Fortunately, Aramis Ramirez’s shoulder is still located, but it is certainly bothering him. He had to leave yesterday’s game against the Rockies in the fifth inning because his shoulder was too sore to continue. Clearly it’s something he’s going to battle for the rest of the year. “His shoulder bothers him, so we’re just going […]
Even when the Cubs win, they lose. That’s Aramis Ramirez I’m referring to, in case it was obtuse. Freaking Cubs.
Carlos Zambrano went down before the game even started, and it didn’t get any better. On the bright side, Lou Piniella finally saw the light, and decided to use Milton Bradley’s abilities (i.e., high OBP this year) where they will best serve the team. And he got on base three times.
Geovany Soto has been out for a long time with an oblique strain, but he’s finally ready to starting a minor league rehab stint, and then return to the Cubs next week. Geovany Soto, who has been on the disabled list since July 7 because of a left oblique strain, will begin a minor-league rehabilitation […]
Facts: 1.) David Patton was a Rule V pick from the Colorado Rockies. 2.) A team must keep a Rule V pick on the Major League roster (aka the 25-man roster) for the entire season or they must offer him back to his original team. 3.) A team must keep a Rule V pick on […]
The All Star break marks the not-really-but-figurative mid-point of the season. It always seems like a good time to reflect on pre-season items, and how things have played out (read: cliche, but we’re doing it anyway). It is an easy time to look back with the benefit of hindsight … and regret. The Chicago Cubs […]
Two recent rumor-ettes are percolating involving the Chicago Cubs and a couple ok-but-not-great players that are on the block. First up, the Pittsburgh Pirates are planning to trade Freddy Sanchez if possible. The Pirates are “pushing hard” to trade All-Star second baseman Freddy Sanchez, according to a National League executive this morning. The San Francisco […]
The Chicago Cubs designated Ryan Freel for assignment yesterday, a move necessary to make room for newly-acquired Jeff Baker. Freel was fairly terrible as a Cub, so the move is not altogether surprising. In a related story, the Tribune had this strange comment: Baker gives the Cubs some right-handed pop off the bench, at little […]
The Chicago Cubs will part with High A Daytona reliever Al Alburquerque in the deal for Colorado Rockies utility man Jeff Baker says Cubs.com. This is a devastating, devastating blow to the Cubs organization. No, not because Alburquerque sports an excellent 2.08 ERA this year (come on, he’s 23 in High A – it’s not […]
Well this certainly came out of nowhere. The Chicago Cubs have acquired Jeff Baker(notes) from the Colorado Rockies, according to a source close to the club. It is unclear who the Rockies will receive in return for Baker or the Cubs’ plans for him. Baker, an infielder, went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to […]
“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 […]
The Chicago Cubs designated reliever Luis Vizcaino, earlier received from the Rockies for Jason Marquis, for assignment two weeks ago, and now have officially released him. The Cubs will be on the hook for $4 million, less the league minimum if a team signs him, which seems likely. The assumption when Vizcaino was given the […]
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: […]
After patting itself on the back regarding the reach of its first racism piece (noting that “Cubs officials expressed disappointment with the Sun-Times story” – see how far reaching it was!), the Sun-Times went back to the racism well this morning, re-upping its contention that the Cubs fans at Wrigley Field are uniquely racist. This […]
Rich Harden went just three innings and threw over 90 pitches. Yikes. Still, not what gets the enhancement – especially because we predicted this would happen.
In case you missed it, Geovany Soto (shoulder) and Aramis Ramirez (back) are expected back in the starting lineup today against the Rockies. Milton Bradley (tender, tender groin), on the other hand, isn’t expected back until the weekend. The Cubs are shooting for a weekend return for Milton Bradley, who suffered a mildly strained groin […]
It’s raining men… er, rain. Rain. A solid all-around outing for the Cubs, but on part stuck out more than the rest.
The Chicago Cubs open up a two game series against the Rockies at Wrigley Field today – weather permitting – and they’ll be without two big bats: catcher Geovany Soto and left fielder Milton Bradley. Soto, who has been out for almost a week now with right shoulder soreness, is getting better but still not […]
As you know by now, the Chicago Cubs are helping open up the new Yankee Stadium – $1.5 billion worth of ill-timed lavishness – with a couple exhibition games. Yesterday the Cubs lost to the Yanks, and the item of note was Ted Lilly’s poor outting. He’s only had three true Spring starts with the […]