- Wade Miller is scheduled for a rehab start
in AA on Tuesday. The Cubs can keep him on a rehab assignment for up to 30 days before having to make another move with him.
- Same article says Kerry Wood has yet to throw off a mound.
- Some theories on Carlos Zambrano's struggles from the Sun-Times
and Ken Rosenthal
. Some choice cuts from Rosenthal's article:
Maybe Zambrano's ERA would have been 5.83 after eight starts if the Cubs had finalized his five-year, $80 million-plus contract.
Zambrano wants to stay with the Cubs, but he needs to postpone further negotiations until the end of the season, if only to clear his head.
Tribune executives are probably too preoccupied with the sale to care, but they had a heck of a deal with Zambrano in place.
If the negotiations dragged into November —and Zambrano still chose to stay in Chicago — he could perhaps double the team's initial $80 million guarantee.
Try explaining that to Cubs fans. Or to the team's next owner.
For what it's worth, Zambrano emphatically states that it's not the contract that's distracting him and his early season problems stem from issues with his mechanics.
- The same Rosenthal article says that Ryan Dempster has the 4th lowest batting average against for closers with at least 5 saves.