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God’s Wrath Watch: Andres Blanco Suffers Sprained Knee

Chicago Cubs reserve infielder Andres Blanco is battling in Spring Training for one of the last two spots on the bench, and things took a dark turn for him yesterday on a pick-off play at second base. Andres Blanco underwent an MRI on his right knee after suffering a Grade 2 sprain in the sixth […]

God’s Wrath Watch: God Hates Cubs Shoulders

Yesterday we learned that Chicago Cubs second baseman Mike Fontenot has a bum shoulder, which isn’t a huge concern, as he’s expected to be back tomorrow or early next week. The shoulder injury that really shook the Cubs’ world, though, was that of reliever Angel Guzman. He’d been rehabbing from offseason knee surgery when he had […]

Fontenot Didn’t Explode His Knee

In yesterday’s first Spring Training game, Chicago Cubs second baseman Mike Fontenot slid awkwardly into third base in the fourth inning, banging his knee on the dirt. Fortunately, he’s ok. “My knee hit,” said Fontenot, whose left knee required an ice pack. “I haven’t practiced that slide for awhile. The first thing I hit was […]

Alfonso Soriano’s Knee is Going to Be An Issue All Year

Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano was something of a non-issue last year. Not because there weren’t storylines swirling around him, but instead because he didn’t really show much to talk about on the field. He missed a third of the season with knee issues, and when he did play, he put up the worst numbers […]

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First Spring Training Lineup Holds Clues for the Season

The Chicago Cubs will play their first Spring Training game tomorrow, and manager Lou Piniella has released the lineup for the game: 1. Ryan Theriot  SS 2. Kosuke Fukudome RF 3. Derrek Lee  1B 4. Aramis Ramirez  3B 5. Marlon Byrd  CF 6. Tyler Colvin LF 7. Mike Fontenot  2B 8. Geovany Soto  C 9. […]

Piniella: No Plans to Platoon at Second Base

One of the few open competitions on the Chicago Cubs this Spring is at second base. Incumbent, nominal starter Mike Fontenot had a terrible season last year after tearing it up in 2008. Mid-season, the Cubs acquired versatile back-up type Jeff Baker, who went on to hit .300 with the Cubs. So who’s the starter […]

Lou Piniella Hoping Mike Fontenot Can Backup Shortstop

With far more options to join the Chicago Cubs bench this year than there are spots, the team will have to make many difficult choices in filling out its 25-man roster. Manager Lou Piniella is hoping that Mike Fontenot can back up shortstop, making some of those choices just a little bit easier. “Either you’re […]

Piniella Has No Plans to Use Starlin Castro as a Backup

When it comes to prospects, the Chicago Cubs have not always shown an appropriately level of restraint in promoting them to the bigs, only to have them sit on the bench. So, it is with some trepidation that we’ve watched shortstop Starlin Castro rocket through the system. But good news: manager Lou Piniella says he […]

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Might the Cubs Not Use a Platoon at Second Base?

We’ve long been assuming that the Chicago Cubs would go with some kind of platoon at second base this year, using Mike Fontenot primarily against righties and Jeff Baker primarily against lefties. But when asked about his second basemen, manager Lou Piniella did not mention the possibility of using both. Piniella was asked how he’ll […]

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 Bruce 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 […]

So, Why Didn’t the Cubs Consider Felipe Lopez?

The Chicago Cubs are done making any major moves this offseason, and therefore, are apparently going to head into the 2010 season with a Mike Fontenot/Jeff Baker platoon at second base (unless Starlin Castro absolutely destroys Spring Training, claiming the shortstop job, and bumping Ryan Theriot over to second). I’m not going to gripe about […]

Welcome to the Lead-Off Debate, Redux

For three years, the Chicago Cubs batting order has been a particularly contentious source of debate, with the placement of outfielder Alfonso Soriano dominating the discussion. He came to the team as a leadoff hitter – in name, anyway – but his performance has dictated that it simply isn’t for him anymore (if it ever […]

Plenty of Chicago Cubs Rumors Still Swirling

There can be no doubt that the bulk of the offseason movement is behind us – re-signing John Grabow, dumping Milton Bradley, and signing Marlon Byrd and Xavier Nady are the big moves for this year. Like ’em or lump ’em. But that doesn’t mean that the Cubs are totally done making moves. Bruce Levine […]

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Live Together, Die Alone: LOST and the Chicago Cubs

“Every man for himself is not going to work. It’s time to start organizing. We need to figure out how we’re going to survive here. Now, I found water. Fresh water, up in the valley. I’ll take a group in at first light. If you don’t want to go, then find another way to contribute. […]

Jeff Baker Wants to Punch Mike Fontenot’s Heart

Last year, Mike Fontenot was anointed the Chicago Cubs’ starting second baseman out of Spring Training following a 2008 season where he was dominant at the plate in a part-time role. He struggled. The Cubs responded to his struggles (and Aramis Ramirez’s injury and Aaron Miles’ totally unpredictable sucking) by acquiring second baseman Jeff Baker from the […]

The Cubs and Adam Kennedy? Wha?

The Chicago Cubs are widely known to be looking for a reserve outfielder and a right-handed reliever. And that’s it. Right? The representative for free agent Adam Kennedy said he remains in talks with three teams about the infielder. Two clubs are interested in Kennedy as their everyday second baseman, Paul Cohen said. Another has […]

The 2010 Chicago Cubs Batting Order is Largely Set

Without too many moving parts from last year to this, the batting order for the Chicago Cubs is not as prone to questioning as it has been in years past. In fact, the main question – why in the sweet hell is Alfonso Soriano still leading off – mercifully faded away, for good, last year. […]

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Cubs Still Looking for a Backup Outfielder and Another Reliever

As expected, the Chicago Cubs continue to pursue a true fourth outfielder (poor Sam Fuld) as well as a veteran reliever (Jim Hendry loves ’em). The Cubs hope to land the two players by way of trade, rather than free agency – also not a surprise. But the unexpected part continues to be the guys […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cubs Sign Undrafted Free Agent Derek Helenihi

The Cubs made a move! Details? Bah. Don’t worry about that. Ok, if you must: the Chicago Cubs have signed former LSU third baseman Derek Helenihi to a minor league deal, and invited him to Spring Training. Helenihi, 22, was a stud defensively at third base for the National Champion Tigers, and has very good […]

Cubs Will Tender Contracts to All the Arbitration Eligible Guys

Today is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to their arbitration eligible players, and the Chicago Cubs intend to do so with all of their guys – the lone exception being injured/crappy reliever Neal Cotts, who may yet return on a minor league deal. This means that Mike Fontenot will get a contract, though […]

Chicago Cubs are Shopping Aaron Miles, May Shop Jake Fox

We’ve heard plenty this offseason about the Chicago Cubs’ targets, but very little about current Cubs headed out the door. Two of the players that make sense as trade bait are utility players Jake Fox and Aaron Miles. They make sense in that capacity for very different reasons, of course: Fox, because he’s cheap and […]

Don’t Cry, But Mark DeRosa Isn’t Coming Back

For those Chicago Cubs fans holding out hope that the team would take interest in signing free agent Mark DeRosa – you’re going to have to get used to disappointment. Of the Dodgers’ interest in DeRosa, Grunewald said, “The interest is mutual.” But the agent said that the Dodgers are one of a dozen teams that have […]

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