Tagged: Randy Wells

1/10 Winter league update & roster moves

Cubs prospect Junior Lake was 0-for-3 in Estrellas’ 11-3 loss to Aguilas on Wednesday in the Dominican round-robin playoffs. Estrellas is now 2-9, and faces the Toros (6-5) on Thursday. Also, there was a report on Thursday that Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro plans to play for Escogido, but does need to get permission from the Cubs front office. Escogido is 7-4 and tied with Aguilas for first in the round-robin playoffs.

* Luis Valbuena was 2-for-4 in Lara’s 7-1 loss to Zulia on Wednesday in Venezuela winter league playoffs. On Tuesday, Valbuena hit a three-run double and scored twice in an eight-run seventh inning rally in an 8-5 win.

Roster moves:

* The Rockies signed right-hander Manuel Corpas to a Minor League deal with an invite to big league camp. He was the Rockies closer in 2007. Last year, Corpas made 48 appearances for the Cubs, but was a free agent at the end of the season after refusing an outright assignment to the Minor Leagues.

* Kosuke Fukudome will play in Japan again. He has signed a three-year deal believed to be worth $5.5 million with the Hanshin Tigers. Fukudome, 35, batted .171 in 51 plate appearances with the White Sox last season before he was released. He posted a career .258/.359/.395 numbers at the big league level with the Cubs, Indians and White Sox.

* In case you missed it, pitcher Randy Wells has signed a Minor League deal with the Rangers, and pitcher Justin Berg has signed with the Rockies.

— Carrie Muskat

7/19 Minor League report

Brooks Raley threw seven shutout innings but did not get a decision in Iowa’s 2-1, 11-inning win over New Orleans. Dave Sappelt had two hits. The Iowa Cubs got some bad news Wednesday when they had to put Randy Wells on the disabled list because of a right elbow strain.

Tennessee had Wednesday off, and begins a nine-game road trip Thursday against Chattanooga. Eric Jokisch was scheduled to start.

Taylor Davis hit a solo home run but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost, 3-1, to Charlotte. P.J. Francescon took the loss, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings.

Javier Baez extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a two-hit game but it wasn’t enough as Peoria lost, 9-8, in 10 innings to Western Michigan. Zeke DeVoss also had two hits, two RBIs and two stolen bases.

Tayler Scott gave up four runs over 4 2/3 innings in Boise’s 8-4 loss to Yakima. Gioskar Amaya hit his fourth home run and Trey Martin had two hits.

Anthony Prieto threw two shutout innings and Loiger Padron threw three scoreless innings in Mesa’s 4-0 win over the Dodgers. Daniel Lockhart drove in two runs, and has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games.

* On Thursday, Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler was scheduled to be the designated hitter for the Mesa team, in what will be his Cubs pro debut.

— Carrie Muskat


7/18 Wells to Iowa DL

Randy Wells was placed on the Triple-A Iowa disabled list on Tuesday, retroactive to July 15. Wells has a right elbow strain. He was 3-3 with a 7.89 ERA in nine starts during three stints with Iowa this season.  Wells is 1-1 with a 8.31 ERA in three starts since returning to the Minor Leagues on July 1. In 12 games, including four starts, with the Cubs, he was 1-2 with a 5.34 ERA.
— Carrie Muskat

7/16 Minor League report – Saturday’s games

Randy Wells gave up seven runs on six hits and one walk over 1 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 7-1 loss to Omaha on Saturday. Josh Vitters doubled in the fifth to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. He’s now batting .302. Casey Coleman gave up three hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings in relief.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up two runs on five hits over five innings, striking out six, in Tennessee’s 4-2 win. Juan Apodaca hit a three-run home run and Mike Burgess hit a solo shot. Justin Bour had two hits.

Austin Kirk gave up two runs, one earned, on six hits and five walks over six innings in Daytona’s 9-6 loss to Palm Beach. Roni Torreyes had three hits and one RBI.

Chadd Krist hit a walkoff RBI single with two outs in the 10th to give Peoria a 9-8 win over Bowling Green. Javier Baez had three hits, including a three-run home run, and also had a triple and stole a base. He finished with four RBIs. Krist had three hits, and is 7-for-14 in three games.

Trey Martin hit a three-run home run in Boise’s 9-3 win over Vancouver. Martin finished with two hits and four RBIs. Pete Levitt picked up the win in relief.

Timothy Saunders had four hits, including a two-run home run, to help Mesa beat the Padres, 13-3. Daniel Vogelbach had two hits and four RBIs and Shawon Dunston Jr. had two hits and scored three runs. Carlos Martinez-Pumarino picked up the win in relief, striking out four over three innings.

— Carrie Muskat

7/4 Minor League report

Randy Wells gave up one run on three hits and two walks over five innings in Iowa’s 3-2 win Tuesday over Nashville. Josh Vitters drove in two runs, and now has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games. Michael Bowden picked up the save, his first. He has not given up an earned run over 12 2/3 innings in his last 10 appearances.

Trey McNutt gave up two runs on seven hits and three walks over four innings in Tennessee’s 11-6 loss to Chattanooga. Michael Burgess had two hits, including a triple, and four RBIs. Logan Watkins had two hits.

Austin Kirk gave up five runs on six hits over four innings in Daytona’s 9-8 loss to Lakeland. Rubi Silva had three hits and two RBIs.

Peoria lost its seventh straight game, 4-1, to Kane County. Joseph Zeller gave up two runs on six hits over five innings.

Ian Dickson gave up three runs on three hits and two walks in one inning in Boise’s 6-4 loss to Tri-City. Jeimer Candelario had two hits and one RBI and Roderick Shoulders drove in two runs.

Izaac Garsez was 4-for-5, hitting his first home run, and driving in four runs in Mesa’s 8-7 loss to the Brewers. Daniel Lockhart had his second straight multi-hit game and drove in two runs.

— Carrie Muskat

6/27 Wells DFA’d, Dolis up & Soler could be coming

Randy Wells was designated for assignment on Wednesday, and Rafael Dolis recalled from Triple-A Iowa. The move opens a spot on the Cubs’ 40-man roster, which could mean the team is close to signing Jorge Soler. There is a July 2 deadline — which is Tuesday — to complete the deal before new restrictions kick in regarding international signings.

—  Carrie Muskat

6/26 Cubs lineup: Rizzo batting 3rd

Anthony Rizzo will make his Cubs debut Tuesday night, batting third against the Mets. Rizzo is the 10th rookie to play for the Cubs this season. The others: Adrian Cardenas, Welington Castillo, Steve Clevenger, Blake Lalli, Jairo Asencio, Lendy Castillo, Rafael Dolis, Scott Maine and Blake Parker.  Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus CF

Castro SS

Rizzo 1B

Soriano LF

LaHair RF

Valbuena 3B

Barney 2B

Clevenger C

Wells P

— Carrie Muskat

6/24 Pitching matchups

The Cubs return home Monday to open a six-game series against the Mets. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: LHP Travis Wood (1-3, 4.14) vs. LHP Johan Santana (5-3, 3.00)

Tuesday: RHP Randy Wells (1-2, 4.91) vs. RHP Dillion Gee (5-5, 4.27)

Wednesday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-6, 4.34) vs. LHP Jonathan Niese (5-3, 3.75)

— Carrie Muskat 

6/20 Cubs lineup

The Cubs close their intracity Interleague series against the White Sox on Wednesday night, sending Randy Wells to the mound against Gavin Floyd. Bryan LaHair is back at first base because Steve Clevenger is catching. Reed Johnson is starting in right. Can the Cubs complete the sweep? Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus CF

Castro SS

LaHair 1B

Soriano DH

Clevenger C

Barney 2B

Valbuena 3B

Johnson RF

Campana LF

Wells P

— Carrie Muskat

5/15 Transactions & Iowa update

The Cubs signed pitcher Mike MacDougal to a Minor League deal, he was assigned to Triple-A Iowa and had a shaky debut. MacDougal, 35, was released by the Dodgers after compiling a 7.94 ERA in seven appearances. He has 71 saves in his 12-year career. The Iowa Cubs also placed infielder Jonathan Mota on the disabled list with a sore right elbow. Mota had to leave Saturday’s game in the middle of an at-bat after aggravating the injury. He was batting .235 in seven games.

MacDougal walked in two runs in his two-thirds of an inning of work in Iowa’s 9-4 loss to Sacramento on Tuesday.  Randy Wells struck out six but also gave up seven runs on eight hits and three walks over five innings to take the loss. Anthony Rizzo led the offense, going 3-for-4 and finishing a double shy of the cycle. He hit his 13th homer of the season in the first, and now has 37 RBIs, tops in the Pacific Coast League.

* The Cubs also acquired Minor League left-handed pitcher Hunter Cervenka from Boston as the player to be named to complete the Marlon Byrd-Michael Bowden trade. Cervenka, 22, was originally selected by the Red Sox in the 27th round of the 2008 Draft out of Sterling High School in Baytown, Texas.  Cervenka is 0-3 with an 8.04 ERA (14 ER/15 2/3 IP) in nine relief appearances for Class A Greenville this season. He has 24 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings, an average of 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings, and has limited left-handed hitters to a .188 batting average. Cervanka has a 1.59 ERA (1 ER/5 2/3 IP) in three relief appearances this month after an 11.70 ERA in April. He will report to Class A Peoria.

— Carrie Muskat