Tagged: Geovany Soto

8/2 Brigham to Tennessee

Right-handed pitcher Jake Brigham, acquired from the Rangers for Geovany Soto, was assigned to Double-A Tennessee. He was scheduled to start Thursday. Brigham, 24, was 5-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 21 starts for Double-A Frisco this year.  He was named to the mid-season Texas League All-Star team earlier this season and pitched a scoreless second inning for the South Division. A native of Winter Garden, Fla., he was originally selected by the Rangers in the sixth round of the 2006 draft out of Central Florida Christian Academy in Orlando, Fla.

— Carrie Muskat

8/2 Rizzo wins NL Rookie of the Month

Anthony Rizzo’s first full month with the Cubs earned the 22-year-old first baseman National League Rookie of the Month honors for July. In 25 games, Rizzo led NL rookies in hits (32), home runs (seven), RBIs (17) and total bases (55) while ranking second in runs scored (14). He also finished third among NL rookies with a .330 batting average, .375 on-base percentage and .567 slugging percentage. His seven homers were the most by a Cubs rookie in a calendar month since Mel Hall hit nine in August 1983.

Rizzo drove in eight go-ahead runs in July and produced four game-winning RBIs, leading NL rookies in both categories. He registered his first walk-off home run on July 29 with a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th against the rival Cardinals. He also had nine multi-hit games in July — including a career-high four-hit game on July 6 — and hit safely in 20 of his 25 games. He’s the fourth Cubs player to win the award, joining Hee-Sop Choi (April 2003), Geovany Soto (April and August 2008) and Darwin Barney (2011).

— Carrie Muskat

7/31 Soto to Rangers

It’s now official. Geovany Soto moved up in the standings, traded by the Cubs to the Rangers for Minor League right-handed pitcher Jake Brigham and a player to be named or cash consideration. Soto, 29, has been in the Cubs system since he was drafted in 2001. The trade was reported Monday night as Soto was pulled from the game after the Pirates sixth inning, but wasn’t finalized until Tuesday morning.

As he left the game Monday, Soto was greeted in the dugout by handshakes and hugs from his teammates. He was batting .199 this season in 52 games this season. He missed time because of a torn meniscus in his left knee. The 2008 National League Rookie of the Year, Soto was being paid $4.3 million this year, and on track to go to arbitration for the third time this offseason.

“When you get a good feel with a catcher, that’s hard to replace,” Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija said. “We’ll make sure we get [Steve Clevenger] back there to catch all my flat grounds and my bullpens.”

The defending American League champion Rangers lead the West division by 3 1/2 games.

The Cubs were expected to call up catcher Welington Castillo from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday with Clevenger taking over as the regular catcher. Clevenger was in the weight room, preparing in case he was needed to pinch hit when he got word that he had to get into the game to catch.

“It was a little strange, a little weird,” Clevenger said about Monday’s game. “Geo’s always been good to me. I’ve been with the Cubs since ’06, and in big league camp since ’08, and he always treated me really well. I’m going to miss him. I learned a lot for him and he treated me well.”

Brigham, 24, was 5-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 21 starts for Double-A Frisco this season. He went 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA (16 ER/40.0 IP) in 21 relief outings last season. In 2012, Brigham was named to the mid-season Texas League All-Star team.

He was selected in the sixth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of Central Florida Christian Academy in Orlando, Fla. In 135 Minor League appearances, Brigham is 27-42 with one save and a 4.40 ERA.

— Carrie Muskat

7/30 Johnson, Maholm gone

The Cubs made some in-game lineup changes Monday night. Reed Johnson and Geovany Soto were both pulled from Monday’s game, but the Cubs would only confirm that Johnson and Paul Maholm were headed to the Braves. Soto is reportedly being traded to the Rangers, although that deal was still pending approval.

Johnson, 35, started in center field against the Pirates and scored two runs but was pulled for a pinch-hitter for his second at-bat. He went through the dugout and shook hands with his teammates, hugged a few of the players, and then exited. The veteran was batting .302 this season, including a .333 average against left-handed pitching. Soto, 29, who has been in the Cubs system since he was drafted in 2001. He was pulled after the Pirates sixth inning, and also greeted in the dugout by handshakes and hugs from his teammates. Soto was batting .199 this season in 52 games this season. He missed time because of a torn meniscus in his left knee. Maholm is 5-0 with a 1.02 ERA in his last six starts, and 9-6 with a 3.74 ERA overall.

“You hate to be pulling guys out of games,” Hoyer said. “It isn’t comfortable to go down there and make moves. I don’t like to make lineup changes.”

“I can’t lie to you, it was the first time I’ve ever gone through that,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

The Cubs will receive Minor League right-handed pitchers Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman from the Braves in return. Chapman, 25, was 3-6 with seven saves and a 3.52 ERA in 40 games with Triple-A Gwinnett. Vizcaino, 21, may be the prize in the deal. A power arm, he was ranked as the second-best prospect by Baseball America. He made his big league debut with the Braves last season, and was 1-1 with a 4.67 ERA in 17 relief outings. He is recovering from Tommy John surgery which he had in March.

“We’ve been really clear all along that we’re not contending right now and we need to take assets that are shorter term and turn them into longer term assets,” Hoyer said Monday night.

The Trade Deadline is Tuesday at 3 p.m. CT.

— Carrie Muskat

6/19 Soto makes key play

Starlin Castro may have made a great catch and Travis Wood may have pitched a solid game, but the key to Tuesday’s win was Geovany Soto’s baserunning. The Cubs trailed 1-0 in the third when Soto reached on third baseman Orlando Hudson’s errant throw that pulled Paul Konerko off the bag. He moved up on Tony Campana’s single that Peavy deflected, and both Soto and Campana advanced on a wild pitch. Both scored on David DeJesus’ single at the end of a nine-pitch at-bat to go ahead, 2-1.

Soto’s heads up baserunning gave the Cubs two runners in scoring position. The catcher was motivated by his error in the second.

“I felt, when I was running the bases, I needed to be aggressive,” Soto said. “I had the [throwing] error [in the second] and I was really [ticked] off at myself. I thought, ‘I have to be heads up here and do whatever I can to get in scoring position.'”

And he did. Hudson, on the other hand, felt terrible.

“I lost the game for the man [Jake Peavy] — that’s it,” Hudson said. “The man threw a [heck] of a game, I lost it for him. Point blank. Case closed.”

The Cubs won, 2-1.

— Carrie Muskat 

6/18 Soto activated

Geovany Soto was activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday and Welington Castillo optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Soto has been sidelined since mid May after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

“I had a good week down there and was in plenty of games,” said Soto, who was 3-for-16 (.188) in five games with two doubles.

Soto was batting .161 when he was sidelined with the knee injury, which he felt May 16.

“I had a lot of at-bats [in Iowa] and tried to find myself and I think we’re on the right track,” Soto said.

The Cubs had talked about keeping three catchers, but decided Castillo needs regular at-bats to develop. Steve Clevenger is the backup catcher, although he started at first base on Monday.

— Carrie Muskat

6/17 Soto to be activated

Geovany Soto was hitless in four at-bats on Sunday with Triple-A Iowa, but the Cubs catcher most likely will be activated Monday from the disabled list. Soto, who has not played since May 17 after undersgoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to repair a torn meniscus, went 3-for-16 in five rehab games in the Minor Leagues. Dale Sveum said Sunday they may carry three catchers, keeping Soto, Steve Clevenger and Welington Castillo when Soto is activated.

“It’s still to be determined but it’s a possibility for a little bit that we might do that (carry three) because Clevenger is so versatile,” Sveum said of the left-handed hitter, who can play first base if needed.

— Carrie Muskat

6/16 Injury updates

Geovany Soto was scheduled to play back to back games for nine innings each Saturday and Sunday for Triple-A Iowa as part of his rehab, and then could be activated from the disabled list. Soto has been sidelined since May 17 after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to repair a torn meniscus.

* Third baseman Ian Stewart, on the disabled list with soreness in his left wrist, will see a specialist Monday at the Cleveland Clinic. Stewart was batting .201 in 55 games this season.

— Carrie Muskat

6/5 Cubs may keep 3 catchers

Geovany Soto was making progress in his rehab at Triple-A Iowa, and could join the Cubs as early as Monday. Dale Sveum said they have talked about keeping three catchers on the roster in Soto, Steve Clevenger and Welington Castillo.

“Clevenger can play different positions on the field, and you’re not worried about pinch-hitting,” Sveum said. “It opens things up a little bit.”

Clevenger, who started Friday, was batting .281, while Castillo, who was activated from the disabled list Thursday, was hitting .185. Castillo will start Saturday.

“We’ll see what happens the next day,” Sveum said.

In four rehab games with Iowa, Soto was 3-for-12 with two doubles. He’s been out since May 17 after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

— Carrie Muskat

6/7 Soto & Castillo – UPDATED

Geovany Soto and Welington Castillo both continued their rehab work on Thursday in Milwaukee, and after the game, Castillo was sent to Double-A Tennessee to join the team to play games. Soto may begin a rehab assignment next week.

“They’re still struggling a little on blocking,” Dale Sveum said of the two. “Everything seems to be right on schedule except pushing off to their left to block balls.”

Soto underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on his left knee May 17, while Castillo is on the disabled list with a sprained right knee, and has been sidelined since May 19.

— Carrie Muskat