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Month: July 2009

Remember Casey Fossum? No? Well, He’s a Cub Now

The Cubs have signed pitcher Casey Fossum to a minor league contract, and he’ll be pitching soon for the Iowa Cubs. There was a time when Fossum was a tip top prospect, and moderately successful major league pitcher. Of course, that time was seven years ago, but let’s not be jerks about it. Fossum will […]

Reed Johnson’s Rehab Assignment: Follow Aramis Ramirez

Outfielder Reed Johnson is coming back from a back injury, and he’ll be starting a rehab assignment today in Peoria – along with Aramis Ramirez. He’s expected to play three games there, and be ready to come back on Monday – along with Aramis Ramirez. Which means the Cubs will have some serious decisions to […]

Neal Cotts’s Arm is Dead

Best of luck, dude. Triple-A left-hander Neal Cotts is out for the season after undergoing elbow reconstruction surgery on Thursday in Cincinnati. “Obviously it’s disappointing,” general manager Jim Hendry said. “He was starting to throw better at Iowa.” Hardball. Maybe that explains his struggles this year. Who knows if he’ll remain with the Cubs organization […]


Peace Out, Ryan Freel

The Chicago Cubs designated Ryan Freel for assignment yesterday, a move necessary to make room for newly-acquired Jeff Baker. Freel was fairly terrible as a Cub, so the move is not altogether surprising. In a related story, the Tribune had this strange comment: Baker gives the Cubs some right-handed pop off the bench, at little […]

Whither Al Alburquerque?

The Chicago Cubs will part with High A Daytona reliever Al Alburquerque in the deal for Colorado Rockies utility man Jeff Baker says Cubs.com. This is a devastating, devastating blow to the Cubs organization. No, not because Alburquerque sports an excellent 2.08 ERA this year (come on, he’s 23 in High A – it’s not […]

Report: Cubs Have Acquired Jeff Baker from the Rockies

Well this certainly came out of nowhere. The Chicago Cubs have acquired Jeff Baker(notes) from the Colorado Rockies, according to a source close to the club. It is unclear who the Rockies will receive in return for Baker or the Cubs’ plans for him. Baker, an infielder, went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 4, Pirates 1 – July 1, 2009

Now, if I weren’t on my positivity kick, I would point out that, despite the win, given that the Cubs managed just four runs and stranded a billion runners, the win was lucky. But since I’m all positive now, hooray! Series win!* *against the Pirates.


Ballplayers Hate Lou Piniella, Ozzie Guillen

Apparently Lou Piniella isn’t just unpopular in Cubs fans circles these days. In a survey of 380 Major League players, 26 percent said they did not want to play for Lou Piniella and 21 percent said they did not want to play for Ozzie Guillen. The results will be published in this week’s Sports Illustrated. […]

Money Matters: Cubs and Sox Will Make Up Rainout

No surprise here. The Cubs and White Sox will play one more installment of the Crosstown Classic Sept. 3 to make up for the June 16 game that was postponed due to rain. The Cubs announced today that all tickets for that game will be honored at the gates for the Sept. 3 game, which […]

Angel Guzman is Rehabbing, Um, Good

Chicago Cubs reliever Angel Guzman – a guy with a long, long history of injuries to add unfortunate color to his incredibly successful 2009 thus far – is rehabbing a strained triceps injury. As you’ll recall, Lou Piniella indicated the injury, which sent Guzman to the disabled list, was not particularly serious. Angel Guzman had […]

Aramis Ramirez Could Be Back by Monday

As we obsessively watch Aramis Ramirez’s slow return from a dislocated shoulder, he’s finally ready for his rehab assignment. It is going to start on Friday with the Peoria Cubs, and he’ll likely play through the weekend there. If he feels well, he could rejoin the Chicago Cubs as soon as Monday, in time for […]