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Month: August 2009

Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Back Today

After seven days out, Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez is expected to return for today’s series finale against the Pirates. Ramirez’s ailing shoulder received a cortisone shot nearly a week ago, and he was set to return on Friday, but a nasty cold kept him out. — Sent from my mobile device

Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 1, Cubs 3 – August 15, 2009

So, as you may have guessed by the stark absence of a box score below, there isn’t going to be one today. I am in Chicago this weekend to visit Wrigley, so I don’t have the capabilities to do the whole cute box score thing. If I were going to post one today, it would […]

Laughing Because it isn’t the Cubs: Or, Why You Always Wear a Cup

Laughing is probably the wrong word, gents. But that’s one of our “memes” here at BN, so we’re sticking with it. Warning – this story is not for the faint of heart, or for Michael Barrett. As a member of the infield, particularly at the hot corner, there are a few things you can expect […]

Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Er, Head Cold Watch?

Aramis Ramirez missed yesterday’s game, after four days off for his ailing shoulder. So it was still the shoulder, right? Apparently not. It seems Ramirez is suffering from a really bad, um, cold. Presumably this is a short term issue, unlike his shoulder, which will continue to be a problem for the rest of the […]

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Justin Berg to Chicago, Jeff Samardzjia to Iowa

In case you missed the move yesterday (and missed the guy pitching at the end of yesterday’s game), the Cubs optioned pitcher Jeff Samardzija back to AAA Iowa in favor of reliever Justin Berg, who finally got to make his MLB debut after being shuffled up and down previously without an appearance. Samardzija will likely […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Carlos Zambrano Back Next Week

Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano is expected to be ready to go when his time on the disabled list is up. And apparently, the injury that put him there – a bulging disk in his lower back – has been a problem for a long time. Carlos Zambrano’s recurrent issues with that bulging disk in […]

The Brewers Cleaned House

Yesterday, the Milwaukee Brewers: Designated Bill Hall for assignment; Demoted JJ Hardy; Fired pitching coach Bill Castro; and Generally smelled like poo. Were it not for the Chicago Cubs’ pathetic swoon of late, this might not even qualify as news. But given that the Brewers will soon be poised to pass the Cubs, it’s news. […]

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Ted Lilly Beats the Crap Out of Minor Leaguers

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly, whose return to the team becomes more inconsequential by the day, had a very successful rehab outting yesterday for Class A Peoria. Lilly threw five shutout innings, giving up just two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Of course, that’s probably how it should be, given that […]

The Cardinals Might Work Their Voodoo Magic on John Smoltz

Sportswriter Bernie Miklasz says that St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa wants another reliever to shore up the Cardinal pen – and the targets are veterans Justin Speier and John Smoltz. Smoltz, recently designated for assignment by the Red Sox – which he declined – must be traded or released by the Red Sox in […]

Is Bob Brenly Turning Into Steve Stone?

Before color commentator Steve Stone’s inglorious departure from the Chicago Cubs booth (and subsequent transformation into a squealing douche), he made some starkly critical comments about the team and about the management of the team. In that way, he changed from the guy commenting on the Cubs, to the guy at the center of the […]

Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Cortisone Shot

Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez received a cortisone shot on Tuesday, which will keep him out of the lineup likely for the rest of the Phillies series, but which should help ease his pain. Going forward, Ramirez says he wants to play as much as possible, but that it’s going to have to be […]

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God Relents: Ted Lilly Feeling Good, Rehab Start Today

A quick update on Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly: he’s feeling great after minor knee surgery and should rehab, and will start today for the Peoria Chiefs. If that start goes well, Lilly could be back as soon as next week, though the Cubs may send him out for one more rehab outting before activating […]

Enhanced Box Score: Phillies 4, Cubs 3 – August 11, 2009

Sure, the Cardinals, Rockies and Giants all lost, so everyone says “at least the Cubs didn’t lose a game in the standings.” I’ve always hated that expression. Of course they lost a game – because they lost tonight, they remain 3 games out in the Central and the Wild Card. If they had won, they’d […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Carlos Zambrano’s Back is Structurally Unchanged

I know, I know. It seems like it’s all injury watches today. But, well… it is. Some moderately good news on the Carlos Zambrano injury front (not to be confused with the Aramis Ramirez injury front, the Reed Johnson injury front, the Ted Lilly injury front, or the Tom Gorzelanny injury front) – his MRI […]

God Hates Slothwatch: Gorzelanny Injury Not Serious

Tom Gorzelanny is not expected to miss his next start after suffering a contusion in last night’s game. The contusion, a fancy word for bruise, came off a Dexter Fowler ground ball that smacked Gorzelanny in the foot/leg, and knocked him out of the game. X-rays came back negative, however, and manager Lou Piniella says […]

Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Aramis Could be Headed Back to DL

There is no good news to report on the Aramis Ramirez front. The Cubs are now officially kicking around the possibility of sending the third baseman – and the Cubs’ best hitter – back to the disabled list, after he already spent more than two months there. Ramirez, who missed a second straight game Monday […]

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God Hates Sloth: Gorzelanny Out After Being Hit By Ball

The hits just keep on coming – and no, not the kind that you need with runners in scoring position. Chicago Cubs temporary starting pitcher Tom Gorzelanny took a hard grounder of his right leg, and was forced to leave the game. Freshly called up Esmailin Caridad took over. h/t Kid at SOI.

Esmailin Caridad to Chicago, Jeff Stevens to Iowa

The constant rotation of arms continues, as the Cubs just sent reliever Jeff Stevens back to AAA Iowa in favor of starting pitcher Esmailin Caridad. Caridad has put up a 4.15 ERA in 23 appearances – all starts – this year for Iowa. He’s a flyball pitcher who doesn’t walk too many guys. Before this […]

Dave Kaplan May Be the Most Overpaid Writer in the Cublogoverse

Chicago Cubs writer Dave Kaplan set off a firestorm yesterday when he posited that Carlos Zambrano May Be the Most Overpaid Player in the Game. That suggestion, alone, would have been enough to subject Kaplan to ridicule. After all, one need look no further than Zambrano’s own teammates – Alfonso Soriano, Aaron Miles, and Ryan […]

Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Aramis Ramirez Could Sit Again Today

If you didn’t already have reason enough to hate Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun, just remember that it was his ground ball that led to the dive that led to the dislocation of Aramis Ramirez’s shoulder. An injury that continues to haunt the Cubs, even long after Ramirez’s return from the disabled list. The Cubs are […]

Cubs Looking at John Smoltz?

The Boston Red Sox recently designated 42-year-old pitcher John Smoltz for assignment. Typically, with a veteran like Smoltz, this means the player will be traded or released within the next 10 days. Buster Olney suggests that the Cubs, among other teams, will be kicking the tires on Smoltz for a spot in the bullpen. Of […]