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Carlos Zambrano Set to Return to Rotation Next Week

Chicago Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano will come home next week – on the road. When the Cubs face the Pittsburgh Pirates, Zambrano will be one of their starting pitchers. The Cubs are not going to have a six-man rotation, but who will be bumped has yet to be determined. “We don’t have to concern ourselves […]

Lou Piniella Suggests Randy Wells Will Be Bumped From Rotation

The Chicago Cubs have announced the Carlos Zambrano will be (mercifully) returning to the starting rotation as soon as he gets stretched back out. But just as when Ted Lilly returned from offseason shoulder surgery, Zambrano’s return to the rotation means that someone who’s pitching well will be bumped to the bullpen – assuming that […]

Obsessive Zambrano Bullpen Watch: Back to the Rotation

As we speculated, the “move” from short relief to long relief is just a stop along the way of returning Carlos Zambrano to the Chicago Cubs’ rotation. No timetable on the return, but it will come as soon as Zambrano gets his arm strength and stamina back up. “We’ll put him back in his usual […]

Lou Piniella Using Pop Rocks When Dynamite is Due

The Chicago Cubs offense sucks. And yet, several players are hitting very well. Ryan Theriot, Kosuke Fukudome, Marlon Byrd, Geovany Soto, Alfonso Soriano and Starlin Castro are all hitting very well. That’s six of your eight regulars. So how is it possible that the offense is not scoring runs? You know the answer. Aramis Ramirez […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cubs Planning to Call Up Andrew Cashner?

It’s no secret that the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen is a disaster right now. It’s full of inexperienced youngsters who don’t appear to have the confidence necessary to hammer down late inning leads. While everyone bandies about a possible solution – when starter Ted Lilly returns, at least one veteran is going to get bumped from […]

Ted Lilly Will Make One More Rehab Start

Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly will make one more minor league rehab start before rejoining the Cubs. Lilly had hoped to come back after Wednesday’s game, his first rehab start. Lilly will start on Monday in Peoria, Ill. for the Single-A Chiefs. If he throws without mishap, he’s on target to pitch next weekend against […]

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, […]

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Ted Lilly Ain’t Coming Back Soon

Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly is now officially delayed in his return to the Cubs’ rotation. Rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery (and earlier knee surgery), Lilly’s timeline has fluctuated between as early as mid-April and as late as mid-May. For a while, it seem mid-April would be no problem – but now, the latter time […]

Carlos Silva, Ted Lilly, Shoulders, and Bullpen

Here’s one big mish-mash of related information. Follow me: the bullpen is struggling, Ted Lilly’s recovering, Carlos Silva is smarting, and things might be changing. Piniella wouldn’t discount the possibility of Ted Lilly returning after one start at Triple-A Iowa, which would allow him to move Tom Gorzelanny to the bullpen. “When I get Lilly […]

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 […]

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. […]

Ted Lilly Still Pain Free

When it comes to Chicago Cubs injuries, you can’t criticize me for reporting non-news as news. Starter Ted Lilly is still rehabbing, and things are still looking good for a mid-April return. “Now it’s just a matter of getting my pitch count up and stamina,” he said Thursday, “to make sure I can get through […]

Ted Lilly Could be Back by April 19

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly is coming along nicely in his rehab from shoulder surgery, and once again, it looks like he’ll miss just two starts. Ted Lilly is on track to return to the Cubs as early as April 19 in New York. Manager Lou Piniella said Lilly will throw three innings Tuesday […]