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chicago featureI’m headed back to Chicago later today, so I can take in Cubs/Yanks tomorrow afternoon (in the right field bleachers – come say hey), and then head out to see the Kane County Cougars on Thursday night (from behind home plate-ish). If folks are going to be around tomorrow for the Yankees game, let me know if the comments, and we can get together before and/or after the game.

  • Cubs pitching prospect Jen-Ho Tseng, who has climbed the ranks and become, probably, the Cubs’ third best pitching prospect behind C.J. Edwards and Pierce Johnson, has been placed on the disabled list at Kane County with “an upper extremity injury.” That’s is a strangely opaque way to describe an injury (if you’re going to describe it at all, go ahead and describe it – otherwise, just say he’s on the DL), but John Arguello says it’s a sore shoulder, and implies that it’s not necessarily serious.
  • Not that the Cubs are being unfairly targeted in this regard, but they’ve had a serious run of pitcher injuries this year, with all of Edwards, Johnson, Tseng, Ivan Pineyro, and Rob Zastryzny, among others, dealing with various ailments.
  • Kyle Hendricks, at least, has remained healthy, and he actually just took down the PCL’s pitcher of the week honors. His numbers so far this year at AAA, through eight starts, are fantastic: 3.06 ERA, 1.70(!) FIP, 9.7(!) K/9, 2.0 BB/9, 4.91 K/BB. It’s early, but, man, this guy just keeps outperforming the scouting reports by a country mile.
  • Justin Ruggiano is currently at AAA Iowa on a rehab assignment, so he could be within a week of returning to the big league club.
  • Projections say the Cubs will continue to be bad the rest of this year, unless you base those projections on how they’ve actually performed so far this year (as opposed to how we think they should have performed). In the latter case, as explained by Jeff Sullivan, the Cubs look like a borderline .500 team the rest of the way. That’s unsurprising when you consider that the Cubs, sporting the worst record in baseball, have a run differential of just -3. That’s better than teams like the Pirates, the Red Sox, the Yankees, the Orioles, the White Sox (I could go on), and tied with the Reds and Dodgers. But, as we know, the Cubs always seem to do this.
  • Alfonso Soriano returns to Wrigley today to face his former team, and, as you might expect, it’s bittersweet. (Sun-Times)
  • A profile on the ivy at Wrigley Field.

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