With Jason Heyward heading to the disabled list with a bad thumb, the Cubs have recalled right-hander reliver Dylan Floro. Floro, 26, was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay back in January after making his MLB debut in 2016 for the Rays. In eight games in Iowa, Floro allowed 22 hits and three walks over 16 innings and was 1-0 with a 5.06 ERA.
Szczur traded for minor league pitcher
The Cubs officially parted ways with Matt Szczur, sending the outfielder to San Diego for minor league pitcher Justin Hancock. Szczur, 27, was the Cubs fifth-round pick in 2010 and appeared in 202 big league games for Chicago, slashing .243/.295/.370 over parts of four seasons. Szczur was out of options and with the Cubs needing bullpen arms for the Yankees series, was designated for assignment.
Hancock, 27, was the Padres ninth-round pick in 2011 out of Lincoln Trail College and spent most of his minor league career as a starter. This year for San Antonio, Hancock has appeared in 10 games, all in relief, and was 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA. He missed most of the 2016 season with an injury.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Memphis (Cardinals) 15, Iowa 9
Memphis scored eight runs in the top of the ninth to make it three straight over Iowa despite another homer from Ian Happ.
Hitting Recap: Making his first start since coming off the DL with a thumb injury, 2B Ian Happ (.264) smacked his ninth homer of the season, a three-run shot in the third, and added a two-run double in the sixth. Happ finished 2-for-5 with with five RBI, matching his career-high. C Victor Caratini (.337) followed Happ’s homer with a solo blast of his own and knocked in two more runs in the Cubs four-run sixth with a double. Caratini was 4-for-5 and a triple shy of the cycle. 3B Jeimer Candelario (.340) had three hits, including a triple, and knocked in a run while SS Chesny Young (.282) had three singles and scored three times.
Pitching Chart: RH Seth Frankoff (3.33 ERA) turned in solid outing, only yielding a two-run homer over six innings. Frankoff allowed two hits and a walk while fanning seven in the 85-pitch outing. Game score 65……LH Manny Parra saw his first game action since 2015, pithing the seventh. The former big leaguer gave up five hits, three singles and a pair of doubles, that led to three runs…..LH David Rollins surrendered two runs in the eight and didn’t retire any of the six hitters he faced in the ninth, including a go-ahead grand slam. Rollins (1-2, 6.23 ERA) was charged with eight runs on six hits, two leaving the yard……RH Juan Paniagua (12.71 ERA) allowed two inherited runners to score in the ninth and gave up two more runs before recording the final three outs.
I-Cubs Notes: RH Jake Buchanan (0-2, 7.48 ERA) is scheduled to start on Tuesday afternoon at Principal Park…..LH Manny Parra has been assigned to Iowa from extended spring training…..The I-Cubs have placed RHP Jose Rosario on the 7-day disabled list.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 8, Jackson (Diamondbacks) 2
Jen-Ho Tseng pitched six innings and had a pair of hits to lead Tennessee to the series opening win.
Hitting Recap: 2B David Bote (.284) smacked a solo homer in the first and added a RBI double in the Smokies four-run third to help fuel the offense. Smokies had 14 hits in the win, three from 3B Jason Vosler (.322) and two from each Jacob Hannemann (.269) and Jen-Ho Tseng (.429). LF Charcer Burks was on base three time with two walks and single, knocking in one run.
Pitching Chart: RH Jen-Ho Tseng (3-0, 3.55 ERA) tossed six solid innings, allowing a two-run homer in the second, one of four hits. He didn’t walk anyone and fanned a season-high seven hitters for the third time. Tseng recorded eight ground ball outs and threw 82 pitches, 53 for strikes. Game score 63. The Smokies bullpen kept the Generals off the board. Stephen Perakslis (3 K), David Garner (2 K) and Andury Acevedo (1K) all fired a scoreless inning.
Smokies News: No starter has been named for Tuesday night’s game in Jackson……C Ian Rice has been named the Southern League Player of the Week. Rice went 8-for-13 (.615) with two doubles, three homers and nine RBI. He also walked three times and scored five runs.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach
The Pelicans had the day off and head to Winston-Salem on Tuesday night for a showdown with the White Sox Class A affiliate. Adbert Alzolay (2-0, 3.00 ERA) gets the start for Myrtle Beach in the series opener.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 7, Burlington 5
Zack Short’s two-run triple gave the Cubs the lead in the sixth as they won the series opener at Burlington.
Hitting Recap: South Bend took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on a RBI double by 2B Vimael Machin (.292) and a RBI triple off the bat of LF Luis Ayala (.253). 1B Jhonny Pereda (.333) extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a two-run single in the fifth to tie the game. Zack Short delivered a two-run triple to give the Cubs the lead for good in the sixth and then scored on sacrifice fly from Brandon Cummins. Short was on base five times with two hits and three walks to up his OBP to .441.
Pitching Chart: RH Tyson Miller (2-2, 4.22 ERA) made his seventh start and went 5.2 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits. He fanned three and didn't issue any free passes in the 87-pitch outing……RH Michael Rucker (1.69 ERA) fanned four over 2.1 scoreless frames for his first hold while Jared Cheek (1.50 ERA) got the final three outs for his first save.
SB-Cubs News: Duncan Robinson makes his third start for South Bend on Tuesday morning in Burlington.