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Month: August 2009

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 […]

Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: It’s Back, and Ramirez is Out Today

Fortunately, Aramis Ramirez’s shoulder is still located, but it is certainly bothering him. He had to leave yesterday’s game against the Rockies in the fifth inning because his shoulder was too sore to continue. Clearly it’s something he’s going to battle for the rest of the year. “His shoulder bothers him, so we’re just going […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Zambrano to the DL

Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano’s back injury proved just a little too much to handled. Thus, the Cubs have sent him to the disabled list. “He went home today,” general manager Jim Hendry said before Saturday’s game. “We put him on the DL. He’s getting an MRI either tonight or tomorrow morning, but you’ve had […]

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Prince Fielder Blacked Out Before Going After Guillermo Mota

Er. Um. Apparently. Fielder had said he didn’t “remember” his delayed reaction after reliever Guillermo Mota, a former teammate, hit him with two outs in the ninth inning of the 17-4 Dodgers win, presumably as payback for Chris Smith grazing Manny Ramirez with a pitch two innings earlier. ESPN. But despite not “remembering” his childish, […]

Cubs Trade Jason Dubois to Mets

A ho hum minor league deal to the Cubs, the acquisition of Jason Dubois could actually mean something to the Mets, constantly reeling from injuries (not unlike the Cubs, actually). The Mets acquired outfielder Jason Dubois from the Cubs, where had been playing with Triple-A Iowa. Dubois, 29, appeared in 86 games from 2004-05 with […]

The Lord Pretty Much Just Taketh Away: Zambrano’s Back Needs MRI

Just yesterday, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella remarked that he was not concerned “at all” about pitcher Carlos Zambrano’s back. A few hours later, Zambrano was scratched from him start, and a few hours after that, the Cubs decided Zambrano needed an MRI. Sigh. “He went out there to warm up, and he says after […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 2, Rockies 6 – August 7, 2009

Carlos Zambrano went down before the game even started, and it didn’t get any better. On the bright side, Lou Piniella finally saw the light, and decided to use Milton Bradley’s abilities (i.e., high OBP this year) where they will best serve the team. And he got on base three times.

Carlos Zambrano Scratched

Despite his entreaties all week that he was fine, that his back was not a problem, it appears as though Carlos Zambrano is not fine. And his back is a problem. He’s not going to start tonight, and Sean Marshall will be pressed into emergency duty. Yikes.

God Relents: Soto is Back, But Who Goes Out?

Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto finally returns today from a strained oblique, an injury that’s had him out for the better part of a month. Soto, who had just started to hit when he went down with the injury, had a successful rehab stint in the minors. The Cubs hope he’ll bring his big boy […]

Lou Piniella Hearts the Cardinals

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella likes the Cubs, but apparently, he loves the Cardinals. That’s why he has proclaimed the St. Louis Cardinals the team to beat in the NL Central this year. “We’re getting a little better, he said, “But look- St. Louis is the team to beat. Let’s not lose sight of that. […]

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Former Cubs Prospect is Probably Going to the Big House

No, he’s not going to a Michigan football game. Former Chicago Cubs prospect Julio Castillo was convicted of felonious assault after he threw a baseball into the stands during a brawl last year. Castillo, of the Dominican Republic, was pitching for the Peoria Chiefs — a Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs — against […]

BJ Ryan is Unemployed Again

When the Chicago Cubs signed former Blue Jays closer BJ Ryan to a minor league deal, the hope was that he could become the second lefty in the bullpen if he recovered his Major League stuff. Well, that was assuming the Cubs didn’t acquire another lefty for the pen who never lost his Major League […]

Aaron Miles Returns, and Bats Second – Um, What?

Aaron Miles came back to the Cubs today (one of the team’s best relievers, Jeff Stevens, was demoted to make room) and spelled Ryan Theriot at short. That part is understandable, given Theriot’s minor arm injury, and the fact that by rule, Miles’ rehab stint had to end. What made NO SENSE AT ALL was […]

The Cardinals Clearly Sold Their Soul Before Acquiring Julio Lugo

Flashback to two weeks ago. The trade deadline was looming, and teams were assessing needs, strengths, weaknesses, and increasingly, payroll. Can we add? Should we dump? And the toughest question of all: do we eat this guy’s contract just to get rid of him? The Boston Red Sox were as active as any team, and […]