Jake Peavy returns from a couple week stint on the disabled list with a strained groin, and who better to face than the Cubs? Despite what Ozzie Guillen might say about the Cubs’ lineup, they are frequently the rehabilitator of struggling or injured starters.
- Michael Wilbon, among other things in a meandering piece that is not one of his better efforts, says Jim Hendry can’t be blamed for the state of the current team, as his hands were tied for three years while Sam Zell and the Tribune Company worked to sell the team. Eh. To whatever extent that make be true, you have to look only as far as the money he was given to work with in those three years, and the moves he was permitted to make, to see that Hendry was permitted adequate leeway to succeed, were success in the offing for him.
- When told that Ozzie Guillen had said the Cubs have a lineup that can win the Central, Mike Quade had a curious response: “There’s a lot of things we have to get straightened out. Our pitching hasn’t been what we thought it would be. I think this lineup will be OK as the summer goes along. I still think we’re a club like most clubs that need solid pitching. We like the back end of our bullpen, especially when we get [Kerry Wood] back, and our starters are starting to do what we expect them to do to give us an opportunity to win every day.” Mike, your team’s lineup is great. Oh yeah? Well, our pitching sucks!
- Andrew Cashner will soon return to Chicago from Arizona where he’s been rehabbing his shoulder (rotator cuff). He’ll be reevaluated, and the Cubs will determine at that time if he can start a throwing program. The earliest you can hope to see him back in game action is late July, but you’re safer just assuming he’s done for the year. If he does come back, he’s more likely to pitch out of the pen than the rotation.