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Archive for March, 2011

Roster Moves – Week 1 – March 31st, 2011

[Roster moves from Draft]

Up:

  • RP Bobby Parnell
  • 2B Jeff Baker (to UT)

Down:

  • SP: Edinson Volquez
  • 1B Anthony Rizzo (from UT)

Notes:

  • 1B Anthony Rizzo was sent to minor league camp last week, and will likely open the season at AA San Antonio. Update: He’s opening the season at AAA Tucson
  • SP Mat Latos was placed on the 15-Day DL due to shoulder issues – an inflamed bursa sac.  The move was retroactive to March 22nd, so he should be eligible to come off the DL on April 6th.
  • SP Edinson Volquez has been very wild in Spring Training, and we are hesitant to run him out to the mound on Opening Day – taking a wait-and-see approach.
  • 2B Jeff Baker was in the mix for the starting 2B job for the Cubs, but will likely split time with Darwin Barney and Blake DeWitt
  • 2B Jose Lopez is still in flux, as the Rockies manager Jim Tracy is giving utilityman Jonathan Herrera a long look at 2B.

 

Volquez Finally Returns from Dominican Republic

Edinson Volquez has returned from the Dominican Republic and is expected to pitch three innings against the Giants on Thursday. Volquez has missed the early part of the exhibition schedule because he needed to obtain a work visa. He still should have plenty of time to get ready for his Opening Day assignment. (Rotoworld / John Fay on Twitter)

Kennedy Struggles Against Dodgers

Ian Kennedy labored through three innings Wednesday, allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk against the Dodgers. Kennedy wasn’t fooling anyone today and even served up a double to opposing pitcher Randy Wolf. The right-hander was terrific in his last outing, so hopefully he’ll be able to rediscover that form his next time out. Kennedy held a 3.80 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over 32 starts last year. “It doesn’t matter if it’s spring training or not, I’m frustrated with not doing well,” he said. “I hate not doing well.” Kennedy, who faced a whopping 18 batters in just three innings, stuck out two and walked one. “The competitor in me just wants to do well,” he said. “I’m trying to work on things and it’s frustrating when you try to go back to those things where you’re normally sharp, like during the season, and it’s not falling for you.” Kennedy surprised many onlookers last season when he posted a 9-10 record while striking out a career-high 168 batters and finishing with a sub-4.00 ERA (3.80). The 26-year-old right-hander was hindered by wildness against the Brewers and faced at least five batters in every inning he worked. “My change-up, I kept cutting it today,” Kennedy said. “Usually that’s my go-to pitch and I couldn’t throw that for a strike. That’s the frustrating part.” Kennedy now owns a 7.88 ERA this spring after being roughed up for seven earned runs and 14 hits in three outings. He still holds some upside for the 2011 season and should be considered in the late middle rounds of 2011 Fantasy drafts. (Rotoworld / CBS Sports)

Kuo to Make Spring Debut on Wednesday

Hong-Chih Kuo is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut Wednesday. There’s nothing wrong with Kuo physically, but the Dodgers have brought him along slowly this spring. Remember, he has had four operations on his throwing elbow during his career. No need to rush him, especially since relievers don’t need much work to get ready for the season. (Rotoworld / Los Angeles Times)

Stubbs Homers From Leadoff Spot

Drew Stubbs went 2-for-3 with a single and three-run homer in Tuesday’s 5-2 win over the Royals. Stubbs was in the leadoff spot, as manager Dusty Baker is trying a few players at the top of the order before he settles on one. He was a member of the 20/20 club in his first full major league season, registering 22 longballs and 30 steals in an up-and-down but ultimately pretty impressive year. (Rotoworld)

Volquez Still Not Back from Dominican Republic

Edinson Volquez has not returned from the Dominican. The Reds were expecting Volquez to get his correct work visa on Monday in his native Dominican Republic and then return to camp Tuesday, but the process is apparently taking a little bit longer than previously expected. He should be back at some point this week. (Rotoworld / Mark Sheldon on Twitter)

Volquez Finally Has Work Visa Approved

Edinson Volquez’s work visa has been approved. Volquez was scratched from a Cactus League start last weekend because his visa would not allow him to pitch in front of a paying audience. That will all change soon. He is scheduled to fly to the Dominican on Sunday for a Monday appointment with the U.S. Consulate. The Reds are expecting him back in camp Tuesday. (Rotoworld / MLBlogs.com)

Posey Batting .643 on the Spring

Buster Posey went 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI against the Mariners on Sunday, upping his spring average to .643. In addition to that average, he’s posted two home runs and seven RBI through his first six spring contests. If you’re looking for early evidence of a sophomore slump from last year’s National League Rookie of the Year, you won’t find it here. (Rotoworld)

Shaky Latos Shelled by A’s

Mat Latos got shelled by the A’s on Sunday, as he gave up two hits, two walks and three runs in just two-thirds of an inning. It was an all-around bad day for Latos, who notched both his outs via flyouts. So far this spring, he’s now walked six batters in two innings while recording zero strikeouts. Not something to worry about yet, but definitely something to monitor. (Rotoworld)

Fielder Homers for First Time in Spring

Prince Fielder went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer in Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Angels. It was one of only nine hits between the two teams in the game, and the lone hit Fielder has had this spring in 10 trips to the plate (he’s walked twice). The big man batted .261/.401/.471 with 32 homers and 83 RBI in 2010 and is looking to better those numbers in his walk year. (Rotoworld)