nomar injured cubsGenerally-speaking, the Cubs aren’t dealing with a huge number of serious injury issues right now. A handful of guys are recovering from various ailments, though, and it sounds like “cautious” is the word of the day …

  • When Starlin Castro went down earlier this Spring Training with a mild hamstring strain, everyone was confident that it was far less serious than the strain that cost him two weeks last Spring Training. Well, either it was a little worse than folks thought, or the Rick Renteria regime is far more cautious about injuries than the Dale Sveum iteration, because Castro isn’t likely to get back into a game until at least the two week mark. Castro’s injury occurred on March 2, and initially came with a 7 to 10-day diagnosis before returning to games. We’re on day 9 now, and RR doesn’t see Castro getting back into a game until next week ( That would actually put him well past the two week mark, meaning he will have missed more time this year for a lesser injury than he did last year. In the end, none of this really bothers or concerns me, so long as Castro gets in a solid 10 games to get ready for the season.
  • The approach is similarly cautious with Jake Arrieta, whom you may recall came to camp with some shoulder tightness, and has thus been behind the other pitchers. Arrieta is expected to throw a 60-pitch bullpen session tomorrow, though he was hoping to be facing hitters by now ( Even if his next session after that is live BP, perhaps this weekend, you’ve gotta figure he’ll need about a week from there to be ready for game action. That would give him time for just one or two Spring starts before the season gets underway. Even Arrieta admits he needs at least three game appearances to be ready for the season, so it sounds very likely that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list and will stick around extended Spring Training to get in additional work before returning to the Cubs in mid-to-late April.
  • Ryan Sweeney’s knee injury doesn’t sound all that serious, as he planned to already be participating in outfield work as of yesterday, per Apparently he twisted his knee chasing down a ball in the outfield on Sunday when his cleat slipped on a hard surface. Patrick Mooney reports that Sweeney could return to action as soon as today.
  • MIKE OLT! is getting closer to actually playing the position he’s trying to win in Spring Training. Olt tells Jesse Rogers that he’s been throwing normally at third the last few days, and Rick Renteria says Olt will make a start over there “shortly.”
  • Ed

    Love the Arrested Development Mike Olt bit btw.

    • Funn Dave

      Haha yes, I didn’t notice until you pointed it out.

  • hansman

    If the team is being overly-cautious with injuries in spring, I LOVE IT.

    However, being a Cubs fan I have a feeling that we are about to lose all of our capable starters and prospects to the Simpson-Concepcion Mono Virus.

    • itzscott

      Too common…

      It’s the Cubs!

      Gotta be something more exotic that can only happen to them like The Black Plague or something similar.

      • Darth Ivy

        Like, the Blue-bonic plague?

      • hansman

        That’d have to be Pithovirus Cubsicum. Named after that 30,000 year old virus they found in Siberia.

  • Funn Dave

    Brett, it seems while I improve your grammar, you improve my lexicon. I never woulda thought to use “convalescence” until today.

    • Funn Dave

      Speaking of which…

      “Jake Arrieta, whom you may recall came to camp with….”

      You’re usually good about who vs. whom, or I wouldn’t bother pointing it out, but in this case it should be “who,” since the word is the subject. The who refers to Jake Arrieta coming to camp, not our recollection of Jake Arrieta coming to camp.

      • Cyranojoe

        Can’t believe I had to think that one through twice. You’re correct.

  • CubChymyst

    Good to hear about Sweeney, thought he might be out longer with a knee injury.

  • Mreverything

    All this sounds OK and The Cubs shouldn’t rush anyone back to play in this year (or any year, I suppose) but I hope this front office isn’t playing games with injury reports/information like previous front offices have done.

    • Funn Dave

      Pretty much every FO plays with injuries to its advantage. It sucks, but it it is what it is.

  • Cubbie Tim

    When Olt turns out to be a bust. Who’s going to be the first to say Ctrl Olt Delete

    • C. Steadman


    • Jon

      holy shit that is amazing ^

  • Darth Ivy

    So far Oltimeter is high on him

    • Darth Ivy

      that was supposed to be a reply to Cubbie Tim