If the weather does not change the Cubs plans, Kyle Hendricks will make his Major League debut Thursday afternoon at Great American Ball Park against Homer Bailey. Hendricks has pitched rather well in the hitter-friendly PCL and the Cubs are looking for him to stay in the big league rotation for the remainder of the season.
Kyle Hendricks was 10-5 in 17 starts for Iowa with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. In 102 2/3 innings, Hendricks gave up 98 hits with 97 strikeouts and 23 walks.
Kyle Hendricks will take the last spot on the 40-man roster when the Cubs officially select his contract from Triple-A Iowa.
Hendricks told ESPN Chicago, that his family has plane tickets to fly to Cincinnati to see him make his big league debut.
The Cubs announced Monday night that Dallas Beeler will be recalled prior to Wednesday’s game in Cincinnati and face Alfredo Simon in his second big league start. Beeler was rather impressive in his big league debut on June 28 in the first of two against the Nationals. Beeler allowed one unearned run in six innings while scattering four hits and issuing three walks, one intentional, while striking out six.
The Cubs will have to open two spots on the active roster for Kyle Hendricks and Dallas Beeler. Blake Parker and Chris Rusin are likely the odd men out, unless the Cubs make a trade or two in the next 24 hours.
Tsuyoshi Wada makes his big league debut Tuesday night in the second of two with the Reds. Wada will be recalled from Triple-A Iowa and be added to the active roster as the Cubs 26th man. Wada will be sent out after the game.
According to a report from ESPN Chicago, Iowa’s pitching coach Bruce Walton is very proud of the fact that three of the pitchers he has worked with this season will make their big league debuts within two weeks of each other.
Jesse Rogers provided an excellent update on Manny Ramirez and how well he has been working with the prospects since he reported to Triple-A Iowa. Rogers said he could not find a player or a coach with Iowa that will say Ramirez is not helping the prospects, like Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara.
According to the report, Ramirez told Bryant what the pitcher was going to throw him and he was right. Bryant singled to right and the Cubs’ top prospect has noticed everything Ramirez does have a purpose.
Ramirez has been talking to Javier Baez about hitting the ball back up the middle and he admitted to Rogers that Baez has more power than he did. And Ramirez thinks Arismendy Alcantara is “going to be a special player.”
Manny Ramirez is showing up to the park early and is working with the players in the cage while just being one of the guys.
News, Notes and Rumors
RHP Dan Straily made his I-Cubs debut Monday night and his final line does not look too good. Straily allowed four runs, zero earned runs, on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts in five innings. A Kris Bryant error led to the four run inning in the second inning. Straily set down the side in order in the first inning and retired eight batters in a row at one point of the game.
Jeff Samardzija said Monday that he will wear a generic National League jersey for player introductions at the All-Star Game next week. After introductions he will sit in the American League dugout for the game. Samardzija will not wear an A’s jersey unless he is selected as an injury replacement.
This Day In Cubstory
2013 – Cubs traded Scott Hairston and cash to the Washington Nationals for Ivan Pineyro
2011 – Cubs released Fernando Perez
2008 – Cubs acquired Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin from the A’s for Josh Donaldson, Sean Gallagher, Matt Murton and Eric Patterson
2008 – Ryan Dempster improved to 10-0 at Wrigley Field with a 7-3 win over the Reds. Dempster’s home start to the season is the best for a Cubs’ pitcher since Rick Reuschel in 1977
1973 – Astros purchased Juan Pizarro from the Cubs
1969 – At Shea Stadium, Ron Santo roundly criticized teammate Don Young for his two misplays in centerfield that helped the Mets score three runs in the ninth that resulted in a 4-3 walk-off win over the Cubs. The loss reduced the Cubs lead over the Mets to four games. Santo apologized the next day for his remarks, but was booed by fans at Wrigley Field the first game back after the incident.
1965 – Jerome Walton, born
1964 – Ken Patterson, born
1956 – Monte Irvin hit a grand slam in the ninth and gave the Cubs a 10-6 win over the Braves at County Stadium
1952 – Hank Sauer’s two-run homer off Bob Lemon in the fourth inning gave the National League a 3-2 victory over the American League in a rain-shortened All-Star Game at Shibe Park. The Cubs Bob Rush was the winning pitcher
1947 – Wrigley Field hosted its first All-Star Game
1945 – Cubs beat the Phillies 12-6 and 9-2 in a doubleheader and moved into first place in the National League. The Cubs spent the rest of the summer atop the NL and won the pennant.
1942 – Cubs purchased Lon Warneke from the Cardinals for $7,500
1933 – Al Spangler, born
1909 – Frank Chance, the Cubs first baseman and manager, angered at Brooklyn fans for throwing pop bottles at his team, threw them back and cut one fan in the leg. The Cubs won 5-0 behind Mordecai Brown and Chance left the park in an armored vehicle accompanied by three police officers to escape the mob
1880 – The Chicago National League Ball Club beat Providence 5-4 behind Larry Corcoran at Lakefront Park. It was the team’s 21st straight win, the streak ended the next day