Instead of sending a pitcher to the minor leagues, the Cubs placed infielder Andres Blanco on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf. Manager Lou Piniella said Blanco tweaked the muscle Saturday in Florida and "felt it" again Monday.
The moves likely foreshadow another round of roster shuffling to come Wednesday. Infielder Aaron Miles is due to come off the DL after finishing his minor league rehab at Class AAA Iowa. Miles has been out since late June with a hyperextended right elbow, and the Cubs never seemed in a hurry to get him back, especially since he started so slowly at the plate.
Tuesday's roster moves left the Cubs with an extra pitcher, but they needed an arm in the bullpen because Piniella has had to use his relievers a lot lately.
If Miles comes up Wednesday, either Jeff Samardzija or Jeff Stevens, both right-handed relievers, could go to Iowa. It'll be an interesting choice because Stevens has been the more effective reliever of late than the highly touted Samardzija.
CUBS 6, REDS 3: Gorzelanny, in his Cubs debut, worked 7 1/3 innings, giving up three hits and one run. The Cubs scored four runs in the sixth, batting around. Kosuke Fukudome and Derrek Lee had solo homers.
--RHP Kevin Gregg was given a second consecutive day off Tuesday because of a tired arm. Gregg blew two saves over the weekend in Florida.
--CF Kosuke Fukudome led off Tuesday's game with his eighth home run of the season. It was Fukudome's first home run in his career to lead off a game. Last season, Fukudome hit 10 homers.
--RHP Randy Wells ran his overall record to 8-4 with a 2.73 ERA after Monday's win over the Reds. He picked up his first major league win June 21 and is 7-1 since then. Wells has the lowest ERA among Cubs starters, and his eight victories are one shy of team leader Ted Lilly.
--C Geovany Soto is scheduled to come off the disabled list Friday at Colorado. Soto is rehabbing a strained left oblique strain in the minor leagues. He went a combined 2-for-5 Monday and Tuesday for Class AA Tennessee, hitting a homer in Tuesday's game.
--C Koyie Hill made his 25th consecutive start behind the plate and hit two doubles Tuesday, with his sixth-inning double driving in two runs. The last Cubs catcher to start 25 in a row behind the plate was Damon Berryhill in 1989.
--RHP Angel Guzman was the emergency closer. He finished the game, but it wasn't a save situation. Manager Lou Piniella gave closer Kevin Gregg Monday and Tuesday off, and Piniella did not want to use RHP Carlos Marmol, who finished Monday's game but who also has battled wildness again lately. Guzman pitched 1 1/3 innings, giving up two hits and two runs. Marmol did get up in the bullpen during the ninth inning. --The Sports XChange
NEW ORLEANS 3, IOWA 1 (CLASS AAA)
At New Orleans, the Cubs (54-56) were held to five hits in the loss Tuesday. RF So Taguchi (2-for-4) led the team in hits and smacked his third home run. LHP J.R. Mathes (10-6) started and suffered the loss, allowing three runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out three and turned in his fourth quality start in five games.
"Mathes did a nice job," Iowa manager Bobby Dickerson said. "It was a quality start, no question. We just didn't hit the ball to give him any support."
CAROLINA 9, TENNESSEE 8 (CLASS AA)
At Sevierville, Tenn., the Smokies (53-56 overall, 21-18 second half) eight-game winning streak ended Tuesday. Soto (1-3) homered, and SS Starlin Castro (2-4) collected two hits and drove in two runs in his Double-A debut. RHP Hung-Wen Chen started and allowed five runs and six hits in three innings for a no-decision. RHP Brian Schlitter (0-6) suffered the loss in relief, allowing the eventual winning run and two hits in the ninth inning. The Smokies are tied with Chattanooga for first place in the second half Southern League North Division standings.
PEORIA 7, BELOIT 4 – 14 INNINGS (CLASS-A)
At Beloit, Wis., the Chiefs (59-47, 21-16) collected 14 hits in their longest game of the season Tuesday. CF Brett Jackson (3-6) hit a three-run home run, his second this season, and 3B Jovan Rosa (3-4) added three hits. 1B Rebel Ridling (2-6) collected his sixth multi-hit game in his last eight games. He batted .355 (38-107) in July and is 5-20 in August. RHP Chris Archer started and tossed six scoreless innings, allowing three hits in a no-decision. He walked three and struck out two. RHP Chris Huseby (3-5) earned the win in relief with two scoreless innings. He has not allowed a run since July 5, a string of 12 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings. The Chiefs are tied with Cedar Rapids for first place in the Midwest League Western Division.
EVERETT 6, BOISE 4 (CLASS LOW-A)
At Everett, Wash., the Hawks (18-26) collected eight hits in the loss Tuesday. SS Hak-Ju Lee (2-4) hit his first career home run and paced the offense with two hits. He raised his average to .327 in 40 games. DH Bobby Wagner (1-4) hit his fourth home run between Boise and the Arizona Rookie League. RHP Su-Min Jung started and allowed one run and two hits in three innings in a no-decision. He struck out three and walked one. RHP Josh Whitlock (1-3) suffered the loss, allowing one run and three hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Blanco is Latest Cub to Go on DL
Northsiders Report Top Stories
Cubs March 22 NotebookUSA will face Javier Baez and Puerto Rico in the WBC finals. Eloy Jimenez could miss some time and a whip around the minors as opening day approaches.
Northsiders ReportYesterday at 8:56 AM
Cubs March 21 NotebookCubs beat the Rockies and Javier Baez continues to star in the World Baseball Classic
Northsiders ReportTuesday at 10:08 AM
Cubs March 20 NotebookCubs lose to Royals and Eloy Jimenez will miss three weeks with above bruise.
Northsiders ReportMonday at 11:33 AM
Cubs March 19 NotebookCubs split a pair of games on Saturday, update on former Cubs, four added to IFA class and Team USA advances to WBC finals.
Northsiders ReportSunday at 7:12 AM