Thanks again to everyone who came yesterday and met up, either before, after, or during the game. It’s always such a blast to meet you fine folks, and I appreciate you who made the effort. A better game would have been the cherry on the top, but it was still a pretty damn good sundae.
- Bud luck on the Jorge Soler front. After leaving his AA debut with hamstring tightness, he’ll be getting an MRI and has been placed on the disabled list (7 days in the minors). Hopefully there isn’t any significant damage, because the Cubs need Soler to play a nearly full season this year. Soler dealt with a hamstring problem late in Spring Training.
- On the brighter side, Kris Bryant homered again yesterday, his second in as many games.
- Travis Wood put together a pretty good start yesterday. The home run to Chase Utley was wind-aided, the first run came on a ball Starlin Castro maybe could have knocked down, and the only other run charged to him came after he’d departed the game. In between, he struck out eight and walked one over 6.1 innings. You’ll take that every time.
- Ricky Renteria doesn’t think Starlin Castro has a bad approach at the plate this year, just bad outcomes so far (CSN). We’ll see when we have a little more data on the kinds of pitches he’s swinging at, where they are located, how many pitches he’s seeing, etc.
- Farewell to Casey Coleman. The long-time Cubs pitching prospect (and occasional Cubs pitcher) has left the organization in what sounds like a semi-mutual decision after he was demoted to short season Boise (Tommy Birch). Together with Nick Struck, who was released earlier in the week, that’s two former minor league pitchers of the year for the organization that have departed. It’s a bit of a changing of the guard.
- Jon Greenberg on the unknown unknowns of the Cubs’ renovation and media plans.
- Wayne Drehs put together a fantastic piece on Wrigley for its 100th anniversary, and you can watch it here.