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Jeff Samardzija Will Be Heading to Chicago Soon, Wants to Start

With expanded rosters, the Cubs are going to be seeing a lot of familiar faces. Just in time for college football season. That was supposed to be some kind of Jeff Samardzija quip. But it failed. Grumble. He’s going to be coming back is all I’m saying. Mark Riggins, the Cubs’ Minor League pitching coordinator, […]

September Call-Ups

As the calendar flips to September tomorrow, the Chicago Cubs’ roster will expand from 25 to 40, and the team can therefore call up a whole bunch of youngsters to join the big club. That, they will do, but the faces are expected to look familiar. Eventually, manager Lou Piniella expects to bring up seven […]

Justin Berg to Chicago, Jeff Samardzjia to Iowa

In case you missed the move yesterday (and missed the guy pitching at the end of yesterday’s game), the Cubs optioned pitcher Jeff Samardzija back to AAA Iowa in favor of reliever Justin Berg, who finally got to make his MLB debut after being shuffled up and down previously without an appearance. Samardzija will likely […]

Esmailin Caridad to Chicago, Jeff Stevens to Iowa

The constant rotation of arms continues, as the Cubs just sent reliever Jeff Stevens back to AAA Iowa in favor of starting pitcher Esmailin Caridad. Caridad has put up a 4.15 ERA in 23 appearances – all starts – this year for Iowa. He’s a flyball pitcher who doesn’t walk too many guys. Before this […]

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God’s Wrathwatch: Zambrano to the DL

Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano’s back injury proved just a little too much to handled. Thus, the Cubs have sent him to the disabled list. “He went home today,” general manager Jim Hendry said before Saturday’s game. “We put him on the DL. He’s getting an MRI either tonight or tomorrow morning, but you’ve had […]

The Lord Pretty Much Just Taketh Away: Zambrano’s Back Needs MRI

Just yesterday, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella remarked that he was not concerned “at all” about pitcher Carlos Zambrano’s back. A few hours later, Zambrano was scratched from him start, and a few hours after that, the Cubs decided Zambrano needed an MRI. Sigh. “He went out there to warm up, and he says after […]

Aaron Miles is Coming Back

Remember Aaron Miles? I imagine you were all too happy to forget the Mendoza-line (.200) hitting infielder when he went down with an elbow injury earlier this year. The Cubs were apparently happy to do so, as well, because once his disabled list stay was up, the Cubs buried him at AAA Iowa for a […]

Jeff Samardzija to Chicago, Jose Ascanio to Iowa

The Cubs have recalled Jeff Samardzija from AAA Iowa, which sort of seems strange. In a corresponding move, the team sent successful reliever Jose Ascanio back to AAA Iowa, which sort of seems stranger. I know Samardzija wasn’t being sent down for good, but is he really ready to contribute? And why does Ascanio get […]

The Cublogoverse Chicago Cubs Prospect Poll: June, 2009

It’s time for the third month of the Cublogoverse Chicago Cubs Prospect Poll. With the help of some of your favorite other Cubs blogs, we’ve put together a poll – not unlike a college football or college basketball poll – ranking the top Chicago Cubs prospects. With several blogs in tow for the poll, it […]

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The Unbearable Lightness of Keeping Patton

“In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine.” ~ The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera. Late last week, Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano was set to come back from the disabled list. This was great news for the team, but could be bad news for someone […]

Piniella Gets His Way Again: Samardzija Out, Chad Fox In

As we discussed yesterday, when Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella has decided one of his players is no longer a good fit, that player is playing on borrowed time. This time, it’s Jeff Samardzija who got the boot. Fortunately for the Cubs, it didn’t require releasing or trading Samardzija; instead he’ll simply head to AAA […]

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God’s Wrathwatch: Zambrano Had MRI, Probably Going to Miss Next Start

The 2009 Chicago Cubs can’t catch a break – unless that break is in a tibia. Pitcher Carlos Zambrano left yesterday’s game with a strained hamstring after legging out a bunt, and reportedly had an MRI late last night. The results have not yet been released, but manager Lou Piniella has already said that Zambrano […]

The Cublogoverse Chicago Cubs Prospect Poll: May

It’s time for the second month of the Cublogoverse Chicago Cubs Prospect Poll. With the help of some of your favorite other Cubs blogs, we’ve put together a poll – not unlike a college football or college basketball poll – ranking the top Chicago Cubs prospects. With several blogs in tow for the poll, it […]

So What’s Going to Happen With Luis Vizcaino?

The Chicago Cubs designated reliever Luis Vizcaino for assignment four days ago. Recall that when a player is designated for assignment, a team has 10 days to trade or release him. Alternatively, if the team placed the player on waivers within the first seven days (i.e., gave the rest of the ML teams the chance […]

Cubs DFA Luis Vizcaino

We hardly knew ye. As expected, the Cubs designated right-hander Luis Vizcaino for assignment on Thursday to make room on the 25-man roster for Jeff Samardzija. According to ESPN.com, Chicago was trying to trade Vizcaino before bringing up Samardzija from Triple-A Iowa. But while general manager Jim Hendry attempted to work out a deal with […]

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Samardzija is Back (redux), and Somebody’s Out

Jeff Samardzija makes his way back to the big club today after pitching very well to start the year in AAA Iowa, and manager Lou Piniella says he’ll help out in the 6th and 7th (which I suppose means he’ll be in the pen, and will be a setup-ish pitcher). Naturally, this begs the question: […]

Samardzija is Back

Apparently the Chicago Cubs will call up Jeff Samardzija tomorrow to help the ailing bullpen. The question, of course, is who is going to be gone? Neal Cotts is in no danger of being optioned, and Hendry said Sean Marshall will remain in the rotation. This could mean Luis Vizcaino is in danger of being […]

2009 Chicago Cubs Minor League Rosters

The minor league rosters are now official, and without further ado… … … Ok. No more ado. Here they are: Iowa (AAA) Starting Pitchers: Jose Ascanio, Mitch Atkins, Esmalian Caridad, Jeff Samardzija, Randy Wells Relief Pitchers: Kevin Hart, J.R. Mathes, Greg Reinhard, Jeff Stevens, Jason Waddell, Justin Berg, Jessie Estrada, Chad Fox Catchers: Mark Johnson, […]

Cubs Release Chad Gaudin, Jeff Samardzija to AAA

The Chicago Cubs bullpen is set: David Patton and Angel Guzman are in, Chad Gaudin and Jeff Samardzija are out. Ultimately, this is the precise series of moves we had predicted a week ago, with the exception of Gaudin being released instead of traded or DL’d. Previously, the Cubs had indicated no one would be […]

Reed Johnson Thinks David Patton Is Making the Team

I actually missed this bit a couple days ago, but as we’re on the verge of Lou Piniella’s announcement regarding the bullpen, it was too good not to post. Reed Johnson, who has his own excellent blog, had a great many thoughts to share about bullpen competitor and Rule V pick David Patton. I love […]

Angel Guzman Drawing More Interest Than Chad Gaudin

The Chicago Cubs are going to have to move at least one of the four pitchers competing for two bullpen spots, and the two likely candidates for moving are Chad Gaudin and Angel Guzman. Each has stunk it up in Spring Training. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry continues to work the phones to try to […]