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Month: March 2010

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 15, 2010

The Chicago Cubs headed down to Tucson to take on the Colorado Rockies, and it totally wasn’t worth it because the Cubs lost 5-2. And there wasn’t much settled in the way of battles, either: Rule Five pick Mike Parisi had his first really bad outing of the Spring, giving up three runs, two earned, […]

Are the Cubs Considering a Deal for Kerry Wood?

When Chicago Cubs reliever Angel Guzman went down, presumably for the year, rumors picked up about the Cubs adding another right-handed reliever. The kicker, of course, is that the Cubs were already looking for such a right-handed reliever, and efforts to add a guy now will be met with outrageous demands. But maybe the Cubs […]

Angel Guzman Will Meet with Dr. James Andrews Today

Chicago Cubs reliever Angel Guzman has been a magnet for injuries in his ten years in the organization, and his most recent could mark the end of his time with the Cubs, if not his career. Guzman, 28, has a significant tear in his shoulder, which will keep him out for quite a while, and […]

So the Cubs Aren’t Getting Cuban Shortstop Hechavarria

Last week, there was a head-scratcher of a rumor that had the Chicago Cubs attached to a top Cuban shortstop prospect, who is free to sign with any team. Yesterday, word trickled out that the kid – Adeinis (not Adeiny, apparently) Hechavarria – would more likely be signing soon with the Blue Jays. The Post […]

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Spring Training Battle Watch: March 14, 2010

The Chicago Cubs beat the Angels, but Randy Wells got shellacked by a lineup that didn’t have all its regulars. Eek. On to the battles: Kevin Millar played first base and had a double and a homer, but I still don’t see how his presence on the bench makes the Cubs much better than would a […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Derrek Lee Still Has Foot Issues

Last Wednesday, Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee fouled a ball off his foot, and was pulled early from a Spring Training game. No one was terribly concerned – and I don’t want to induce PANIC, I’m not terribly concerned yet either – but Lee hasn’t seen game action since. Manager Lou Piniella reiterated yesterday […]

Cubs Are Not Opposed to “Cubs Tax,” Which, um, Duh

Late last week, based on some comments by Cubs Chairman Crane Kenney, everybody was reporting that the Chicago Cubs would not utilize the so-called “Cubs Tax” to keep the team Springing in Mesa, Arizona. The Tax is a ticket surcharge on all Cactus League games, and would help finance new facilities for the Cubs. We […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 13, 2010

The Chicago Cubs had another split squad day, and this time they won both games. They’re well on their way to winning the Cactus League Championship. Woo hoo. For the second straight day, Mike Fontenot played second base and Jeff Baker played third base. Telling? Not necessarily, but interesting nevertheless. Fontenot went 0-2 while Baker […]

PANIC! Aramis Ramirez Leaves With Sore Triceps

Ok, get it out of your system. Now relax. Yes, Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez left today’s game against the Cincinnati Reds with right triceps soreness, but it doesn’t sound serious. Ramirez left after the top half of the third inning. He missed two months of the 2009 season after dislocating his left shoulder […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 12, 2010

The Chicago Cubs played a couple of split squad games yesterday – they were stomped by the Brewers in one, and they beat the White Sox in the other. Tons of battles on display: Jeff Samardzija, hoping to claim one of the two open rotation spots, started against the Brewers and was blasted for four […]

Lou Piniella Considering Going with 11 Pitchers in April

Two relatively big pieces of information, buried in Carrie Muskat’s blog, from Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella: The Cubs do need five starters when they open the season. Sometimes with off days, a team can get by with four. The way it’s projected, the Cubs’ fifth starter would make four starts in April. “I asked […]

Mini Ted Lilly Update

Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly threw 35 pitches off the mound this week and is still feeling good. The left-hander, coming off arthroscopic surgery in November, will have another throwing session Saturday and was expected to throw 40 pitches. He’s still hopeful to get into a Cactus League game. “I think he’ll surprise people with […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 11, 2010

The Chicago Cubs hung on to win against the San Diego Padres’ minor league squad yesterday. What’s that you say? That lineup was mostly Padre regulars? Yikes for them. Sound the freaking alarm because we’re all screwed. Carlos Silva threw three scoreless innings, and we’re already being told about how much better he feels, how […]

The Real Story Behind What Jim Hendry Had to Say About Milton Bradley

Earlier this week, ESPN patted itself on the back for securing an interview with former Chicago Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley, and getting him to say all the things that they knew he would say. Chicago sucks. Cubs fans are racist. I’m going to rise above it all and dominate this year. We’d heard it all […]

Xavier Nady Can Throw, but Likely Can’t THROW Until June

Chicago Cubs reserve outfielder Xavier Nady finally got into a Spring Training game yesterday, but only as the DH. He’s not ready for the field, and by some estimates, he might not be fully ready to make all of the necessary outfield throws for several months. “It’s a work in progress,” Nady said. “Even I […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 10, 2010

Carlos Zambrano got smacked around, at least in one inning, and the Cubs fell to the Giants 5-1. Derrek Lee fouled a ball off his foot and had to leave the game, but there hasn’t been an indication (yet) that he suffered any kind of serious injury. On to the battles: Sam Fuld, hoping to […]

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