Martinez ready for friendly foes

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY RUS­SELL DORSEY, STAFF RE­PORTER rdorsey@suntimes.com | @Russ_Dorsey1

Jose Martinez was stunned by his trade to the Cubs, but af­ter the ini­tial shock wore off, his ex­cite­ment grew.

Martinez, who was ac­quired from the Rays, has seen the Cubs a lot as an op­po­nent with the Car­di­nals, and he’s look­ing for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity to play on the North Side.

“You’re al­ways sur­prised to get traded,” Martinez said Tues­day be­fore the game against the Pi­rates. “You don’t ex­pect to get traded at all. With all the cir­cum­stances over there, they got a pretty good team [in Tampa Bay]. They had a lot of guys, good play­ers over there . . . . I was happy when I got that call, for sure, and I’m ex­cited to be here, 100%.

“You al­ways want to play the Cubs, the at­mos­phere around the sta­dium. The fans are into it — a lot of Cubs fans were there at Busch Sta­dium, too. You al­ways want to play them and com­pete be­cause there’s a lot of ex­cite­ment. Play­ing on this side, it’s go­ing to be bet­ter, for sure, be­cause I’m here now.”

The Cubs’ new first base­man and des­ig­nated hit­ter is go­ing to see some old faces real soon as the team takes on the Car­di­nals for five games start­ing Fri­day at Wrigley Field.

“As soon as I got traded, ev­ery­body started send­ing me the sched­ule, like, ‘Hey, look! This is what you got.’ I’m ex­cited for that too,” Martinez said. “They have a lot of great guys over there. A lot of good friends over there. But now it’s about com­pet­ing, and now I’m with a dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“It’s go­ing to be fun be­cause I’ve played over there, too, and I’m here now. So I can feel how it is on both sides.”

Martinez went 0-for-3 in his Cubs de­but.

Chat­wood to IL with fore­arm strain

The Cubs put right-han­der Tyler Chat­wood on the 10-day in­jured list with a strained right fore­arm. Chat­wood in­jured the fore­arm in the third in­ning of the Cubs’ 10-1 win Sun­day against the Reds be­fore be­ing re­moved from the game.

“He’s gonna be a lit­tle while,” gen­eral man­ager Jed Hoyer said Mon­day. “We’re cer­tainly hope­ful that he’s back this year . . . . It was largely good news with his MRI.”

Quin­tana to start against Car­di­nals

Left-han­der Jose Quin­tana said he wanted to get back into the Cubs’ rotation as soon as pos­si­ble af­ter re­turn­ing from the in­jured list, and he’s go­ing to get his op­por­tu­nity.

With the in­jury to Chat­wood and that fiveg­ame se­ries against the Car­di­nals, man­ager David Ross in­di­cated that Quin­tana will get the nod this week­end.

“Yeah, that’s safe to say,” Ross said. “He’ll start one of those games.”

Osich ac­ti­vated; Sadler DFA’d

Right-han­der Casey Sadler was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment to make room on the ac­tive ros­ter for left-han­der Josh Osich, who was ac­quired from the Red Sox on Mon­day. Sadler had a 5.79 ERA in 10 ap­pear­ances.

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Cubs cen­ter fielder Ian Happ is greeted by Kris Bryant af­ter hit­ting a home run in the first in­ning Tues­day against the Pittsburgh Pi­rates.

Jose Martinez

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