06/28/11 8:32 PM ET
Quade named to NL staff for All-Star Game
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who will manage the NL squad, made the announcement on Tuesday, prior to a doubleheader between the Cubs and Giants.
"It's a wonderful honor," Quade said on Tuesday. "I wish I was calling him to ask him to come with me. That's what I'd like to do someday. That was a real nice surprise."
Quade has joked that Bochy and his staff owed him a case of wine, after the Cubs beat the Padres at the end of last season, which helped the Giants get to the postseason.
"They were pretty happy when we went in there and beat the Padres last year," Quade said. "This is way above any case of wine or any case of wine I'm capable of drinking. It's a great event, and I'm flattered to be going."
Quade, 54, replaces Jim Riggleman, who was named to the NL staff, but was dropped after he resigned from the Nationals last week. In May, Bochy named Riggleman and Arizona manager Kirk Gibson to the NL staff. Bochy's San Francisco coaching staff of Tim Flannery, Mark Gardner, Roberto Kelly, Hensley Meulens, Dave Righetti and Ron Wotus will all be on hand.
Quade took over the Cubs on Aug. 23 and guided the team to a 24-13 record. This year, he's had to deal with injuries to several key players, including starting pitchers Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells, who were placed on the disabled list after their first starts.
After the first game of a Tuesday doubleheader, the Cubs were 32-47, 12 games back in the NL Central.
Cubs bolster bullpen by recalling Mateo
CHICAGO -- The Cubs needed a fresh arm for the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader and recalled right-handed pitcher Marcos Mateo from Triple-A Iowa.
Infielder DJ LeMahieu was optioned to Iowa to make room on the roster. LeMahieu was called up from Double-A Tennessee on May 30 and hit .243 in 23 games.
"I think he's handled himself extremely well," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "He hasn't been in awe. I've really been impressed with him defensively. He's a big kid, moves around well."
This is Mateo's second stint with the Cubs. He was 1-1 with a 5.74 ERA in 20 relief appearances before he was optioned to Iowa on May 17. In 16 relief outings there, he was 1-6 with a 6.87 ERA.
Byrd plunked in back in first rehab game
CHICAGO -- In his first game back after getting hit in the face by a pitch, Marlon Byrd was hit again.
Byrd, who had not faced live pitching since May 21 when he was hit by Boston's Alfredo Aceves, was plunked in the back on Monday night in a rehab game with Triple-A Iowa. He didn't flinch.
Byrd was hit by the pitch in the third inning. Darwin Barney, rehabbing from a sprained left knee, then singled, and both he and Byrd scored on Tyler Colvin's home run. Byrd played 10 innings of the 15-inning game, which Iowa won on Chris Robinson's pinch-hit RBI single. John Gaub picked up the win, pitching four shutout innings in relief. Five Iowa pitchers combined to fan 19 to tie a franchise record.
Byrd, who hopes to return for the Cubs' series next week against the Nationals, was 0-for-3 with a walk.
"I thought I'd have jitters, but I didn't," Byrd told reporters in Des Moines. "I got hit by a pitch. That was something I needed."
Byrd also flew out to left in the first, grounded out to shortstop in the fourth and drew a walk in the seventh and stole second before scoring on Bryan LaHair's single. In the ninth, Byrd, who's wearing a batting helmet with a flap that covers his left cheek, flew out.
Cubs manager Mike Quade was unaware Byrd was plunked again when he met with the media before Tuesday's game at Wrigley Field. Quade was impressed that Byrd played 10 innings.
"I don't care where you send him, he likes to play and wants to play," Quade said. "He fully understands that the more extensive his playing time and the more at-bats he gets, the quicker he gets back here. He's not going to take any short measures -- that's just who he is, and that's why we love him."
Barney could return on Wednesday
CHICAGO -- If all goes well following a rehab game with Triple-A Iowa, Darwin Barney could be back in the Cubs' lineup on Wednesday.
Barney, on the disabled list since June 14 with a sprained left knee, played his fourth game on Tuesday for the Minor League team on a rehab assignment. He went 2-for-3 on Tuesday against Albuquerque and was 5-for-14 in four games, with a home run and three RBIs.
Barney was starting at second and batting second on Tuesday in Iowa's game against Albuquerque in Des Moines.
"If he's healthy and everything's fine, we'll get him in [Wednesday]," Cubs manager Mike Quade said.
Barney, who is wearing a knee brace, has reported it doesn't hinder his mobility and gives him the support he needs, Quade said.
"If it doesn't bother him, why not have him wear it for an extended period of time?" Quade said.
Sidelined Wood likely to throw on Wednesday
CHICAGO -- Cubs reliever Kerry Wood, on the disabled list with a blister on his right index finger, was expected to throw on Wednesday.
"There haven't been any setbacks," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "It's just getting that thing tough enough for him to make pitches.
"It's been a slower process than we hoped for," Quade said, "but it's such a delicate area [that] we need to callous it up, toughen it up, whatever it is that they do. We'd like to do that, so we're not walking down this road in another week."
Wood, on the DL since June 9, was not expected to need a Minor League rehab appearance.
"I'm sure he would do whatever [was needed]," Quade said. "Maybe he'll throw to a few hitters here in a batting-practice situation, as opposed to doing a rehab."
Wood, who appeared in 24 games for the Cubs, posted a 2.25 ERA before he was sidelined.
Younger Dunston undecided about joining Cubs
CHICAGO -- Don't dust off the Shawon-O-Meter just yet. Shawon Dunston Jr. is still trying to decide whether to take advantage of a scholarship at Vanderbilt or join one of the Cubs' Minor League teams.
The younger Dunston was the Cubs' 11th-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft earlier this month. His dad, who was the Cubs' first-round pick in 1982, said his son has the potential to be a good ballplayer.
"He's good," Dunston said of his son. "He has all the skills, but he just needs to play."
The decision now is school vs. baseball.
"He's in between now," Dunston said. "It's 50-50."
The family will sit down to talk about Dunston Jr.'s future but Dunston said he wants this to be his son's decision.
"I'm leaving it up to him," Dunston said. "He knows education is important, and he knows to be a Major League Baseball player he has to go through the Minor Leagues. We're going to leave it up to him."
Shawon Dunston Jr. played center field, not shortstop like his dad, at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, Calif. He's the third of four children in the Dunston family. Older sister Whitney is at Howard University and Jasmine is at Tennessee State. The youngest, Ashley, is in high school.
"They're all leaving the house," the elder Dunston said.
Dunston played for Chicago from 1985-95 and returned in '97. In 18 seasons in the big leagues, he batted .269 with 15 homers, 292 doubles and 62 triples. Anyone who watched Dunston remembers his strong throwing arm and acrobatic leaps at second. And his son?
"He throws pretty good," Dunston said. "He's a little more patient than me."
Dunston also struck out 1,000 times. Does his son have his dad's arm?
"Not like mine -- not yet," Dunston said, laughing. "He's good. He has the tools. He has to play."
Dunston batted .790 his senior year in high school, which helped earn his first-round selection.
"I don't know why I didn't hit like that in the big leagues," Dunston said. "It's all those sliders."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.