With the suicide squeeze clearly on last night, I would have liked to have seen a pitch-out after Wilson Ramos missed a sign on the first attempt, and then pulled the bat back on the second attempt. On the third, the Cubs did nothing different, and the squeeze worked perfectly.
- Mike Quade – like the rest of us – is at a loss when trying to explain Randy Wells’ slow return to effectiveness after early-season forearm problems. “I don’t know if there is a different time frame for different people, coming back from [injuries],” Quade said. “It’s a few things: coming back successfully, coming back quickly, coming back effectively; there are a whole bunch of roads you can take with that. But when he is down in the zone and he keeps his soft game down he is pretty good.”
- Wells basically said the same thing; he doesn’t know what the problem is. Yikes.
- Carlos Zambrano threw a side session yesterday (with Mike Quade’s little brother), and assuming he feels good today (back soreness), the next step is a simulated game. Zambrano is expected back in the first series after the All-Star break.
- The Cubs hope Ryan Dempster can throw a side session from the mound today, and, if so, he’ll probably get the start on Saturday in Pittsburgh. If not, the Cubs will likely DL him, in which case he’d be eligible to come off, like Zambrano, just after the All-Star break.
- Kerry Wood doesn’t feel any physical effects from his now-gone blister, but his control/command still isn’t where he wants it to be.
- Want to make sure your valuables aren’t stolen? Hide them under your Cubs tickets.