CHICAGO -- Now that the Major League Draft is over, teams turn their focus to the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said the phone traffic with other GMs has picked up since the Draft ended last week."The pitching is a priority now," Hoyer said on Tuesday about
CHICAGO -- Now that the Major League Draft is over, teams turn their focus to the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said the phone traffic with other GMs has picked up since the Draft ended last week.
"The pitching is a priority now," Hoyer said on Tuesday about the Cubs' wish list. "Organizationally, that's where we need to go."
The Cubs are in the market for pitching because they've already had to dip into their reserve with Kyle Hendricks (inflammation right hand) and Brett Anderson (back) going on the disabled list.
What about a leadoff hitter? Anthony Rizzo has had success there, but could the Cubs be looking for someone to handle that spot in the order?
"We have plenty of guys on the roster who can be successful in that role," Hoyer said. "It hasn't happened yet this year with the exception of Rizzo. I'm not sure that's a permanent solution."
• Jason Heyward did not start on Tuesday for the second straight game after he scraped his left hand sliding on the warning track in Pittsburgh trying to catch a foul ball. Heyward has had trouble gripping the bat and throwing.
"It was freaky," Heyward said. "I usually don't get bothered by stuff but I didn't realize it happened and I got up and looked down at my hand and I was like, 'What's on my hand?' and it was actually my hand and my skin. It was a big flap of skin and I took it off."
Heyward had to call time and get his hand taped because it was starting to bleed. He needs a scab to form on his hand so he can grip a bat and throw.
"There's no skin there," Heyward said. "That's the tough part -- it has to heal first."
• Kyle Schwarber was available to pinch-hit despite having to come out of Monday's game when he fouled a ball off his right ankle in the fourth inning.
"It's a little sore," Schwarber said. "I didn't bruise it, but it looked like I had a baseball in my shoe. It kept getting tighter and tighter."
Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.