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Geovany Soto Smoked Some Pot

At the World Baseball Class, Geovany Soto tested positive … wait for it … for marijuana. Duuuude. The good news is that he won’t be suspended by MLB, though he’s been booted from international competition for two years. Additional bad news includes an increasingly diminished supply of Ho-Hos and Funyuns on the North Side. “I […]

Cubs Stick With Absurd Number of Pitchers For Now

When Rich Harden returned from the disabled list this weekend, the Chicago Cubs sent down an infielder, despite the fact that the team already had 12 pitchers (more than the typical 11). Well, it wasn’t a completely temporary thing. Lou Piniella says it’s going to stay that way for a little while. ”The big reason […]

Cubs Place Zambrano on Disabled List, I Place Hot Poker in My Ear

It is barely May, and the Chicago Cubs have already seen Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Milton Bradley, Geovany Soto, and now Carlos Zambrano miss significant time. It’s a g-d miracle this team is above .500. Carlos Zambrano was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 2 left hamstring strain. Infielder Bobby Scales was […]

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Koyie Hill to Get More Starts Over Geovany Soto?

Koyie Hill spelled Chicago Cubs starting catcher Geovany Soto last night, and came up with three hits, bringing his season average up to .318. Soto, by contrast, is hitting just .119. But there’s no way there’s any kind of catcher controversy, right? I mean, Soto is the reigning Rookie of the Year, and Hill is […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Soto and Ramirez Back Today, Bradley Back Whenever

In case you missed it, Geovany Soto (shoulder) and Aramis Ramirez (back) are expected back in the starting lineup today against the Rockies. Milton Bradley (tender, tender groin), on the other hand, isn’t expected back until the weekend. The Cubs are shooting for a weekend return for Milton Bradley, who suffered a mildly strained groin […]

Oh Yeah, Aramis Ramirez is Hurt, Too

You may have noticed that the Cubs were without three regulars yesterday. In addition to catcher Geovany Soto and right fielder Milton Bradley, third baseman Aramis Ramirez sat out the contest with a sore back. And he says he’s been battling it for a little while. Super. “I played like that yesterday,” he said of […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Soto and Bradley Both Out Today

The Chicago Cubs open up a two game series against the Rockies at Wrigley Field today – weather permitting – and they’ll be without two big bats: catcher Geovany Soto and left fielder Milton Bradley. Soto, who has been out for almost a week now with right shoulder soreness, is getting better but still not […]

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God Relents: Soto Likely to Avoid DL

Dear God, please make me a bird, so I can fly far, far away. Oh, and while you’re at it, please keep the Chicago Cubs healthy. The Cubs hope they have dodged a disabled-list move with All-Star catcher Geovany Soto after a precautionary MRI on Thursday revealed no structural damage in his inflamed right shoulder. […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Soto Could Be Headed to DL

Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto is headed to Chicago to see the team orthopedist (who needs a specialist, right?) about his aching right shoulder. The Cubs hope the injury will clear up by this weekend, but apparently Soto’s been dealing with it for a while. Soto said he first experienced a problem with the shoulder […]

Soto Possibly Out Until This Weekend

Learn to love Koyie Hill. Expect Koyie Hill behind the plate Wednesday in the Cubs’ series finale vs. the Astros. Geovany Soto has a sore right shoulder, something he said he experienced in Spring Training, and could miss a couple days. Soto felt the discomfort when he threw to second in the third inning on […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Soto Leaves With Shoulder Injury

God clearly hates the Chicago Cubs. Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto left tonight’s game against the Astros with right (throwing) shoulder soreness. Word is that he strained it while trying to throw out Kaz Matsui stealing second. We’ll update you as more details become available.

The 2009 Chicago Cubs: Preparing for the Worst Case Scenarios

Readers repeatedly asked me if I was going to write a “Why the 2009 Chicago Cubs Will Suck” article, as I had for the rest of the N.L. Central. My answer, in turn, was a repeated “no.” How could I? There is no objective, reasonable basis to conclude the Cubs will suck this year. But […]

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Report: Carlos Zambrano is Pitching in the World Baseball Classic

Um, what? In all the hemming and hawing about whether or not Carlos Marmol would be pitching for the D.R. in the WBC (he’s not), we may have missed an even scarier story. Carlos Zambrano of the Chicago Cubs will stand in for Santana on the mound while sluggers Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera of […]

Lou’s Latest Lineup Lacking Likeability and Other L’s Like Lugubrious

So, late last week Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella threw out his thoughts on the lineup for this season in response to the rampant interest in Alfonso Soriano’s spot. His response was, um, not awesome. On Thursday, Piniella said the lineup he’s leaning toward is Soriano, Aaron Miles, Derrek Lee, Milton Bradley, Aramis Ramirez, Kosuke […]

Aaron Miles is Going to Start and Bat at the Top of the Order

Every mainstream article out there that discusses the Chicago Cubs’ offseason moves thus far focuses on the Milton Bradley signing, the Mark DeRosa trade, and letting Kerry Wood walk. But they almost always have a throwaway line about the Aaron Miles signing. That’s, of course, fine. But what troubles me is that in all of […]

WBC Cubs Dropping Like Flies: Lee is Out

Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee will not be participating in the upcoming World Baseball Classic as he had previously intended. Like Aramis Ramirez before him, Lee is suffering from back-up-itis. “I wanted to do it, I really wanted to do it,” Lee said. “But they told me, basically, I wasn’t going to play.” DailyHerald.com. […]

Geovany Soto is Still Un-Fat

Pitchers and catchers just reported, and we’ve already got some good news to report. Geovany Soto, the reigning Rookie of the Year, is in great shape. Normally, that wouldn’t be news, but Soto credited his breakout offensive season in 2007 to a new workout and diet regimen that saw him shed 20-some pounds. He carried […]

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The Cubs Will Be Fine Without Mark DeRosa

You can’t go to too many corners of the Cublogoverse these days without reading some angry diatribe about the Mark DeRosa trade. In late December, DeRosa was traded to the Cleveland Indians for three somewhat unimpressive pitching prospects. At the time, Cubs fans were sated with the knowledge that surely the deal was merely a […]

Paul Bako is a Chicago Cub (For Ril, Again)

Bako or “The” Bako has been the Cubs’ primary backup catcher target since Henry Blanco bolted for San Diego – actually, Bako was the target in lieu of Blanco, hence Blanco bolting. One could question what exactly Bako provides that Koyie Hill couldn’t (except a few more fingers), but at least Bako isn’t going to […]

The Cubs Are World Baseball Classic’ing

As many as 18 Chicago Cubs could participate in the World Baseball Classic coming up in early March. The rosters were released yesterday. Marmol and Ramirez are both on the Dominican Republic roster for the first time, Fukudome will likely play for the defending champion Japanese team for the second time, and Lilly and first […]

The Cubs Convention is Super

It’s almost here! Squeals of excitement! The Cubs Convention is this weekend, and although I’ve never been, I imagine it to be like the scene in Charlie in the Chocolate Factory where they enter that first room and everything is edible, and everyone starts eating everything in sight. You know, except that “everyone” is just […]

Lukewarm Stove: Alfonso Soriano to the Rangers for Michael Young?

When it came out that Rangers shortstop Michael Young wanted out of Arlington, it was only natural that the fanbase of every team in MLB with a questionable or shaky shortstop situation would start the “ooh, we could get Young” clamoring. Never mind the fact that Young has five years and $80 million left on […]