minor League Player of the Year should help lengthen a lineup that produced enough runs over the first eight games for the Cubs to begin the second weekend of the season with a 5-3 record.
Jesse Rogers broke the news Bryant had been called up. Just about every other outlet confirmed his report, but the best confirmation came from Bryant.
Kris Bryant tweeted, “Today I got to tell my family that my dream is coming true. Can’t really put into words what that feels like. So excited for this journey!”
The Cubs have not officially announced Bryant has been called up or when he will make his big league debut. Bryant is expected at third base for Friday’s opener against the Padres. Bryant was scheduled, according to ESPN, to fly from New Orleans to Chicago on Friday morning.
As for the service time questions that popped up Thursday night, David Kaplan reported that extra games at the end of the season after game No. 162 to determine playoff spots do not count as days on the baseball calendar. In other words, a baseball season is 183 days and one year of service time is defined as 172 days.
By calling up Kris Bryant on Friday, the Cubs gain the seventh year of control. Thursday was the 12th day on the baseball calendar.
As soon as Iowa’s starting lineup was released for the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader, the Addison Russell Watch kicked into high gear … at least in some circles of the baseball world.
Addison Russell made his first start at second base for Iowa on Thursday afternoon. The front office has been saying Russell would be exposed to second base while at Iowa. The original plan, until the unfortunate circumstances that caused Javier Baez to take a leave of absence, was to have Russell and Baez switch off between shortstop and second base.
Russell started at second base one game in the Arizona Fall League before the front office shut him down for the winter.
Addison Russell went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI on Thursday … and in seven games with Iowa, Russell is 11-for-31 (.355/.364/.516) with two doubles, one home run, one walk and two strikeouts for a .880 OPS.
The Tribune reported that Addison Russell could soon join Kris Bryant on the Cubs’ big league roster. As Mark Gonzales pointed out, Russell impressed the Cubs’ brass during Spring Training. Russell has not stopped hitting in Triple-A after a sensational spring that garnered little attention because of the way Kris Bryant was performing at the plate and the service time questions.
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News, Notes and Rumors
• The Cubs are expected to place RHP Neil Ramirez on the 15-day DL prior to Friday’s game. Ramirez underwent an MRI on his right shoulder Thursday. The team will announce the results of the MRI at some point Friday.
• Jon Lester tweeted Thursday: “How about Woody last night? Dealin!! Looking forward to watching Jason Hammel continue the trend and shoving it tomorrow! #NVRQT #LetsGo
• Cole Hamels is serving up longballs this season. Hamels allowed 14 home runs last season … this year, already seven home runs in 18 innings.
• And speaking of Cole Hamels, Jim Bowden took an early look at the top 10 trade targets.
This Day In Cubstory
1976 – Mike Schmidt hit four consecutive home runs, including the game winner as the Phillies overcame a 13-2 deficit to beat the Cubs 18-16 in 10 innings at Wrigley Field. Schmidt was hitting .167 going in the game. Rick and Paul Reuschel and Mark German served up the longballs to the future Hall of Famer.
1974 – George Mitterwald hit three homers, including a Grand Slam, and drove in eight runs as the Cubs beat the Pirates 18-9 at Wrigley Field.
1968 – Cubs released John Stephenson
1962 – Ken Hubbs collected five hits, a double and four singles, and scored two runs. But the Cubs lost 10-6 to the Pirates at Wrigley Field.
1954 – Cubs beat the Cardinals 23-13 after scoring 10 runs in the fifth inning. Randy Jackson had four hits. One a long homer that hit a building across the street on Waveland Ave.
1951 – Sam Snead hit a golf ball off the Wrigley Field scoreboard during a pre-game ceremony. Snead teed off from home plate. The Cubs topped the Reds in the opener 8-3. Snead is the only person to ever hit a ball that hit the iconic center field scoreboard.
1948 – Cubs selected Larry Miggins off waivers from the Cardinals
1945 – Cubs beat the Cardinals 3-2 in the opener at Wrigley Field. Don Johnson delivered the game winner, a single in the ninth inning. Bill Nicholson beat the throw of rookie left field Red Schoendienst to the plate. Schoendienst made his big league debut that afternoon.
1937 – Roberto Pena, born
1934 – Lon Warneke struck out 13 in a one-hit shutout over the Reds. The only hit surrendered by Warneke in the 6-0 victory over the Reds came with one out in the ninth inning.
1909 – Boston Doves purchased Jimmy Slagle from the Cubs.
1892 – Morrie Schick, born
1891 – Scott Perry, born
1852 – Cap Anson, born