Today the Cubs start playing four games in three days against the Giants. Since one is a makeup from May, does it count as a four-game series, or a three-game series and a makeup?
- Marlon Byrd had his first rehab game yesterday for the Iowa Cubs after being hit by a pitch in the face back on May 21. How did the game go? Byrd was hit by another pitch. Natch. No worries, though, as it sounds like it was a non-event. In fact, Byrd says he needed it to happen, and he actually turned into the pitch, which hit him below the left shoulder. He played 10 innings, had a steal and scored a couple runs. Byrd says he expects his rehab to last five to seven games.
- The other Iowa rehabber, Darwin Barney, is expected to return to the Cubs tomorrow.
- Mike Quade says the Cubs’ injury problems are the worst he’s seen in his career. It’s been bad, to be sure, but the Cubs may have had worse in recent memory (2004 and 2006 come to mind).
- If the Cubs trade Carlos Pena – which appears increasingly likely – Bryan LaHair is a candidate to fill in at first for the rest of the year. The 28-year-old AAA Iowa first baseman currently sports a .355 average and a 1.106 OPS. Unfortunately, he’s never shown the ability to make it in the show.
- Carrie Muskat actually asks whether the Cubs are buyers or sellers. Come on, now.
- The Cubs let Bobby Scales head to Japan for the rest of the year to make some money. He’ll play for the Nippon Ham Fighters (yup, seriously), where he’ll join former AAAA type Micah Hoffpauir.
- The Dodgers’ spin on their bankruptcy filing here.
- Is the trade deadline too early?