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Starlin Castro, Andrew Cashner: Coming Soon?

The Chicago Cubs’ top positional prospect and top pitching prospect, Starlin Castro and Andrew Cashner, respectively, are doing very little this year to merit a change in those mantles. Each is tearing up AA, and┬áBruce Levine has suggested we might see them in Chicago sooner rather than later. Shortstop Starlin Castro has been ripping up […]

Ted Lilly to Return on Saturday, Big Decisions Looming

As we learned late last week, the plan for Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly is to have one more rehab start – tonight for A ball Peoria – and then to join the Cubs late this week, with an eye toward starting against the Brewers on Saturday. And his return could mean big things for […]

Andrew Cashner Ain’t the Bullpen Answer

To the extent you were hoping that former number one draft pick Andrew Cashner, currently serving as a starter at AA Tennessee, would be the solution to the bullpen’s late-inning woes, keep hoping. “It surprised me,” manager Lou Piniella said of the Sun-Times report. “I think I learn more from reading newspapers than I do […]

Jeff Samardzija is Kind of Pissed

Yesterday, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella announced the back-end of the rotation – Carlos Silva and Tom Gorzelanny – which also meant that he was announcing that Jeff Samardzija and Sean Marshall would start the year in the bullpen. And for Samardzija, who has said repeatedly that he wants to start, it was a bitter […]

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Tyler Colvin May Just Make the Cubs After All

When the Chicago Cubs took Tyler Colvin with their first round pick in 2006, you could hear the groans from across Chicago. The kid – talented, to be sure – was projected as a third or fourth round pick, and the Cubs had just tabbed him in the middle of the first. What was up? […]

Cubs’ Rotation and Bench Rumors

While we still have no official word from Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella on the final makeup of the rotation and the bench (much less the bullpen), we do have a pretty good idea of how things are trending at this point. Paul Sullivan has offered his thoughts: Carlos Silva and Tom Gorzelanny appear to […]

One Lefty and One Righty Will Win Rotation Spots

Chicago Cubs pitchers Carlos Silva, Jeff Samardzija, Tom Gorzelanny and Sean Marshall are competing for two spots in the rotation (at least while Ted Lilly is out), and until now, it was unclear whether their handedness would impact the decision on who gets the call. But now, it looks like it’s going to be a […]

One More Bullpen Spot Up for Grabs

The Chicago Cubs will indeed carry seven pitchers in the bullpen, manager Lou Piniella confirmed yesterday. And six of those seven are already known, with four guys trying to win that last spot. Lou Piniella said there are four pitchers competing for one spot and that group includes John Gaub, James Russell, Marcus Mateo and […]

Why the 2010 Milwaukee Brewers Will Suck

Editor’s Note: Yes, it’s that time of year again – the time for us to settle back into our protective bubble where the Chicago Cubs are destined for greatness, and every other team in the National League Central is bound for spectacular failure. If you’d care to check out last year’s fare:St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati […]

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Initial Spring Training Rotation Set

All of the Chicago Cubs’ expected starting pitchers, and those competing to be in the starting rotation, will get a shot in the first week of Cactus League games. The Cubs have their Cactus League rotation set for the first five games. Randy Wells will get things started Thursday vs. the A’s, with Carlos Zambrano […]

Esmailin Caridad Has Already Won a Bullpen Spot?

The race to take a spot in the Chicago Cubs bullpen is a wildly crowded one. Carlos Marmol, Angel Guzman (if healthy), and two of the would-be starting pitchers (Sean Marshall, Tom Gorzelanny, Jeff Samardzija, and Carlos Silva (sigh)) seem like mortal locks to make the pen. But is a fifth pitcher already locked in […]

Here’s Something Scary: Carlos Silva Was Really Trying in Seattle

Whenever the Chicago Cubs bring a reclamation project on board, there are certain things that can inspire optimism. The guy was playing through pain or with a lingering injury the last couple of years. The guy was having family issues that distracted him. The guy had signed a huge contract and became complacent. Any of […]

Jeff Samardzija Really Wants to Start for the Cubs

Jeff Samardzija came to the Chicago Cubs on a major league contract when he was drafted a few years ago. That means that he came with big expectations. And although he’s performed well in his way up the minor league chain, and was great in a brief stop with the Cubs in relief at the […]

Spring Training Participants

Here’s a helpful recap of the players participating in Spring Training with the Chicago Cubs this year – pitchers and catchers report this week. Thanks to┬áBruce Miles for putting this together. Pitchers: Mitch Atkins, Justin Berg, Esmailin Caridad, Ryan Dempster, Rafael Dolis, John Gaub, Tom Gorzelanny, John Grabow, Jeff Gray, Angel Guzman, Ted Lilly, Carlos […]

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Andrew Cashner Could Wind Up the Cubs Fifth Starter

At the outset of the 2010 season, the Chicago Cubs will have two holes to fill in their rotation – those left by Ted Lilly, who will be recovering from shoulder surgery, and Rich Harden, who will probably also be recovering from shoulder problems, but will be doing so in Texas. The Cubs are expected […]

Ted Lilly: Baseball Thrower

Ted Lilly’s offseason has been one of surprise and fear. For Cubs fans. When the Chicago Cubs announced that Lilly had undergone a minor shoulder surgery in November, it seemed to come out of nowhere. Some knee issues had been reported, but nothing more than a mention of knee stiffness here and there had been […]

The Cubs Will Win This Year Because Marlon Byrd is a Nice Guy

Get ready to be overloaded with “addition by subtraction” type optimism pieces as we gear up for the 2010 Chicago Cubs season. The Cubs, apparently, are going to win eight to ten more games in 2010 simply by virtue of not having Milton Bradley on the team anymore. I question the statistical legitimacy of such […]

2010 Cubs Convention Attendees Finally Announced

The 2010 Cubs Convention attendees list has finally been released, and it features new Cub Marlon Byrd and new Hall of Famer Andre Dawson (I don’t see him going to any ‘Expos Convention’ – just sayin’). The Ricketts family will be there, as will Lou Piniella and his staff, Jim Hendry and his staff, and […]

Chicago Cubs Talking Pitcher Trade with Toronto Blue Jays

The Chicago Cubs continue to look for another reliever and/or a swing pitcher – someone who could fill in at the back end of the rotation if necessary, but who will primarily work out of the pen. And no, for some reason, previously successful swing pitchers Sean Marshall, Tom Gorzelanny and Jeff Samardzija don’t qualify […]

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The Cubs Are Caravaning in 2010

If your kids are looking for a chance to see some of their favorite Chicago Cubs players and coaches in person … you might have to tell them to be a little more realistic. Their favorites are unlikely to participate in this year’s Cubs Caravan – but it should still be cool: The Caravan will […]

The 2009 Chicago Cubs: Recalling Those “Worst Case Scenarios”

Oh those Chicago Cubs. They are, as always, predictably unpredictable – with the exception that they are predictably disappointing. Now, with the advent of 2010, we can finally reflect dispassionately on the 2009 Chicago Cubs. The 2009 iteration of the Cubs was no exception in the disappointment department. We didn’t quite know how things would […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Milton to the Braves for Derek Lowe?

Here at Bleacher Nation, we consider it our duty to report any and all rumors involving the Chicago Cubs, no matter how unlikely. Frankly, that’s how we get involved in these obsessive watches. That said, many of the “rumors” are not, strictly speaking, actually rumors. They are ideas, offered by journalists and other experts in […]

Surprise: Ted Lilly Has Shoulder Surgery

Well this sort of came out of nowhere: Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly had arthroscopic shoulder surgery (layman: diggin’ around in there) and debridement (layman: cleanin’ stuff up) yesterday. Some ongoing shoulder issues were known, but surgery was not previously discussed. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum performed the surgery in Los Angeles. He found no […]

Jeff Samardzija to Mexico

Jeff Samardzija, a candidate to join the Chicago Cubs’ rotation next year, is headed off to Mexico to play winter ball. The Cubs are hoping he can continue to develop, and will put himself in a much better position to compete for a rotation spot than he was this year. Jeff Samardzija didn’t get much […]

Tyler Colvin to Chicago

The youngster call-ups continue, and this one may be of a little more moment than the others. The Chicago Cubs will today call up outfielder Tyler Colvin from AA Tennessee. “We’ll get another outfielder and we’ll get a look at our future,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. “We’ll put him in the outfield and let […]

Jeff Samardzija to Chicago

As anticipated, the Chicago Cubs recalled pitcher Jeff Samardzija – despite his atrocious final outing yesterday with AAA Iowa. Samardzija won’t be starting with the big club, however, as he’ll instead head to the pen. Of all the bullpen call-ups, look for Samardzija to get the most work.

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