The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 2) with right foreman inflammation and recalled right-handed pitcher Brian Schlitter from Triple-A Iowa.
Schlitter will be available for the Cubs Friday afternoon when they play the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
The 29-year-old Schlitter went 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA (26 ER/56.1 IP) in 61 appearances for the Cubs last season, his first big league action since the 2010 campaign. He turned in a 2.98 ERA in 43 appearances prior to the All-Star Break before being slowed by right shoulder inflammation that led to a stint on the disabled list in August. Overall, he allowed one earned run or less in 54 of his 61 appearances, including 48 scoreless outings.
Schlitter was originally selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 16th round of the 2007 Draft and was acquired by the Cubs the next season for left-hander Scott Eyre. Schlitter made his big league debut in 2010 with seven relief appearances. He is a native of Oak Park in suburban Chicago.
Grimm, 26, has yet to appear in a game for the Cubs this season. He went 5-2 with a 3.78 ERA (29 ER/69.0 IP) in 73 relief appearances for the Cubs last season.
The Chicago Cubs have assigned three players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 35 to 32 players.
Three players have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa: right-handed pitcher Brian Schlitter, left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup and outfielder Junior Lake.
Chicago’s spring roster of 32 players consists of 16 pitchers, four catchers (one nonroster invitee), six infielders (one nonroster invitee) and six outfielders.
The Chicago Cubs today selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Phil Coke. The club’s 40-man roster now stands at 40 players.
Coke, 32, joined the Cubs on a minor league contract on March 5 after spending the last seven seasons with the New York Yankees (2008-09) and Detroit Tigers (2010-14), going 22-27 with 80 holds, eight saves and a 4.16 ERA (184 ER/398.1 IP) in 383 major league appearances. He has turned in nine scoreless appearances this spring, covering 7.2 innings pitched.
The left-hander went 5-2 with a 3.88 ERA in 62 relief appearances for the Tigers last season. In his career, he has limited left-handed hitters to a .243 batting average, a .297 on-base percentage and a .648 OPS. Coke had 21 holds with the Yankees in 2009 and 20 holds with Detroit in 2012.
The Cubs have assigned three high-profile players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 38 to 35 players.
Infielder Javier Baez has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
Two nonroster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: infielders Kris Bryant and Addison Russell.
Chicago’s spring roster of 35 players consists of 18 pitchers (one nonroster invitee), four catchers (one nonroster invitee), six infielders (one nonroster invitee) and seven outfielders.
The Chicago Cubs today reduced their spring roster to 38 players by optioning left-handed pitcher Eric Jokisch to Triple-A Iowa and granting left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront his unconditional release.
Chicago’s spring roster of 38 players consists of 18 pitchers (one nonroster invitee), four catchers (one nonroster invitee), nine infielders (three nonroster invitees) and seven outfielders.
The Cubs assigned 12 players to minor league camp Thursday, reducing their spring roster from 52 players to 40.
Right-handed pitcher Blake Parker and left-handed pitcher Joseph Ortiz have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
Ten nonroster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: Right-handed pitchers Daniel Bard, Anthony Carter, Jorge De Leon and Gonzalez Germen; left-handed pitcher Francisley Bueno; infielder Chris Valaika; outfielders Albert Almora, Mike Baxter and Adron Chambers; and catcher Kyle Schwarber.
Chicago’s spring roster of 40 players consists of 20 pitchers (one nonroster invitee), four catchers (one nonroster invitee), nine infielders (three nonroster invitees) and seven outfielders.
The Cubs optioned right-handed pitcher C.J. Edwards to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, reducing their spring roster to 52 players. He pitched three scoreless innings this spring with the major league side, giving up two hits, striking out two and walking none.
Chicago’s spring roster of 52 players consists of 27 pitchers (six nonroster invitees), five catchers (two nonroster invitees), 10 infielders (four nonroster invitees) and 10 outfielders (three nonroster invitees).
The Chicago Cubs have assigned eight players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 61 to 53 players.
Infielder Christian Villanueva and catcher Rafael Lopez have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
Six nonroster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: right-handed pitchers Corey Black, Pierce Johnson, Armando Rivero and Donn Roach; left-handed pitcher Hunter Cervenka; and infielder Logan Watkins.
Chicago’s spring roster of 53 players consists of 28 pitchers (six nonroster invitees), five catchers (two nonroster invitees), 10 infielders (four nonroster invitees) and 10 outfielders (three nonroster invitees).
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The Cubs have agreed to 2015 contract terms with all 20 players on their 40-man roster with zero to three years of major league service.
Right-handed pitchers Dallas Beeler, C.J. Edwards, Justin Grimm, Kyle Hendricks, Blake Parker, Neil Ramirez, Hector Rondon and Brian Schlitter agreed to terms, as did left-handed pitchers Drake Britton, Eric Jokisch, Joe Ortiz and Zac Rosscup. The position players include catcher Rafael Lopez, infielders Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Tommy La Stella, Mike Olt and Christian Villanueva, and outfielders Junior Lake and Matt Szczur.
Former teammates with the Red Sox, Manny Ramirez (left) and Kevin Youkilis will both serve as consultants for the Cubs in 2015. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The Cubs announced a series of hirings and promotions on Tuesday, including the establishment of the club’s new mental skills program. The team also finalized the hiring of Manny Ramirez as a hitting consultant and Kevin Youkilis as a scouting and player development consultant.
The club’s new mental skills program, which is designed to assist major and minor league players with the mental aspects of baseball, will be structured as follows:
– Josh Lifrak, Director, Mental Skills Program — Lifrak joins the Cubs after spending the last 10 years as the senior mental conditioning consultant at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. While at IMG, Lifrak developed and implemented mental skills training programs for hundreds of athletes spanning a multitude of sports, including baseball.
– Darnell McDonald, Coordinator, Mental Skills Program – McDonald has been promoted to this role after joining the club’s front office last April as a baseball operations assistant. McDonald retired from a 16-year professional career at the end of Spring Training last year, a career that included all or part of seven seasons at the big league level.
– Rey Fuentes, Latin Coordinator, Mental Skills Program – Fuentes begins his third season with the organization and first in this role following two years as cultural programs coordinator. Fuentes graduated from Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla., in 2002 with a degree in Exceptional Student Education.
– Dr. Ken Ravizza, Consultant, Mental Skills Program – Dr. Ravizza is a professor of Applied Sport Psychology at Cal-State Fullerton and has served as a consultant to the U.S. Olympics team for more than 20 years, as well as many professional organizations, including the Rays, under manager Joe Maddon, the Angels and Dodgers.
The club also added Ramirez and Youkilis in the following roles:
– Manny Ramirez, Hitting Consultant – Ramirez joined the Cubs last season as a player-coach at Triple-A Iowa. A two-time world champion and 2004 World Series MVP, Ramirez played 19 major league seasons with the Indians (1993-2000), the Red Sox (2001-08), Dodgers (2008-10), White Sox (2010) and Rays (2011). He batted .312 with a .411 on-base percentage and a .585 slugging percentage, good for a .996 OPS. In his new role, Ramirez will continue to work with the club’s major and minor league hitters on the fundamental and mental aspects of hitting.
– Kevin Youkilis, Scouting and Player Development Consultant – Youkilis recently retired from an 11-year major league career with the Red Sox (2004-2012), White Sox (2012) and Yankees (2013). He played briefly in Japan in 2014. The two-time world champion was a career .281 hitter with a .382 on-base percentage and a .478 slugging percentage, good for a .860 OPS. In his role, Youkilis will assist the front office by scouting amateur and professional hitters in Northern California and will work with hitters in the minor league system under the direction of the hitting coordinator.
The following promotions and additions have taken place in amateur scouting:
– Tim Adkins, named Midwest/Northeast Crosschecker. For Adkins, this is a promotion from area scout.
– Trey Forkerway, named Central Crosschecker. For Forkerway, this is a promotion from area scout.
– Daniel Carte, hired as an Area Scout, Ohio Valley. Carte joins the Cubs from West Virginia University, where he served as an assistant coach.
– Kevin Ellis, hired as an Area Scout, South Texas/Louisiana. Ellis joins the Cubs from the Padres, where he was an area scout.
– Greg Hopkins, hired as an Area Scout, Northwest. Hopkins most recently scouted the northwest for the Pirates through the 2013 campaign.
– Alex Levitt, hired as an Area Scout, Deep South. Levitt joins the Cubs from Vanderbilt University, where he served as baseball operations director in addition to recruiting and advanced scouting duties.
The following promotion and addition have taken place in professional scouting:
– Terry Kennedy, Major League Scout. For Kennedy, this is a promotion from professional scout.
– Jason Parks, Professional/Amateur Scout. Parks joined the Cubs last year after spending the better part of the previous four years at Baseball Prospectus as the head prospect writer for the site.