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Month: July 2009

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 […]

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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 […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Ted Lilly Headed to DL

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. But for the Cubs, when the going gets tough, the tough get injured. Look for the Cubs to place left-hander Ted Lilly on the disabled list today. Lilly, the Cubs’ lone all-star, had an MRI arthrogram performed on his left shoulder Friday after experiencing soreness in […]

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It’s Pouring: Ted Lilly Out with Sore Shoulder

The Cardinals are getting better, and the Cubs are getting worse. Starting pitcher and lone All Star Ted Lilly has been battling knee problems, so the fact that he’s been scratched from tomorrow’s start is not a huge shock. Except that he’s been scratched because of a sore shoulder. Ruh Roh. He’s having tests done […]

Oh Crap: Cardinals Acquire Matt Holiday

The cupboard is now bare prospect-wise for the Cardinals, but there can be no doubt that this is a terrible move… for the Cubs. The Cardinals will now have a vastly improved lineup, and they instantly become the favorites in the Central if they weren’t already. Will the Cubs respond? Probably not. It’s still likely […]

Cardinals Deal One Outfielder, Rumored to Add a Better One – Matt Holiday

The National League Central leading St. Louis Cardinals are becoming quite active in the pre-trade-deadline market. Yesterday, they dealt outfielder Chris Duncan to the Boston Red Sox for recently DFA’d infielder Julio Lugo, who could provide extra support if Khalil Greene never turns things around. And now, the Cardinals are looking to add an outfielder […]

Cubs Are Looking at a Bevy of Lefty Relievers

The moves the Chicago Cubs might make at this year’s trade deadline fall squarely into the “tinkering” category rather than the “OMG NOMAH!!!!” category. Specifically, the Cubs look to try and add a lefty reliever to the pen, assuming BJ Ryan doesn’t bust out some dominance quickly. First up is a guy the Cubs considered […]

Lou Piniella is Clearly Pissed at Milton Bradley and Jim Hendry

Following the Chicago Cubs’ crushing and embarrassing sweep in the playoffs last year at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Lou Piniella was ardent in his support for the addition of a left-handed bat or two to the lineup. Some reports had him forcing Mark DeRosa out of town for just that reason. […]