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Month: May 2009

Brewers in First Place, But Hit With Tough Loss

I was tempted, only for a second, to make this a “laughing because it isn’t the Cubs” post, but in light of the plethora of injuries befalling the Cubs this year, I couldn’t bring myself to further tempt fate. The first place Milwaukee Brewers have lost second baseman Rickie Weeks for the rest of the […]

Obsessive Harden Shoulderwatch: Still Feelin’ Fine

When is a non-update an update? When it’s about Rich Harden’s torn and tenuous shoulder. This non-update is here to tell you that he’s still feeling pretty good about the shoulder. “I’m not pitching anywhere near what I’m capable of,” Harden said. “I expect more out of myself. I haven’t been pitching like I want […]

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Zambrano Gets Beat Up By Little Kids

Carlos Zambrano’s rehab start in high single A ball did not go flawlessly yesterday. Zambrano tossed 3 2/3 innings for Class A Daytona against Dunedin in a rehab start, giving up 5 hits and 4 runs, walking three and striking out one. Zambrano threw 67 pitches, 42 for strikes. Daily Herald. Zambrano walked the first […]

Carlos Zambrano is a Minor Leaguer Today, Major Leaguer on Friday

Aramis Ramirez may be out until forever, but it looks like Carlos Zambrano will be back soon from his hamstring injury. Carlos Zambrano flew to Florida on Saturday and plans to start Sunday for Class A Daytona in a Florida State League game in Dunedin. “If everything goes well, he will pitch [for the Cubs] […]

Enhanced Box Score: Astros 4, Cubs 5, May 16, 2009

My friend, Matt, of Sharapova’s Thigh fame, described the game thusly: it’s one of those games that you’re happy to win, but you just feel like crap about it because of the horrible way it came about (ultra-mega blowing it in the 9th, only to win it in the bottom half). I agree. But then […]

Ryan Theriot is Either on Steroids, or Doesn’t Have a Sense of Irony

We’ve all said it. When Ryan Theriot started hitting bombs this year, we all made the same joke: he’s on the juice! Naturally, we didn’t actually believe it, but it was of course the first thing that popped into everyone’s head during these days of the steroid culture. And it’s made its way into the […]

HOORAY! Milton Bradley Wins His Stupid, Prideful Appeal! Sort of

MLB reduced Milton Bradley’s two-game suspension to one game yesterday. He’ll serve the one game today. Oh, did I mention that he sat out yesterday’s game? So the difference is now completely meaningless? You know, if it wasn’t already given that he appealed while he was sitting out games anyway? At least Bradley is contrite. […]

Wait, You Say Chad Gaudin Hurt His Back HOW?

Today, now a successful starting pitcher with the San Diego Padres, the Chicago Cubs welcome back the man acquired with Rich Harden last year, Chad Gaudin. Believe it or not, in many circles, Cubs fans were almost as excited about acquiring Gaudin as Harden. He was still young, had shown a penchant for pitching effectively […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Zambrano Becomes a Minor Leaguer This Weekend

Chicago Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano is working his way back from a bunt-induced hamstring injury, and things are looking relatively good. Carlos Zambrano, on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, threw a strong bullpen session Wednesday and remains on track for a weekend rehab start and return to the starting rotation a week from […]

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The Cublogoverse Has Another Cub

And you better catch it quick before the author gets demoted. Just kidding. I mean, did you see his homer last night? Bobby Scales is a new blogger on MLB, with perhaps the greatest player-named blog ever: 30 is the new 20. Here’s hoping Bobby keeps up with the entries (last one was a few […]

Sean Marshall to the Bullpen is Rearing its Head Again

About a month ago, there were whispers that Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella would like to see Sean Marshall in the bullpen because he is a reliable lefty. But at the time, Marshall was a significantly better starting pitcher than the next in line, and it didn’t make sense to make the switch. With the […]

Derrek Lee Might Be Back Tonight

The Cubs may be one step closer to full strength tonight in the series opener against the San Diego Padres. Derrek Lee, who’s been out almost a week could be back. I mean, he’s not necessarily a better hitter than Micah Hoffpauir at this point, but he’s nominally the starter. Lee, who has missed the […]