I can’t really fault Mike Quade for going to Carlos Marmol in the 9th last night after Ryan Dempster gave up a leadoff double, despite Dempster’s low pitch count. Marmol is much more likely to get a couple strikeouts, which is critical in preventing a run from scoring from second with no outs.

  • Cubs’ GM Jim Hendry all but conceded yesterday that the team is now planning for 2012, rather than trying to win in 2011: “The state of the game is that you can turn things around in a shorter time than you used to. We’ve done that before. Different clubs contend that weren’t a few years ago. Unfortunately we’re on the other end of things. We’ve got to put our noses to the grindstone and get to work, make some good decisions in the offseason and move forward.” More on the rest of what Hendry had to say soon.
  • Andrew Cashner could fiiiiinally be throwing again by this weekend. He’s set to see team doctor Stephen Gryzlo today, and, if all looks good, the Cubs could chart a course for a throwing program. Hendry said he expects Cashner to pitch again this year, but cautioned that the team will do what’s best for his future.
  • Marlon Byrd says he’s felt so good in his few days at AAA Iowa that, if he still feels good tomorrow, he’ll try to be back in Chicago by Saturday.
  • Doug Davis, who was released yesterday, earned the 10 years of service time necessary to secure his Major League pension this past weekend. Coincidence? Probably not.
  • Prince Fielder is willing to consider a DH gig next year, which preserves some bidders for his services. Though it’s no surprise that he would say something like that, it would be a surprise if he actually accepts a DH gig.
  • Bruce Bochy on why he selected Mike Quade for the All Star coaching staff: “I think you look at everything. I wanted to invite somebody who has not been . . . and my coaches know him very well. I’ve spoken with Mike a little bit. . . . They played well in our division last year when we needed a little bit of help. But more importantly, I just wanted to ask somebody who hasn’t been.” Pity invite.
  • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

    Hooray Byrd!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      Hooray beer!

  • pfk

    “We’ve got to put our noses to the grindstone and get to work…” Uh, shouldn’t you have been doing that all along? Just the kind of posturing talk of someone who is a goner. 3 days of meetings and the big move is…the release of Doug Davis. I’m sure after they made that decision they were high fives all around in the conference room. “Yessssss, look at that man, we ARE rebuilding. No stopping us now boys.” Meanwhile, an outside consultant, family member or friend is putting out feelers for new a GM and head of baseball operations. You can bet the mortgage on that. Ricketts is finally going to make this HIS team – top to bottom.

    • EQ

      I’m assuming how we finish determines if Hendry’s here next year or not. From what it sounds like no pitcher goes unless the deal blows them away. I’m assuming Dempster, Garza and Big Z will be back next year, and why not, we’re over .500 when they start.. The problem is the 4 & 5 starters have been awful.

      I see them moving Pena, Fukudome if possible, Byrd, and someone like Baker or Johnson. We’ll be watching a AAA team the rest of the way, have 40-50 mil to spend this off season, and probably give way too much money and years to Fielder or Pujols and be regretting it about 4 years from now.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

        The Cubs’ record over the second half simply cannot inform the decision about whether to keep Hendry. As an extreme example, imagine he manages to trade Zambrano, Ramirez, Dempster, Fukudome, and Johnson for the greatest haul of almost-ready prospects in baseball history. Understandably, the team sucks balls for the rest of the year. But in 2012, they’re poised to be insanely good. What then?

        (I am *not* saying Hendry should be retained even if he pulls off some great trades. I’m just saying using the Cubs’ record over the second half to decide things would be a mistake in either direction.)

  • RY34

    Jim Hendry, you really are a complete moron!

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

    Kerry Wood joined Twitter yesterday, and today he used it to announce that he’ll come off the disabled list tomorrow. Wow. That’s cool on so many levels.