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Month: March 2010

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 […]

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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 […]

Why the 2010 Milwaukee Brewers 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 […]

Ted Lilly is a Recovery Machine

Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly is recovering from shoulder surgery, and despite the team throwing up yield signs, Lilly is showing no signs of slowing down in his recovery. After throwing 30 pitches off the mound on Sunday, Lilly is ready to throw 35 today. He’s feeling so good, he says he wants to get […]

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The Cubs Clearly Think Mike Fontenot Can Be the Backup Shortstop

Mike Fontenot is locked in a battle with Jeff Baker to be the starter at second base (even though it’s a natural platoon situation, but whatever – I don’t get paid $4 million by the Chicago Cubs to make these decisions like Lou Piniella), but the Cubs are hoping he can also be the backup […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 9, 2010

Randy Wells was nearly perfect again yesterday, though the Cubs fell to the Brewers 5-3. Save some for the season, son. On to the battles: Mike Fontenot went 1-3 with an RBI in his quest to lock down the second base starting job. Jeff Baker played just a couple innings at third base and went […]

Xavier Nady May Finally Play on Thursday

Chicago Cubs outfielder Xavier Nady is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery last year, and was expected to be ready to do some DH’ing this past weekend. The throwing program he’s on, however, wore him down, and he wasn’t ready to risk jacking up his arm at the plate. By Thursday, the […]

Chicago Cubs Reliever Rumors

In the wake of Angel Guzman’s shoulder issues, the Chicago Cubs are being attached to a number of reliever rumors. Some are nothing new – the Cubs are still interested in Luke Gregerson from the San Diego Padres or Jason Frasor from the Blue Jays – but some are brand new. The Cubs, who currently […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 8, 2010

The Chicago Cubs beat up on the Oakland A’s yesterday, but what was far more important was the performance of the three guys vying for a spot in the rotation. Jeff Samardzija, Sean Marshall and Tom Gorzelanny all pitched. Samardzija threw two scoreless, but struck out none, and gave up a hit, a walk, and […]

Ted Lilly is Throwing off the Mound

Finally some good news on the player injury front. Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly, coming back from offseason shoulder surgery, and delayed by a stomach bug, threw 30 pitches off the mound yesterday.  He’d actually thrown once before off the mound in Mesa, but this time, he threw with “intensity.” Which is awesome. “So far, […]