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Month: July 2009

God’s Wrathwatch: Geovany Soto Could be Back Next Week

Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto has been out for a couple weeks now with a strained oblique muscle, but he is recovering normally. [Soto] is swinging a bat while rehabbing in Mesa, Ariz., and remains on track to return in a week. ”He started swinging a broom stick, and now he’s using a real bat,” […]

Justin Berg, We Hardly Knew Ye

Justin Berg was the odd man out when the Cubs activated Ryan Dempster from the DL today. Berg will get another shot with someone at some point, but for now, his career line stands at: – – -, -.–.

The Cubs are a-Rumoring

The Chicago Cubs are finally in first place and poised for a post-season run – but that doesn’t mean a trade or two isn’t in the works to improve the club. The primary focus of trade rumors is a left-handed reliever to shore up the bullpen. The non-waiver trade deadline is looming Friday afternoon as […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Lilly’s Knee Surgery

Well, one injured limb down, one to go: Ted Lilly’s knee surgery went just fine, so now it’s just a matter of rehab and recovery for his injured shoulder. Lilly underwent a debridement, which is the removal of dead, damaged or infected tissue, in this case in the meniscus, which is cartilage in the knee […]

Obsessive Lee Neckwatch: Back Today

With all of our obsessive watches here at Bleacher Nation (Rich Harden’s shoulder, Aramis Ramirez’s dislocation, and of course, all things Jake Peavy), it is surprising that we haven’t yet begun a Derrek Lee neckwatch. After all, the Chicago Cubs first baseman has missed many games – albeit usually one or one half at a […]

The Brewers Might Make a Trade for Pitching, Might Do Nothing

As recently as last week, Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin was telling Brewers fans not to get their hopes up for a deadline acquisition designed to help keep the Brewers in the NL Central race. And then manager Ken Macha went and got Brewers fans’ hopes up. Of principal owner Mark Attanasio, who was […]

The Cubs Might Pursue a Starting Pitcher

The Chicago Cubs were already rumored to add a lefty reliever before Ted Lilly went down with a shoulder injury, but now that he’s out for perhaps a month, the need to add another arm seems even more pressing. The Cubs have been talking to a number of teams, including Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington, about […]

Milton Bradley is Probably Not Going to Detroit

It is rare that Chicago Cubs trade rumors pop up and dissolve all within the span of a couple hours, but that’s what happened late yesterday regarding right fielder Milton Bradley. For a few minutes Saturday, a rumor had sprouted and grown that the Cubs were going to trade outfielder Milton Bradley to the Detroit […]

Enhanced Box Score: Reds 3, Cubs 5 – July 25, 2009

Great to see Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley put together good nights on the same night. If they can do that with remote regularity, the talk of needing a bat will go away quickly. And kudos to Kevin Hart, who had his first very good start of the year. But…

Justin Berg to Chicago

After placing starting pitcher Ted Lilly on the disabled list, the Chicago Cubs called up pitcher Justin Berg to take his spot on the roster. Berg, 25, has been absolutely dominant out of the pen at AAA Iowa this year – as have many of the Iowa relievers – to the tune of a 2.06 […]