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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 […]

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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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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