It’s an offday, but there is going to be a fair bit of GM search stuff to talk about later today. For now, the mostly fluffy bullets…

  • According to various reports on Twitter, Iowa Cubs first baseman Bryan LaHair has (1) been named the PCL MVP, and (2) been called up to join the Cubs tomorrow. Neither is particularly surprising. What would be surprising is if LaHair gets more than two starts all month. The move probably won’t be announced until tomorrow.
  • Cubs prospect Matt Camp, a utility player at this point in his career, has been suspended 50 games for violating MiLB’s drug policy … for the SECOND TIME. Dude, juicing and/or doing other drugs is not a matter of “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Camp, who was unlikely to make the Cubs any time soon (though was invited to Spring Training this year), probably just flushed his career down the crapper.
  • Andrew Cashner will pitching an inning for AAA Iowa today, and, if it goes well, he’s expected to finally rejoin the Cubs thereafter. He’ll work out of the pen – very carefully – for the rest of the year.
  • Starlin Castro hurt his leg momentarily in a rough slide yesterday (hamstring), but he says he’s fine. He could still probably use a day off every now and again.
  • Joe Cowley interviewed Jeff Samardzija, and the most interesting piece of information he was able to extract was that Samardzija thinks preseason football polls are crap. Thanks, Joe.
  • Fishin Phil

    “probably just flushed his career down the crapper.”

    Did he happen to see a cat while he was in there?

    • TWC

      Heh. Phil with the crossover humor. Like.

      • Brett

        It took me a moment. The community integration begins!

  • Toosh

    Hey Brett! Do you mind if I look for 1 more team for my fantasy football league here? The online draft is tonight at 6:30 Chicago time. If anyone is interested, here’s the information you’ll need to join. It’s a Yahoo Custom league. ID # 21781. Password 123456.

    • Brett

      By all means.

      Toosh is the man, folks, so I reckon his fantasy league is swell (I’d do it myself, by I’ve reached my wife-ordered maximum of three teams).

      • Toosh

        Thank you, Brett. I was going to stick with 3 myself but a friend had a guy drop out of his live draft Saturday, so I’m in 4. Any way, I need 1 more team before 6:30 tonight.

      • Ron


        • Brett

          Three teams is a reasonable number. :)

  • BT

    Did Joe happen to work in what an awesome guy Ozzie Guillen is? Because that’s what every other column he writes is about.

    • Brett

      He was probably too sad about the possibility of Ozzie leaving to bring it up.

  • Zach

    “probably just flushed his career down the crapper”

    So Matt Camp is the one who took a dooky in the urinal

  • A-Ram Baller

    Prospects are not Utility Players in the minor leagues BTW.

    • Brett

      That’s a really broad claim, and one that’s refuted by the existence of guys like Ryan Flaherty. He’s clearly a prospect, and he’s being groomed to play lots of positions. No one is saying Camp is a “good” prospect, or even a “mediocre” prospect. I will say that now, given the aforementioned crapper flushing, he’s probably better classified as a “former” prospect.

  • KB

    I wish we had Ben Zobrist, the best “utility” player in my memory. Those guys have a sneaky ‘added” value….if y’all recall, it was mighty handy having that DeRosa fella who could play any position on the diamond. Won 97 games that year. But who’s counting?

  • joeydafish

    As long as Quade is managing the Cubs Camp could never be brought up anyway so he might as well enjoy the toilet. If brought up, Quade would be too confused with nicknaming Camp…who would be “Campy” Camp….or Campana? Quade couldn’t handle the pressure. Also, with Quade managing his pet veterans, Cashner stands as good a chance getting 2 starts at first base as does LaHair. Until Quade follows is enabler Hendry out the door the system will remain clogged with under-performing veterans such as Soriano & Pena

  • Spencer

    Castro takes plays off during games, so he probably doesn’t need full off days.

    • TWC

      Ha.  Funny.  I dig.