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Month: June 2009

Cubs Draft Three on the First Day

The Major League Draft will continue today, but the Chicago Cubs have already drafted a few players in the first three rounds, which took place last night. Super quick recap: the Cubs drafted outfielder Brett Jackson out of the University of California in the first round (reading his scouting report sounds like a carbon copy […]

Jake Fox Out, Aaron Miles Back In

The Chicago Cubs optioned Jake Fox back to AAA Iowa last night to make room for utility infielder Aaron Miles, who is coming off of the disabled list. Now, there are a few gripes that one could lob about this, but I think ultimately it will be ok. Miles, for all his light-hitting this year, […]

The 2009 Amateur Player Draft Starts Today

The Rule IV Draft, better known to you as simply, well, the Draft, starts today at 5pm CT, with the first three rounds live on MLB Network. Thereafter, the Draft shifts to Wednesday. The Chicago Cubs pick 31st in the first round, and their next two picks are 79th and 109th overall. Last year’s top […]

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Rich Harden is a Good Rehabber

To briefly update you on Rich Harden’s rehab from a sore back: he done good. Rich Harden allowed one earned run in 4 2/3 innings during his minor-league rehab start Monday night for Class AAA Iowa, putting the right-hander on track to return from the disabled list Saturday against the Minnesota Twins at Wrigley Field. […]

Obsessive Peavywatch: Juicy Nuggets of Info

An off day is the perfect time to return to obsessing about a trade that will almost certainly never happen, and given the Chicago Cubs’ offensive struggles, is almost certain not to matter. But still, it’s interesting to hear more about Jake Peavy, and possible trades. So here’s some more info from Jayson Stark as […]

Obsessive New Ownerwatch: Zell Out?

It’s no secret that the Tribune Company’s Sam Zell has been a difficult man to deal with throughout the sale of the Chicago Cubs. Heck, I probably would be, too: he bought a company – and improvident purchase, to be sure – that almost immediately went belly up, and he’s now trying to sell one […]

Obsessive Harden Shoulder, er Backwatch: Rehab Start Today

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Rich Harden, on the shelf for a couple of weeks with an ailing back, will make a rehab start for AAA Iowa today. If all goes well, the Cubs could see him back as soon as later this week. Throughout his rehab, Harden has said he feels good, and it could […]

Ryan Dempster is Dealing With Some Serious Stuff This Year

If Chicago Cubs fans noticed one thing about Ryan Dempster’s 2009 season, it would probably be that he hasn’t been nearly as good as he was last year. He has had three solid starts in a row, though. Well, there’s been something else to notice – and we’ve sort of heard about it, but not […]

Could and Should Cubs Look at Wilson Betemit?

The Cubs have gone through makeshift utility players this year like tissue paper (notice I didn’t say “Kleenex,” no suing me!). So why not another? According to a tweet by MLB.com’s Noah Coslov, the White Sox will designate infielder Wilson Betemit for assignment before Thursday’s game and call up top prospect Gordon Beckham…. Betemit hit […]

Sportscenter Clearly Understands its Audience

As I watch Sportscenter this morning to catch my Cubs highlights, among other things, what do I see? Surely my eyes betray me. That can’t possibly be the Jonas Brothers (I hope you hell you just said “who?”). Who exactly do the producers of Sportscenter think is watching their show? Do I look like a […]

Bradley’s Strained Calf Will Keep Him Out Until Next Week

Ah, Mr. Glass. Chicago Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley’s recently strained calf – like so many of his injuries – is not quite bad enough to put him on the disabled list, but is bad enough that he’s going to miss several games. Bradley, who injured the calf running out an infield chopper Tuesday night, avoided […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Mini Aramis Ramirez Update

There is still not a ton of information out there on Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez’s rehab from his dislocated shoulder, but the Tribune offered the tiniest of morsels. Ramirez will begin “baseball-related activities” this week. That doesn’t mean he’ll be back any time soon (ETA is still early July at best), but it’s […]

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