The Daily returns from a marathon and a long day of baseball in which the Cubs won two games in a 24-hour time period. The Cubs pulled out two games in Cincinnati and finished a difficult seven-game road trip over six days with a 4-3 record.
The Cubs get a small break Thursday before a six-game homestand against the Phillies and Rockies that begins a stretch of 17 straight games.
Kyle Schwarber had quite the road trip and the Cubs know his bat should be in the lineup as often as possible. Schwarber is learning how to be a receiver at the big league level and he will not catch either Jon Lester or Jake Arrieta yet. He is not ready.
Joe Maddon explained Wednesday that Schwarber cannot keep up the pace behind the plate. Maddon told the beat writers, “Be careful what you wish for with Schwarbs. If we wear his butt out by the end of the season, that bat will go away, I promise you. Let him play at his own pace. We’re going to work with him in the outfield, absolutely. I have ideas. We’ll just see how it goes.”
Schwarber told ESPN Chicago that he is open to the idea of playing outfield.
The Cubs see Schwarber’s future as being behind the plate and he could be the team’s Opening Day catcher in 2016. Maddon told Comcast SportsNet he is “definitely going to answer a lot of those questions now for next season.”
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Jason Hammel was back on the mound Tuesday night and he made it through five innings. Hammel admitted after the game there were “some lingering effects” from the injury to his left leg that he suffered on July 8.
Hammel said, “There’s still a bit of soreness there in the calf.”
Hammel pitched with a brace and will continue to use it. Hammel received treatment Wednesday and Maddon had him pinch-hit in the second game of the day-night doubleheader.
Reports suggested Hammel could be pushed back a day to give him extra time, but that is not the case. Hammel is scheduled to pitch Sunday on regular rest against the Phillies.
The Cubs will have to make a decision about the fifth spot in the rotation early in the week. Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to pitch the opener of the Rockies series, which means either Tsuyoshi Wada or Dallas Beeler will start Tuesday unless an addition is made to the rotation before then.
Miguel Montero is likely out until the end of August after a second opinion on his sprained left thumb confirmed the original diagnosis. According to a report from the Sun-Times, Montero has been shut down for two weeks. Montero will be revaluated at that point to determine the next step in the process to get him back on the field.
According to Jerry Crasnick, the Phillies do not have anything in the works on a deal for Jonathan Papelbon. Crasnick reported Wednesday his $13 million option “remains a sticking point.”
Jayson Stark reported not long after Crasnick that he thought three weeks ago “the Blue Jays, Cubs and Dodgers were most likely to trade for Jonathan Papelbon, now there’s nothing going on with any of them.”
According to a report from CSN Philly, Papelbon has not heard anything about a possible trade with eight days before the deadline.
Jonathan Papelbon, Cole Hamels and the Phillies will spend the weekend at Wrigley Field.
Here are a few notes from The Schwarber Game:
• Joined 88 other players, including Ted Williams, in hitting two home runs in one of his first 11 big league games.
• Became the youngest Cubs catcher with a four-hit game since Ken O’Dea on June 22, 1935.
• Became the youngest Cubs player with a four-hit, four RBI game since Ron Santo on June 28, 1961. Santo was 21 years, 123 days old. Schwarber was 22 years, 138 days old on Tuesday.
And Kyle Schwarber became the first rookie and sixth player in franchise history to hit two home runs in the ninth inning or later … the first five players: Ron Santo, Dave Kingman, Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson and Sammy Sosa. Kingman is the only other player to accomplish the feat on the road. Schwarber, Dawson and Kingman are the only three players to hit a game-tying home run in the ninth and game-winning home run in extra innings.
Cubs Rumors Links Corner
• Patrick Mooney reported: Let the David Price Madness Begin
• According to Comcast SportsNet, Kyle Schwarber is the big bat the Cubs absolutely need.
• Bottom line, Cubs need more pitching by the trade deadline according to Comcast SportsNet.
News, Notes and Rumors
• Joe Maddon is being careful with Neil Ramirez. Maddon said Ramirez is fine but he does not want to use the reliever on consecutive days right now.
• The Sun-Times reported the Cubs tap ‘incongruity of baseball to earn doubleheader sweep.”
• Add the Blue Jays to the list of teams interested in RHP Dan Haren. Toronto has no interest in RHP Mat Latos according to Jerry Crasnick.
• Buster Olney reported the Oakland A’s are believed to be open for business now … and Scott Kazmir and Ben Zobrist are expected to be traded.
• Peter Gammons is hearing Jason McLeod has a great shot at the Mariners’ GM job.
• Commissioner Rob Manfred might consider moving back the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline according to a report from FOX Sports.
And last, but not least, the Cardinals did not receive a competitive balance pick in the 2016 draft. The news hit the wire during game one in Cincinnati and was the best baseball news of the day at the time. Click here to see which teams received a competitive balance pick.
This Day In Cubstory
2003 – Cubs acquired Aramis Ramirez, Kenny Lofton and cash from the Pirates for Matt Bruback, Jose Hernandez and a PTBNL. Bobby Hill was sent to Pittsburgh and the PTNBL on Aug. 15
1993 – Alberto Mineo, born
1987 – Red Sox released Bill Buckner
1982 – Joe Mather, born
1979 – The Cubs beat the Reds 9-8 in 18 innings at Wrigley Field. The first nine innings of the game was actually played on May 10. The game was suspended because the Cubs had to catch a plane. Steve Ontiveros drove in the tying run with two outs in the 11th inning and the winning run in the 18th inning. The Cubs won the regularly scheduled game 2-1 on Dave Kingman’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.
1973 – Nomar Garciaparra, born
1970 – Milt Pappas shutout the Reds 1-0 at Wrigley Field. It was the only time during the 1970 season the Reds did not score a run.
1957 – Dick Drott struck out 14 batters, Bob Speake homered and Moose Moryn hit a two-run double in the Cubs 4-0 victory over the Giants at Wrigley Field.
1944 – After hitting one homer in the first game and three in the second game, Giants’ manager Mel Ott intentionally walked Bill Nicholson with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. The New Yorkers won the game 12-10 after the Cubs took the first game 7-4.
1923 – The Cubs exploded for nine runs in the top of the 12th inning, with the Otto Vogel delivering a three-run triple and beat the Pirates 12-3 in Pittsburgh. The nine runs in a Cubs record for the most runs scored in an extra inning.
1922 – 1B Ray Grimes homered in the Cubs 4-1 win over the Robins. The homer gave Grimes at least one RBI in 17 straight games, a Major League record. Grimes would go onto drive in at least one run in 24 straight games.
1912 – Cubs purchased Tom Downey from the Phillies