Losing to Good Teams, Playing Through Injuries, Historic Hits, and Other Bullets

Elbow fracture.

That’s the diagnosis for The Little Girl, whose homemade gymnastics routine had a painful ending on Saturday. I was pretty terrified when I got that text from The Wife – I hear elbow fracture, I think season-ending surgery. Apparently, though, it’s different than “broken elbow,” and is pretty common in young kids. Fingers crossed, but the typical outcome is a few weeks of rest in a sling and she’ll be fine. She’s a tough one.

So she could be back by the time rosters expand in September.

  • We knew it was going to be a tough six-game home stand against two very good teams in the Diamondbacks and Nationals, and the Cubs went 2-4. So, those teams are better than the Cubs, right? Well, I mean, yeah, they probably are, in total, slightly better clubs, but let’s not act like two three-game series where the Cubs were within a few outs of winning each series actually proves anything. Whatever you thought about the Cubs, Nationals, and Diamondbacks before these series are probably the same things you should be thinking today.
  • … well, with the one difference, perhaps, being added concern about the Cubs’ bullpen. That would be fair. We’d be simpatico on that one. More on the bullpen later.
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  • The Tampa Bay Rays scored just two runs in their series against the Milwaukee Brewers, but thankfully, both runs came yesterday, in a game where the Brewers scored just one. The Brewers loss preserved a half-game lead for the Cubs in the NL Central. Now the Cubs will need a good road trip out west to create a little buffer. At least, as Michael wrote this weekend, the Cubs’ schedule from here through the end of the season projects to be one of the easiest in baseball (much easier than they’ve had so far).
  • I’m glad to hear that, despite Addison Russell’s foot injury being the kind he could play through, the Cubs are instead being more cautious and using the short DL (Cubs.com).
  • Speaking of playing through, Kris Bryant admitted this weekend that his pinky injury was still “nagging,” though he believes it feels mostly fine during the game, except when he squeezes the glove or hits one off the end of the bat (Cubs.com). Since the scary-looking injury, from which he returned just a couple days later, Bryant is hitting .271/.308/.390 (80 wRC+, .119 ISO). It’s only 65 plate appearances, so that could be just a normal blip that happens throughout the season, but, given that there was a hand injury involved and now a lack of power, you always wonder.
  • Jason Heyward’s three hits yesterday gave him 1,000 for his career, which is impressive at his age. Whether he gets to 2,000 or more will depend a great deal on any offensive resurgence over the next few years. Without a huge turnaround, I don’t know that he’ll get the at bats to get there.
  • With the Cubs headed back to San Francisco, Jesse Rogers talked to the team about the dramatic Game Four comeback win to close out the NLDS last year.
  • Road tripping to San Francisco:
  • Former Cubs manager Don Baylor has reportedly passed away at age 68. Baylor managed the Cubs for three seasons from 2000 to 2002.
  • A little waiver trade action, as the Mariners picked up Yonder Alonso from the A’s this weekend.
  • Jen-Ho Tseng and D.J. Wilson won monthly honors for the Cubs.
  • This is awesome (sound on):
  • Over at TYL, Jay Cutler is back! On the Dolphins, that is. Luis is headed to training camp today to check in on the Bears.
  • There’s Nike and Under Armour gear on a 25% off sale at the MLB Shop today.
  • Good Deals of the Day at Amazon today, including 69% off a juicer, backpacks aplenty, a Hoover vacuum, and more.
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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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