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A Ramirez Return Worth Cheering For

When Manny Ramirez returned from a 50-game steroid suspension, Los Angeles Dodgers fans cheered as though he’d returned from a terrible injury after months of rehabilitation. The hero returns. When Aramis Ramirez returned from a terrible injury after months of rehabilitation, Chicago Cubs fans cheered just as loudly. And they did so without that tiniest […]

Aramis Ramirez is Still Hurting

We cautioned Chicago Cubs fans not to pin their hopes on the return of injured third baseman Aramis Ramirez, and Ramirez was quick to agree before he actually came back from a dislocated shoulder. After watching him play a few games, it’s pretty clear that he’s still hurting. I’m glad that he’s willing to play […]

Chicago Cubs: Dumping Players, and the Measure of Regret

The All Star break marks the not-really-but-figurative mid-point of the season. It always seems like a good time to reflect on pre-season items, and how things have played out (read: cliche, but we’re doing it anyway). It is an easy time to look back with the benefit of hindsight … and regret. The Chicago Cubs […]

Getting the Right Bats in the Lineup Could be Tricky Today

Doubleheaders are largely unique to baseball, and are a fan favorite. “Let’s play two,” as Ernie Banks used to say. Well, I’ve always hated them. It’s not that I don’t appreciate being able to watch two games in a day – that part is sweet. It’s the fact that it is nearly impossible to take […]

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Two Possible Trade Options for the Cubs

Two recent rumor-ettes are percolating involving the Chicago Cubs and a couple ok-but-not-great players that are on the block. First up, the Pittsburgh Pirates are planning to trade Freddy Sanchez if possible. The Pirates are “pushing hard” to trade All-Star second baseman Freddy Sanchez, according to a National League executive this morning. The San Francisco […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Soto Might Be Going to the DL

The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. Or in the case of the Chicago Cubs, He just taketh away. Cubs catcher Geovany Soto might be headed to the disabled list after straining an oblique muscle the other day during batting practice. The team had long awaited the return of third baseman Aramis Ramirez (and […]

Another Update from the Rehab Trail

Quick update on Aramis Ramirez and Reed Johnson at Peoria yesterday: Ramirez started and drove in Peoria’s lone run of the game. He played the whole game, but as a DH – no real reason for concern in that regard, though, as he played 3rd on Friday, and now is just trying to get his […]

Guzman Also Has Successful Rehab Outing

Quick note on reliever Angel Guzman’s rehab: In Des Moines, Angel Guzman started for Triple-A Iowa and threw 1 1/3 innings in a 7-1 win over Oklahoma City. Guzman gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out one, throwing 25 pitches, 15 for strikes. Muskat Ramblings. Guzman had been the Cubs’ best reliever in […]

Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Ready to Roll

Aramis Ramirez had his first rehab outing yesterday, and he looked great. But far more importantly, he felt great. Ramirez looked fairly similar Friday to the way he did May 8 — the day he dislocated his left shoulder diving for a ball at third base. He went 1-for-2 with a walk, two runs and […]

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Reed Johnson’s Rehab Assignment: Follow Aramis Ramirez

Outfielder Reed Johnson is coming back from a back injury, and he’ll be starting a rehab assignment today in Peoria – along with Aramis Ramirez. He’s expected to play three games there, and be ready to come back on Monday – along with Aramis Ramirez. Which means the Cubs will have some serious decisions to […]

Report: Cubs Have Acquired Jeff Baker from the Rockies

Well this certainly came out of nowhere. The Chicago Cubs have acquired Jeff Baker(notes) from the Colorado Rockies, according to a source close to the club. It is unclear who the Rockies will receive in return for Baker or the Cubs’ plans for him. Baker, an infielder, went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to […]

Aramis Ramirez Could Be Back by Monday

As we obsessively watch Aramis Ramirez’s slow return from a dislocated shoulder, he’s finally ready for his rehab assignment. It is going to start on Friday with the Peoria Cubs, and he’ll likely play through the weekend there. If he feels well, he could rejoin the Chicago Cubs as soon as Monday, in time for […]

Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Rehab Stint Starting Tomorrow

Finally some good news: assuming batting practice continues to go well, Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez could begin a minor league rehab stint as soon as tomorrow. Piniella did not know where Ramirez would be playing, but he expects to get him 20-25 at-bats. That suggests Ramirez could be back for next week’s series […]

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Cubs Aren’t Looking for a Bat Until After Aramis Ramirez Comes Back

The Chicago Cubs offense has been scuffling terribly for months. Some would say it coincides with the removal of Aramis Ramirez’s bat from the lineup, but it is not as though the team is simply missing one hitter – nobody, other than Derrek Lee, is hitting at all with consistency. But apparently the Cubs still […]

Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Batting Practice on Friday

Chicago Cubs third baseman, and Obi Won Kenobi-style only hope, Aramis Ramirez is expected to begin taking live batting practice this Friday. “Once we get to that stage, it’s just a matter of when he goes out for a rehab assignment,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said of Ramirez. “He’s going to have to go out […]

Aramis Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Minor League Rehab Stint in Two Weeks

A further update on third baseman Aramis Ramirez’s rehab, and a possible return date. Aramis Ramirez will begin taking batting practice in the next few days and could begin his minor-league rehab stint by July 1 or 2. Ramirez has been out since May 9 with a dislocated left shoulder. “We haven’t rushed him,” manager […]

Cubs Can’t Add Payroll, But That Doesn’t Mean They Won’t Deal

A few days ago, Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry revealed the disappointing, albeit unsurprising news: the Cubs’ payroll for this year (and beyond?) is maxed out. But apparently that isn’t stopping Hendry from working the phones. Jim Hendry is working the prospective trade markets as hard as he does every year and is said […]

Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Starting to Hit

If there was ever a time that the Chicago Cubs needed good news about third baseman Aramis Ramirez, that time is now. Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez, on the disabled list with a dislocated left shoulder, stepped up his hitting and began taking soft toss on Wednesday, and if all goes well, will start batting […]

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Ryan Freel Should Be Back Soon

Well, it’s not quite Aramis Ramirez, but it will have to do for now. Ryan Freel is supposed to begin his minor-league rehab tonight for Class AAA Iowa. Freel has been on the DL since May 28 with a left-hamstring strain. It’ll be interesting to see what the Cubs do when Freel is ready. They’ve […]

Cubs Scapegoat, Fire Gerald Perry

The Chicago Cubs’ offensive woes were apparently all the fault of hitting coach Gerald Perry. That’s why they dumped him. As Cub players were taking batting practice Sunday morning, hitting coach Gerald Perry was called off the field and fired. He will be replaced by Von Joshua, the Triple A hitting coach at Iowa. “Obviously, […]

Aramis Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Taking Grounders

Little update on Aramis Ramirez’s rehab from a dislocated shoulder. Aramis Ramirez did take some grounders at third early Wednesday at Minute Maid Park. The workout was done under the watch of athletic trainer Mark O’Neal and conditioning coach Tim Buss. Lou Piniella is trying to be patient until Ramirez returns. On Wednesday, Derrek Lee […]

Rumor: Mark DeRosa Back to the Cubs?

The Sons of Ivy Cubs message board is reporting that MLB network claimed the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs are the primary suitors for former Cub Mark DeRosa. Now this is a third-hand kind of thing, so we’ll update as soon as we have a little more confirmation (not just on the MLB network […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Mini Aramis Ramirez Update

There is still not a ton of information out there on Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez’s rehab from his dislocated shoulder, but the Tribune offered the tiniest of morsels. Ramirez will begin “baseball-related activities” this week. That doesn’t mean he’ll be back any time soon (ETA is still early July at best), but it’s […]

Finally an Update on Aramis Ramirez’s Rehab

Am I the only one who was starting to feel like the Aramis Ramirez rehab was turning into a black box? The Chicago Cubs’ best hitter and third baseman went down on May 8 with a dislocated shoulder, and we haven’t really heard boo since. Well, it seems the rehab is going just so-so. Aramis […]

Mike Fontenot is a Third Baseman

For the balance of Aramis Ramirez’s absence, it appears Mike Fontenot will be the Chicago Cubs’ primary third baseman. “I think what you’re seeing is the way we’ll go,” manager Lou Piniella said of Saturday’s lineup, with Fontenot at third and Bobby Scales at second. Scales had been given a chance to try third as […]