Cubs’ manager Dale Sveum hasn’t spent much time learning about Major League Baseball’s proposed expansion to instant replays. Nevertheless, he feels it can only be good for the game.
“There can’t be any negatives to make sure two or three plays a night are gotten right,” Sveum said Friday prior to the Cubs’ series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. “I don’t see any negatives that could come out of it.
Under the proposal, managers will be allowed three challenges during a game. One of those challenges would be available in the first six innings. The remaining two could be used from the seventh inning and beyond. If the appeal is won, the manager will retain the challenge.
“I don’t know if it makes sense to have two at the end or spread out so there’s just three, period,” Sveum said. “You don’t know when your rally is going to happen.
“It’ll be interesting to see how the process works, how quick you can get information to the dugouts, how many outs there are in an inning,” he added. “It can go on and on about when and how you're going to use them.”
Guerrier surgery ends season
Reliever Matt Guerrier’s season -- and likely his time with the Cubs -- came to an official end today. The reliever was scheduled to undergo surgery in Cincinnati for his damaged flexor mass in his right elbow.
He is expected to be sidelined for six to eight months. Guerrier is a free agent after the season.
Guerrier finished 4-4 with a 4.01 earned-run average in 49 appearances this season with the Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA in 15 relief appearances with the Cubs.
Sanchez optioned to Iowa
The Cubs promoted right-hander Jake Arrieta from Triple-A Iowa today to make the start against the Cardinals. They optioned Eduardo Sanchez to Iowa to make room for Arrieta, who is making his second appearance with the Cubs.
He made a spot start in game two of a doubleheader against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 30, allowing one run on two hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out two in a no-decision.
Sanchez was 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA in four relief appearances with the Cubs this season.