The Chicago Cubs might place Aramis Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained calf today. Which would suck. But if they do, never fear, because there’s a 31-year old journeyman minor leaguer on the way to replace him: Bobby Scales.
Month: April 2009
That was unpleasant.
Koyie Hill spelled Chicago Cubs starting catcher Geovany Soto last night, and came up with three hits, bringing his season average up to .318. Soto, by contrast, is hitting just .119. But there’s no way there’s any kind of catcher controversy, right? I mean, Soto is the reigning Rookie of the Year, and Hill is […]
Milton Bradley is back, Carlos Marmol is back, and Derrek Lee is set to be back tonight. But third baseman Aramis Ramirez is still out with a strained calf. And it’s not getting better. “Ramirez was out here early to run, but he couldn’t accelerate at all,” Piniella told reporters. “The plan is for it […]
It’s really nice to see the Cubs spreading the offense among several games instead of using it all up in a just a handful of wins. Oh. Wait.
The Chicago Cubs designated reliever Luis Vizcaino for assignment four days ago. Recall that when a player is designated for assignment, a team has 10 days to trade or release him. Alternatively, if the team placed the player on waivers within the first seven days (i.e., gave the rest of the ML teams the chance […]
Yes, the Cubs have stunk with a capital F over the last week, losing five of six. But it’s not as though they’ve been playing full strength. that is, of course, not an excuse – it just helps me sleep at night. So how are the hundreds of injured Chicago Cubs doing? First up, the […]
Well, that was fun. Mmm. More errors than runs. Always good.
Yeah, yeah. It’s April and Kosuke Fukudome is one of the hottest hitters in baseball. What else is new. But had to give a shout to Zoner Sports, if for no other reason than the excellent title: Fukudome is Fukidominating. Everyone left him for dead but Kosuke Fukudome is Fuki-dominating. To be sure, those same […]
OMG Alfonso Soriano totally batted somewhere other than lead off this weekend!!!! And then he went back to lead off on Sunday, and the Cubs kicked the Cardinals’ collective ass. Despite the quick reversion to lead off, the move does say something about Piniella’s thoughts on batting order, and he shared them in tandem with […]
Whew, the Cubs managed to pull out a victory in St. Louis and avoid the sweep. A lot of guys stepped up, but no one more than Kosuke Fukudome.
God never sleeps. Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee had to come out of Sunday’s game after the first inning because of neck spasms, and his status is day-to-day. cubs.com. Lee has had neck spasm issues before – back in early 2007. Fortunately, the Cubs have a relatively able replacement for Lee in Micah Hoffpauir. Oh […]
Carlos Zambrano is now officially Zorro, the masked avenger, riding in on horseback to save the day. No, not just because his name starts with a Z, or because of his Spring Training (badass) mustache. Carlos Zambrano was taking grounders at third base and shortstop on Saturday. The Cubs hope it doesn’t come to that. […]
On the Sports Reporters this morning, Mike Lupica used his parting thoughts to tear Chicago Cubs outfielder/bench sitter Milton Bradley a new one. Following Bradley’s comments this week that the media were making it difficult for him to succeed and that he would no longer be speaking with them, we took him to task for […]
Somehow it’s easier to swallow a blowout loss than a close, what-could-have-been loss. Still, the enhancement touches on a frustration.
According to Bruce Levine, Aramis Ramirez is out today with his strained calf, and probably another two days after that. (h/t CCO.) Carlos Marml is expected to avoid the DL, but might miss as many as four to five days with a knee strain. UPDATE: MRI revealed a grade 1 sprain for Marmol. Oh Dear […]
Truly, friends, the Lord Almighty hates Cubs fans. As you know by now, Aramis Ramirez AND Carlos Marmol (totally unimportant players, you know?) left last night’s game with injuries. Details are somewhat thin, but for now, Ramirez seems to be in worse shape than Marmol. Ramirez had to leave Friday’s game — a 4-3 loss […]
Everyone will be talking about the missed opportunities, the injuries, and the frustrating loss. But I could only think of one thing to bitch/enhance about.
Aramis Ramirez left the game tonight with a strained calf, and Carlos Marmol also exited with an injury. Awesome. More details as they become available.
Oh for what I want to say, but that I can’t. I want to say that I’m incredibly disappointed in Milton Bradley’s health thus far. But I can’t. I want to say that I’m incredibly disappointed in Milton Bradley’s demeanor – and performance – in his brief, on-field experiences. But I can’t. I really want […]
Stupid freaking Reds. Stupid freaking Dusty Baker. And really stupid freaking Joey Votto. His entire career will be built on world-beating the Cubs. You’ll see. But today’s enhancement takes a different jab.
We hardly knew ye. As expected, the Cubs designated right-hander Luis Vizcaino for assignment on Thursday to make room on the 25-man roster for Jeff Samardzija. According to ESPN.com, Chicago was trying to trade Vizcaino before bringing up Samardzija from Triple-A Iowa. But while general manager Jim Hendry attempted to work out a deal with […]
Editor’s disclosure: I am a cat person (crud, I just lost some readers). So my thoughts here are probably tainted by my little snoopy, poopy, woopy, wittle, kitty… er, sorry. As the now infamous calico cat was running across the outfield at Wrigley on Tuesday night, most Cubs fans were groaning. I was, too. But […]
Jeff Samardzija makes his way back to the big club today after pitching very well to start the year in AAA Iowa, and manager Lou Piniella says he’ll help out in the 6th and 7th (which I suppose means he’ll be in the pen, and will be a setup-ish pitcher). Naturally, this begs the question: […]
Stupid Reds with their stupid young pitchers. Whatever. Dusty will exact revenge for us.
Apparently the Chicago Cubs will call up Jeff Samardzija tomorrow to help the ailing bullpen. The question, of course, is who is going to be gone? Neal Cotts is in no danger of being optioned, and Hendry said Sean Marshall will remain in the rotation. This could mean Luis Vizcaino is in danger of being […]