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MLB Team Report - Chicago Cubs - INSIDE PITCH
The Cubs will be looking toward the future in the coming weeks. They're also looking at it now.
As the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline approaches, the Cubs again will look to trade veteran players for prospects.
The first player to go is utilityman Brent Lillibridge, who was acquired by the New York Yankees on Friday in exchange for either cash considerations or a player to be named later. In 24 plate appearances for the Cubs this season, Lillibridge, 29, has just one hit for an .042 batting average. He's hitting .281 this year for the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate in Iowa, where he has spent most of his time.
Pitcher Scott Feldman, who suffered the defeat in Thursday night's 6-1 loss at St. Louis, is sure to hear his name come up, as are pitchers Carlos Villanueva and Carlos Marmol, along with center fielder David DeJesus, once he recovers from a shoulder injury.
For the long term, the Cubs, 3-1 winners over Houston on Friday, have been busy signing selections from this year's amateur draft. They have not signed first-round pick Kris Bryant, a third baseman out of San Diego, but they're expected to get that done before next month's deadline.
Officially, the Cubs have signed five of their first 10 picks from this year's draft. That includes second-rounder Rob Zastryzny, a lefty out of the University of Missouri, and third-rounder Jacob Hannemann, an outfielder out of BYU.
There have been reports that the Cubs have agreed to terms with all but Bryant from their top 10, but the club is not confirming that.
The strategy after Bryant was to take as many college arms as possible, and the Cubs are getting them signed. In addition to Zastryzny, they've also signed fifth-rounder Tyler Masek (right-hander, Texas Tech), seventh-rounder David Garner (right-hander Michigan State) and 10th- rounder Zachary Godley (right-hander, Tennessee).
MLB Team Report - Chicago Cubs - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
PAST 10 GAMES: 5-5
NEXT: Astros (Bud Norris, 5-7, 3.64) at Cubs (Travis Wood, 5-6, 2.75)
--RHP Matt Garza threw a season-high eight innings and struck out a season-best eight as he recorded his third quality start of the season and second straight. He's now 1-0 with a 0.60 ERA in his last two starts. Chris Carter's seventh inning solo home run snapped Garza's 13-inning scoreless streak.
--2B Darwin Barney went 3-for-4 with a double and home run for his second three-hit game of the season. Barney has now hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, including three multi-hit affairs and is hitting .226 for the season.
--1B Anthony Rizzo (2-for-4, home run) has now hit safely in three straight games. The home run to right was his first since May 18 against the Mets. Rizzo now has 10 extra-base hits in his last 24 games.
--SS Starlin Castro (1-for-4) snapped an 0-for-15 skid with an eight-inning double to left field. The Cubs iron man (267 consecutive starts) is now hitting .232.
--RF Scott Hairston now has six home runs out of 15 hits. All have come against left-handed pitchers.
--RHP Kevin Gregg earned his 11th save after a hitless and scoreless ninth. He is now 11-for-11 in save opportunities, joining Oakland's Grant Balfour (17-for-17) and St. Louis' Edward Mujica (21-for-21) as the only remaining perfect closers in baseball.
--LHP Travis Wood (5-6, 2.74 ERA) makes his 15th start of the season and 10th at home in the middle game of the three-game series. He suffered Chicago's loss in a 5-2 setback on June 17 at St. Louis with three earned runs on seven hits. He is 0-3 in his last three starts despite quality outings in each. Wood is 3-2 with a 1.89 ERA in nine all-time against the Astros.
--UTL Brent Lillibridge was traded to the New York Yankees from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for either cash considerations or a player to be named later. In 24 plate appearances for the Cubs this season, Lillibridge, 29, has just one hit for an .042 batting average. He is hitting .281 this year for the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate in Iowa, where he has spent most of his time.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I feel like everything's coming back slowly but surely. I'm getting back to being more fluid and free and easy and not forcing a lot of stuff." -- RHP Matt Garza after his seventh start of the season., a win, Friday.
MLB Team Report - Chicago Cubs - ROSTER REPORT
--CF David DeJesus (sprained right shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 14. DeJesus underwent an MRI on June 18 that confirmed a sprain. He will be out a month, manager Dale Sveum said June 20.
--RHP Zach Putnam (right elbow soreness) went on the 15-day disabled list June 12. He has been bothered by bone spurs, confirmed by an MRI. There is no timetable for his return.
--RHP Kyuji Fujikawa (ruptured ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list May 27, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 30. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery June 11. He is scheduled to rejoin the team in mid-June to begin his rehab.
--C/INF Steve Clevenger (strained left oblique muscle) went on the 60-day disabled list April 14. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on June 3.
--RHP Rafael Dolis (strained right forearm) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 27.
--RHP Scott Baker (Tommy John surgery in April 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 31. He started a throwing program April 29. There is no timetable for his return.
--RHP Arodys Vizcaino (Tommy John surgery in March 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 27. He underwent an arthroscopic cleanup of his surgically repaired right elbow in late May.
RHP Jeff Samardzija
RHP Edwin Jackson
LHP Travis Wood
RHP Scott Feldman
RHP Matt Garza
RHP Kevin Gregg (closer)
RHP Carlos Marmol
LHP James Russell
RHP Hector Rondon
RHP Carlos Villanueva
RHP Blake Parker
RHP Henry Rodriguez
RHP Shawn Camp
1B Anthony Rizzo
2B Darwin Barney
SS Starlin Castro
3B Luis Valbuena
INF Cody Ransom
LF Alfonso Soriano
CF Ryan Sweeney
RF Nate Schierholtz
OF Scott Hairston
OF Julio Borbon