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.
  • @AaronHaag

    The doctors will be very careful with the retina attachment bruise. This could take some time. Hopefully the kids continue to play well.

  • Michigan Goat

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see him out 30-60 days. This is a serious injury. Maybe he can return with a “V for Vendetta” mask and kick some serious ass.

  • Jeff

    I really hope for Marlon’s sake he doesn’t start having vision problems. He’s a real likeable guy and gives it all for this team regardless of whether he’s a prototype number 3 guy or not. A lot of the veterans on this team could take an example from Marlon on how to play the game right.

    Randy Wells normally tops out around 90 doesn’t he? Throwing 88 on a rehab assignment isn’t too terribly bad for a guy getting his arm strength back up to par.

    • Ace

      I think – could be wrong – that his fastball usually sits around 91, 92.

  • hardtop

    god, i cant believe we are anxioulsy waiting for a guy to come back who tops out at 90. we really are in bad shape.

    • Hogie

      Maddux never threw even that hard. Not saying Wells is Maddux, but you dont have to be a fireballer to be good…even great.

      • hardtop

        True, but as you know, maddux was a master of his art. Wells is not a gifted, calculated, contact pitcher. by 22 madux already had an 18 win season under his belt and the first of 4 cy young awards by the time he was 26 or 27. Randy wells didnt even make his first start until he was nearly 27 after spending almost 7 years moslty in the minors, and 21 total wins in his career. I guess my point is: well you get the point. if we’re holding out for randy, we’re in really sad shape (which we are)