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Cubs promote RHP Medina, RHP Rowen; place RHP Ramirez on DL, option RHP Beeler to Iowa

The Cubs placed right-handed pitcher Neil Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list with left abdominal soreness and optioned right-handed pitcher Dallas Beeler to Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday. The club recalled right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Ben Rowen from Iowa. To make room for Rowen on the 40-man roster, infielder/outfielder Mike Baxter has been designated for assignment.

Both Medina and Rowen, who will wear uniform No. 51, will be available for the Cubs this afternoon in their series finale against the Rockies at Wrigley Field.

Medina, 27, returns to the Cubs after being optioned to Iowa yesterday. He has no record and a 7.00 ERA (7 ER/9.0 IP) in five relief appearances with the Cubs this season and is 0-2 with one save and an 8.68 ERA (18 ER/18.2 IP) in 16 relief outings with Iowa this year. Medina has posted a 3.08 ERA in 146 career relief appearances between the Mariners (2013-15) and Cubs (2015), turning in a 10-9 record with 43 holds and two saves.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound right-hander, who was acquired from the Mariners for catcher Welington Castillo on May 19, broke into the big leagues with the Mariners in 2013 and went 4-6 with one save and a 2.91 ERA in 63 relief appearances while ranking second among all American League rookies with 19 holds. Last season, he went 5-3 with 21 holds and a 2.68 ERA in 66 relief outings while ranking 12th in the league in holds.

Rowen, 26, joins the Cubs after combining to go 4-0 with one save and a 1.93 ERA (10 ER/46.2 IP) in 34 relief outings for three affiliates between the Orioles and Cubs organizations. He went to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee with the Dodgers before being acquired by Baltimore as part of a four-player deal on April 9. He went 2-0 with one save and a 2.28 ERA (7 ER/27.2 IP) in 20 appearances for Double-A Bowie and posted no record and a 2.79 ERA (3 ER/9.2 IP) in six outings for Triple-A Norfolk before being released and signing a minor league deal with the Cubs on July 4. He has gone 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (9.1 IP) in eight appearances with Iowa.

Rowen was originally selected by Texas in the 22nd round of the 2010 Draft and made his big league debut with the Rangers last season, posting no record and a 4.15 ERA in eight relief outings. He spent the majority of the 2014 campaign with Triple-A Round Rock, going 3-0 with five saves and a 3.45 ERA.

Overall, Rowen has gone 25-5 with 41 saves and a 1.75 ERA in 211 minor league relief appearances covering the last six seasons. Rowen was a Carolina League All-Star in 2012 and the Rangers organization’s relief pitcher of the year after recording a league-leading 19 saves with Single-A Myrtle Beach. He also earned Texas League All-Star honors in 2013. He has allowed only seven homers and posted a 1.00 WHIP in 308.2 minor league innings.

Ramirez, 26, is 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA (3 ER/8.2 IP) in 13 appearances with the Cubs this season. This marks his second stint on the disabled list, as he was sidelined with right shoulder inflammation from April 17-June 28.

Beeler, 26, is 0-1 with a 9.72 ERA (9 ER/8.1 IP) in three starts with the Cubs this season.

Baxter, 30, has batted .246 (14-for-57) with one double and two RBI in 34 games with the Cubs this season.

Cubs Lineup: 7/29/15

Cubs vs. Rockies — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Rockies Starter, Eddie Butler, RHP
TV: WGN-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Chris Coghlan, RF
6. Addison Russell, SS
7. David Ross, C
8. Jon Lester, P
9. Jonathan Herrera, 2B

Cubs Lineup: 7/28/15

Cubs vs. Rockies — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Dallas Beeler, RHP
Reds Starter, Yohan Flande, LHP
TV: CSN+; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, C
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Jorge Soler, RF
6. Chris Denorfia, LF
7. Starlin Castro, SS
8. Dallas Beeler, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Lineup: 7/22/15 Game 2

Cubs vs. Reds — Great American Ball Park
First Pitch: 5:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Dallas Beeler, RHP
Reds Starter, Tony Cingrani, LHP
TV: ABC 7 Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Starlin Castro, SS
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Jorge Soler, RF
5. Chris Denorfia, LF
6. Addison Russell, 2B
7. David Ross, C
8. Dallas Beeler, P
9. Jonathan Herrera, 3B

Cubs Ninth Homestand Events and Promotions: 7/24/15-7/29/15

Jorge-Soler-Cubs-Debut-Bobblehead-presented-by-Illinois-Pork-Producers

The Chicago Cubs return to Wrigley Field for their first home series following the All-Star break when they host the Phillies July 24-26 and the Rockies July 27-29. The homestand features several promotional giveaways, new food offerings and #WeAreGood T-shirts, inspired by catcher Miguel Montero’s popular Twitter hashtag, available July 25 to benefit Cubs Charities and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

Fans can purchase tickets for the Phillies and Rockies series at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Details of the homestand follow.

Promotions:
On Friday, July 24, up to the first 10,000 fans in the ballpark will receive a Billy Williams replica statue presented by Pepsi.

The following day, July 25, up to 10,000 fans will receive a Jorge Soler Cubs debut bobblehead presented by Illinois Pork Producers.

Kids Sundays continue July 26 with a Cubs replica batting helmet presented by Advocate Children’s Hospital for up to the first 5,000 children age 13-and-younger, while Kids Run the Bases continues postgame for the first 1,000 kids 13-and-under. Fans can also visit the Blue Lizard Sunscreen booth inside Gate G during the game for a free sunscreen sample and useful tips to help strikeout skin cancer, the most common of all cancers.

On Tuesday, July 28, the Cubs invite all youth Scouts and their friends and families to Scout Night at Wrigley Field. Participants who purchase a ticket through the dedicated Special Group Nights page at cubs.com/specialevents will receive a Cubs-themed Scout Patch.

Food Specials:
As a tribute to Hot Dog Month in July, the Decade Diner in the right field concourse will offer a unique foot-long Philly Cheese Steak Dog that features a foot-long Vienna Beef hot dog topped with sautéed beef, onions and white American cheese. Guests also may order a Next Level BLT made with slab-cut Nueske’s bacon, avocado mayonnaise, thick-cut vine ripened tomatoes and arugula on grilled sourdough bread.

Platform 14, the new outdoor concession area in the Budweiser Bleachers located behind the center field scoreboard, will serve a new rotation of Hot Doug’s sausages as well. The “Champ Summers” is a spicy Vienna Polish sausage served with Goose Island beer mustard and crispy fried onions. The “Pete LaCock” is a ribeye steak sausage with horseradish cream and blue cheese. The “Bill Bonham” is an atomic pork sausage with cherry marmalade and smoked gouda cheese.

Guests and Entertainment:
On Friday, July 24, former USA Olympic gold medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson and former USA Olympic silver medalist gymnast Alicia Sacramone will throw a ceremonial first pitch. Aaron Bruno, frontman of the band AWOLNATION, will throw a ceremonial first pitch and the band will lead the afternoon’s seventh-inning stretch.

Cubs National Anthem singer Wayne Messmer will lead the stretch Sunday, July 26.

Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch Monday, July 27.

Chicago Fire defender Eric Gehrig will throw a first pitch and later will be joined by midfielders Michael Stephens and Chris Ritter to lead the stretch Tuesday, July 28.

On Wednesday, July 29, the Cubs will host a pregame jersey exchange with Manchester United legend Bryan Robson. Aon, a partner of both clubs, is the presenting partner of Manchester United’s Summer Tour, which stops at Soldier Field later that evening for a match vs. Paris Saint-Germain. Robson will throw a ceremonial first pitch as well.

Let’s Give Charitable Campaign:
Fans will have the opportunity to learn more about Cubs Charities programming and give back to the community this homestand as part of this season’s ongoing “Let’s Give” campaign.

Following the game Friday, July 24, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative by representing the Cubs Scholars program. The Cubs Scholars Program offers quality scholarship and financial contributions for Chicago inner-city high school students, coupled with a program designed to promote academic achievement and encourage post-secondary educational advancement. Five high school seniors are selected as Cubs Scholars each year based on their academic achievement and potential, community participation, need, leadership potential and demonstrated ability to be a team player. Each class of Cubs Scholars collectively receives $100,000 in scholarships and participates in a Cubs College Prep program, where they are paired with a Cubs associate who serves as a mentor as they prepare for college.

On Saturday, July 25, the Cubs Wives will offer #WeAreGood T-shirts in the main concourse by Gate F. The shirts, inspired by catcher Miguel Montero’s popular Twitter hashtag, will be available for a $25 donation benefiting Cubs Charities and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

Homestand Recap, July 24-29:
Friday, July 24 vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 3:05 p.m.
First pitches: Former USA Olympic gold medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson, former USA Olympic silver medalist gymnast Alicia Sacramone and AWOLNATION frontman Aaron Bruno
Seventh-inning stretch: Members of the band, AWOLNATION
Broadcast: WGN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Promotional Item: Billy Williams Replica Statue presented by Pepsi, up to the first 10,000 fans

Saturday, July 25 vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 3:05 p.m.
Broadcast: ABC 7, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Promotion: Jorge Soler Cubs Debut Bobblehead presented by Illinois Pork Producers, up to the first 10,000 fans
Cubs Wives offering #WeAreGood T-shirts by Gate F to benefit Cubs Charities and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana

Sunday, July 26 vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 1:20 p.m.
National Anthem and 7th inning stretch: Wayne Messmer
Promotional Item: Cubs Replica Batting Helmet presented by Advocate Children’s Hospital, up to the first 5,000 children age 13-and-younger
Broadcast: ABC 7, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Kids Run the Bases post-game, first 1,000 kids 13-and-under

Monday, July 27 vs. Colorado Rockies, 7:05 p.m.
First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller
Broadcast: CSN+, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Tuesday, July 28 vs. Colorado Rockies, 7:05 p.m.
Special Group Night: Scout Night, participants receive Cubs-themed Scout Patch
First pitch: Chicago Fire defender Eric Gehrig
Seventh-inning stretch: Chicago Fire midfielders Michael Stephens and Chris Ritter and defender Eric Gehrig
Broadcast: CSN+, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Wednesday, July 29 vs. Colorado Rockies, 1:20 p.m.
Pregame jersey exchange with Manchester United legend Bryan Robson
First pitch: Manchester United legend Bryan Robson
Broadcast: WGN, MLB Network, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Cubs Lineup: 7/8/15

Cubs vs. Cardinals – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Cardinals Starter: Michael Wacha, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago, ESPN; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Jorge Soler, RF
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Miguel Montero, C
7. Chris Coghlan, LF
8. Jason Hammel, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Lineup: 7/7/15 Game Two

Cubs vs. Cardinals – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Dallas Beeler, RHP
Cardinals Starter: Tim Cooney, LHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Jorge Soler, RF
5. Chris Denorfia, LF
6. Starlin Castro, SS
7. Taylor Teagarden, C
8. Dallas Beeler, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs recall RHP Beeler

Beeler
(Photo by David Durochik)

The Cubs recalled right-handed pitcher Dallas Beeler from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.

Beeler, who will wear uniform number 32, will serve as the club’s 26th man today and will make the start in the second game of today’s doubleheader vs. the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

The 26-year-old Beeler is 1-5 with a 6.33 ERA (41 ER/58.1 IP) in 13 starts with Iowa this season, though he has posted no record and a 1.78 ERA (5 ER/25.1 IP) in his last five starts. Beeler began the season on the major league 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and was activated and optioned to Triple-A on May 18. He has pitched six innings or more in three of his last five outings while allowing two earned runs or less in all five, including zero or one earned run in three starts. He has struck out 26 batters and walked only two in his last 25.1 innings.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Beeler made his major league debut with the Cubs last year and went 0-2 in his two big league starts despite posting a 3.27 ERA (4 ER/11.0 IP). With Triple-A Iowa last year, Beeler went 9-6 with a 3.40 ERA (47 ER/124.1 IP). He struck out 83 batters and walked only 32 in 124.1 innings pitched during his first-career season in Triple-A.

Beeler is in his sixth professional campaign since being selected by the Cubs in the 41st round of the 2010 Draft out of Oral Roberts University. Beeler reached Double-A Tennessee in his first full pro campaign in 2011 and made a career-high 27 starts for Tennessee in 2012 before being slowed by a sprained finger on his right hand in 2013, limiting him to only nine starts. Beeler is a career 22-29 with a 3.90 ERA (211 ER/486.2 IP) in 99 minor league outings (91 starts).

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/1/15

Iowa picked up a win with a big run in the late innings, Myrtle Beach edged out a victory, and Eugene kept things going Wednesday. Meanwhile, South Bend fell in extras while Tennessee was rained out and Mesa had the day off. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (41-37)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second Place (-10.0)

Iowa scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to sneak past visiting Round Rock, 4-3.

  • RHP Carlos Pimentel (3.01) struck out nine batters in 6.0 innings, giving up just one earned run in the no-decision.
  • C Kyle Schwarber (.313) went 3-for-4 with a double (4) and an RBI (4) for his second three-hit game with Iowa.
  • RF Junior Lake (.303) went 2-for-4 with a double (8) and a run scored. He is batting .480 (12-for-25) in his last seven games.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (2-5)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-Third Place (-2.5)

In a game featuring 25 hits, seven walks and four errors, the Pelicans held on for an 8-7 victory over visiting Salem.

  • CF Mark Zagunis (.316) went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI (35).
  • SS Chesny Young (.343) went 2-for-5 with a double (6), a run scored and two RBI (19). He has hit safely in four straight games (6-for-19) and 19 of the last 21.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.252) went 2-for-4 with a double (12), a run scored and two RBI (44).
  • RHP David Garner (0.00) collected the win in his first appearance with Myrtle Beach, allowing just one unearned run in 3.0 innings.

South Bend Cubs (4-3)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-First Place (–)

South Bend lost its second straight game to Lansing, falling 3-2 in 10 innings.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.326) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two stolen bases (12), extending his hitting streak to seven games (13-for-30/.433).
  • CF Charcer Burks (.281) went 2-for-5 for his second straight multi-hit game.
  • DH Gioskar Amaya (.256) went 2-for-3 with a walk.

Eugene Emeralds (8-6)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene won its seventh game in its last eight contests, defeating host Hillsboro, 6-2.

  • Justin Steele (1.06) picked up his second win of the summer, striking out six and giving up one earned run in 6.0 innings.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.321) homered for the second straight game, going 3-for-4 with a solo homer, two runs scored and one RBI (9).
  • C Tyler Alamo (.333) extended his hitting streak to eight games (10-for-27/.370), going 2-for-4 with an RBI (6).

Cubs sign third-round pick LHP Hudson

The Cubs announced they have signed left-handed pitcher Bryan Hudson, the club’s third-round pick (82nd overall) of the 2015 Draft. Overall, the Cubs have signed 28 selections, including two other new signees since the club’s last update: right-handers Preston Morrison (eighth round) and Scott Effross (15th).

Hudson, 18, starred at Alton (Ill.) High School, going 10-2 with five shutouts and a 0.50 ERA in 70.1 innings. He also struck out 152 hitters in 15 appearances (13 starts) for the Redbirds this past season. The southpaw limited opponents to a .138 batting average to go along with a 0.90 WHIP. He averaged 19.45 strikeouts per nine innings all while posting a 5.24 strikeout to walk ratio (29 walks).

The six-foot, eight-inch 220-pound left-hander helped lead the Redbirds to a school-record 30 wins in 2015, including a second-place tie in the Southwestern Conference with an 11-3 mark. He finished his career at Alton with a school record 25 wins and 323 strikeouts, while posting a 1.32 ERA (29 ER/198.0 IP). Hudson is a three-time All Southwestern Conference pitcher, a two-time All-State Performer for the Illinois Coaches Association and a two-time All-State Performer for Prep Baseball Report.

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