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Cubs Are Still Scouting Pedro Martinez, Unlikely to Sign Him

After last week’s bizarre revelation that the Chicago Cubs were just one of two teams in serious pursuit of starting pitcher Pedro Martinez, it was only a matter of time before Pedro started claiming he was close to signing, and the Cubs started denying they were close to signing. Cue it up. The Cubs haven’t […]

Cubs Stick With Absurd Number of Pitchers For Now

When Rich Harden returned from the disabled list this weekend, the Chicago Cubs sent down an infielder, despite the fact that the team already had 12 pitchers (more than the typical 11). Well, it wasn’t a completely temporary thing. Lou Piniella says it’s going to stay that way for a little while. ”The big reason […]

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The Cubs Now Have 13 Pitchers On the Roster

What the hell? Cubs infielder Bobby Scales has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa in anticipation of activating starting pitcher Rich Harden off the disabled list for his start on Saturday, ESPNChicago.com’s Bruce Levine reported on Friday. ESPN Chicago. This leaves the Chicago Cubs with 13 pitchers on the roster, and 12 positional players (11 and […]

The Chicago Cubs Are Scouting Pedro Martinez

You read that right, folks. Somehow, some way, for some reason, the Chicago Cubs recently scouted formerly awesome pitcher, and currently broken guy, Pedro Martinez. A source close to Pedro Martinez indicated tonight that both the Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays have watched Martinez throw in the Dominican and both teams have begun to at […]

Rich Harden is a Good Rehabber

To briefly update you on Rich Harden’s rehab from a sore back: he done good. Rich Harden allowed one earned run in 4 2/3 innings during his minor-league rehab start Monday night for Class AAA Iowa, putting the right-hander on track to return from the disabled list Saturday against the Minnesota Twins at Wrigley Field. […]

Obsessive Harden Shoulder, er Backwatch: Rehab Start Today

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Rich Harden, on the shelf for a couple of weeks with an ailing back, will make a rehab start for AAA Iowa today. If all goes well, the Cubs could see him back as soon as later this week. Throughout his rehab, Harden has said he feels good, and it could […]

Obsessive Harden Shoulder, er Backwatch: Bullpen Session Goes Well

Injured Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Rich Harden tossed 33 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday, and all appears to be going well for him. ”It went really well,” said Harden, who added the midback pain is gone. ”I’m good.” Harden, who last pitched May 17, is to throw a longer pen on Thursday and then […]

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Neil Cotts on His Way Out of Chicago?

Apparently there’s a theme today. Get on board. Left-hander Neal Cotts has just about worn out his welcome with manager Lou Piniella as the only left-hander in the Cubs’ bullpen. Jason Waddell, who signed as a free agent in November, could be called up to replace Cotts. Through Monday’s games, Waddell’s owns a 0-1 record […]

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 […]

Rich Harden to the Disabled List

Well this kind of came out of nowhere. God is so freaking vengeful. The Cubs placed Rich Harden on the 15-day disabled list with a back strain on Friday, and inserted Randy Wells into the rotation for Saturday’s game. Harden felt a twinge in his last outing last Sunday, and in a subsequent side session […]

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Obsessive Harden Shoulderwatch: Still Feelin’ Fine

When is a non-update an update? When it’s about Rich Harden’s torn and tenuous shoulder. This non-update is here to tell you that he’s still feeling pretty good about the shoulder. “I’m not pitching anywhere near what I’m capable of,” Harden said. “I expect more out of myself. I haven’t been pitching like I want […]

Wait, You Say Chad Gaudin Hurt His Back HOW?

Today, now a successful starting pitcher with the San Diego Padres, the Chicago Cubs welcome back the man acquired with Rich Harden last year, Chad Gaudin. Believe it or not, in many circles, Cubs fans were almost as excited about acquiring Gaudin as Harden. He was still young, had shown a penchant for pitching effectively […]

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Obsessive Harden Shoulderwatch: Velocity’s Back

Lost in the teeth-gnashing about yesterday’s frustrating late loss to the Brewers was a tremendously impressive performance by a guy the Chicago Cubs desperately need to be tremendous this year: Rich Harden. Harden, dogged by his torn shoulder and suspiciously low velocity, suffered through a terrifyingly poor Spring Training. We all reserved judgment, thinking, “It’s […]

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 […]

The 2009 Chicago Cubs: Preparing for the Worst Case Scenarios

Readers repeatedly asked me if I was going to write a “Why the 2009 Chicago Cubs Will Suck” article, as I had for the rest of the N.L. Central. My answer, in turn, was a repeated “no.” How could I? There is no objective, reasonable basis to conclude the Cubs will suck this year. But […]

Cubs Trade Away Another Great Name

The Chicago Cubs have traded pitching prospect Rocky Roquet to the Oakland A’s for a PTBNL. Breathe. Breathe. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!! Roquet joined the Cubs in 2006 as a non-drafted free agent following a five-year college career that began as an outfielder at Florida State and ended at Cal Poly as a hard-throwing right-hander. “He’s a great […]

Sean Marshall’s Grasp on the Fifth Starter Spot Already Shaky

It wasn’t but a week ago that Sean Marshall officially claimed the fifth starter spot in the Cubs rotation, but after back-to-back poor outings, his claim seems a little less certain. Manager Lou Piniella seemed a little concerned about Marshall’s poor finish to an otherwise successful spring. “The last two starts for Marshall have been… […]