“The Year of the Call-Up” continues, as Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports that the Cubs are set to promote Kyle Schwarber from Double-A Tennessee. However, he’s not expected to stick around for long.
The Cubs will play five out of their next six games under American League rules, first against the Indians and then this weekend against the Twins. With that in mind, the team thought this was a good time to break him in as a designated hitter, left-handed bench bat, and third catcher. Cubs president Theo Epstein told Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com that he’ll be sent to Triple-A Iowa after this week regardless of the results, but he’s obviously someone who could resurface before long.
Schwarber, 22, was selected No. 4 overall in last year’s draft and owns a .333/.432/.610 batting line with 31 home runs over his first 129 games in pro ball. Baseball America ranked him as the No. 19 prospect in the game on their preseason list.
This season hasn’t gone according to plan for the Marlins so far, but there’s some good news right around the corner.
According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, Jose Fernandez announced this evening that he plans to make his return to Marlins’ rotation on July 2 for a home start against the Giants.
Fernandez, now 15 months removed from Tommy John surgery, has a 5.62 ERA with six strikeouts and two walks in eight innings over his first two minor league rehab starts with High-A Jupiter. He projects to make three more starts in the minors before being activated.
Fernandez, 22, owns a brilliant 2.25 ERA over his first 36 starts in the majors. It’s going to be fun to have him back.
The Padres fired manager Bud Black earlier today and have installed bench coach Dave Roberts as his temporary replacement. However, they are moving quickly to settle on an interim manager to lead the club for the remainder of the season:
According to Marty Caswell of 1090 Sports Radio, Padres general manager A.J. Preller said tonight that Roberts is among the internal candidates for the job. Pat Murphy, manager for the team’s Triple-A affiliate in El Paso, will also be interviewed. In fact, Peter Gammons reports that he’s on his way to San Diego tonight.
You might recall that Craig Counsell wanted to add Murphy to his coaching staff after replacing Ron Roenicke as Brewers’ manager last month. The Padres wouldn’t let him go, which led to some speculation that he was being eyed as a potential replacement for Black.
The Padres enter play tonight at 32-33 on the year, six games behind the Dodgers in the National League West.
As if today wasn’t eventful enough already for the Padres, outfielder/first baseman Wil Myers is headed back to the disabled list due to continued discomfort in his left wrist.
Myers originally hit the disabled list about a month ago due to what was termed as left wrist inflammation. He was activated last Thursday and played in three games, but he’s obviously not close to 100 percent.
Myers recently told AJ Cassavell of MLB.com that he has dealt with effects of a bone spur in his wrist for most of his life. He acknowledged that there’s a “high possibility” he’ll eventually have surgery on the wrist, but he was hoping to delay a decision until the offseason.
Myers, who was acquired as part of the big three-team trade with the Rays and Nationals over the winter, is batting .277/.327/.459 with five home runs and 19 RBI over 35 games this season.
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hasn’t played since Friday due to a strained right hamstring, but Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that he’s available for tonight’s game against the Rockies and could return to the starting lineup tomorrow afternoon.
Altuve exited Friday’s game against the Mariners after he tweaked his hamstring trying to run out a ground ball in his second at-bat of the first inning against Felix Hernandez. He downplayed the severity of the issue, so a stint on the disabled list wasn’t deemed necessary, but the Astros are trying to play things safe in order to avoid a setback.
After his monster 2014, the 25-year-old Altuve is batting .290/.330/.395 with five home runs, 27 RBI, and 17 steals through 61 games this season.