The Cubs return to the field tonight with the first of two in Detroit. The Cubs could tweak the roster for the upcoming games against the Tigers, Reds, Indians and Twins. But based on what Jason McLeod said Monday night, the roster changes will not include Kyle Schwarber.
There has been a lot of speculation, mainly by the media, the Cubs would call up Kyle Schwarber from Double-A Tennessee to be the team’s designated hitter in American League parks. The Cubs have seven games in three AL cities over the next two weeks. Schwarber made quite the impression on Joe Maddon in the spring and is tearing up the Southern League.
Jason McLeod said there have not been any discussions about calling up Schwarber to be the Cubs’ designated hitter in Detroit. All of the recent conversations have been about the draft. McLeod reiterated the Cubs “want him to focus on what he’s doing at Tennessee.”
The front office believes Schwarber will eventually be the Cubs’ catcher. The team and Schwarber are committed to him catching and that is where the focus is with his development.
If Kyle Schwarber was on the Cubs’ 40-man roster and on an optional assignment, the conversations and decision might be different. Schwarber hasn’t been in the organization a full calendar year yet. And there is no reason to rush him to the majors and then use an option for the remainder of this season.
Jason McLeod and Javier Baez provided more information about the broken ring finger on Baez’s left hand. Baez was officially placed on the disabled list Monday with a fractured ring finger on his left hand.
Javier Baez showed up to Principal Park on Monday and talked to the Des Moines Register. Baez told Tommy Birch his recovery time is a minimum of four weeks. Baez showed Birch his hand, and he posted a photo on Twitter (click here to view the photo). Baez isn’t sure what his immediate plans are. He may take a couple of days and go home but it has not been ruled out that he will report to Mesa right away.
Jason McLeod answered questions about Baez after the Cubs made the first round selection in the 2015 draft. McLeod said the best case scenario for Baez is six weeks and the conservative route is eight weeks.
Baez told the Des Moines Register he will not rush back and will make sure he is fully healed before he returns. But he is hoping the broken finger heals faster than the timeframe he has been given.
MiLB.com Plays of the Week
Three Cubs’ prospects are up for Minor League Play of the Week … Kyle Schwarber, Javier Baez and Albert Almora.
News, Notes and Rumors
• 1B Dan Vogelbach was activated from the DL prior to Monday’s game that ended up being postponed due to rain. Vogelbach batted .320/.436/.497 in 43 games with 12 doubles, a triple and four home runs for a .933 OPS before landing on the disabled list.
• Tony Andracki posted an interesting tidbit about Anthony Rizzo during the off-day … Rizzo has a 12-game hitting streak, which is a career-high for the Cubs’ first baseman. Rizzo has not reached base safely in only two games since April 19.
• Buster Olney retweeted a report during the draft that he posted on May 20 that the Cubs were at the forefront of a trend toward position players and shortstops.
And RHP Dallas Beeler had one of his best outing of the season Monday night. Iowa beat Memphis 2-1 and Beeler tossed six innings of shutout ball. Beeler gave up one hit, no walks and struck out a season-high eight batters. Beeler threw 84 pitches, 57 for strikes. Beeler has really struggled this year (1-5 in nine starts with a 8.31 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP) and needed the outing he put together Monday.
This Day In Cubstory
2010 – Cubs hit five home runs, including Derrek Lee’s 300th of his career in a 9-4 win over the Brewers. Geovany Soto and Marlon Byrd both hit two home runs.
2010 – Cubs selected Dallas Beeler in the 41st round of the draft
2009 – Cubs selected Brett Jackson in the first round (31st overall pick) of the draft
2009 – Cubs selected D.J. LeMahieu in the second round of the draft
2009 – Cubs selected Chris Rusin in the fourth round of the draft
2009 – Cubs selected Brooks Raley in the sixth round of the draft
2009 – Cubs selected Justin Bour in the 25th round of the draft
2008 – Cubs released Randy Keisler
2002 – Cubs acquired Jackson Melian from the Brewers for Robert Machado
2000 – The Cubs, Rangers and Marlins complete three-way trade. Brant Brown went from Florida to Texas for Chuck Smith. The Rangers sent Brown to the Cubs for Dave Martinez.
1988 – Zac Rosscup, born (Rays selected Rosscup in the 28th round of the draft on this day in 2009)
1982 – Buck Coats, born
1980 – Mike Fontenot, born
1978 – Cubs traded Woodie Fryman to the Expos for a PTBNL. Cubs received Jerry White as the PTBNL on June 23.
1978 – Rookie pitcher Dennis Lamp tossed a one-hitter in a Cubs 5-0 victory over the Padres at Wrigley Field. Gene Richards collected the only hit, a single with two outs in the sixth. Dave Kingman hit a two-run home run and collected a bunt single.
1963 – Ernie Banks hit three home runs, two off Sandy Koufax, in an 11-8 loss to the Dodgers at Wrigley Field.
1958 – Cubs signed amateur free agent Ron Perranoski
1957 – Ernie Banks hit the 100th home run of his career with two on in the eighth inning off Robin Roberts.
1954 – Ralph Kiner hit two home runs and drove in three runs and Hank Sauer hit another home run and drove in three runs as the Cubs beat the Phillies and Robin Roberts 6-5 at Wrigley Field.
1926 – Roy Smalley, born
1920 – Sal Madrid, born
1900 – Marty Callaghan, born