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Spring Training Battle Watch: March 8, 2010

The Chicago Cubs beat up on the Oakland A’s yesterday, but what was far more important was the performance of the three guys vying for a spot in the rotation. Jeff Samardzija, Sean Marshall and Tom Gorzelanny all pitched. Samardzija threw two scoreless, but struck out none, and gave up a hit, a walk, and […]

Ted Lilly is Throwing off the Mound

Finally some good news on the player injury front. Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly, coming back from offseason shoulder surgery, and delayed by a stomach bug, threw 30 pitches off the mound yesterday.  He’d actually thrown once before off the mound in Mesa, but this time, he threw with “intensity.” Which is awesome. “So far, […]

Xavier Nady Still Not Ready to, You Know, Play

Chicago Cubs outfielder Xavier Nady, recovering from his second career Tommy John surgery, was supposed to be DH’ing in Spring games by now. But he’s not – which is not awesome. Nady signed a one-year contract for $3.3 million to back up all three outfield positions, and the team thought he at least would be […]

Andres Blanco Injury Has No Effect on Starlin Castro

Chicago Cubs reserve infielder Andres Blanco, a dazzler with the glove, had a fair chance to make the Cubs, but a recent knee injury, which will keep him out for a couple weeks, put a damper on those hopes. But if Blanco doesn’t make the team, who’s going to back up shortstop? If manager Lou […]

Angel Guzman Leaning Toward Career-Threatening Surgery

After being diagnosed with a significant tear in his throwing shoulder this weekend, Chicago Cubs reliever Angel Guzman was presented with two options: rehab or surgery. The former was less likely to get him back to being an effective pitcher, but the latter risks ending his career for good. Right now, Guzman is leaning toward […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Andres Blanco Suffers Sprained Knee

Chicago Cubs reserve infielder Andres Blanco is battling in Spring Training for one of the last two spots on the bench, and things took a dark turn for him yesterday on a pick-off play at second base. Andres Blanco underwent an MRI on his right knee after suffering a Grade 2 sprain in the sixth […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 6, 2010

See, I told you that Spring Training games are totally meaningless. The Cubs got stomped by some other team yesterday. But that doesn’t matter. Here’s what matters: Carlos Silva proved that he’s come to camp hungry for redemption. But hungrier for pancakes. After a disastrous two innings where he gave up six earned runs, Silva’s […]

Angel Guzman Has a Tear in His Shoulder, and Things Look Bad

The MRI Chicago Cubs pitcher Angel Guzman had on his throwing shoulder came back with horrible news. Cubs pitcher Angel Guzman has a significant tear in a ligament in his right shoulder and will not be ready Opening Day. Whether he will undergo surgery is yet to be determined. “He has a very unstable shoulder,” […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 5, 2010

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs extended their winning streak to two games, which is totally awesome! I kid, mostly – though we’ve got to take it where we can get it, folks. The Cubs topped the Diamondbacks 9-8 in what amounted to very satisfying revenge for the 2007 playoff sweep. Ah ha, I got you again […]

Cubs Interested in Another Cuban Prospect – Adeiny Hechavarria

Studly 21-year-old Cuban prospect Adeiny Hechavarria has officially been unblocked by the authorities in Cuba (damn it’s good to live in the United States, huh?), and is free to sign with a team in America. The New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs have shown the most interest in the shortstop. Hechevarria, 21, is excellent in […]

The Cublogoverse is Consolidating

The Cublogoverse is always expanding – there is a new Cubs blog out there, on average, every week – and contracting – those same new Cubs blogs seem to last, on average, a week. Occasionally, though, it does both at the same time. Enter Exile on Clark Street. It’s a new Cubs blog, consolidating the talents of […]

God’s Wrath Watch: God Hates Cubs Shoulders

Yesterday we learned that Chicago Cubs second baseman Mike Fontenot has a bum shoulder, which isn’t a huge concern, as he’s expected to be back tomorrow or early next week. The shoulder injury that really shook the Cubs’ world, though, was that of reliever Angel Guzman. He’d been rehabbing from offseason knee surgery when he had […]

Milton Bradley Failed Because of, and Only in, Chicago

Milton Bradley is back in the Chicago papers – and the news is all about how happy Bradley is that he’s only in the Chicago papers, not the city, itself. That’s right, Milton Bradley finally says what we all knew he was thinking: someone other than Milton Bradley is to blame for his failures last […]

Fontenot Didn’t Explode His Knee

In yesterday’s first Spring Training game, Chicago Cubs second baseman Mike Fontenot slid awkwardly into third base in the fourth inning, banging his knee on the dirt. Fortunately, he’s ok. “My knee hit,” said Fontenot, whose left knee required an ice pack. “I haven’t practiced that slide for awhile. The first thing I hit was […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 4, 2010

If you’ve been around long enough to remember, you’ll recall that we believe the primary focuses (foci?) of Spring Training games are (1) who’s making the team? and (2) who’s playing where? Those are the Spring Training Battles, and they mean a whole lot more than the actual outcome of the games. So that’s what’s […]

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