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 […]
Tag: Sean Marshall
Jim Hendry’s never-ending quest to add a “veteran” “right-handed” arm to the bullpen has turned toward the lower cost end of the spectrum, which is a good thing. Hendry — whether via trade or free agency — wants to add a veteran bullpen pitcher. Former White Sox right-hander Jose Contreras has been a part of […]
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 […]
Despite his entreaties all week that he was fine, that his back was not a problem, it appears as though Carlos Zambrano is not fine. And his back is a problem. He’s not going to start tonight, and Sean Marshall will be pressed into emergency duty. Yikes.
As we anticipated, Tom Gorzelanny was acquired as a stop-gap for the Chicago Cubs’ rotation as it misses Ted Lilly. He’ll start three times in Lilly’s absence. Newly acquired Cubs left-hander Tom Gorzelanny made his introductions to the team Saturday, and he’ll get three starts, beginning Tuesday in Cincinnati, to make an impression to possibly […]
Today, the Chicago Cubs sent pitchers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio, as well as minor league infielder Josh Harrison to the Pirates for lefty reliever John Grabow and lefty sometimes starter, sometimes reliever, sometimes minor leaguer Tom Gorzelanny. Grabow joins Sean Marshall as the lefties in the pen (though Grabow has been better at getting […]
The Chicago Cubs were already rumored to add a lefty reliever before Ted Lilly went down with a shoulder injury, but now that he’s out for perhaps a month, the need to add another arm seems even more pressing. The Cubs have been talking to a number of teams, including Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington, about […]
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. But for the Cubs, when the going gets tough, the tough get injured. Look for the Cubs to place left-hander Ted Lilly on the disabled list today. Lilly, the Cubs’ lone all-star, had an MRI arthrogram performed on his left shoulder Friday after experiencing soreness in […]
The Cublogoverse is abuzz over this Tribune article, which suggests that the Cubs are interested in recently released Blue Jay reliever, BJ Ryan … even though we already noted that here at Bleacher Nation several days ago. But whatever. We’re not bitter. As interesting as a move on Ryan would be, is the impact on […]
Sigh. It’s always something. Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster is going to miss at least three weeks after breaking his big toe. Dempster said he caught his foot on the dugout railing while jumping out of the dugout running onto the field after Sunday’s win over the Brewers. “Sweet, huh?” Dempster said. What happened? […]
The strange, strange Cubs rumor that won’t die. The Chicago Cubs are still interested in signing Pedro Martinez to join the bullpen or maybe even the rotation. And apparently it’s all Rich Harden’s fault. Watching right-handed pitcher Rich Harden struggle with his command has made the team’s management group a little nervous as of late. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Well, that was an ugly little episode. Think maybe Lou Piniella’s comments that Sean Marshall would be headed to the bullpen when Rich Harden returns got in Marshall’s head at all?
The good news is that Rich Harden’s shoulder seems to be holding up despite a pre-existing tear. The bad news is that the seemingly manufactured back injury is actually real. And actually kind of bad. Slipped into a game recap by the Tribune was this unfortunate nugget: Rich Harden’s DL time may be extended, and […]