NEW YORK — Saturday noted a one-year anniversary of Randy Rosario‘s Major League debut.
“We had only finished batting practice, and we were doing unequivocally good — we’d won, like, 20 out of 26 games,” Rosario pronounced on Saturday, relaying a story about his callup to a Twins from Double-A Chattanooga. “The manager says, ‘We have a assembly in 5 minutes.’ Everybody was like, ‘Why? We’re doing good.’ He said, ‘I only wish to say, Randy, you’re going to a large leagues,’ and everybody started hugging me and articulate to me.”
Rosario entered in a eighth inning opposite a Angels on Jun 2, 2017, and late a side, including Albert Pujols, who grounded out to finish a inning.
Rosario seemed in only one some-more diversion that deteriorate for a Twins and was claimed off waivers by a Cubs in November. That was another surprise, he said, though it’s worked out well.
“I played for Gigantes [in a Dominican Republic], and as shortly as [a friend] knew a Cubs picked me up, they called [Pedro] Strop,” Rosario said. “They said, ‘Hey, take caring of this guy.’
“He’s training me about all here,” Rosario pronounced of a maestro reliever. “I’ve been seeking him all day in a bullpen, all day here.”
When Strop talks, Rosario listens, and it’s paid off. Entering Saturday’s diversion opposite a Mets, Rosario has given adult dual hits and walked 3 over 7 innings in 4 games while distinguished out six.
The left-hander might find himself stuffing a bigger purpose in a bullpen. The Cubs need assistance after Carl Edwards Jr. went on a infirm list on Wednesday since of inflammation in his right shoulder.
“[Rosario] gets out righties and lefties, and he’s not afraid, and we adore him for that,” manager Joe Maddon pronounced on Saturday. “He’s got a large arm and good other stuff, his violation pitches are unequivocally good. He’s really not afraid. You demeanour him in a eyeballs and he’s prepared to go. There’s no revelation what he can do. He’s immature with a good arm, and he has good appetite for a game. I’m extraordinary to find out how distant we can take him, since he has good potential.”
• Friday noted a 162nd diversion of Ian Happ‘s Major League career. The outfielder ranks second among Cubs players for a many home runs in their initial 162 games. Kyle Schwarber strike 35 in his initial 162, while Happ has strike 32. Kris Bryant is next, with 28, and Willson Contreras strike 26.
“What’s some-more considerable is that a tip 4 guys are on this group right now,” Happ pronounced on Saturday. “Cubs story is so storied, and a fact we have guys violation annals like that on a same group is cool.”
Happ, who strike 24 homers in 115 games final season, knows nobody approaching this many from him.
“Definitely not with my frame,” he said. “That’s partial of it. we consider some of those numbers, if we demeanour during them, like ground-ball percentage, we consider we have one of a lowest ground-ball percentages in a league. Over a march of time, if those numbers line up, you’re going to have success that way. In this league, generally now, belligerent balls are outs. Infielders are too good, a shifts are too good.”
• Right-hander Yu Darvish, on a DL with inflammation in his right triceps, is stability his rehab in Chicago; Maddon had no refurbish on Saturday.
“I did not speak to anybody currently about Yu,” Maddon said.