Cubs call up Blake Parker; DFA Alex Hinshaw

Cubs call up Blake Parker; DFA Alex Hinshaw

The bullpen merry-go-round continues and it was Alex Hinshaw being bumped off and Blake Parker getting back on.

The Brewers played home run derby with Hinshaw last night, so it's not surprising he was let go.  You can say one thing about these Cubs, they're not afraid to cut their losses early.  Hinshaw's  fastball was 88-90 and his breaking stuff was flat, there didn't seem to be a lot of hope for improvement there.

Blake Parker did not allow an earned run in his 4.1 innings earlier this season before being sidelined with an arm injury.  He has made his way back and since his return, has pitched 10.2 innings, posting a 5.06 ERA, but walking just one batter and striking out 14.  The latter two numbers are likely what earned him that promotion.

Parker, you'll remember, impressed manager Dale Sveum in the spring by attacking the strike zone with his 91-94 mph two-seamer/slider combination.

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  • If Parker can't get the job done tonight....bring in Mather!

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    I've seen enough of Mather on the mound for my lifetime.

  • In reply to John Arguello:


    I've seen enough of Mather for my lifetime.

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    Ha! Guess I didn't have to specify "mound", did I?

  • Before we hear from certain Cubs fans.....the answer is "NO"

    the question......are the Cubs interested in Oswalt, Wolf, Matsuzaka, Buehrle, Bernard or Clemens as starters in 2013?

  • Buehrle going to the Dodgers.

    Madness, Madness......Complete Madness.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    That's still just speculation.

  • Lets say that Alex Hinshaw was no Clayton Kershaw.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    He disappeared just like Keyser Soze. Pitched like him too.

  • In reply to SFToby:

    Soze much more deceptive.

  • I see that the Jays 1st round Marcus Stroman is going to miss 50 games for PEDs.

  • In reply to SFToby:

    I also see that Josh Sale also got busted for PEDS - supposedly methamphetamine and Adderal. Wasn't that the cocktail of choice of a recent visitor to Wrigley?

  • In reply to SFToby:

    Amazing. Totally caught me by surprise. Little guy can throw pretty hard...makes you wonder now.

  • Wasn't able to catch the game last night. Does anyone have footage of Mather pitching?

  • In reply to johnnywest333:

    I don't have anything, sorry.

  • I like the Hinshaw move. It reminds me of how the Cardinals, the freaking Cardinals, handle their bullpen. Give pitchers a chance to produce, if they don't, ship them out.

  • Don't know why they had to get rid of Hinshaw. He proved last night that he is more than adequate at throwing batting practice. My biggest problem is that they DFA'd Maine, essentially, because of the Hinshaw pickup. I'm assuming that Maine has cleared waivers? Did he accept his demotion?

  • In reply to TheSinisterUrge:

    I haven't heard that Maine has cleared yet. He's similar to Hinshaw, didn't see a huge difference between the two.

  • Alex, we hardly knew ya.

  • I believe now that Hurricane Issac has more speed than some of our relief pitchers can throw.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    And lots more control.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    And staying power.

    And a good eye.

  • In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    Nicely played guys!

  • Marcum on waivers. Should the Cubs be interested?

  • Never mind. Marcum can be a FA after the season, any way.

  • I wouldn't be at this stage, considering cost to acquire and that Marcum will be 31 next season with a injury history. By the time the Cubs are ready to win, he'll be 33-34 (if the Cubs even re-sign him)

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    The Dodgers might put in a claim if he gets that far.

  • Just saw this on the Cubs broadcast and LOLed. Thanks for the memories, Alex!

  • I don't think that God is a Cubs fan. I see the entire Florida League got their games in with the exception of the make-up double header of Daytona, which got postponed. Again.

    Time to shut down Baez & company for the duration?

  • Seriously we have got to get Baez out of that league next year. How can that guy get into any kind of groove is he's missing games every other day? Daytona is good for pitchers, but not so much for hitters. Move him up to AA for 2013. Am I wrong John? Is this realistic?

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