Finally! Mike Quade admitted yesterday that he left Randy Wells in for at least one too many batters, which led to the winning runs scoring in a brutal four-run seventh inning. “This one’s on me, as far as I’m concerned,” Quade said. Awesome. Now stop doing it.
- Sad trombone: Andrew Cashner’s evaluation on Thursday didn’t go as well as hoped. The doctors believe his rotator cuff is still not quite healed – they’re guessing 90% – so his throwing program has been pushed back another 10 days. He still believes he’ll pitch again for the Cubs this year. But we’re quickly approaching a timeline where it may make more sense to let him throw on the side when he’s able, but not put him back in the stress of game action until next year. Even he now admits that, if he does come back this year, it will be as a reliever. He holds out hope that he can come back as a starter in 2012.
- It sounds like Ramon Ortiz will finally get a chance to pitch on the big club on Tuesday. The Cubs signed the now-38-year-old to a minor league deal earlier this year, but he hasn’t exactly been tearing up AAA. Ortiz pitched last night, but conspicuously threw just 54 pitches. The 40-man roster stands at 39, so no move will have to be made there to open up a spot for him.
- Aramis Ramirez says he’s not worried about his future with the Cubs (he’s got an expensive team option for 2012, otherwise he’s a free agent at the end of the year), and doesn’t think Jim Hendry is worried either. “I guarantee you, he’s got a lot more things to worry about than me,” Ramirez said. “He’s got a lot of stuff going on right now. We’re not playing well, the trade deadline is coming. I guarantee he’s got a lot of stuff on his mind right now. The last thing he’s thinking about is my contract, my situation.” I know what you’re saying, Aramis. But, I submit, Hendry is doing a *lot* of thinking about your contract right about now.
- Jeff Baker is attracting quite a bit of trade rumor attention. He could have a lot of value to the Cubs in 2012, so I’m not sure a team would be willing to pony up enough to sway the Cubs.
- A few media types made Carlos Zambrano’s pre-scheduled charity appearance at a softball game on Thursday out to be more than it was (though I’m still not sure who they were – today, each and every one of them is scolding all of the others for making something out of nothing… so who was doing the making?). Among Zambrano’s comments on the issue: “Sometimes I see more media members in the clubhouse than players. That means whoever comes to Chicago should be prepared to be in the paper all the time.” Prince Fielder doesn’t read Chicago papers right now, does he?
- Kerry Wood is very tall. Eddie Vedder is not. Both are cool: