Ian Happ reported to the Eugene Emeralds and was in the starting lineup for the second game of the season. Happ batted third and played center field in his professional debut.
Ian Happ went 1-for-5 with a run scored in Eugene’s 7-5 victory over Everett.
Jed Hoyer said the plan for Happ is for him to play outfield throughout the summer and just hit. The Cubs will work with him on his infield defense during fall instructs.
Justin Steele allowed two unearned runs on two hits in five innings. Steele walked two and struck out nine batters. Nine of the 15 outs the lefty recorded were strikeouts.
The Cubs assigned INF Mike Olt to Double-A Tennessee on Friday afternoon to begin a rehab assignment. Olt did not play in the game that was postponed but did start in the second game.
Olt batted third and played third base in the Smokies’ 4-2 win over the Braves.
Mike Olt went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. Olt played the entire seven-inning game. Olt was reportedly robbed of a hit, and he took one away as well. Olt made a leaping catch to end the fifth inning.
Joe Maddon is not sure what the plan is for Mike Olt right now. Maddon has not talked to Theo Epstein or Jed Hoyer in regards to Olt and what positions he may play while with the Smokies.
The Sun-Times reported, there “are no immediate plans to have Olt move around to other positions, at least not until he is more settled physically.”
Reports Thursday night and Friday morning pointed to Soler possibly being ready for a rehab assignment next week.
Starlin Castro stood by his locker Friday night and took the heat from his latest mental mistake. Castro compounded a physical error in the first inning with a lapse that cost his team a run. While beating himself up for the error he was not paying attention and a second run scored on a ball that did not leave the infield.
Castro said, again, he was embarrassed by the play and apologized to his teammates.
Joe Maddon is confident he can correct the lapses Castro has made too often over the course of his career.
News, Notes and Rumors
• LHP Cole Hamels told the Phillies’ beat writers that he will not spend any time on the DL. Hamels missed Friday’s start with a mild right hamstring strain. And according to multiple reports, he was adamant he is dealing with just a minor injury. He will test the hamstring Sunday with a full bullpen session. Hamels tweaked the hamstring during batting practice Tuesday. Hamels played a prank on his teammates when he removed all of his stuff, including his nameplate, to make it look like he had been traded.
• Joe Maddon is hoping Kyle Schwarber gets some time in the outfield while working on his catching in the minors. The Twins’ Byron Buxton saw Schwarber’s improvement first hand while the two were in the Southern League. Schwarber is one of three catchers (Major and Minor Leagues) to throw out Buxton on the bases this season.
• Kris Bryant’s 14-game hitting streak came to an end Friday night (0-for-4). Kris Bryant was 20-for-47 (.351) with five doubles, a triple, a home run and six RBI during his career- long 14-game hitting streak. Bryant has a 12-game and a 14-game hitting streak under his belt already this year.
• According to Peter Gammons, stern punishment awaits the Cardinals.
• Joe Maddon and Brandon Hyde send the players a mass text to let them know ahead of time who is playing on a given day. Maddon also explained to ESPN Chicago the importance of letting his regulars know the day before they will be receiving a day off … otherwise it is not a day off.
• Kyle Hendricks admitted he didn’t have it Friday night and it was just one of those days.
• Chris Coghlan is MLB’s new ‘Iron Man.’ The Cubs’ outfielder has played in 129 straight games after Friday night.
And last, but not least a correction … Over the last week, I reported the Cubs upcoming homestand was seven games, four with the Dodgers and thee against the Cardinals. That is not correct. The Cubs homestand that begins Monday is four games against the Dodgers. The Cubs three-game series with the Cardinals is in St. Louis.
This Day In Cubstory
2007 – Cubs traded Michael Barrett and cash to the Padres for Kyler Burke and Rob Bowen
2007 – Sammy Sosa hit the 600th home run of his career off the Cubs’ Jason Marquis, who wore No. 21 for the Cubs at the time. Sosa became the fifth player in Major League history to hit at least 600 career home runs
2005 – Cubs released Shane Halter
2003 – Cubs traded Mark Bellhorn to the Rockies for Jose Hernandez
2001 – Cubs recorded their first victory at Busch Stadium in 13 games over two seasons with a 9-4 win over the Cardinals. Sammy Sosa hit a two-run homer and a grand slam. Gary Matthews Jr. hit a three-run homer.
1978 – Kevin Gregg, born
1974 – Rick Reuschel pitched a 12-hit shutout as the Cubs blanked the Pirates, 3-0, at Wrigley Field. The Pirates put at least one runner on base in every inning.
1972 – Paul Bako, born
1968 – The Cubs lost to the Cardinals 1-0 for their fifth shutout in a row. During the streak, Ferguson Jenkins allowed one run in 18 innings and lost a game and received a no-decision.
1963 – Larry Jackson allowed just four hits to Houston and Billy Williams cracked two home runs and a double as the Cubs beat the Astros 5-0. Former Cubs’ pitcher, Dick Drott took the loss.
1961 – Gary Varsho, born
1957 – Cubs signed amateur free agent Dick Bertell
1882 – Pitcher Larry Corcoran hit two singles, a double and the first grand slam home run in Cubs history in a 13-3 romp over Worchester at Lakefront Park