For all of you Chicago Cubs fans out there who are looking forward to seeing newly acquired Dan Haren take the mound but are perhaps alarmed that there are 26 names on the active roster, take a deep breath. Haren is here to stay (at least for the remainder of 2015) but with Monday afternoon off, the teams has a bit of extra time before sending someone down to Triple-A Iowa or being placed on waivers to make room for the journeyman righty.
Haren, 34, comes to the Cubs by way of Miami for Minor Leaguers Elliot Soto and Ivan Pineyro. He should bolster a decent rotation that’s gotten more help that it’s used to from an exploding offense. A second round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals back in 2001, he’s casually mentioned this year that this may be his last season playing in the Major League.
Last night in Milwaukee the Cubbie faithful got a bit of a scare on the base path. Rookie third baseman Kris Bryant left Sunday’s contest after a collision resulting from a hard slide into second base.
Bryant, 23, was attempting to turn a single into a double as the throw from the outfield came in to the Milwaukee Brewers short stop Jean Segura. The awkward attempted two-bagger ended with Segura landing on his head and or neck. Training staff came out onto the field and Bryant was taken off as a precaution. The prognosis is as yet uncertain but it’s believed that he will be seeing a doctor toadying observance of concussion protocol.
Miguel Montero, the Cubs’ starting catcher, is on the mend and may join the club as early as Thursday team sources say. A little more than two weeks ago Montero suffered a sprained thumb and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. In the interim the club have utilized both Taylor Teagarden and Kyle Schwarber at the catcher position. Teagarden has already been sent down to Triple-A Iowa but even with Montero making a possible return this week Schwarber is expected to stay with the big club. The particular roster moves have yet to be decided but three catchers worked for the team at the beginning of the season prior to trading Welington Castillo to the Seattle Mariners.