Can Hawkeye Pierce be added to the coaching staff? It's not just incoming, we've finally got some outgoing from the M*A*S*H unit. Last week we added Kerry Wood to the bullpen (it's a miracle!) and now pinch hitter deluxe, Darryle Ward is in Colorado almost fully recovered from his calf/gastrocnemius muscle strain and just might be reactivated for the weekend. Darryle doesn't want to miss the high altitude hitting. Friday Morning Update on Aramis Ramirez follows... Under the tent with that big red cross sign was seen entering Angel Pagan with colitis and a bleeding ulcer, who has been prescribed to have a week of bedrest and is now on the DL. Aramis Ramirez missed a few games earlier in the year with wrist tendonitis. Back then they did a wrist arthrogram (dye injection XRay) to make sure no structures were torn. Now they've choppered him out to the big medical unit in Chicago to have that sore wrist examined. But with the minimal power the lineup has shown, any significant injury here is really scary. Wrist injuries tend to affect a hitters power, so this may be the explanation for what we haven't seen at the plate of late from ARam. Update: ARam had a MRI that didn’t show any structural problems and got a cortisone shot on the little finger side of his wrist. He out until Tuesday but no DL stint is planned. Recent visitor to the DL unit, Alfonso Soriano was found on the phone chatting with his little buddy Felix Pie and says that his quadriceps soreness is better and he's off crutches. He can't wait for his physical therapy appointments to start. Pitcher Sean Marshall's scratched cornea is better after wearing his eyeglasses for a few days. Now all he needs to do is pitch better than his last outing vs the Astros. In the chronic ward is Henry Blanco who's neck/cervical disc herniation is better and at last it seems he's better from his mysterious left shoulder ailment. They are looking to transfer him to a rehab assignment in about a week. If he gets past the KP and peeling potatoes without pain, he just might get back to the active roster. In the dog pound was last seen Will Ohman, who's barking shoulder had an MRI which showed some minor inflammation of the AC joint. He's still heading to AAA Iowa after a few days of rest. Transferred out to the good ship Hope's 60 day DL are Mark Prior (shoulder/Bankart repair surgery), Angel Guzman (medial elbow tendonitis/ulnar neuritis) and Roberto Novoa (scapula/shoulder blade fracture), who won't be joining the team anytime soon. A few more days of this sickly offense (losing 6 of 7 games) and I'll be cueing in the M*A*S*H themesong for us TCR bloggers...Suicide is Painless. The cure? We need to MASH alot of baseballs in Colorado.


Dr., they tell me that suicide is painless. Well, with all the pain we endure as Cub fans, I welcome the sweet relief of death!!!!

What's the latest on Ramirez? Stewart rumors?

Great news that Soriano is off crutches already. He might make it back sooner than we thought, maybe he won't even miss more than the mininum.

And Dr. I have a question.

Soriano says that he's a 'fast healer'. While I'm sure that some people do heal faster than others, would you not agree that part of what makes an athlete great is his/her body's ability to regenerate and heal faster? And that Soriano is a great athlete so it's easy to believe that he can come back faster than expected?

rick ankiel in the lineup for STL...and batting 2nd...behind that pujols guy.

"What’s the latest on Ramirez? Stewart rumors?"

According to ESPN 1000 Aram is on his way to Denver. He got a cortizone shot and most likely is out this weekend.

As for Stewart, Buster Olney had a blurb in his blog where he doubts a trade will happen.

in front of that pujols guy...dur...

R. Theriot ss
J. Jones rf
D. Lee 1b
M. Murton lf
M. DeRosa 3b
M. Fontenot 2b
J. Kendall c
F. Pie cf

game thread is up....

Sullivan said the Cubs won't know if they even won the claim for Stewart until this weekend.

Chad...some people are definitely fast healers so all the estimates as to time to recovery are just based on a collective experience with a type of injury and the extent of the injury. Still from what I've seen, at most we're talking a week or two less than the 4-6 wk estimate for Soriano given at the beginning of the week. Darryl Ward was expected to be out 6 weeks and he's back 2 weeks sooner...so it can happen. The key is not to have a reinjury if one returns too quickly.

I totally get that. I"m saying would you not equate athletic ability to recovering faster?

To a certain extent, I would think being in excellent physical condition helps the ability to heal an injury a bit but I'm not sure it's a universal. Particular if there are secondary medical conditions (which are sometimes silent or not publicized like Ron Santo's diabetes when he was a player).

Plus you can use ballplayer comps (not sure any were similar to Soriano though) to see how long it takes to heal...just find someone who's got a quad strain of similar extent. Those were posted on a previous thread. Many were out about 5 weeks.


why do i imagine you wearing one of those groucho marx eyeglass/mustache/schnozz getups when writing this?

"suicide is painless...."

For anyone who has seen Kerry Wood pitch in his 2 appearances, how has he looked?

Could he be a decent 6th - 7th inning pitcvher, with perhaps the ability to eventually be able to go 2 to 3 innings?


I love that song. My favorite version, though, is by the Manic Street Preachers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-g0aBYVCgE

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  • Just to remember how far we have come: last year's opening day lineup was Bonifacio, Lake, Castro, Rizzo, Olt, Castillo, Schierholz, Barney, and Samardzija. It's been a fun ride this year!

  • BRADSBEARD: I haven't noticed any new rule or a change in the interpretation of an existing rule happening in Advanced Instructs, I don't know what rules will be tested in the AFL, although almost all recent rule changes and new interpretations of existing rules (the home plate collision rule, replay, time clock between innings, et al) do get their start in the AFL.  

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  • Pretty sure I already know the answer to this, but since I will be in NYC next week I want to confirm... If the Cubs were to advance to the NLCS, the winner of LAD/NYM would have home field based on being a division winner (as opposed to Cubs by virtue of better record), correct?

  • CUBSTER: This "hammy" is on the other leg I heard last night. See you at the ballyard today young man!

  • Lulz

  • Oh what do you know, Cubster? Go back to your day job.

    --- Ducks, puts on Cardinals cap, runs.

  • Russell had a severe hamstring last year while with the A's system, forcing him to miss the first half of 2014. I've even wondered if his injury last year was a component of Billy Beane putting him on the trade market. He was quoted saying that last year's injury was a 10 out of 10 when it happened. Last night he said his hamstring soreness was a 1/1.5 out of 10. Hamstring injuries are tricky though, so I'd expect the medical team to be overly cautious here.

  • ...I want to reinforce the observation that there was no sea of red in the crowd. The usual Cardinal fans roaming the stadium were few and far between.

    Also, almost every 2 strike pitch brought the fans to their feet. Good for those in knee rehab.

  • "1st team hit hit 6HR in a game in the postseason." rises above obvious...i checked it with the official fact-finding commission of Douche, Douche, and Douchestein. they agreed with you, but they're a bunch of f'n douches so who cares?

    btw, the cubs are 2-1 in the post-season series.

  • I should be able to watch the game on the NFL replay app, whatever that thing is called. I've got it on my iPad. This is the first year I haven't forced myself to somehow watch every game - no I take that back, last year was - in quite some time. Last year was so unbearable, no pun intended.

    You make some good points about Cutler, and I was a holdout defender of Cutler for a long time. I gave up on him a bit after one too many dumb interceptions, but last year doesn't count. Trestman was the worst coach in Bears history.

  • Nice little reportage there!. I think you're older than me. Considerably older. Maybe several generations. Working out is so essential, especially as age kicks in, isn't it? I still lift weights, and so I'm confident that when I get to be at the hip breaking age, mine won't be a statistic. But I have a ways to go for that to be a concern.

  • What was impressive to me is that the Cubs won despite poor base running, several defensive miscues, Russell leaving due to injury, Arrieta having an off game and getting knocked out early, and Rondon giving up 2 runs in the 9th. If they can win a game like that... 

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  • 14 in attendance. What's the record for attendance in the fall? I guess I should ask what the record attendance listed is in one of your recaps.