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Month: August 2010

Carlos Zambrano is Headed to Venezuela

Some sad news to report, as Chicago Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano, fresh off his best start of the season against the Nationals last night, is head to Venezuela to be with his family. Zambrano’s 11-year-old nephew is in the hospital with a life-threatening disease. “I have a nephew that’s in bad condition,” he said. “He […]

Carlos Silva Will Begin Rebab Stint in Peoria on Friday

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Silva, out for several weeks following a minor heart procedure, will head to Peoria on Friday to pitch for the Chiefs, in what is expected to be the first of at least two rehab starts. The Peoria Chiefs, in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs, have announced that injured Cubs hurler […]

Scott Maine to Chicago, Justin Berg to Iowa

Another rookie reliever is on his way to Chicago, as the Cubs today called up lefty pitcher Scott Maine from AAA – and promptly deposited Justin Berg in Iowa to take his place. Maine, 25, was acquired from the Diamondbacks over the Winter in the Aaron Heilman trade, and has worked his way through the […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Marlon Byrd’s Hand is Probably OK

Marlon Byrd inadvertently took one off the hand last night, and was quickly removed from the game, as he was in obvious pain. The good news is he’s just day-to-day, and is probably going to be fine. The ball ricocheted off Byrd’s hand and struck him on the top of the right foot. Byrd jumped […]

Breaking News: Lou Piniella Retiring Today

ESPN is reporting that Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella is calling it a career after today’s series finale against the Braves. Piniella had said he would retire after this season, but he’s decided to hang them up now. The decision is driven, according to Piniella, by a family situation – you’ll recall that he left […]

Site Note: On The Road

Sadly (for you) I am on the road this weekend, so there won’t be an Enhanced Box Score for yesterday’s game or today’s, and the series preview for the Nationals series will be late. If there is any big news, we’ll have it, but otherwise, normal posting will resume Monday evening.

Tyler Colvin is Likely to Start Playing Games at First Base This Week

With Derrek Lee off to the Atlanta Braves, and without a clear replacement in the Chicago Cubs’ system, outfielder Tyler Colvin will start playing some games at first base starting this week. His debut at the position will likely come in the early week series against the Nationals. Colvin has been working out at first […]

Enhanced Box Score: Braves 5, Cubs 3 – August 20, 2010

The Cubs welcomed Derrek Lee to the Chicago as an opponent with the kind of welcoming loss that only the Cubs can offer. We won’t dwell on Lee’s terrible day (though he got a really heartfelt welcome from the crowd), and instead we’ll dwell on Carlos Marmol’s terrible day. And if there was one guy […]

Now Carlos Zambrano Says He Wouldn’t Waive His No-Trade Clause

Not but a couple weeks ago, Chicago Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano – freshly off the restricted list, where he’d been serving a team-imposed suspension, and going to anger management, following a dugout tirade – said he would allow the Cubs to trade him this Winter if they really wanted to (protip: they do). Zambrano, you’ll […]

Unsurprisey Surprise: Tyler Colvin Working Out at First Base

As we fans looked ahead to 2011, on the assumption that Derrek Lee would not return to the Chicago Cubs, we had a collective head-scratching session on who would be his replacement. One name that kept popping up is outfielder Tyler Colvin. Sure, he hasn’t played first base since his sophomore year in college, but […]

Enhanced Box Score: Padres 5, Cubs 3 – August 19, 2010

I am honestly less interested in the fact that the Padres just swept the Cubs in a four-game set for the first time ever, and am more interested in Carlos Zambrano’s continued David Blaine impression in his return to the rotation. Once again, if you looked only at his innings and earned runs, you’d think […]

Good Luck, Derrek Lee

In mid-November 2003, I was bitter. The Chicago Cubs had just blown their best chance to head to the World Series in decades – a better chance even than their 4-1 NLCS loss to the San Diego Padres in 1984. They had a rotation built for the playoffs, and Sammy Sosa still crushing. Yes, I […]