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Month: April 2009

Koyie Hill to Get More Starts Over Geovany Soto?

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 […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Aramis Ramirez May Be Headed to DL

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 […]

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So What’s Going to Happen With Luis Vizcaino?

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 […]

The Cublogoverse Says Kosuke Fukudome is HAWT

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 […]

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OMG Soriano Batted Third! OMG it Didn’t Last!

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 […]

Carlos Zambrano is Totally Zorro, and Injury Stuff

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. […]

Mike Lupica Just Blasted Milton Bradley

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 […]

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Injury Updates: Ramirez at Least 3 Days, Marmol 4-5

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 […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Marmol Says No to DL, Ramirez Says Maybe

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 […]

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Cubs DFA Luis Vizcaino

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 […]

In Case You Were Worried About the Cat

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 […]

Samardzija is Back (redux), and Somebody’s Out

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: […]

Samardzija is Back

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 […]