Cub Roster Update

The Cubs optioned RHP Roberto Novoa to AAA Iowa today, cutting their Spring Training roster to 27 (26 if you don't include non-roster invitee Wade Miller, who must be added to the 40-man roster by Opening Day, although he will then immediately be placed on the DL while he continues rehabbing from last season's shoulder surgery). CHICAGO CUBS ROSTER (as of March 30, 2006) 27 players (includes one non-roster, does not include two on DL) * denotes has been placed on DL PITCHERS (13 + 2 on DL) : Ryan Dempster Scott Eyre Bob Howry John Koronka Greg Maddux Sean Marshall Wade Miller (non-roster) - will be added to 40-man roster prior to Opening Day Will Ohman * Mark Prior (DL) Glendon Rusch Jerome Williams Scott Williamson * Kerry Wood (DL) Michael Wuertz Carlos Zambrano CATCHERS (2): Michael Barrett Henry Blanco INFIELDERS (7): Ronny Cedeno Jerry Hairston, Jr Derrek Lee Neifi Perez Aramis Ramirez Ryan Theriot Todd Walker OUTFIELDERS (5): Jacque Jones John Mabry Matt Murton Angel Pagan Juan Pierre ================================= OPTIONED TO AAA IOWA (7): David Aardsma, RHP Angel Guzman, RHP Rich Hill, LHP Roberto Novoa, RHP Felix Pie, OF Jae-Kuk Ryu, RHP Geovany Soto, C OPTIONED TO AA WEST TENN (4): Brian Dopirak, 1B Carlos Marmol, RHP Scott Moore, 3B Jose Reyes, C

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Anyone else hear this nonsense about Walter E. Smith field? They were talking on WSCR this morning about Walter E. Smith paying for naming rights to Wrigley. BEtter not happen...really. How much more is the Trib Co. gonna try and squeeze out of a rock?

....As I listen to WSCR talk about this Walter E. Smithe field thing, I'm thinking more and more that this is an early April Fools. It's gotta be. I'm not seeing or hearing it anywhere else.

Yes....Yes it is. Thank God.

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  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 4 hours 48 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 5 hours 31 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 5 hours 42 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 5 hours 48 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 5 hours 52 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 6 hours 3 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 6 hours 9 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 6 hours 24 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 6 hours 25 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 9 hours 16 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 11 hours 49 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 12 hours 21 min ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 12 hours 23 min ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 14 hours 20 min ago view
  • I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.

    JoePepitone 16 hours 40 min ago view
  • Been quite the roller-coaster the past two days -- both games, plus the Chapman kerfuffel. How about a couple of nice, comfortable wins before facing Sale? Cubs should definitely wear throwbacks for that game.

    billybucks 17 hours 35 min ago view