He could be back in big league Spring games within a day or two. Or he could head to DL. We’ll know soon.
Month: March 2014
Cubs Park’s first game under the lights, and the Cubs didn’t do much.
It sounds like Castro is basically fully back at this point, but it still might be a few days before he plays in a big league game.
McDonald sent out, Lim released, and Wada re-signed to a minor league deal.
Carlos Villanueva would probably like to put together a good showing tonight.
A $500 prize pool for a free game. A $20,000 prize pool for a paid game. As if baseball wasn’t exciting enough.
There is starting to be some shifting at the perceived top of the draft.
Now as high as 8.3%, according to Baseball Prospectus. It pays to be (relatively) healthy.
Pitching, in general, has improved in the Cubs’ system, but the left-handed side of the equation isn’t looking strong.
Some familiar names are no longer with the organization. Also: injury updates, statistical breakdowns, and interesting news.
It was a busy weekend for the Cubs and BN, so if you weren’t around or missed anything, here’s your one-stop catch-up.
Let’s watch, discuss, enjoy, and imagine that it’s June.
It was Homer City, USA for the Cubs today. Well, some of the Cubs, anyway.
The 33-year-old lefty wasn’t going to make the big league team.
Mike Olt is at third base again, while Luis Valbuena heads to second, and Darwin Barney slides to shortstop.
Ramirez looked good in very limited duty this Spring, but the Cubs will likely give him a chance to keep starting in the minors.
If Mike Olt emerges as the starter at third, and Darwin Barney holds the job at second, is Valbuena just a bench guy?
Wood will get the home opener, as Samardzija gets the season opener.
With Scherzer, Masterson, and Shields projected to be on the market, the Cubs could have some upper tier options.
The Reds blasted the Cubs today, though Edwin Jackson wasn’t *that* bad.
We’ve had weeks to ponder Baez/Olt/Castro/Lake/Rotation/Bullpen/etc. Where do things stand with just a week to go?
Mike Olt makes start number two at third base as the Reds come to Cubs Park.
Baez heading down is news, but not a surprise. Parker, on the other hand, is something of a surprise.
Those Darwin Barney rumors can die down, but what about Nate Schierholtz and the bullpen?
It’s been an intermittently rough Spring for Lake, whom the Cubs hope can grab a starting job and run with it.
Boom goes the (fake) dynamite. It’s ok to enjoy it, though.
He legged out an infield hit, but seemed to land awkwardly on the bag.
It’s not a guarantee, but he may be able to get four or five at bats tomorrow to start ramping up for the season.
Baez, Olt, and Kalish are in the lineup, and Junior Lake is back in center field.
Some big news and fantastic writing around baseball this week. Lots of great stuff that you should really check out.