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Month: March 2010

Angel Guzman Leaning Toward Career-Threatening Surgery

After being diagnosed with a significant tear in his throwing shoulder this weekend, Chicago Cubs reliever Angel Guzman was presented with two options: rehab or surgery. The former was less likely to get him back to being an effective pitcher, but the latter risks ending his career for good. Right now, Guzman is leaning toward […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Andres Blanco Suffers Sprained Knee

Chicago Cubs reserve infielder Andres Blanco is battling in Spring Training for one of the last two spots on the bench, and things took a dark turn for him yesterday on a pick-off play at second base. Andres Blanco underwent an MRI on his right knee after suffering a Grade 2 sprain in the sixth […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 6, 2010

See, I told you that Spring Training games are totally meaningless. The Cubs got stomped by some other team yesterday. But that doesn’t matter. Here’s what matters: Carlos Silva proved that he’s come to camp hungry for redemption. But hungrier for pancakes. After a disastrous two innings where he gave up six earned runs, Silva’s […]

Angel Guzman Has a Tear in His Shoulder, and Things Look Bad

The MRI Chicago Cubs pitcher Angel Guzman had on his throwing shoulder came back with horrible news. Cubs pitcher Angel Guzman has a significant tear in a ligament in his right shoulder and will not be ready Opening Day. Whether he will undergo surgery is yet to be determined. “He has a very unstable shoulder,” […]

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Spring Training Battle Watch: March 5, 2010

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs extended their winning streak to two games, which is totally awesome! I kid, mostly – though we’ve got to take it where we can get it, folks. The Cubs topped the Diamondbacks 9-8 in what amounted to very satisfying revenge for the 2007 playoff sweep. Ah ha, I got you again […]

Cubs Interested in Another Cuban Prospect – Adeiny Hechavarria

Studly 21-year-old Cuban prospect Adeiny Hechavarria has officially been unblocked by the authorities in Cuba (damn it’s good to live in the United States, huh?), and is free to sign with a team in America. The New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs have shown the most interest in the shortstop. Hechevarria, 21, is excellent in […]

The Cublogoverse is Consolidating

The Cublogoverse is always expanding – there is a new Cubs blog out there, on average, every week – and contracting – those same new Cubs blogs seem to last, on average, a week. Occasionally, though, it does both at the same time. Enter Exile on Clark Street. It’s a new Cubs blog, consolidating the talents of […]

God’s Wrath Watch: God Hates Cubs Shoulders

Yesterday we learned that Chicago Cubs second baseman Mike Fontenot has a bum shoulder, which isn’t a huge concern, as he’s expected to be back tomorrow or early next week. The shoulder injury that really shook the Cubs’ world, though, was that of reliever Angel Guzman. He’d been rehabbing from offseason knee surgery when he had […]

Milton Bradley Failed Because of, and Only in, Chicago

Milton Bradley is back in the Chicago papers – and the news is all about how happy Bradley is that he’s only in the Chicago papers, not the city, itself. That’s right, Milton Bradley finally says what we all knew he was thinking: someone other than Milton Bradley is to blame for his failures last […]

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Fontenot Didn’t Explode His Knee

In yesterday’s first Spring Training game, Chicago Cubs second baseman Mike Fontenot slid awkwardly into third base in the fourth inning, banging his knee on the dirt. Fortunately, he’s ok. “My knee hit,” said Fontenot, whose left knee required an ice pack. “I haven’t practiced that slide for awhile. The first thing I hit was […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 4, 2010

If you’ve been around long enough to remember, you’ll recall that we believe the primary focuses (foci?) of Spring Training games are (1) who’s making the team? and (2) who’s playing where? Those are the Spring Training Battles, and they mean a whole lot more than the actual outcome of the games. So that’s what’s […]

No Kiko Calero for the Cubs, Signs with Mets

The Chicago Cubs dabbled in the Kiko Calero trade for many a week this offseason, eventually off-put by his past shoulder problems and demands for a multi-year deal. So it’s no surprise that he ended up going elsewhere – he’s reportedly signed with the Mets. What is a surprise, however, is that he signed on […]

Alfonso Soriano’s Knee is Going to Be An Issue All Year

Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano was something of a non-issue last year. Not because there weren’t storylines swirling around him, but instead because he didn’t really show much to talk about on the field. He missed a third of the season with knee issues, and when he did play, he put up the worst numbers […]

Now Alan Trammell is Feeding the Starlin Castro Hype Monster

Like the potted plant in Little Shop of Horrors, the hype monster surrounding Chicago Cubs shortstop prospect Starlin Castro keep growing to nearly unwieldy proportions, screaming “feed me, Seymour” all the way. That is not to say that the hype is undeserved – it may very well be deserved – but soon, it will ask […]

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Marlon Byrd Says He’s a Great Center Fielder

The consensus around baseball about Marlon Byrd’s defense in center field is that he’s a nearly perfectly average center fielder. His range is acceptable and his arm is acceptable. He won’t win you any games out there, but he shouldn’t lose too many either. But when Byrd showed up to Chicago Cubs camp looking like the 2010 […]

Chicago Cubs Sign Cuban Pitcher Juan Yasser Serrano

The Chicago Cubs lately have preferred to focus on Pacific Rim scouting when it comes to stocking the minor leagues outside of the draft, obviously while keeping their toes dipped in the Dominican Republic and elsewhere in Latin America. But now, the Cubs have finally reached into Cuba to make a minor league free agent […]

Why the 2010 Houston Astros Will Suck

Editor’s Note: Yes, it’s that time of year again – the time for us to settle back into our protective bubble where the Chicago Cubs are destined for greatness, and every other team in the National League Central is bound for spectacular failure. If you’d care to check out last year’s fare:St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee […]

First Spring Training Lineup Holds Clues for the Season

The Chicago Cubs will play their first Spring Training game tomorrow, and manager Lou Piniella has released the lineup for the game: 1. Ryan Theriot  SS 2. Kosuke Fukudome RF 3. Derrek Lee  1B 4. Aramis Ramirez  3B 5. Marlon Byrd  CF 6. Tyler Colvin LF 7. Mike Fontenot  2B 8. Geovany Soto  C 9. […]

Adventures in Pettiness: Teams Still Angry About Cubs Tax

As the so-called “Cubs Tax” works its way through the Arizona Legislature, sans support from Major League Baseball or the other Cactus League teams, the Chicago Cubs continue to lean back and let things run their course. The other teams, however, are keeping things petty. Four teams boycotted the annual Cactus League kickoff breakfast – […]

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Aw, Crap – We’re Racist Again

A familiar theme in the baseball world since the days of Dusty Baker is that Chicago Cubs fans are racist. As absurd as it seems to most of us, LaTroy Hawkins said it, Milton Bradley said it, Dusty Baker all but said it, and then there was Jacque Jones who really said it. And he’s […]

Laughing Because it isn’t the Cubs: Missouri Hates Mark McGwire

Former St. Louis Cardinal slugger and current St. Louis Cardinal hitting coach is apparently no longer as popular in Missouri as he once was. The state is trying to scratch his name from their history books – or at least their highway system. A stretch of Interstate 70 in St. Louis was designated the Mark […]

Lou Piniella is Feeding the Starlin Castro Hype Monster

Has there been a more hyped Chicago Cubs prospect than Starlin Castro? Oh, I suppose the answer to that is an obvious yes – both Mark Prior and Kerry Wood were all universe prospects. But nevertheless, every day it seems someone is singing the praises of Castro as the next great thing in Chicago. Yesterday, […]

Initial Spring Training Rotation Set

All of the Chicago Cubs’ expected starting pitchers, and those competing to be in the starting rotation, will get a shot in the first week of Cactus League games. The Cubs have their Cactus League rotation set for the first five games. Randy Wells will get things started Thursday vs. the A’s, with Carlos Zambrano […]

Piniella: No Plans to Platoon at Second Base

One of the few open competitions on the Chicago Cubs this Spring is at second base. Incumbent, nominal starter Mike Fontenot had a terrible season last year after tearing it up in 2008. Mid-season, the Cubs acquired versatile back-up type Jeff Baker, who went on to hit .300 with the Cubs. So who’s the starter […]

Randy Wells Will Start Cubs’ Spring Opener

Chicago Cubs starter Randy Wells was about as good as it got for the Cubs last year: 12-10 with a 3.05 ERA, and finished (an unfair) sixth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. The team is counting on the 27-year-old converted catcher to be a staple of the rotation this year, and will […]

Watch More Chicago Cubs Spring Training Games

That headline feels like it should be followed with “or else.” But no, I don’t intend it to be threatening. That’s just your insecurity talking. The MLB Network is going to air a crap ton of Spring games this year, so in addition to the handful of games on WGN, you’ll be able to catch a […]