The Cubs played six weeks of the season with three catchers on the active roster. The Cubs traded Welington Castillo to the Mariners Tuesday for RHP Yoervis Medina. While it was not the best situation, maybe having Castillo on the roster for as long as they did will benefit the team in the long run. Castillo played in 24 games with eight starts and took time from Miguel Montero and David Ross.
Miguel Montero’s playing time should not change significantly. David Ross will likely move into a platoon role and also see time against left- handed starters where he previously was only used as Jon Lester’s catcher.
Montero and Ross both praised Castillo after the trade.
Joe Maddon liked what he saw from Castillo, who received nothing but praise from the front office, coaching staff and teammates for the way he handled a difficult situation. Castillo was the odd man out and instead of complaining, he took it as an opportunity to learn from two veteran catchers that are considered excellent receivers.
Maddon thinks Wely will be able to help the Mariners win ballgames. Castillo will back-up Mike Zunino. The Mariners saw the opportunity to add a quality back-up in Castillo and moved a pitcher that Jack Zduriencik didn’t want to trade.
Joe Maddon said he likes the fact the Cubs are making changes to the roster to get better.
Tommy La Stella
Joe Maddon updated the status of INF Tommy La Stella prior to Tuesday’s game. And it is not good news for La Stella or the Cubs.
According to reports, La Stella suffered an oblique injury while rehabbing with Double-A Tennessee. La Stella will be out at least one month. La Stella played in only two games before landing on the DL, where he wasn’t expected to miss more than the required 15 days.
Joe Maddon talked to the beat writers about the newest addition to the Cubs’ system, RHP Yoervis Medina. According to reports, Maddon is familiar with Medina and he thinks the right hander will be able to help the Cubs’ bullpen.
The Cubs think they found something in his mechanics and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa to work on making the adjustments.
Reaction to Game One in San Diego
The Cubs played a sloppy game Tuesday. And the three errors made by Kris Bryant, Starlin Castro and Addison Russell cost the team a game. Simply put, the Cubs handed the Padres a game. Maddon pointed out the Cubs lost the game on “three really pedestrian plays.”
There were several statements from the clubhouse following the loss. Here are the links:
- ESPN Chicago – Jason Hammel, Chris Coghlan bright spots for Cubs in loss
- ESPN Chicago – Starlin Castro not alone in making mistakes … but his stand out
- Sun-Times – As Cubs go west, fielding goes south in 4-3 loss
Kris Bryant Living Large in Chicago: Coldwell Banker Real Estate Video Series Showcases Young Slugger’s Home and City View
Baseball fans were finally able to see Kris Bryant on a major league baseball field when he made his big league debut in April for the Chicago Cubs. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC and MLB.com are bringing fans a behind-the-scenes look at how baseball’s hottest young star lives off the field in his Chicago home.
“This is definitely downtown living,” Bryant tells Coldwell Banker® from his view overlooking Chicago. “I’m liking it so far, and I’m glad I chose to stay down here. It’s a pretty cool place to live.”
The MTV Cribs-like tour of Bryant’s home is part of the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage series offering an exclusive look into the homes of baseball’s biggest stars, along with interviews on what home means to them. In addition to showcasing his home, Bryant shows off where he keeps some of his favorite major league mementos like his first home run ball and a base from his big league debut.
“Professional baseball players spend most of their time on the road, so home has a special meaning for them,” said Sean Blankenship, chief marketing officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “You can learn a lot about someone by visiting their home. The Home Field Advantage series shows a side of these players few people ever get to see.”
This year’s series already includes players like Yasiel Puig, Shane Victorino, Lorenzo Cain and Denard Span, with players like Jose Reyes, Jake Peavy, and soon to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame John Smoltz in the coming weeks. A new video will be released on the Coldwell Banker® Blue Matter blog every Monday morning through July.
News, Notes and Rumors
• Jesse Rogers talked to Kris Bryant’s college coach, Rich Hill, who had a front row seat every game to watch him hit and he says Cubs’ fans are in for a treat.
• Kris Bryant extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single Tuesday. Bryant is 11-for-26 over that span.
• The Red Sox were rumored to be interested in trading for Welington Castillo, but according to Rob Bradford he did not fit the Sox needs.
• Multi-home run games at PETCO Park for the Cubs: Alfonso Soriano (Sept. 11, 2010) and Chris Coghlan (May 19, 2015).
• Comcast SportsNet explained why the Cubs believe clubhouse chemistry matters.
• According to the Tribune, teammates, not padding, provide Anthony Rizzo with protection.
And last, but not least, Rafael Furcal announced his retirement from baseball Tuesday. Furcal had a very good career but it’s pretty safe to say there is not a fan of the Chicago Cubs that is sad he is hanging up the cleats.
This Day In Cubstory
2006 – Michael Barrett punched A.J. Pierzynski at U.S. Cellular Field. Rich Hill and the Cubs lost the game 7-0 after a bench clearing brawl delayed the game for 15 minutes. Barrett received a 10-game suspension the following week.
2005 – Cubs released Darren Oliver
2001 – Cubs signed free agent David Moraga
1989 – Hayden Simpson, born
1967 – Cubs signed Joey Amalfitano
1962 – During a Cubs’ doubleheader sweep of the Phillies, Ken Hubbs stroked eight singles in eight trips to the plate at Connie Mack Stadium. Hubbs won NL Rookie of the Year that season.
1958 – Cubs traded Jim Brosnan to the Cardinals for Alvin Dark
1951 – In front of 42,088 at Wrigley Field, Dutch Leonard won a pair of games in Cubs wins over the Braves of 4-3 and 5-4. Leonard threw two innings in each game.
1946 – Bobby Murcer, born
1920 – The Chicago police, dressed as soldiers and farmers, raided the Wrigley Field bleachers, arrested two dozen Cub fans for gambling. Grover Cleveland Alexander won his eighth straight game that day.