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Month: May 2009

Chad Fox to the DL, Jose Ascanio to Savior

The predicted Chad Fox elbow supernova happened, and so he heads to his home away from home, the disabled list, and the Cubs have called up young righty Jose Ascanio from AAA Iowa to replace him in the pen. Ascanio was in Iowa’s starting rotation, going 1-1 with a 1.01 ERA and a WHIP of […]

It’s Funny Because He Didn’t Die

Look, I know you’re down about the Aramis Ramirez injury. So I’m here to help. Enjoy Rick Ankiel repeatedly smashing his face into the outfield wall. Okay, well don’t enjoy it. That would be sick. Just watch it.

God’s Wrathwatch: Aramis Ramirez Could Be Out Longer Than a Month

There will be no avoiding the DL this time for Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez. According to a baseball source, Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez could be lost to the team for at least a month after dislocating his left shoulder in the third inning of Friday’s game in Milwaukee, ESPN1000’s Bruce Levine reported. […]

Aramis Ramirez Just Broke His Shoulder or Arm or Something

Details as they become available, but it doesn’t look good. Ramirez dove for a Ryan Braun ball (more reason to hate that goony looking freak), and landed awkwardly. Early thoughts are that it could be a dislocated shoulder, which would be great news compared to a torn anything. UPDATE: Yup, it’s a dislocated shoulder. X-rays […]

Joey Gathright to the O’s for Ryan Freel

Sure enough, Joey Gathright was a goner – out the door to the Baltimore Orioles for utility man Ryan Freel. The Cubs convinced Baltimore to pay around $2.7 million of the remaining $3.3 million on Freel’s contract, while Baltimore will take on the $600,000 or so remaining on Gathright’s contract. General manager Jim Hendry said […]

No DL for DL – See What I Did There?

I’m so witty. First baseman Derrek Lee, suffering a relapse with a bulging disc in his neck, was kept out of pregame activity and the lineup for the second consecutive day. But manager Lou Piniella said he expects Lee to be available this weekend in Milwaukee, as long as he gets through the three-hour flight […]

Joey Gathright on His Way Out?

AAA Iowa starter Randy Wells is being called up today to take Carlos Zambrano’s spot in the rotation, but the decision on whom to send down to make room had not yet been made. Most (and by most, I mean, I) assumed that Wells would simply replace the guy that was called up when Z […]

Holy Dreadlocks! Manny Ramirez Tests Positive for Steroids!

Wow. I’m not shocked by the fact of it – I’m shocked that MLB is actually taking down one of its biggest, albeit troublesome, stars. Manny Ramirez has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and will be suspended 50 games starting today, The Times has learned. The test result and suspension is expected to be announced […]

Milton Bradley’s Suspension to be Finalized Soon

Milton Bradley had his appeal of the two-game ump-bump suspension heard yesterday. Bradley said no decision was announced during the nearly two-hour hearing, but he expected to hear something in the next two days. He started Wednesday night’s game at Houston, batting third in the order. cubs.com. At best, one game will be shaved off […]

Piniella Gets His Way Again: Samardzija Out, Chad Fox In

As we discussed yesterday, when Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella has decided one of his players is no longer a good fit, that player is playing on borrowed time. This time, it’s Jeff Samardzija who got the boot. Fortunately for the Cubs, it didn’t require releasing or trading Samardzija; instead he’ll simply head to AAA […]