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Cubs Clearly Want Jeff Samardzija to Succeed

Not that the Cubs would wish failure on any of their players, but the team’s effort to push Jeff Samardzija to success this Spring has been obvious and, at times, painful. He regularly pitches the 9th inning of Spring Training games, where he faces a cadre of minor leaguers, and is subjected to little criticism when he […]

If Randy Wells Doesn’t Make the Rotation, He’s Going to AAA Iowa

I’ve made no secret about my belief that the very notion that Randy Wells is “competing” for a rotation spot is beyond absurd. Even if basing the decision solely on his “bad” 2010 season, advanced metrics suggest Wells one of the top 30 starters in the NL last year, and was better even than new […]

New Reliever Robert Coello Happy to Be a Cub

A little less than a week ago, the Chicago Cubs traded second base prospect Tony Thomas to the Red Sox for reliever/prospect Robert Coello, whom the Red Sox had to dump to clear up space on their 40-man roster. It was a surprising move, given the Cubs’ depth in the bullpen this year, but Coello […]

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Jeff Samardzija Sounds Dangerously Close to How He Sounded Last Year

At the time of the 2010 Chicago Cubs Spring Training, there were no fewer than four guys competing for two back-end rotation spots: Tom Gorzelanny, Carlos Silva, Sean Marshall and Jeff Samardzija. Marshall pitched the best out of the group, but ended up in the bullpen. Silva and Gorzelanny won the rotation spots. Samardzija pitched […]

The Cubs Just Secured a Top Prospect: Matt Szczur

The Chicago Cubs’ thinning prospect corps just received a shot in the arm when Villanova wide receiver Matt Szczur, drafted by the Cubs in the 5th round last year, but thought to prefer a future in the NFL, agreed to stick with baseball for good. The $1.5 million to which the Cubs upped their signing […]

Carlos Silva Guarantees Himself a Rotation Spot

Is Carlos Silva impressively confident, or embarrassingly delusional? I’m not quite sure. But I am sure that the Chicago Cubs’ rotation prospects are looking both bright and crowded these days. With Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, and Matt Garza assured of the front three spots, the Cubs will have to figure out how to accommodate Randy […]

2011 Cubs Convention Lineup: Includes Matt Garza and Carlos Pena

New Cubs Matt Garza and Carlos Pena, and recently-returned Cub Kerry Wood, will be at this weekend’s Cubs Convention, together with a number of other Cubs stars. And, of course, there are a number of former Cubs players – Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Greg Maddux, Todd Walker (wait, what?) – who will be there as […]

2011 Cubs Convention Schedule

In case you’re headed to the 2011 Cubs Convention, beginning January 14, or in case you’re thinking of going, here’s a top-heavy sampling of what you can expect (aside from meeting your favorite players, like, um, that guy there to the right): Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins plus Glenn Beckert, […]

Some Cubs Clearly Care More than Others

I’m at least partially kidding. But several Chicago Cubs are already working out in anticipation of the 2011 season at “Camp Colvin,” an offseason workout camp in Mesa, Arizona, named after outfielder Tyler Colvin, who used offseason training last year to pack on 25 pounds of muscle. Among the players in camp are Colvin, Ryan […]

Sean Marshall to the Rotation?

Last Spring, Sean Marshall was in a competition to make the Chicago Cubs’ rotation. Between he, Jeff Samardzija, Carlos Silva, and Tom Gorzelanny, Marshall easily pitched the best. No one questioned it. Unfortunately for Marshall, he also looked like the best option for a beleaguered bullpen. Sure enough, Marshall dominated in the pen, and never […]

Lukewarm Stove: Chicago Cubs Might Look at Jon Garland

The Chicago Cubs’ rotation at present figures to feature Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster for sure, but the other three spots are somewhat up in the air. Randy Wells is a near lock, and if Tom Gorzelanny remains with the Cubs, he’ll hold a spot, too. Carlos Silva, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija, Andrew Cashner, Jay […]

Chicago Cubs’ Draftee Matt Szczur Prefers Football

The Chicago Cubs drafted Villanova baseball star Matt Szczur in the fifth round of this year’s draft, and expectations were high. Szczur, 21, is an athletic outfielder – whom the Cubs liked enough to hand a $100,000 signing bonus – and the team’s expectations were met this summer when Szczur hit in 21 straight games between […]

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Tyler Colvin in Stable Condition After Taking Bat Shard to Chest

Some scary stuff in today’s game, as outfielder Tyler Colvin was hit in the chest by a flying piece of bat, which pierced his skin and caused some internal damage. Doctors are working to prevent a collapsed lung. Needless to say, Colvin’s season is over. The freak accident happened as Colvin was running the bases […]

Jeff Samardzija Will Start Tomorrow

Carlos Silva has been bumped from his scheduled start tomorrow in St. Louis because of the dreaded “right elbow strain.” So who ya gonna call? Jeff Samardzija. “It sounds good. I’m ready to go and my arm feels good. I’ll just get out there and just really attack,” said Samardzija, who has not thrown in […]

Jeff Samardzija Expected to Join the Rotation Soon

After his call-up this week, the Chicago Cubs are almost ready to insert Jeff Samardzija into the rotation. Manager Mike Quade said Friday they hope to insert Jeff Samardzija into the rotation for the Sept. 18 game in Florida, although cautioned that it’s not “set in stone.” Samardzija was called up Tuesday after Triple-A Iowa’s […]

Chicago Cubs Make Five September Call-Ups

Yesterday, with the AAA Iowa Cubs bowing out of the Pacific Coast League playoff race (on the last day of the regular season – ouch), the Chicago Cubs called up five players from the Iowa club to join them for the rest of the season. The most notable call-up is pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who returns […]

September Call-Ups to Be Delayed for AAA Playoffs

Rosters expand today from 25 to 40, and the Chicago Cubs are expected to call up a number of the young players – most of whom we’ve seen already this year – in the next couple of weeks. In general, though, the Cubs will wait until Iowa’s season, including the playoffs, which run through September […]

Whoa: Jeff Samardzija ASKED to Stay Down at AAA Iowa

As the Chicago Cubs have gone through a cavalcade of young options in their bullpen in the last couple of months, questions have popped up as to why former top Cubs pitching prospect Jeff Samardzija was not getting a look. After all, he had some success in the Cubs pen in late 2008, even if […]

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