The Reason the Cubs DFA’d Michael Bowden and Other Bullets

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  • So, why did the Cubs designate Michael Bowden for assignment on Tuesday if they knew Shawn Camp had a toe injury on Sunday (the Cubs put Camp on the disabled list yesterday, a day after he blew Tuesday’s game)? Because the Cubs didn’t know Camp had a toe injury. Er, what? Actually, the Cubs didn’t know the extent of Camp’s toe injury until Wednesday, when Camp explained the severity. Apparently he’d been dealing with the injury for a month, and only just started getting treatment on Sunday. The Cubs felt he could pitch through it. I can understand all of that, and it certainly explains why things played out as they did, even if it doesn’t justify anything. Given Camp’s performance – including decreased velocity – it still seems like it would have been perfectly reasonable and laudable to DL Camp on Tuesday rather than DFA’ing Bowden. Dale Sveum even admitted that, had they known about the severity of Camp’s injury on Tuesday, they would have DL’d him and kept Bowden. In other words, Camp may have cost Bowden his job (not that virtually every other athlete wouldn’t have tried to play through the same injury).
  • Let’s keep in mind, too: if the Cubs absolutely loved Bowden, they would have figured out another route on Tuesday. So, even if Camp played a role, we can’t ignore that the Cubs chose to risk losing Bowden. That’s telling.
  • Jesse Rogers notes that the Cubs are just 4-10 when facing left-handed starters this year, which, well, shouldn’t surprise you too much when you think about how the right-handed sides of the platoons have been faring.
  • Reliever Chang-Yong Lim, 36, whom the Cubs signed this offseason and who is recovering from a second Tommy John surgery, could be ready to join the Cubs as soon as mid-July (just one year after his surgery), according to his agent. The Cubs have control over Lim through 2014, so whatever he shows this year is really more of an audition than anything else.
  • Patrick Mooney ponders how long the Cubs will have Jeff Samardzija and Matt Garza as a 1-2 at the top of the rotation.
  • Cubs pitchers, collectively, are tied for the team lead in RBI this month.
  • Dave Cameron writes about the Mariners’ needs for changes, which, at first blush has no relevance to the Cubs. But, reading the piece, I think you’ll see the applicability and the interesting lessons therein. If nothing else, it’s a reminder that, right now, the rebuilding plan remains the best approach for the Cubs, given the state of the organization. (h/t to Danny)
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    Brett Taylor is the Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and on LinkedIn here. Brett is also the founder of Bleacher Nation, which opened up shop in 2008 as an independent blog about the Chicago Cubs. Later growing to incorporate coverage of other Chicago sports, Bleacher Nation is now one of the largest regional sports blogs on the web.

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