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Wrigley Weekly Wrap-up

 

AdamWarren

The Cubs will go with a six-man rotation prior to the All-Star break and the extra starter will be Adam Warren. On Tuesday, they optioned him to Triple-A Iowa, where he’s expected to make two starts before rejoining the big league team for one start before the break. Warren gave up two runs on three hits and four walks and struck out three over 3 2/3 innings for Iowa on Saturday in a 6-5 loss to Oklahoma City. The right-hander threw 59 pitches, 31 strikes, as he continues to get stretched out.

With some spots to fill on the roster, the Cubs recalled right-hander Spencer Patton and selected the contract of lefty Gerardo Concepcion from Iowa. They also called up reliever Carl Edwards Jr.

IanHapp

Ian Happ, the Cubs’ top Draft pick in 2015, and rated by MLBPipeline.com as the No. 3 prospect in the team’s system, has been promoted to Double-A Tennessee of the Southern League. Happ was originally selected ninth overall as an outfielder, but converted to second base over the off-season. Before being promoted, he was with Class A Myrtle Beach of the Carolina League and put together an impressive first few months of the season with them. In 69 games at Myrtle Beach, Happ hit seven home runs with 42 RBIs and a .296/.410/.475 slash line. The 21-year-old from the University of Cincinnati is rated the No. 67 prospect in all of baseball and the No. 3 second baseman by MLB Pipeline.

All-Stars

Last Wednesday, Major League Baseball released the fourth National League All-Star Game voting update and the Cubs are still dominating the ballot. The entire infield is on track to start the All-Star Game and Dexter Fowler is atop the outfield voting. All the Cubs have huge leads too, Addison Russell’s lead over Rockies’ Trevor Story is the smallest among them. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, and Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes are the only non-Cubs on pace to start the game. According to the voting update, Jason Heyward is only trailing Cespedes by a few votes at 400,000. Jorge Soler sits at sixth among outfielders. This phase of voting will end on Thursday, June 30th.

Infielder Tommy La Stella and reliever Clayton Richard joined Triple-A Iowa on Sunday to begin a LaStellaRichardMinor League rehab assignment. La Stella was sidelined on June 8th with a right hamstring strain, while Richard went on the disabled list Tuesday with a blister on his left middle finger. “They’re both ready to roll,” Maddon said Sunday. La Stella could rejoin the team as soon as Thursday against the New York Mets, while Richard isn’t eligible to return until July 6th. Dexter Fowler, on the disabled list since June 19th with a right hamstring strain, is making progress but isn’t ready to start a rehab stint yet. Jorge Soler isn’t ready either, he’s been sidelined since June 7th with a left hamstring strain. Fowler’s absence is felt the most. “With Dexter, that’s why I’ve always said, ‘You go, we go,'” Maddon said. “He’s been the catalyst at the top of the lineup, and that can make a big difference in any game. Once you do that, everyone else follows.” The Cubs entered Sunday’s game 2-5 without him. “In 162 games, your depth is normally tested, and ours is being tested right now,” Maddon said. “There’s nothing to complain about. We scored enough runs, we just didn’t pitch like we normally do.”

JakeArrieta

Tommy La Stella taped a Coastal Carolina sign on the top of Jake Arrieta’s locker in the visitor’s clubhouse at Marlins Park Sunday. The sign was a reminder that Coastal Carolina eliminated Texas Christian from the College World Series and was also a reminder to Arrieta that he lost a bet to La Stella. Before La Stella left to his Minor League rehab assignment, he said Arrieta will make good on his bet by getting a tattoo of Coastal Carolina when the Cubs return from their 11-game road trip next week. Arrieta said that he would get a blacklight tattoo so that the letters “CCU” wouldn’t be noticeable without a blacklight lamp. “I’ll wear it proudly,” Arrieta said. “We lost fair and square.” Arrieta is a TCU alum and La Stella is a CCU alum, which is where the bet stems from.

Side notes:

The Cubs have signed sixth-round Draft pick Chad Hockin to the full pick value of $241,000. They also signed eighth-round selection Stephen Ridings and ninth-round pick Duncan Robinson.

The Cubs’ third-round pick Thomas Hatch started for Oklahoma State on Saturday in the College World Series and took the loss against Arizona. He gave up four runs on five hits and two walks over two-plus innings.

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