There was positive news on the pitching and injury front for the Cubs before the loss Tuesday night in Detroit. RHP Jacob Turner was assigned to Double-A Tennessee and the right hander made his first rehab start with the Smokies.
Jacob Turner made one appearance in the Cactus League and has been on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. And it was fitting that Turner started a rehab assignment on the same day the Cubs opened a two-game series with the Tigers.
The 24-year old completed four innings in the first game of a twin bill and ended up taking the loss. The Smokies were no-hit for seven innings and Turner allowed the only two runs scored in the game on a home run by Brian Fletcher in the fourth inning.
Turner pitched a 1-2-3 first inning with two strikeouts. According to report from the park, he hit 95 mph on the gun. Turner sat down the side in order in the second with a strikeout. And it took him 20 pitches, 14 for strikes, to complete two frames. Turner recorded three groundouts in the third and gave up an infield single. Turner made 31 pitches in three innings, 21 for strikes. The two-run homer came in the fourth, his final inning of work.
Jacob Turner allowed two runs on three hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Turner threw 60 pitches, 36 for strikes, in four innings. Unfortunately, he was on the wrong end of a seven-inning no-hitter, the first against the Smokies since Mark Trombley in 1991.
The Cubs claimed Turner off waivers from the Marlins last August. The numbers he put up in eight appearances, six starts, for the Cubs do not look good. But there were signs of the ability that made him the ninth overall pick in the 2009 draft.
If the Cubs can get him healthy and back with Chris Bosio, Jacob Turner could provide another option for a staff with holes that still need to be filled.
The Cubs signed free agent reliever Rafael Soriano to a minor league contract Tuesday. Soriano agreed to terms on a one-year contract that will pay him a prorated $4.1 million base and includes a $4 million incentives package based on games finished and appearances. If Soriano is with the Cubs for half a season, he will have around a $2 million base.
Soriano is in the Dominican Republic and will be there for at least another week. Soriano will work out at the Cubs’ facility in the Dominican and once his paperwork is finalized he is expected to report to the Cubs’ facility in Arizona. The Sun-Times pointed to it taking three weeks before Soriano will be ready to be added to the big league roster.
Joe Maddon said a time table has not been set for when Soriano will join the team.
Maddon will use Pedro Strop, Jason Motte and Hector Rondon late in games. It appears Maddon will play match ups without any set roles in the bullpen.
According to Bruce Levine, the Cubs are still looking for relievers and will explore the trade market for additional help in the bullpen.
Jon Lester admitted “there are a lot of things that need to be fixed” after Tuesday’s start in which the Tigers basically had their way with him again. Lester said he had a “great bullpen this last time” and felt good coming into Tuesday. He appropriately labeled his performance as “slop.”
From Lester’s comments, he is not hurt. The lefty told the beat writers he has felt better going into his last two starts than he did in May. Lester took responsibility and said he has to pitch better than he has.
News, Notes and Rumors
• Joe Maddon admitted Tuesday that he was “just playing along” with the Kyle Schwarber talk.
• According to Jesse Rogers, the Cubs made the right move by leaving the roster alone.
• RHP Corey Black struggled Tuesday night in his third relief appearance. Black was charged with four runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout in a third of an inning (0.1 IP). Black threw 28 pitches, 13 for strikes. As a reliever, Black has a 8.31 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP after three games due to four runs on four hits with four walks and six strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
• It’s looking like the National League All-Star team should just wear Cardinals’ uniforms and the American League squad should don Royals’ jerseys. Fans are voting, apparently a lot in St. Louis and Kansas City. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo fell far behind the leaders in the NL voting, unfortunately players that should not be allowed to participate in the game are among the league leaders in the voting process.
• The Cubs are really missing Jorge Soler, maybe to the point he will receive less unnecessary criticism when he returns from the DL. Soler was still in the walking boot Tuesday but at least he was playing catch at Comerica Park.
• Joe Maddon complimented Edwin Jackson for doing his job Tuesday night.
And, the last time the Cubs won a game in Detroit was July 7, 2001. Ron Coomer drove in five runs on three hits that included the last triple of his career. The Cubs beat the Tigers 10-6 that afternoon 14 years ago.
This Day In Cubstory
2014 – Cubs released Jose Veras
2013 – Javier Baez hit four home runs in a D-Cubs’ uniform and became the second player in Florida State League history to hit four longballs in the same game. Ryan Harvey, a former Cubs farmhand, accomplished the feat in 2006.
2005 – Cubs and Red Sox squared off at Wrigley Field for the first time since the 1918 World Series. Greg Maddux and the Cubs beat the Sox 14-6. Maddux, Jeremy Burnitz and Todd Hollandsworth homered, David Ortiz went deep twice.
2004 – Cubs beat the Cardinals 12-3 after scoring 10 runs in the fourth inning. Cubs tied a team record with 11 hits in the fourth, nine were consecutive.
1986 – Al Alburquerque, born
1984 – Cubs added a ninth inning insurance run in a 2-0 win over the Cardinals on a triple steal. Leon Durham stole home, Jody Davis stole third and Larry Bowa swiped second base.
1978 – Cubs acquired Ken Holtzman from the Yankees for a PTBNL. Cubs sent Ron Davis to New York on June 12 to complete trade
1976 – Tigers purchased Milt Wilcox from the Cubs
1973 – Rick Monday, Pat Bourque and Ron Santo homered in the first inning and the Cubs hung on for a 9-7 victory over the Reds at Wrigley Field
1970 – Cubs signed Bill Bonham
1963 – Cubs signed Len Church
1949 – Frank Frisch replaced Charlie Grimm as the manager of the Cubs. Grimm moved to the front office the following day as the Cubs’ Vice President.
1910 – Frank Demaree, born
1908 – Mike Kreevich, born
1911 – Cubs traded Hank Griffin, Al Kaiser, Johnny Kling and Orlie Weaver to Boston Rustlers for Bill Collins, Cliff Curtis, Wilbur Good and Peaches Graham