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Month: March 2010

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 […]

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 […]

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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, […]

Xavier Nady Still Not Ready to, You Know, Play

Chicago Cubs outfielder Xavier Nady, recovering from his second career Tommy John surgery, was supposed to be DH’ing in Spring games by now. But he’s not – which is not awesome. Nady signed a one-year contract for $3.3 million to back up all three outfield positions, and the team thought he at least would be […]

Andres Blanco Injury Has No Effect on Starlin Castro

Chicago Cubs reserve infielder Andres Blanco, a dazzler with the glove, had a fair chance to make the Cubs, but a recent knee injury, which will keep him out for a couple weeks, put a damper on those hopes. But if Blanco doesn’t make the team, who’s going to back up shortstop? If manager Lou […]

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,” […]

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 […]

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