Chicago Cubs starting pitcher/excessive celebrator Ryan Dempster is recovering adequately from a broken bone in his right big toe. If x-rays show that his bone is healing nicely, he could be back as soon as next week – starting July 30 against the Houston Astros. “Larry [Rothschild, pitching coach] seems to think that if Dempster’s […]
Month: July 2009
Contrary to popular belief, maligned outfield Milton Bradley was not signed by the Chicago Cubs to a 3 year, $30 million deal this offseason. He was signed to a 2 year, $18 million deal. The third year was an option dependent on games played, and was designed to protect the team against Bradley imploding. Well […]
Another day, another one run. If you’re looking for consolation here, look no further than Rich Harden’s now back-to-back excellent performances. Maybe he’s turning things around. If you’re like me, however, looking for no consolation and just looking to vent: F*&KABUCK.
When Manny Ramirez returned from a 50-game steroid suspension, Los Angeles Dodgers fans cheered as though he’d returned from a terrible injury after months of rehabilitation. The hero returns. When Aramis Ramirez returned from a terrible injury after months of rehabilitation, Chicago Cubs fans cheered just as loudly. And they did so without that tiniest […]
I bring this rumor to you with a huge grain of salt: it comes from Bleacher Report, aka the land where any yahoo who wishes to write something up, can. For whatever reason, it has most-favored nation status with Google, despite a lack of control, grammar, or useful content in general. Not that I’m bitter. […]
Yeah, so. The Nationals the Phillies are not.
Chicago Cubs center fielder and substitute lead-off man Kosuke Fukudome is in the midst of his second year in a row of a protracted and steep decline following a hot start. But just as Lou Piniella is going to “coach” Milton Bradley out of his funk, Kosuke Fukudome is going to get the same treatment […]
In spite of his proclamation that he was “back,” Milton Bradley has continued to struggle. And now, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella is taking the task of fixing Bradley all on his back. “We’re going to work on a couple things to get him into better position to swing the bat,” Piniella said. “I think […]
Thank the baseball gods for the Washington Nationals. The Cubs needed a 3-1 series win like crazy, and they got a four-game sweep. Like mana from heaven those Nats are. Stinky, fundamentally terrible mana.
Yeah, so this was probably obvious to you given the fact that Kevin Hart was recalled in advance of today’s game to start against the Nationals, but the Cubs had to make a corresponding roster move – and that move was to send .368-hitting outfield Sam Fuld back to AAA Iowa. Not a total shock, […]
Following his excellent performance in the College World Series, DJ LeMahieu was looking a little bit more like a solid second round pick for the Cubs, and a little less like a Jim Hendry LSU special. And now he’s a Cub. The Cubs added another LSU Tiger to the team. On Saturday, the Cubs announced […]
The Chicago Cubs have so many players recovering from injuries, it is, at times, difficult to keep them all straight. For example, what the hell happened to Aaron Miles? Don’t get me wrong – I’m not exactly pushing for his return. But, like, did he break his femur or something? For now, we’ve got updates […]
Hey, Alfonso Soriano did something on the offensive side that wasn’t, you know, offensive. I guess the injured little pinky was a good thing. At least Milton Bradley still stank up the place (and broke his bat over his knee), or I just wouldn’t know which was up.
The Red Sox designated Julio Lugo for assignment yesterday, pulling the plug halfway through a poorly-timed and probably ill-conceived contract given out at the high of the free agent boom. Of course, for all the flak, Lugo has still managed to hit .284 this year, with a solid .352 OBP. His range at shortstop has […]
Why is it that, when Alfonso Soriano swings as hard as he can, he looks like a fool; and yet when Carlos Zambrano swings as hard as he can, he hits two-run doubles? I guess that’s unfair given that Soriano didn’t play.
This can’t be real. Yet, this is our existence, friends. Apparently Ted Lilly could be bumped in the rotation for a couple days, as Sons of Ivy notes: Per Wittenmyer, because of his knee. Fortunately, this follows the All-Star break, so it would be relatively easy to rearrange the rotation as necessary to accommodate Lilly […]
We cautioned Chicago Cubs fans not to pin their hopes on the return of injured third baseman Aramis Ramirez, and Ramirez was quick to agree before he actually came back from a dislocated shoulder. After watching him play a few games, it’s pretty clear that he’s still hurting. I’m glad that he’s willing to play […]
The battery of catcher Geovany Soto and pitcher Ryan Dempster went down within days of each other before the All-Star break. The verdict on each had them out for more than a month. All was not well with the world. But after some early rehab, things are looking up for Soto and Dempster. Soto, rehabbing […]
Admit it. You missed the enhanced box score over the break. New rule for the Cubs: Rich Harden may only pitch on 10 days rest, may only pitch on the road, and may only pitch against the following teams: Nationals, Pirates.