It was just as tough Tuesday to keep up with all of the Cubs’ transactions as it was to track all the early action in their 4-3 victory over the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field.
First, the Cubs settled on Class AAA Iowa call-up Jen-Ho Tseng to start the game in place of the ill Yu Darvish.
They also placed right fielder Jason Heyward on the seven-day concussion disabled list, recalling David Bote from Iowa.
Tseng wasn’t around long. He lasted 2 innings as he gave up 3 runs in the first inning, two coming on a homer by former Cubs farmhand Justin Bour.
The Cubs got two back in the second, with Bote hitting a pinch, 2-run double. They tied it in the sixth on Victor Caratini’s RBI forceout. Caratini got the game-winning RBI in the eighth when he grounded into a fielder’s choice to former Cub Starlin Castro at second base with Kris Bryant running at third. Castro took a long time to throw home, and Bryant slid in safely.
Tseng came up last year and worked in two games, getting a start and lasting just 3 innings.
“I couldn’t be very tolerant there,” said manager Joe Maddon on the quick hook. “You saw how good their bullpen is. So you can’t get so far behind that you have to play catch up against them.”
As for Heyward, he bumped his head on the right-field wall Sunday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis as he tried in vain to catch Dexter Fowler’s walk-off homer in the 14th inning.
“I heard about it (Monday),” Maddon said. “And then I talked to him in the dugout. I could tell things were just off a little bit.”
The Cubs went with a bullpen committee to finish Tuesday’s game, with newly recalled Rob Zastryzny following Tseng. Also pitching were Steve Cishek, Justin Wilson, Pedro Strop, Carl Edwards Jr., and Brandon Morrow.
Benches cleared but no punches were thrown in the top of the fourth when Cubs right fielder Ben Zobrist threw out Derek Dietrich trying to score from second base on Lewis Brinson’s single.
Caratini fielded the ball and had plenty of time to wait for Dietrich, who slammed into Caratini. Words were exchanged and both bullpens and benches emptied but that was as far as things got. There were even a few playful exchanges between the Cubs and Castro.
“He was out by 15 feet,” Caratini said through a translator. “That’s just where the play took me. I didn’t really like the way he shoved me, and that’s what I told him. ‘You didn’t need to do that. You were out by quite a bit.’ We exchanged some words, and that was it.”
Baez off the bench:
Second baseman Javier Baez did not start after suffering right-groin tightness in Monday night’s game. He did lead off the seventh inning as a pinch hitter and singled up the middle.
In Monday’s game, Baez had to reach behind him at second base to field a throw from third baseman Kris Bryant.
“I feel better,” Baez said. “I came out here early. I ran and stretched, talked to the trainers, talked to Joe (Maddon). Everything’s good. It wasn’t that painful. I was just sore and getting a little cramp.”
Here and gone:
To make room on the roster for Rob Zastryzny, the Cubs optioned reliever Cory Mazzoni back to Iowa. Mazzoni came up Monday and pitched the ninth inning of the Cubs’ 14-2 victory over the Marlins.