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Cubs place OF Soler, RHP Motte on DL; Recall IF La Stella, LHP Rosscup

The Cubs placed outfielder Jorge Soler on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain and placed right-handed pitcher Jason Motte on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain on Monday. Infielder Tommy La Stella and left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup have been recalled from Triple-A Iowa.

Both La Stella and Rosscup will be available for the Cubs this afternoon for the club’s make-up game against the Indians at Wrigley Field.

La Stella, 26, was a member of Chicago’s Opening Day roster but was placed on the disabled list on April 14 with a right oblique strain first suffered on April 10 and re-aggravated in May. He saw action in two games with the Cubs prior to his initial injury, going 1-for-6 (.167). He batted .250 (9-for-36) with three doubles and three RBI in 10 games covering a pair of rehab assignments with Double-A Tennessee before being activated from the disabled list and optioned to Iowa on Aug. 11, where he has hit .333 (11-for-33) with one homer and six RBI in nine games.

The left-handed hitter was acquired from Atlanta for pitcher Arodys Vizcaino last Nov. 16. La Stella made his major league debut with the Braves last season and led National League rookies with 36 walks and a .328 on-base percentage (min. 300 plate appearances). In 93 games, he hit .251 (80-for-319) with 16 doubles, one home run and 31 RBI, and compiled a .984 fielding percentage (6 E/368 TC) in 88 games at second base.

Rosscup, 27, joins the Cubs for the second time this season. He went 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA (11 ER/23.0 IP) in 26 relief appearances before being placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 17 with left shoulder inflammation. He was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Iowa on Aug. 14. With the Cubs, Rosscup has struck out 25 batters in 23.0 innings while limiting foes to a .241 batting average, including a .111 average (3-for-27) and .384 OPS by left-handed hitters.

With Iowa this year, Rosscup has posted no record with a 7.36 ERA in eight relief outings, fanning 13 hitters in 7.1 innings pitched. A season ago, Rosscup went 1-0 with a 9.45 ERA in 18 appearances covering seven stints with the Cubs, striking out 21 batters in 13.1 innings pitched. Overall, Rosscup is 3-1 with a 5.44 ERA in 54 relief appearances with the Cubs covering the last three seasons (2013-15).

Soler, 23, is batting .265 (91-for-343) with 18 doubles, seven home runs and 42 RBI in 90 games with the Cubs this season. This marks his second stint on the disabled list, as he was sidelined from June 3-July 5 with a sprained left ankle.

Motte, 34, is 8-1 with nine holds, six saves and a 3.91 ERA (21 ER/48.1 IP) in 57 relief appearances for the Cubs this season.

Cubs Lineup: 8/24/15

Cubs vs. Indians — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Indians Starter: Corey Kluber, RHP
TV: WGN-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
3. Chris Coghlan, RF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Kris Bryant, 3B
6. Tommy La Stella, 2B
7. Starlin Castro, SS
8. David Ross, C
9. Jon Lester, P

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/20/15

Iowa, Eugene and Mesa all won behind strong offensive showings, while Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend each came out on the losing end. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (69-56)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-6.0)

Iowa bested Salt Lake, 13-2. Eight I-Cubs recorded an RBI, and 10 players picked up hits in the victory.

  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.262) went 3-for-6 with a home run (16), two RBI (71) and three runs scored. He has recorded an RBI in five straight games (six total).
  • DH Javier Baez (.303) finished 2-for-6 with a double (13), two RBI (51) and one run scored, extending his hitting streak to six games (.448/13-for-29) with six-consecutive multi-hit efforts.
  • 2B Tommy La Stella (.360) went 3-for-5, crushed a triple, drove in one (5) and scored once.
  • 1B Mike Olt (.246) recorded a two-run homer (7) and a double (13), finishing 2-for-4 with three runs scored.
  • C Taylor Teagarden (.303) went 2-for-5 and hit his fifth homer, a two-run shot in the fifth.
  • SS Chris Valaika (.270) went 2-for-5, hit an RBI double (21) and scored once.
  • RHP Carlos Pimentel (2.98) has earned a win in four straight outings.

Tennessee Smokies (25-27)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

Tennessee surrendered a season-high 17 runs, falling to Montgomery, 17-4.

  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.245) compiled a 2-for-5 day with a two-run homer (5), a triple (8) and two runs scored.
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.258) and 3B Jeimer Candelario (.288) each went 2-for-4 with a double. Rademacher extended his hitting streak to five games (8-for-20/.400)
  • 1B-P Wes Darvill (.169) finished 1-for-4, plated two (23) and scored once. He also made his first career pitching appearance, tossing a scoreless inning of relief while allowing just one hit.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (32-21)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-0.5)

Myrtle Beach allowed three runs in the final two frames, falling at Winston-Salem, 5-4, in walk-off fashion.

  • CF Pin-Chieh Chen (.274) went 2-for-5 with a double (15), an RBI (25) and a run scored.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.259) finished 2-for-4 and drove in one run (14).
  • C Victor Caratini (.244) went 2-for-4.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.274) went 1-for-5, knocked a double (23), earned a RBI (49) and scored once.
  • RHP Daury Torrez (3.93) recorded his fourth straight 6.0-inning outing and 11th quality start.

South Bend Cubs (27-25)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Second Place (-0.5)

South Bend saw its three-game winning streak snapped, falling to Dayton, 7-2.

  • DH Ian Happ (.294) had a 2-for-3 day with a triple (2), an RBI (18), a walk and a run scored.
  • RF Jeffry Baez (.278) went 2-for-5 and scored once, extending his hitting streak to four games (.444/8-for-18).
  • 2B David Bote (.259) finished 1-for-4 with an RBI (36).

Eugene Emeralds (13-9)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene’s offense recorded its second straight double-digit output, rolling to a 12-5 victory over Salem-Keizer.

  • DH Eloy Jimenez (.278) went 2-for-6 with a home run (4), three RBI (22) and two runs scored. He has collected an RBI in four consecutive games.
  • 2B Frandy Delarosa (.281) went 2-for-6 with two RBI (29) and two runs scored. He extended his hitting streak to six games (11-for-30/.367) with eight RBI during that stretch.
  • RF Alex Bautista (.277) finished 3-for-4 with an RBI (7), a walk and two runs scored.
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.257) went 2-for-6 with an RBI (25), a stolen base (11) and two runs scored. He has a 13-game hitting streak (.322/19-for-59) with 15 runs scored.

Mesa Cubs (13-7)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place (–)

Mesa blanked the AZL D-backs, 11-0. The AZL Cubs outhit their opponents, 18-4.

  • RHP Austyn Willis (3.05) gave up one hit in 4.0 innings, striking out two in the no-decision.
  • 3B Carlos Jimenez (.221) went 3-for-5 with a double (4), drove in three runs (9) and scored twice.
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.262) recorded a season-high four hits, going 4-for-5 with a double (6), an RBI (16), a stolen base (5) and one run scored.
  • LF-CF Roberto Caro (.253) went 2-for-4, drew a walk and scored a season-high three runs.
  • C Yohan Matos (.158) recorded his first three-hit game, going 3-for-5 with a double (2) and two RBI (11).
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.287) went 1-for-3 with an RBI (23), a walk and two runs scored.

Cubs Lineup: 8/21/15

Cubs vs. Braves — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Braves Starter: Shelby Miller, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago, MLB Network; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs and Toyota announce Legacy Partnership

The Cubs and Toyota have announced a long-term Legacy Partnership establishing Toyota as the Official Vehicle of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field.

As part of the extended partnership, Toyota’s logo will be represented on the panel beneath the Wrigley Field Marquee at the corner of Clark and Addison streets. In addition to having a presence below the Wrigley Field Marquee, Toyota continues their presenting sponsorship of in-game manager challenges and umpire reviews, and the company will receive in-game rotational signage behind home plate and on the left-field video board. Toyota will receive field-level signage and naming rights to the team’s parking lots surrounding Wrigley Field beginning in the 2016 season.

“Toyota is a valued partner who has proudly supported the Chicago Cubs since our family’s first season with the team, and we’re honored to introduce them as a Legacy Partner today,” said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. “Our Legacy Partners play a vital role as we make progress on our long-term goals of winning a World Series, preserving Wrigley Field and being a good neighbor.”

“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Chicago Cubs during such an exciting time for the organization,” said Ed Laukes, Vice President of Marketing, Performance and Guest Experience at Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. “The future of this team looks brighter than ever and Toyota and our Chicagoland Toyota Dealers value the importance of supporting this great journey for the Cubs and the entire City of Chicago. It’s an honor to deepen our connection as a Legacy Partner and expand our presence inside Wrigley Field and at the corner of Clark and Addison below the historic Wrigley Field Marquee.”

The panel beneath the Wrigley Field Marquee has a history of supporting team and corporate partner initiatives. In the early 1980s, an advertising slogan for Budweiser appeared on the panel in conjunction with the LED board installation. Allstate’s logo was featured while the Marquee was painted purple for the Allstate Wrigleyville Classic college football game hosted by Northwestern University in 2010. As part of the Wrigley Field 100 celebration in 2014, the team added “Celebrating 100 Years” below the marquee. This season, the lower panel featured “#LetsGo” to support the team’s marketing campaign and will now feature Toyota’s logo.

Toyota’s designation as the Official Vehicle of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field extends as the Official Automobile, Car, Crossover, Minivan and Truck as well.

Toyota becomes the 10th Legacy Partner of the Chicago Cubs, joining Advocate Health Care, American Airlines, Anheuser-Busch, ATI Physical Therapy, Nuveen Investments, Sloan Valve Company, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Under Armour and Wintrust.

Cubs Lineup: 8/20/15

Cubs vs. Braves — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, RHP
Braves Starter: Mike Foltynewicz, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/19/15

Cubs affiliates racked up seven victories Wednesday, with every team picking up at least one win. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (68-56)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

Iowa scored four runs in the second and cruised to an 8-2 victory at Salt Lake.

  • RF John Andreoli (.286) went 3-for-5 with an RBI (28), two stolen bases (26) and two runs scored.
  • SS Javier Baez (.302) went 3-for-4, drove in one (49), drew a walk and scored once, extending his hitting streak to five games (.478/11-for-23) with five consecutive multi-hit efforts.
  • 2B Chris Valaika (.267) went 2-for-4 with a double (20), an RBI (31) and one run scored.
  • DH Tommy La Stella (.300) went 1-for-1, knocked a double (2), plated one (4), drew two walks and scored once.

Tennessee Smokies (25-26)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-6.0)

Tennessee split a doubleheader with Montgomery. The Smokies secured a 7-6 walk-off victory in the ninth inning of the first game, but fell to the Biscuits, 4-2, in a rain-shortened Game 2.

  • DH Taylor Davis (.342) blasted a solo homer (5) in Game 1 and went 1-for-2 with an RBI single (12) in Game 2. It extended his hitting streak to six games (8-for-20/.400).
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.255) went 2-for-3 and scored twice in the first game.
  • SS Jonathan Mota (.156) finished 1-for-3 and plated two runs (7) in Game 1.
  • RHP Felix Pena (4.10) tossed a complete game (5.0 innings) but took the loss.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (32-20)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+0.5)

Myrtle Beach swept a doubleheader at Winston-Salem, allowing just three runs in 16.0 innings.

  • LF Kevin Brown (.240) crushed a solo home run (4) in Game 1.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.247) went 1-for-3 in Game 1 with an RBI (13) and one run scored.
  • RF Pin-Chieh Chen (.272) went 1-for-5 and knocked his 14th double in Game 2.
  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3.62) fanned a season-high seven batters and tossed his sixth quality start.

South Bend Cubs (27-24)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

South Bend won their third straight contest, topping Dayton, 8-3.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.286) went 2-for-4, knocked a triple (4) and plated a season-high-tying four runs (43).
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.302) hit a two-run homer (4) in the sixth inning for his lone hit of the day.
  • 3B Matt Rose (.353) went 1-for-2 with an RBI (8), two walks and one run scored. He has recorded a hit in his first nine outings with South Bend (12-for-34).
  • RHP Trevor Clifton (4.34) tossed his third consecutive quality start and has fanned seven batters in back-to-back starts.

Eugene Emeralds (12-9)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Second Place (-1.0)

Eugene scored five runs in the first to roll to an 11-5 victory at Boise. Five Emeralds had doubles and six recorded RBI.

  • DH Frandy Delarosa (.274) finished 3-for-6 with a double (19), three RBI (27), a stolen base (10) and a run scored. He has six RBI in his last three games.
  • RF Ricardo Marcano (.253) went 3-for-5 with a double (3), two RBI (12) and two runs scored.
  • 2B Sutton Whiting (.250) went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, an RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored.

Mesa Cubs (12-7)
Arizona Rookie League
T-Second Place (-0.5)

Mesa blanked the AZL Padres, 6-0, despite being outhit 9-8.

  • RF Daniel Spingola (.529) went 2-for-3 with a triple (2) and plated two runs (7). He has recorded three consecutive multi-hit efforts with two doubles, two triples and six RBI during that stretch.
  • LF Roberto Caro (.242) went 1-for-3, earned an RBI (9) and scored twice.
  • DH Dan Vogelbach (.455) went 1-for-1 with a double (2) and three walks.
  • LHP Carlos Rodriguez (4.21) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of relief and fanned a season-high eight batters without issuing a single walk.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/18/15

South Bend jumped out to an early lead, and Mesa scored some late runs in victories Tuesday. Iowa and Eugene both lost one-run games, while Tennessee and Myrtle Beach were rained out. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (67-56)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

Iowa allowed a run in the bottom of the ninth to fall to Las Vegas in the series finale, 6-5.

  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.235) went 3-for-4 and scored once, marking his seventh three-hit game.
  • SS Javier Baez (.291) went 2-for-5 with one run scored, extending his hitting streak to four games (.421/8-for-19).
  • 1B Mike Olt (.247) recorded a double (12) and drove in two runs (20).
  • PH Adron Chambers (.270) went 1-for-1 with a two-run single in the fifth (27).

South Bend Cubs (26-24)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

South Bend jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings and held on for a 7-2 win over Dayton.

  • RHP Erick Leal (4.27) pitched 5.0 scoreless innings, striking out four, to pick up the win.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.276) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base, marking his 12th three-hit game.
  • LF Ian Happ (.282) finished 2-for-3 with a double (5), a walk, a run scored and two RBI (17). Happ has 12 RBI in his last five games.
  • 2B David Bote (.255) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a two-run homer.
  • 1B Matt Rose (.344) and CF Rashad Crawford (.283) added multi-hit efforts.

Eugene Emeralds (11-9)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Second Place (-2.0)

Eugene surrendered five runs in the third inning, falling at Boise, 5-4.

  • CF Donnie Dewees (.257) recorded a season-high four hits (4-for-5), swiped two bases and scored three runs, extending his hitting streak to 11 games (16-for-48/.333).
  • 2B Frandy Delarosa (.268) went 1-for-5 with a double (18) and an RBI (24).
  • 3B Andrew Ely (.303) went 1-for-3 and plated one (9).

Mesa Cubs (11-7)
Arizona Rookie League
Third Place (-1.0)

Mesa scored two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings, topping the AZL Reds, 5-3.

  • LF Chris Pieters (.429) went 2-for-3 with two doubles (4), an RBI (4) and one run scored. He has recorded a hit in his first four games with Mesa (6-for-14), with four doubles during that stretch.
  • DH Daniel Spingola (.500) went 2-for-3, knocked a double (4), plated one (5) and scored once.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.288) also finished 2-for-3, drew a walk and scored once.
  • LHP Ariel Ovando (0.53) earned the win, fanning four batters in 2.0 scoreless innings of relief.
  • RHP Duane Underwood (0.00) drew a no decision in his first appearance since June 26.

Cubs Lineup: 8/18/15

Cubs vs. Tigers — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Tigers Starter: Anibal Sanchez, RHP
TV: ABC 7 Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/17/15

Eugene cruised to a victory, and Mesa secured both games of a doubleheader Monday. Meanwhile, Iowa couldn’t hang on in a loss, and Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend all had the afternoon off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (67-55)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-7.0)

Iowa allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth to fall to Las Vegas in 12 innings, 5-4.

  • SS Javier Baez (.291) collected his third straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with an RBI (48) and a run scored.
  • CF Matt Szczur (.296) went 2-for-5 and drew a walk.
  • 1B-LF Mike Baxter (.280) went 1-for-4 with a triple, an RBI (15), a walk and one run scored.
  • RHP Dallas Beeler (4.85) drew a no-decision despite tossing his third consecutive quality start, giving up one earned run in 7.1 innings.

Eugene Emeralds (11-8)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Second Place (-1.0)

Eugene won its third straight contest, topping Boise, 7-4. The Emeralds recorded 14 hits in the victory.

  • RF Alex Bautista (.250) went 3-for-4, drove in two (6) and scored once. It marked his first three-hit game of the season.
  • 2B Frandy Delarosa (.269) went 2-for-5 with two RBI (23) and one run scored.
  • DH Donnie Dewees (.244) went 2-for-5 and scored once, extending his hitting streak to 10 games (12-for-43/.279).
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.277) went 2-for-4 with a double (7), an RBI (17) and a walk.
  • 3B Adonis Paula (.270) went 1-for-3 and crushed a two-run homer (1) in the fifth inning.
  • SS Andrew Ely (.306) went 2-for-5 and scored once.
  • RHP Casey Bloomquist (1.69) tossed 3.2 scoreless innings of relief, surrendering just two hits and fanning four batters. He has allowed just two runs over 10.2 innings with the Emeralds.

Mesa Cubs (10-7)
Arizona Rookie League
Third Place (-1.5)

Mesa swept the doubleheader against the AZL White Sox.

  • LF Daniel Spingola (.455) went 2-for-3 with a double (3) and a triple, plated three runs (4), swiped a base and scored twice in Game 1.
  • DH Chris Pieters (.364) went 2-for-3 with a double (2), three RBI and one run scored in Game 1.
  • 1B Jose Paniagua (.271) went 1-for-3 and crushed a two-run homer (4) in the third inning in Game 2.
  • RHP Santiago Rodriguez (3.38) tossed 3.0 shutout innings of relief in Game 2 to earn his first win of the season.
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