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According multiple reports, today, the Chicago Cubs placed not only
starter Andrew Cashner on the disabled list (with a strained right
rotator cuff), but also starter Randy Wells. Cashner’s ailment was
known, but until now, I had no idea that Wells was suffering from a
strained right forearm. Neither pitcher is expected to need surgery,
but the Cubs will re-evalute in a couple weeks. Mike Quade has said we
might not see either pitcher for a few weeks. We’ll have more
details/head explosions later.

In corresponding moves, the Cubs are expected to recall Casey Coleman
to fill one of the now vacant rotation spots. The other move is yet
undetermined, but current bullpenner James Russell could get a spot
start.

  • pfk

    This just in… the Cubs have signed Carlos Silva to a multi year deal with a no-trade clause.

  • Hogan

    I would guess Daimond or Jackson, what do you guys think?

    • last_ginger

      Jackson is on the DL in Iowa

      • Hogan

        Carpenter?

        • last_ginger

          i believe the Cubs are wanting him to be a reliever now due to injury concerns

          • Ace

            They kind of go back and forth on him – when he’s relieving, though, he can reportedly hit 100.

            • Hogan

              The other callup could be a swingman type if Russell can be effective for a few innings when we need the 5th starter (big if, I know).

              • Ace

                True. Could be someone like Coello, but it will probably be Diamond.

                • Raymond Robert Koenig

                  How about if they give Looper a call?

                  • Ace

                    They’ll consider it, I’m sure. But once they get the rotation aligned, they can probably get by with four starters until one of Wells or Cashner returns. Remember, Looper wanted $1 million if he made the team, and incentives up to $3 million if he was a starter.

                    • Hogan

                      That and he simply wasn’t stretched out, or, you know… good.

                    • Raymond Robert Koenig

                      What about Jackson?

                    • Ace

                      Injured.

  • Serio
    • Kenny L.

      Damn you for making me laugh right now.

  • Mike S

    Carlos Silva looks pretty good right about now…

    • http://SOI veryzer

      No he doesn’t.

    • wax_eagle

      Nope, still looks like a Cheeseburger.

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    Coleman Sunday. Maybe Russell for Cashner.

  • pfk

    A couple of thoughts raced through my mind when I first heard the bad news:
    1) Cashner is earily like Kerry Wood in looks, both from Texas, hard throwing, nasty slder…
    2) I was stunned about Wells but Hendry has a long history of misleading people on the extent of injuries…
    3) I thought of the pitching coach Riggins and wondered how good he really is…
    Fortunately its early and we get breaks in the schedule. Maybe this will be a positive and we’ll find a new talent who rises to the occasion.

    • Ace

      The postscript there is amazingly upbeat…

      • pfk

        As the old saying goes, “Fake it till you make it.” I’m trying desperately to find a positive somewhere. Anywhere. Ugh.

  • http://bleachernation ramy16

    after watching us give away todays game..whats wrong with dempster…his control is horrible…marcos mateo looked good after getting grabow out of jam…dempster looks like hes lost his comand of his pitches…the cubs should be 5-1..but instead were 3-3…from what ive seen in the last 6 games this team can be really good!

    • Ace

      Very frustrating stretch against “crappy” teams.

  • Willis

    This team is not good and it just lost two of their better arms.

    • Ace

      I had more confidence in Wells than anyone in the rotation.

  • http://bleachernation ramy16

    this team has showed promise but also dissappointment..i think we need to more consistant..iam glad to see soriano castro and ramirez start out of the gate hot..usually these guys are slow…i am really pleased to see tyler colvin play first well..iam just frustrated with dempster…normally hes really good his last 2 starts are horrible..leaving his piches up..no wonder the pirates and d-backs were able to tee off on him like a little league game…hes given up alot of hits..hard for the cubs to play catch up! both the games dempster has pitched the cubs were able to make a game of it…soo i think dempster needs to go down and work on his mechanics!!

  • pfk

    Succesfull baseball people have been saying for decades that baseball is all about pitching and defense. The Cubs defense has directly cost them 2 games so far and arguably 3. And, there were a couple of great defensive plays that kept them in a game to eventually win. So far, defense has been a huge factor in 5 of the 6 games so far. It was an achilles heel last year and is just as bad this year.

    • Ace

      The offense hasn’t been rock solid, either, though.

      • Peter Kempf

        That’s because we haven’t used Hill enough. He’s a machine I tell ya, a machine!

        • Ace

          Maybe Hill can take the 4th starter spot?

    • http://SOI veryzer

      On the other hand, great defense by AZ helped cost us this game as well.

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