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  • Dale Sveum estimates that David DeJesus is going to be out about a month with his shoulder injury, per Carrie Muskat. In fact, he used the word “definitely” in reference to the month, so I’m thinking that is now the best case scenario. That would put DeJesus’s return at the All-Star break, which will hopefully leave enough time before the Trade Deadline for DeJesus to show teams he’s healthy, so that the Cubs at least have the option of shopping him if they are so inclined. Also, frankly, you’d like to see DeJesus back as soon as possible because he’s a good player, a good influence, and seemingly a good guy.
  • In the interim, the Cubs are expected to swap out a pitcher for a bench player soon. Currently, they’ve got an absurd 8-man bullpen and a 4-man bench. Although DeJesus, an outfielder, was the guy whose injury precipitated the roster shuffling, there’s no guarantee he’ll be replaced on the roster by an outfielder – the Cubs were already carrying six outfielders, which is arguably one more than you need. Steve Clevenger, whose hitting well at Iowa and appears ready to return from his oblique injury, could be activated from the disabled list. The Cubs could also call outfielder Dave Sappelt back up, since he is already on the 40-man roster. We’ll probably see a move after the Cardinals series ends today.
  • Of the Cubs’ eight relievers, it could be a tricky decision on whom to demote. While it’s probably going to be Blake Parker headed back to Iowa (since it won’t be Kevin Gregg, James Russell, Shawn Camp, or Carlos Villanueva, and it probably won’t be a move involving Carlos Marmol, Hector Rondon or Henry Rodriguez), that might be a tough pill to swallow considering Parker’s 1.04 ERA and 0.692 WHIP over 8.2 innings with the Cubs. He’s struck out 10 and walked just 2. Perhaps we’ll see Rule 5 pick Rondon come down with a case of I’ve-been-on-the-roster-almost-90-days-and-I-can-make-up-the-rest-later-in-the-season-itis.
  • Welington Castillo wants to pick Yadier Molina’s brain, which probably isn’t a bad idea, so long as the Cardinals’ backstop is open to it. Just don’t ask for any advice on body art, Welington.
  • Speaking of Molina, Edwin Jackson didn’t feel too bad about the fastball down and in that he threw to Molina, which was deposited in the seats. I very much enjoyed this quote, per CSN: “I thought it was a pretty good pitch. Either he was looking for it or he guessed right or it was right in his zone. Either way, he hit it for a home run, but I threw my pitch with conviction. Sometimes it happens.” Remember the “conviction” stuff from earlier this year?
  • Not to belabor the issue, but I’m a smidge annoyed by everyone associated with the Cubs saying they had no problem with Shane Robinson’s slide into Starlin Castro on Tuesday night (just like they all said they had no problem with Matt Holliday’s late and high slide into Castro back in 2011). Dale Sveum said he hopes his guys would do the same thing. Dave McKay – who coaches base running – said that’s how he wants Cubs players to play. Playing the game hard and breaking up double plays? Absolutely. But are you both really going to say you want to see your players doing this:

  • To some extent, Sveum and McKay are simply “saying the right thing.” But I wish someone would publicly acknowledge that it’s not OK for another team to risk injuring your young shortstop just because they’re trying to break up a double play that would end the game. There’s a right way to play “hard” and a wrong way to play “hard.” That picture there – that’s the wrong way.
  • PETA named Wrigley Field the 10th most vegetarian-friendly ballpark (in terms of food options). Beer is animal-free!
  • If you haven’t seen the LEGO Wrigley Field, here’s another chance to check it out. It’s ridiculous. (h/t BN’er Jeff)
  • cjdubbya

    So you’re calling for Rule 5-itis of the left big toenail for Rondon? Sounds about right.

    • BluBlud

      I was think a 3 quarter tear in the 5th meta90day minimun limit.

  • BluBlud

    The coolest thing about the lego Wrigley, they even got the attendance right.

    • cubchymyst

      Love annotation number 9

    • King Jeff

      As bad as attendance has been, the Cubs are still 12th in baseball in home attendance and 8th overall.

      • Scotti

        Tickets SOLD not attendance. The Cubs have a very, very strong fanbase (as the road totals have always shown) so, yes, folks keep buying their season tickets but, all too often, don’t get around to showing up (and buying beer, concessions, etc.).

        The higher road rankings DO show that the attraction isn’t Wrigley–people love the Cubs and they’ll see them anywhere.

  • cubchymyst

    Hopefully it the roster shuffle ends with the decision to get rid of Marmol. If he is only going to be used for low leverage mop ups then get rid of him. In a low leverage mop up rather see a young reliever that might be around in the future get some reps.

    • Colocubfan

      I vote yes! I don’t care if they get anybody in trade. Any player you would receive for Marmol at this point wouldn’t be worth keeping around anyway.

  • Spriggs

    Amen on the slide comments, Brett!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Yep. I wish the penalties for sliding no where near the base in order to try to make contact with a player were much higher.

      Or existed at all, really.

      • Spriggs

        Yes. Instead there is only a “possibility” you might get called out.

        • hansman1982

          And until a star get’s injured (seriously) from it, MLB won’t do anything, same with the maple bat issue.

          • Spriggs

            I thought you were going to start ripping on Dillon Maples there for a second. Thanks.

      • http://vdcinc.biz 70′scub

        Players need to settle up as a team a message pitch should have been sent!

    • Cedlandrum

      Yeah I like Sveum but I lost a lot of respect for him after reading his comments. You got to protect your guys and if you want your guys to play dirty then I’m pretty much done with him as a manager.

      • JulioZuleta

        I wish that they would have had some harsher words about it. I just think when you suck as a team, it looks weak to complain about what the first place Cardinals are doing all the time. Also, it wasn’t as bad as the Holliday one last year. I still would have liked to see Robinson take a fastball off the kneecap, though.

        • Cedlandrum

          I understand what you are saying, but all he really has to say is: “Hey that was a bad slide, but I don’t think he was really trying to be dirty.” It doesn’t have to be complaining. Instead he is basically telling Castro- good luck out there, I don’t have your back– unless he is saying something different to the players.

        • willis

          Yeah just call a spade a spade. It was a dirty play. Saying things to the opposite and even encouraging that type of nonsense is just another nail in his coffin. I’m glad to see many of the fans are realizing this dude is a joker and will not be the manager to help this team climb out of the basement.

  • Chad

    If you are not the worst on PETA’s list you aren’t doing it right. PETA is a horrible organization trying to ruin animal agriculture and eliminate meat from being produced. Just remember that if you like meat and are a PETA fan. Meat is good, PETA is bad. Side note, but why in the world would you want to be known as a vegetarian ball park, that just seems like an oxymoron.

    • scorecardpaul

      agree Peta bad

    • EricR

      You’re certainly entitled to your opinion, but I disagree. Even if you remove animal cruelty from the equation (I can’t), you still have the disastrous effects on the environment caused by cow and pig farms.

      I applaud my Cubbies for being somewhat veggie-friendly. It’s a step in the right direction.

      • scorecardpaul

        please tell, what are all of those disastrous effects?

        • EricR

          http://www.nrdc.org/water/pollution/ffarms.asp

          Livestock pollution and public health

          California officials identify agriculture, including cows, as the major source of nitrate pollution in more than 100,000 square miles of polluted groundwater.

          In 1996 the Centers for Disease Control established a link between spontaneous abortions and high nitrate levels in Indiana drinking water wells located close to feedlots.

          High levels of nitrates in drinking water also increase the risk of methemoglobinemia, or “blue-baby syndrome,” which can kill infants.

          Animal waste contains disease-causing pathogens, such as Salmonella, E. coli, Cryptosporidium, and fecal coliform, which can be 10 to 100 times more concentrated than in human waste. More than 40 diseases can be transferred to humans through manure.

          Manure from dairy cows is thought to have contributed to the disastrous Cryptosporidium contamination of Milwaukee’s drinking water in 1993, which killed more than 100 people, made 400,000 sick and resulted in $37 million in lost wages and productivity.

          In this country, roughly 29 million pounds of antibiotics — about 80 percent of the nation’s antibiotics use in total — are added to animal feed every year, mainly to speed livestock growth. This widespread use of antibiotics on animals contributes to the rise of resistant bacteria, making it harder to treat human illnesses.

          Large hog farms emit hydrogen sulfide, a gas that most often causes flu-like symptoms in humans, but at high concentrations can lead to brain damage. In 1998, the National Institute of Health reported that 19 people died as a result of hydrogen sulfide emissions from manure pits.

          • bbmoney

            can we not do this on here?

        • King Jeff

          You asked for it. My sister recently decided to go vegan and I have to listen all of this on a daily basis. It’s best to let them preach from the pulpit and move on.

          • DarthHater

            I’m Arcturan. We have no use for Vegans.

        • Coop

          From the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UNited Nations:

          Deforestation, greenhouse gases. The livestock sector is by far the single largest anthropogenic user of land. Grazing occupies 26 percent of the Earth’s terrestrial surface, while feed crop production requires about a third of all arable land. Expansion of grazing land for livestock is a key factor in deforestation, especially in Latin America: some 70 percent of previously forested land in the Amazon is used as pasture, and feed crops cover a large part of the reminder. About 70 percent of all grazing land in dry areas is considered degraded, mostly because of overgrazing, compaction and erosion attributable to livestock activity.

          At the same time, the livestock sector has assumed an often unrecognized role in global warming. Using a methodology that considered the entire commodity chain (see box below), FAO estimated that livestock are responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, a bigger share than that of transport. It accounts for nine percent of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions, most of it due to expansion of pastures and arable land for feed crops. It generates even bigger shares of emissions of other gases with greater potential to warm the atmosphere: as much as 37 percent of anthropogenic methane, mostly from enteric fermentation by ruminants, and 65 percent of anthropogenic nitrous oxide, mostly from manure.

          Livestock production also impacts heavily the world’s water supply, accounting for more than 8 percent of global human water use, mainly for the irrigation of feed crops. Evidence suggests it is the largest sectoral source of water pollutants, principally animal wastes, antibiotics, hormones, chemicals from tanneries, fertilizers and pesticides used for feed crops, and sediments from eroded pastures. While global figures are unavailable, it is estimated that in the USA livestock and feed crop agriculture are responsible for 37 percent of pesticide use, 50 percent of antibiotic use, and a third of the nitrogen and phosphorus loads in freshwater resources. The sector also generates almost two-thirds of anthropogenic ammonia, which contributes significantly to acid rain and acidification of ecosystems.

          The sheer quantity of animals being raised for human consumption also poses a threat of the Earth’s biodiversity. Livestock account for about 20 percent of the total terrestrial animal biomass, and the land area they now occupy was once habitat for wildlife. In 306 of the 825 terrestrial eco-regions identified by the Worldwide Fund for Nature, livestock are identified as “a current threat”, while 23 of Conservation International’s 35 “global hotspots for biodiversity” – characterized by serious levels of habitat loss – are affected by livestock production.

      • Chad

        Ha good one. It is the farms that are at fault. I mean we could just let them all roam around every where and crap everywhere. That seems environmentally friendly as well. PETA’s goal is not animal welfare, it is ending animal agriculture period. Their CEO has said such. Same as HSUS who takes all of your donations and puts it toward anti Ag. Only 1% goes to local shelters to actually care for animals, the rest is salaries, advertisement and a nice retirement fund.

        Now, as far as environment goes. I know the EPA and UN FA have said these things, but the research has actually shown that it is not true and animals actually play very little role in greenhouse gases etc. More comes from vehicles etc. Numerous farms also utilize manure and any gases produced by the animals to produce electricity, so I guess you are right, animals ruin the environment!

    • md8232

      PETA = People Eating Tasty Animals. Whats wrong with that?

  • Chad

    Also, on MLBTRADERUMORS.com they are reporting that the giants are in need of a starting pitcher and outfielder (bad timing Dejesus), but as has been stated on here the giants don’t like injury risk players. And Garza fits that bill. They always have a good farm system. Is there some talent there that might intrigue the cubs?

  • http://vdcinc.biz 70′scub

    So the Cub Catcher wants to be Molina’s best bud, the FO can’t get rid of the inherited bunch from Henry fast enough. News to Castillo he went hard at Wood at the plate and hit the shit out of the pitches you been calling. Please show us you have some professional pride and do something that helps the Cubs win today and keep your want to be friendships for the off season. I may go so as far as to suggest to you call for high and tight fastball when your bud comes to the plate tonight. Most Cub fans have no doubt he would do what ever it takes to kick Cub ass, Is it to much to ask you to do what it takes to protect the Cub pitching staff and try and do something tonight instead of dwelling on what a great stud the Card’s have behind the plate?

    • hansman1982

      Considering Molina is the best offensive AND defensive catcher in the game, I seriously hope Castillo and Molina become the best of buds.

      • bbmoney

        Buster Posey would argue with you about the offensive part.

        but yeah, I hate the guy, but Y. Molina is really frickin’ good.

      • scorecardpaul

        So Hansman, you think that by being his friend it will make him better???

        • Cedlandrum

          having a relationship with the best catcher in baseball so that you can pick his brain can’t make you worse.

          • hansman1982

            Agreed, worst case scenario, a Cubs player and a Cardinals player are buddies.

            OH NOES!!!!!

            • scorecardpaul

              I just don’t get why you would seriously hope that they become best of buds??

              • hansman1982

                Just hoping that they could work out together, train together, etc… and Castillo picks up a few things.

                We hear stories about that every offseason that player X and player Y spent all kinds of time training in the offseason. Makes it more likely if they are besties.

                • Jared

                  Wasn’t that the case with Navarro working out with Votto last off-season? It was in an article written a few weeks ago that I think was mentioned in a bullet post where the author apologized for the lowered projections he had on Navarro and Valbuena for the 2013 season.

    • Cedlandrum

      No hablo what the hell you are saying.

      • Cedlandrum

        And yes I am being an idiot.

  • MichiganGoat

    Here’s the video of that slide if anyone hasn’t seen it yet

    http://sports.yahoo.com/video/cubs-win-interference-call-170925066.html

    • bbmoney

      Just watched it again. It’s bad. Not Matt Holliday bad, but bad. The crazy right hand turn away from 2nd is the thing that really gets me.

  • AnonAuth

    That creep can roll, man.

  • Caleb

    Haha- that slide picture is exactly perfect. I didn’t even realize the slide was *that* bad until I saw that picture!

    Also, I love comments like castillo’s. Molina may be a cardinal who we hate, and has a terrible neck tattoo, but man is he good. Always learn from those guys.

    “I hate you Ron burgundy…but goddammit do I respect you.”

    • http://vdcinc.biz 70′scub

      How is going to “PICK” his brain? Get real he is supposed to be a professional player and the situation called for a message pitch sent at the Card catcher for (sliding hard at Wood). At this point he has 1 HR, can’t get on base and has no base speed he either improves or the FO will move him soon. Play with some heart unlike Henry who went down to batting practice and hugged King Albert before a Cub game.

      • hansman1982

        Key word in your entire rant…professional.

        • http://vdcinc.biz 70′scub

          As a professional Molina is not going to do anything for the Cub rookie catcher or any other Cub. If an opposing team slides hard or pitches inside close, the Card’s will respond promptly. Simply put, that is my point. The young Cubs need to earn respect and stick together by protecting each other. Tonight is game four of this series, Wood and Castro have already been aggressively slid into, still no response from the Cubs. Intent does not matter this is baseball send a message pitch especially for Castro and Barney. Since Molina is their leader, that is who I would like the Cub response directed at. Our catcher is in wonderland get real and confront this team.

      • Cedlandrum

        It’s his first full year in the bigs. He has a ton to learn yet. But if you want him to run real fast you are going to be disappointed, he is a catcher. His power will come and so will getting on base, but to me it is more important that he focus on his defense and he has done a good job back there considering what I saw in Iowa for 3 years he was there.

        As for your Hendry comments, geez you are really stretching. Hendry didn’t make all the right moves, but he loved the Cubs and gave them everything he had, including signing Ted Lilly while having a heart attack. The few times I talked to Jim when he was in Iowa, he was always gracious and you could tell he wanted to do everything he could to help the Cubs win the WS.

        • hansman1982

          He was talking about Henry, which, I’m guessing means Blanco?

          • Cedlandrum

            Can’t tell if you for realz or not, but the hugging Albert was something Jimbo did.

            • hansman1982

              I know it was. I became overly excited that meant we were landing Pujols.

              70′scub said Henry and then referred to a mythical King Albert (Pujols is just a Prince, afterall)

        • http://vdcinc.biz 70′scub

          I agree Henry as a person and professionally had class and did his best (close as it almost gets as far as getting the Cubs to the WS).

  • EricR

    Not to be nit-picky, but most beer usually isn’t animal free.

    Most are refined using a product called isinglass which is from fish. Some use bone char for filtering. A good rule of thumb is that if it’s from Germany, it’s safe for vegan or vegetarian consumption.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      That sounds like a vegan/vegetarian distinction, but I was just being silly anyway.

      • DarthHater

        Dammit, Brett. I know you were just being silly, but now today’s comment board is gonna be full of idiotic arguments about Peta, when we should be arguing about how much we dislike each other’s attitudes toward the Cubs. :-P

        • cubchymyst

          People Eating Tasty Animals (PETA)

          • Coop

            That’s generally the safest defense – if you can’t think of a well reasoned argument, make fun of their name. Well played.

            Save a logger and eat and owl. That is quality debate right there.

    • Dustin S

      I have a relative that’s a vegetarian but has an Escalade with full leather interior…it’s like where do they think that came from? I’m all for people supporting animals, just kind of funny how people think sometimes.

      • FFP

        It’s burning dinosaur bones, too.

  • DarthHater

    Lego Wrigley’s pretty cool, but the annotations are lame and annoying.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I almost suggested that folks not read them.

      • hansman1982

        Maybe I am dumb but I am not seeing annotations on the Lego Wrigley site.

        • DarthHater

          Just click on the link in Brett’s article above. The black dots all over the photo are links to the annotations.

          • hansman1982

            Oh, well then, I have no black dots but I do have IE8…

    • Dynastyin2017

      It is cool, but it doesn’t seem like Wrigley without the rooftops.

      • Jim L.

        Thanks, Beth Murphy

  • FFP

    “Sveum and McKay are simply ‘saying the right thing.’ But I wish someone would publicly acknowledge that it’s not OK for another team to risk injuring your young shortstop just because they’re trying to break up a double play.”

    Part of unwritten code is “saying the right thing.” I think this is why we will never hear otherwise from this club. The unwritten code of conduct also seems to include rules that protect players’ health and saftey. And with apparent rhyme and reason. For example ‘no spiking the first baseman’s Achille’s tendon.’ For the shortstop trying to turn the DP, he is facing the danger and can protect himself. The first baseman is looking away and is totally exposed.

    I see no reason to change written rules and monkey with a century of balance between comportment and competition. I don’t want to see anyone hurt in any case, but I will watch to see if I can discern how balance (revenge?) is achieved between these two players, teams and beyond. If I had to guess, it would be even more aggressive situational baserunning–especially between these two teams, especially when it counts.

    • Cedlandrum

      If I am Castro and Robinson is running between first and second again on a double play I would drop down as low as I could when I turned and make him flatten himself on the ground.

  • Die hard

    Bud should consider suspension for slide as no different from throwing at batter and could avoid retaliation

  • DaveY

    There are at least a couple of adjustments that Castro or Barney can make in turning the double play. The more difficult would be to jump over the runner when making the throw like Dunston did. Instead of coming off the bag towards right field he would lean toward first and jump into the throw some times going completely horizontal in making the throw. If you google images of Dunston you will see some of him doing this.

    The other option that I don’t see very often today but was more commonly used by many shortstops in the 80s was to make a low throw. Look at how Castro and most shortstops come off the bag with their feet to the right field side of second base but his upper body is leaning back towards second. From a position similiar to this shortstops and third basemen will pick up a slow roller bare handed and make a quick throw to first. The low throw forces the baserunner to either get down or turn off the basepath or get hit by the throw. Specifically, in the face if they come in feet first. It’s actually the quickest way to get off the throw as the shortstop comes across the bag taking the ball from the second baseman and a typical play of the stereotypical “slick fielding shortstop”.

    Castro is no where near the athlete that Dunston was but with practice he could probably learn to make the jumping throw but the low throw should be pretty easy for him. Today most middle infielders try to throw around the base runner when they should be making the base runner get out of the way of a strong throw.

    • Die hard

      Castro is an OF in IF clothing… He will always be mediocre at such position subtleties .. In fact I question his baseball IQ…. Barney more apt to do so as excels in all phases of defense and for now should be SS with Castro at 2B until better solution comes along

      • DarthHater

        “I question his baseball IQ”

        This is kind of like Twiggy questioning hansman’s hamburger IQ.

      • DaveY

        I agree that Barney is the smarter player. Really, the elephant on the infield is that Barney is the Cubs best shortstop. Even if Barney goes from gold glove second baseman to just an average shortstop he would still be better than Castro. The question is, how long will Sveum give Castro to improve until he makes the switch between the two? Perhaps Sveum is hoping Baez forces Castro to another position.

        • SenorGato

          This isn’t true at all. Castro has been an average defensive SS for at least a year+ now.

          • DaveY

            This is very true.

            http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/NL/2013-specialpos_ss-fielding.shtml

            Go down to the individual player listing and sort on any of the calculated stats starting from fielding percentage going to the right. Castro is below average in all and near or at the bottom in several.

            • bbmoney

              Just don’t quote fielding %. And don’t just look at <70 games of info.

        • SenorGato

          Also, Sveum probably has very few thoughts or hopes on Javier Baez right now. Little busy for that probably/hopefully.

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