Thanks to genetics that hew more closely to Tony Campana than to Anthony Rizzo, my son is probably always going to have to settle for scrappy. In the wee hours of this morning, The Wife and I (and The Little Girl) welcomed The Little Boy to our family. We named him Clark. He is already awesome at everything. Thanks to all of you for the kind words and well-wishes. Unbelievable true fact: BN’er Brent sent me one of those kind words/well-wishes emails late yesterday, noting that his wife was a labor and delivery nurse at an area hospital in Columbus. And, out of all the hospitals and all the nurses, who helped us deliver Clark? Brent’s wife. Small, lovely world.
- Soon after he exited yesterday’s game with an apparent hamstring injury and was dutifully evaluated by the training staff, Starlin Castro seemed pretty confident that he’d avoided any kind of serious injury. Castro was already jogging around, and described the injury as “tightness” rather than any kind of strain. He’s day-to-day, and I still think we won’t see him back in game action for a little while. But it’ll be because playing him right now serves no significant purpose.
- Matt Garza also seems to have avoided a serious injury – in his case, his left lat – and could throw from 90 feet later today. If that goes well, he’ll be right back on schedule to be available for the first week of the season.
- Dale Sveum responded to Theo Epstein’s comments about the Cubs selling off once again if they’re not in contention come July, and said what you’d expect him to say – it’s part of the business, you hope you’re not in that situation, etc. He also damned the hell out of his offense with faint praise: “If guys live up to their capabilities, it’s a pretty functional offense.” Yes. *IF* guys live up to their capabilities, the offense can be a whopping “functional.” He’s not wrong, either, which is the unfortunate part.
- The Cubs lost to the Dodgers yesterday, but the game featured at least on Cubs highlight: top prospect Javier Baez, noted for his crazy bat speed, hit a ball so hard at shortstop Dee Gordon that he had to scramble just to avoid being drilled by the liner. Now that’s how you get a base hit.
- The plan for Brett Jackson remains AAA Iowa in April, despite the initial appearances of his swing changes being legit. Hopefully he’ll crush it in Iowa for a few months, and then earn a mid-season promotion.
- A Kerry Wood Q&A with an interesting anecdote on just how close Wood came to retiring in 2006.
- Make sure you listen to this week’s episode of the BN Podcast – I didn’t get a chance to pimp it as much yesterday as I usually do. I think it’s a good one.