Chicago Cubs: Anthony Recker

Recker claimed; four are outrighted

October, 25, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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CHICAGO – Catcher Anthony Recker, who was designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, was claimed by the New York Mets on Thursday.

The Cubs designated Recker to make room on the 40-man roster for right-hander Carlos Gutierrez, who the Cubs claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Twins.

In addition to losing Recker, the Cubs also outrighted four players to Triple-A Iowa: infielder Adrian Cardenas, as well as right-handers Miguel Socolovich, Jason Berken and Marcos Mateo. All four are now off the 40-man roster.

Cubs claim RHP Gutierrez off waivers

October, 24, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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CHICAGO – The Cubs announced Wednesday they have claimed right-hander Carlos Gutierrez off waivers from the Minnesota Twins, while catcher was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

Gutierrez, whose 2012 season was cut short by a shoulder injury, was a former first-round draft pick in 2008. Primarily used in relief, Gutierrez has posted a 15-20 record with a 4.11 ERA over 136 appearances in the last five seasons.

The University of Miami product made just 10 appearances this past season before a June shoulder injury eventually led to surgery. He began a rehab throwing program earlier this month.

Recker, who was acquired from the A’s in a trade this past season, played in nine games with the Cubs, collecting one home run and four RBIs.

2012 Cubs recap: Catching

October, 10, 2012
10/10/12
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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Wellington CastilloDennis Wierzbicki/US PresswireWellington Castillo impressed Dale Sveum and figures to be the Cubs everyday catcher in 2013.
With the 2012 season finally over, Doug Padilla reviews the Cubs by position this week. Today he focuses on the catchers.

A young Chicago Cubs roster in 2012 was even greener when it came to the catching position.

Four different rookies caught 99 of the 162 games this past season, with the club finally phasing out of the Geovany Soto era.

After Soto was traded to the Texas Rangers on July 30, only rookies worked behind the plate, with Welington Castillo finally emerging as the clear favorite to become the No. 1 catcher next season.

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AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastPitchers gave up fewer runs pitching to Steve Clevenger compared to Castro but Clevenger's offensive game lagged behind.
Soto led the Cubs with 51 games at catcher, as Steve Clevenger, Castillo, Koyie Hill, Blake Lalli and Anthony Recker all got at least one opportunity as well.

After raising the bar with a nearly unanimous Rookie of the Year Award in 2008, Soto struggled to live up to the lofty standards he set for himself. The 2012 season was his most disappointing, though, as he missed some time with a knee injury and batted only .199 with 14 RBIs in the 176 at-bats when he was healthy.

Soto was dealt for minor-league right-hander Jake Brigham and the kids were left to guide the pitching staff.

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Cubs' Jackson, Rizzo out vs. Houston

September, 12, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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Injuries to two regulars, along with a left-handed opponent on the mound, had the Chicago Cubs trying an interesting lineup Wednesday.

Joe Mather was in the leadoff spot for the third time in the past four days, Starlin Castro marked his return to the No. 3 spot in the order and catcher Anthony Recker got a chance to play first base.

The game will mark the final National League clash between the Cubs and Astros in Houston as National League Central foes. The Astros will move to the American League in 2013.

Center fielder Brett Jackson was out for the fifth consecutive game with a sore right knee that he suffered when crashing into the fence Friday night at Pittsburgh. First baseman Anthony Rizzo was also out with a sore shoulder and back after a collision at first base Tuesday.

Mather has taken advantage of his recent starting chances. He had five hits in his last two starts, Sunday at Pittsburgh and Monday at Houston.

Castro started the season in the No. 3 spot but eventually moved to the second hole and lately to the No. 5 spot. In the 54 games Castro was in the No. 3 spot, the Cubs were 17-37 this season.

Recker, who was traded from the A’s to the Cubs on Aug. 27, has made just one previous start with the Cubs this season when he was the catcher Sunday at Pittsburgh. He hit a home run to center field, the first of his career. Recker has played some first base in the minor leagues but has never played there in 19 previous big-league games.

The Cubs’ complete lineup Wednesday against Astros left-hander Fernando Abad:

Mather, CF
Darwin Barney, 2B
Castro, SS
Alfonso Soriano, LF
Welington Castillo, C
Josh Vitters, 3B
Dave Sappelt, RF
Recker, 1B
Travis Wood, P

Cubs set club record for players used

September, 4, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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WASHINGTON -- After just one at-bat in a Chicago Cubs uniform, Anthony Recker is already setting franchise records.

Recker, acquired in a recent trade with the Oakland Athletics, became the 52nd player used by the Cubs this season, setting a team mark. Jaye Chapman was the 51st player when he made his big-league debut in the second inning.

The Cubs have also used 20 rookies this season with 11 of them making their major league debut.

Once the Cubs went into rebuilding mode, the record for players used in a season was in jeopardy.

“You’d rather have it another way,” manager Dale Sveum said. “There is nothing good from breaking a franchise record for players used. You’re not going to end up in a good season.”

Cubs to bring Rusin back for Tuesday start

September, 3, 2012
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The Chicago Cubs will send left-hander Chris Rusin (0-1, 1.80) against Nationals right-hander Edwin Jackson (8-9, 3.53 ERA) on Tuesday night.

Rusin and three others, pitchers Jaye Chapman and Rafael Dolis and catcher Anthony Recker, will be added to Chicago's roster on Tuesday.

Rusin pitched against the Milwaukee Brewers on Aug. 21, taking a loss despite allowing just one run on one hit in five innings. He struck out four and walked two in the 5-2 loss.

Information from the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Cubs, A's swap catcher for catcher

August, 27, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics swapped catchers Monday as Blake Lalli was sent to the Bay Area club in exchange for Anthony Recker.

The Cubs announced that Recker will be optioned to Triple-A Iowa, but did not yet reveal a corresponding move on the 40-man roster.

Both catchers had been recently designated for assignment with Recker being sent out by the A’s on Aug. 20, while Lalli was designated Thursday after the Cubs claimed pitcher Miguel Socolovich off waivers.

Recker played in 13 games with the A’s this season and has played in 18 games in his career. He is a career .146 hitter in the major leagues. Lalli has played in just six major league games, all this season. He collected two hits in his first major league action, batting .133.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jason Hammel
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.98 104 108
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Rizzo .285
HRA. Rizzo 25
RBIA. Rizzo 55
RA. Rizzo 71
OPSA. Rizzo .925
ERAJ. Samardzija 2.83
SOJ. Hammel 104