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Tag: Lou Piniella

Bullpen Shakeup: Caridad Back, Gray Out, Grabow Hurt (Hopefully)

As evinced by his appearance in the game last night, Esmailin Caridad has been activated from the disabled list – just in time to have the infield defense crap all over his return. In a corresponding move, the Cubs sent Jeff Gray down to AAA Iowa. Gray was struggling, with a 6.75 ERA, though most […]

Ruh Roh: Derrek Lee Questions the Ramirez Move Down the Lineup

Yesterday, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella (rightfully) moved struggling third baseman Aramis Ramirez down the lineup to sixth. The move failed to immediately spark the offense, and Lou was pretty hot about it after the game. ”What am I going to do? Wait until the All-Star Game to make moves?” Piniella said, bristling at a […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Esmailin Caridad to Return in a Week

The Chicago Cubs bullpen – actually not terrible in the last few games – may get a shake-up come next weekend’s series against the Cincinnati Reds. That’s because young righty Esmailin Caridad is expected to get the green light to rejoin the team following several weeks of rehab from a forearm strain. “I would think […]

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God’s Wrath Watch: Esmailin Caridad, Remember Him?

Not but one week into Spring Training, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella was all too eager to name youngster Esmailin Caridad his right-handed setup pitcher. Flash forward to the season and Caridad struggled with control, struggled with the long ball, and then, apparently, struggled with his arm. He was placed on the disabled list almost […]

Starlin Castro Could Be Headed to Chicago Soon

Chicago Cubs super prospect Starlin Castro has been raking at AA this year, and, together with his AFL dominance last fall and his impressive Spring Training, he’s proving that he’s just about ready to try on his big boy shoes. The Cubs, apparently, have noticed. Chicago Cubs prospect Starlin Castro’s ascension to the major leagues […]

Lou is Getting Grousy

After yesterday’s tough loss to the Nationals, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella was in no mood to be second-guessed about his decisions in the game. Piniella was asked by a freelance reporter whether he considered bunting after Marlon Byrd led off with a double in the eighth with the Cubs down 3-2. Mike Fontenot popped […]

Carlos Zambrano is Still a Starter at Heart, Crazy Person at Head

Perhaps the most shocking part about Carlos Zambrano’s move to the bullpen was the fact that no local cats were eaten, and no underpants were worn on any heads. In sum, Zambrano didn’t go crazy. In fact, Zambrano has been downright cool about the whole thing, and has really stepped up to help out the […]

Carlos Silva in 2010: Lucky or Good?

When the Chicago Cubs dumped Milton Bradley on the Seattle Mariners, the trade was assuredly about saving some cash. The fact that the Mariners required the Cubs to take back some pitcher in the deal generally didn’t merit comment (except the requisite “Carlos Silva? But that guy sucks!”). Now, it merits comment. Together with Tom […]

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Carlos Zambrano to Remain in Bullpen for at Least Six Weeks?

The Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen experiment has always been regarded as just that: an experiment. But how long will it last? Presumably, the move is not permanent, but if none of the other starting pitchers starts struggling mightily, how long could Zambrano stick in the pen? Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella has implied that […]

Screeching Tire Sound: Carlos Zambrano to the Bullpen

Oh. My. God. The Cubs have shaken up their rotation, sending workhorse Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen in order to make room for injured starter Ted Lilly. Zambrano will start his relief stint Friday, and Lilly is expected to start Saturday’s game in Milwaukee. Chicago manager Lou Piniella had to make a move because of […]

At Least Aramis Ramirez Recognizes He’s Horrible Right Now

The Chicago Cubs’ offense has been supremely pathetic on the young season, and although there are many culprits, none is more notable than the guy who is supposed to be the Cubs’ most reliable hitter: Aramis Ramirez. ”I’m a cleanup hitter,” [Ramirez] said. ”I have to produce. And if I don’t produce the team’s going […]

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 […]

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Lou Piniella Loses Mind, Changes Lineup Against Lefties

After the offense struggled against a very good left-handed pitcher in Wandy Rodriguez, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella has reacted totally appropriately by saying he’s completely changing the lineup against lefties. Two weeks into the season. “We’re going to change this lineup around and see if we can spur this offense on a little bit,” […]

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 […]

Ted Lilly Would Make an Excellent Minor Leaguer

Ted Lilly’s first minor league rehab start was a success yesterday, allowing just two baserunners in four innings. Lilly threw 51 pitches — 31 for strikes — over four innings in a rehab start with Class AAA Iowa on Wednesday night. He gave up a walk and line-drive homer by the Memphis Cardinals’ Tyler Greene, […]

Cubs to Turn to Sean Marshall and James Russell in Later Innings

It was clear after two games that the most reliable pitcher in the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen right now is Sean Marshall. Why, then, was Lou Piniella consistently using Marshall early in games – soon after the starter had been smacked around? Whatever the reason, Piniella has had a change of heart, and will look to […]

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God’s Wrath Watch: Derrek Lee Has a Jacked Up Thumb

The magnifying glass had been pointed elsewhere for a couple of weeks and we all became complacent. Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek was pulled from today’s game against the Brewers due to some swelling in his thumb. He had x-rays, and although they turned up negative, he might still miss a game or two while […]

Ted Lilly Has a Sore Back

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly is still on track to come back by mid-April, but he is suffering from yet another malady: a sore and stiff back. Cubs left-hander Ted Lilly was scheduled to pitch Friday for Triple-A Iowa, but his session was pushed back to Sunday because of stiffness in his back. Cubs […]

Lou Piniella Getting Testy Already

Which is fine with me, to be honest. I like to see that ‘ole Lou still has some fire in the belly. Piniella’s postgame news conference ended after a question about whether [Sean] Marshall’s role would change after 2 good outings. “Look, we just played two games, sir,” he said. “We played two games. We’re […]

Piniella No Longer Keen on Platooning in the Outfield

Hmm. Time was, we assumed there would be some kind of platoonish set up in the outfield such that, when the Cubs were facing a lefty, they would find a way to get Xavier Nady into the lineup, together with Marlon Byrd and Alfonso Soriano. While it might not lead to a straight-up platoon with […]

Starlin Castro to Open Season in AA

Contrary to previous statements, including those by Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella, star shortstop prospect Starlin Castro will not start the season in AAA Iowa. Expect shortstop Starlin Castro to open the season at Double-A Tennessee along with pitcher Andrew Cashner. Darwin Barney, who impressed the big league staff this spring, will be assigned to […]

Sigh: Carlos Silva is Getting My Hopes Up

When the Chicago Cubs dumped Milton Bradley for Carlos Silva in December, the reaction from fans was universal: sigh. This is the best they could do? Really? Really?? Silva had just struggled through what could very literally be the worst two seasons a pitcher could have and remain in Major League Baseball. Expectations were low. […]

Will the Cubs Use a Five-Man Outfield Rotation?

Now that Tyler Colvin has made the Chicago Cubs, manager Lou Piniella will have some difficult day-to-day decisions to make in the outfield. There are three starters, but then a starting-caliber fourth outfielder (Xavier Nady), and now a youngster whom Lou has said he wants to get a couple starts a week. So, um, how […]

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