Carlos Marmol’s walk-off wild pitch yesterday didn’t make me nearly as mad as his failure to pay any attention at all to Jayson Werth on second base. Werth stole third without a throw on Marmol’s first pitch. Marmol later admitted he was focused solely on the batter. That ain’t good when the winning run is standing 60 feet behind you, and it’s a guy who already had nine steals on the year.
- Marcos Mateo will have an MRI on his right elbow today in Chicago. He shook his hand awkwardly after a 10th inning pitch yesterday, and everyone knew something wasn’t quite right. Mike Quade, for what it’s worth, has sounded less than optimistic about the situation.
- Twenty-one-year-old, A-ball pitcher Austin Kirk threw a no-hitter last night, striking out 10 and walking two. He was a legit prospect long before this outing, but this should really put the lefty on your radar. Kirk was the Cubs’ third round pick in 2009.
- Carlos Pena says he would gladly accept an invite to the Home Run Derby because it’s a “blast,” which I assume is just Pena being a genuinely excited guy, and not a clever pun. I’m very much hoping he’s invited – the Derby is already one of the more fun All-Star events, and the participation of a Cub only makes it better.
- Albert Pujols is a machine/a freak/cheating. Once expected to be out until August with his broken arm, he’ll now be back any day now. Why do Cub injury surprises only go in the other direction?
- Carlos Zambrano is heading to Guatemala this weekend to adopt a two-year old boy, whom he has known for a year and a half. The boy will be the fourth child in the Zambrano family, and the first boy.