The life of a Chicago Cubs fan: lose back-to-back games to a division rival, both of which the Cubs should have won; then the Cubs win back-to-back games against a very good Florida team; then the Cubs get absolutely destroyed; then the Cubs lose their best pitcher to “elbow tightness,” though everyone says he’s fine; then the Cubs lose their center fielder to a broken face; then the Cubs come back in amazing fashion to win one late; then the Cubs get shut down by a 44-year old who hasn’t had “it” in years. It’s a roller coaster with more valleys than peaks.
- Speaking of valleys, Jeff Baker – a guy who’s provided one of the few bright spots this year – left last night’s game with a strained groin. He said it felt it in the box on his run-scoring double, and by the time he’d hustled into second, it was feeling pretty bad. The Cubs hope he can rest it today and be ready to play again tomorrow.
- Another injured Cub, Randy Wells, successfully completed his second minor league rehab outing yesterday, throwing 68 pitches over four innings. He cruised through the first three innings before being smacked around in the fourth. Ultimately, he gave up six earned runs on six hits and three walks, which matters a whole lot less than how he felt (which, given that there have been no DOOM sirens, must have been good). The one problem? The Cub Reporter notes that Wells never topped 88 mph, despite being quoted as wanting to “amp it up” in this start. Until I hear otherwise, I’m still expecting Wells to make his return this weekend against the Pirates.
- More injury news – Marlon Byrd is feeling better, but his biggest fear all along has been his eyesight. “I couldn’t see out of my left eye right when it hit me for about five minutes,” he said. “That’s the only thing that bothered me. The pain didn’t bother me at all. Once I started seeing again, I was ready to calm down.” In addition to the facial fractures, the attachment in the back of his eye is bruised. He’ll meet with doctors this week, but everyone seems to be optimistic that his vision will not be permanently affected. In fact, Byrd demonstrated 20/20 vision in tests yesterday.