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andrew-cashner-cubsEveryone’s getting over a cold in the Taylor household, which means lots of laying around and lots of Disney Junior. Except for The Wife, who is running a half marathon instead. Seriously.

  • Former Cub Andrew Cashner might be just a touch excited about facing the Cubs today. He told CSN that he’s looking to “shove it up [the Cubs’] ass.” From reading the rest of the piece, you’ll get a sense that Cashner was having a little fun in his comment, though he really does continuously seek to prove that folks who doubted he could start long-term were wrong. That was part of the reason the Cubs dealt Cashner to the Padres in a deal that brought back Anthony Rizzo (the other reason was that, well, they really liked Rizzo). Cashner has found decent success as a starter in San Diego, though I’d argue that the deal still looks good for the Cubs in hindsight.
  • Welington Castillo is expected to start today, after missing a few days with sore ribs. I guess I just figured Dale Sveum wanted to get Dioner Navarro some extra time. Good to hear that Castillo’s injury isn’t serious.
  • James Russell agrees with Dale Sveum that any issues he’s facing this year are not tied to being overworked (per the Tribune). Imagine that: a baseball player not wanting to say he’s playing too much baseball. Yes, it’s possible that Russell isn’t worn down after being the most used pitcher in baseball over the past two years. But, it’s also possible that the dude needs a break.
  • Mike Olt went 4 for 4 with a homer last night at Iowa, which is a long-awaited great game for the third base prospect. His numbers this year are still awful, but his BABIP since coming to the Cubs was below .150(!), so there’s probably at least a little bad luck in there.
  • Jed Hoyer says the front office has been pleasantly surprised at just how good Javier Baez has been since his promotion to AA (per CSN). It sounds like even they didn’t expect this level of absurd awesomeness.
  • Reliever Chang-Yong Lim, who is working his way back from 2012 Tommy John surgery, was reactivated at Iowa, and pitched a scoreless frame last night. He’s been dealing with a shoulder strain, per Tommy Birch. The Cubs signed Lim to what amounted to a two-year minor league deal last offseason, and, depending on the contracts’ requirements with respect to the 40-man roster (i.e., does he become a free agent again if he isn’t added to the 40-man at some point this year?), the Cubs may want to try and get a look at him in September.
  • Jon

    Cashner comes off as a douche

    • wvcubsfan

      I don’t see that after reading the entire article

    • Boogens

      Just curious… what did he say in particular caused you to feel that way? It just seemed like another puff piece to me.

      • Jon

        Seems like crazy ex-girlfriend syndrome to me, shove it up the Cubs ass? Really Andrew? This is profession sports, players get traded

        • MichiganGoat

          It’s a joke… It’s getting press and he’s having fun with it- relax

          • Jon

            I am calm , just found it odd/ douchy/weird

            • MichiganGoat

              A douche is Braun this is no where near anything that Braun is King Almighty Lord of all that is Douche.

              • fromthemitten

                It’s actually a pretty good attitude to have, he’s got a chip on his oft-injured shoulder and wants to show the Cubs on what they’re missing out. As long as he keeps it civil on the mound and doesn’t throw at anybody, he’s doing nothing wrong.

              • josh ruiter

                Braun certainly is….king of douchetown

            • Jp3

              Calmer than you are dude…

          • Boogens

            Agreed, Goat. None of us thought twice about it a couple of years ago when the story went that Samardzija was getting really locked into becoming a starter, so much so that he dumped his girlfriend. It just seems that Cashner is trying to get locked in, too.

    • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

      Yep, I’m not seeing the douche part, either.

  • Jimmy James

    I am imagining Rick Vaughn from major league….”everytime I pitch against you, I’m going to shove it up your effing a”

    • Jp3

      I’m thinking the same thing with the Rick Vaughn statement

      • Jimmy James

        Maybe they watched it on their last road trip lol

  • http://www.cwsnaturally.com Evolution

    Give Cashner points for playing the game with a little heart and sense of humor.

    Olt feels like the kind of prospect who just falls into some bad luck during a key moment. I remember reading (after Nick Esasky’s double vision issues) that eye problems are among the greatest fears for a ballplayer.

    Just wondering if Olt…traded in the midst of his troubles…might just need to rediscover a bit of confidence. One game is one game, but it’s nice to see.

    • Adventurecizin’ Justin

      It is very nice to see! I’m glad he was a part of the package. The talent is there…I just hope the concussion can be put behind him going forward.

    • Good Captain

      I just hope Olt was something more akin to a “throw in” than any kind of linchpin to the deal. Even so, I don’t think he’s as awful as his general performance w/ the Cubs suggests.

  • Adventurecizin’ Justin

    I hope Rizzo launches a couple of 3-run bombs off of Cashner!

  • Jason

    My dad and I were at Fitch Field the first morning of Cashner’s arrival. A very thin apprehensive rural Texas kid who was terribly shy. But he walks down the sidewalk wearing a rehab shirt–hurt before s.t. even starts–groin or rib or something. The next spring he arrives again–rehab shirt again–hunting accident if I remember-it was always something. Finally he progresses to Arizona Fall League and he is lights out with a true 100 m.p.h. fast ball for 2 or 3 weeks then if I recall he has to be shut down. He always looked pale and frail–finally one spring he looked so good even physically that Dad said he just may be rookie of the year—but now an arm injury–we had given up on him. I am sure that he is fond of our organization because we made him rich and did not give up on him for many years. I salute my Dad because in his last ill year B.N. gave him a lot of pleasure.

  • Jon

    A year ago at this time, with Cashner in pen, this trade was looking like absolute rape for the Cubs. I hope folks don’t start playing revisionist history now that Rizzo is down a bit this year. Remember Casher plays in a pitchers paradise, I don’t trust any numbers that pitchers put up there

    • Adventurecizin’ Justin

      Just a hunch, but I think Rizzo will become The Man when he doesn’t HAVE to be The Man. I’m not worried about him. I hope Cashner does very well going forward (except against the Cubs)…and Rizzo does even better!

  • Annie

    More importantly-let’s focus on who we have on the team. Russell is one of my faves but he’s starting to scare me when he takes the mound-kind of like Marmol. Never sure if good Russell or bad Russell will show up. I still really like him though.

    • Adventurecizin’ Justin

      I like Russell, too, but I was hoping to get something for him while his value was high. I don’t see his stock rising much higher than it was, but I do see him becoming meh because his stuff is somewhat underwhelming in my opinion.

      • jkppkj

        I’ve always thought Russell was kind of meh as a pitcher and good as a loogy. Go check out his splits, righties put up very all star like numbers against him, .850ish OPS.

        This year and last year I feel like he had really good early numbers and came down to earth towards the back end of the season. I haven’t dug into the numbers to see how he’s been used later in the season, but my gut tells me that he’s probably used a lot more against lefties early in the season and then as we’ve seen the last two years the rest of the bullpen is abysmal and he starts to get used in all situations and his overall quality shines through.

        I very well could be wrong about that, and overuse/fatigue is an equally reasonable guess to explain his declining performance.

  • Mr. B. Patient

    What do the Cubs do with Olt if he finishes the Iowa season strong?

    • Daniel

      screw it, if he finishes strong, plays well in ST why wouldn’t he come up and play third?

      • MichiganGoat

        I think that’s the plan regardless of how he finishes, give him the winter and see how ST goes.

        • Boogens

          Is there any reason to hope that his vision stil has room for improvement over the winter (i.e. so that we can attribute some of his current struggles with his vision problem)?

          • Mr. B. Patient

            Concussions are really tricky to analyze.

      • Mr. B. Patient

        If he flashes healthy, do you bring him up to the MLB team? I cannot believe, when this trade was made, that the FO wasn’t hoping he’d be ready for a Sept callup.

        If he still has health concerns, then I think you shut him down.

        • willis

          He’s had one good game after basically being terrible all year. Let’s see how he finishes up and plays in ST next season. If he can regain anything close to how he was hitting in years past, that’s a huge positive. But we’re a long way from that. Hopefully last night is a step in the right direction for Olt.

  • fromthemitten

    I hope Rizzo shoves a couple into the bleachers off him

  • fromthemitten

    Also dude, being a teacher makes you immune to just about everything. If some evil villain releases some manufactured disease that wipes out the human race only the teachers will remain.

    • MichiganGoat

      Yup I’m have super immunity powers

      • MichiganGoat

        I no I’m … side affect of teaching is you become as dumb as your students

        • fromthemitten

          ha good thing my students are smarter than me then

  • BlameHendry

    I dont exactly think the Cubs got screwed, but with Rizzo not really taking a step forward this year and Cashner staying healthy while starting and keeping his ERA under 4, this trade is looking a lot less lopsided and a lot more even-handed than it did last year. I personally wish the Cubs would have given up a couple of position prospects for Rizzo instead of a pitching prospect considering how our farm system is so position-player heavy and pitching-starved. As excited as I was when we acquired Rizzo, I was really disappointed to see Cashner go… I had a lot of hope for him, he was looking like the next Kerry Wood to me. His comment was pretty immature though…

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  • Bilbo161

    I’m hoping to see a good Spring from Olt. Then bringing him up to start at third would be obvious. He doesn’t seem to have lost his patience at the plate so hopefully whatever the issue is with his vision/confidence will clear up by then.

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