May the Injury Parade Not Stop In the Cubs Clubhouse

Braves rookie Jair Jurrjens, who was scheduled to start tonight's game at Wrigley against Ryan Dempster and the Cubs, slipped on a dugout step following last night's game and twisted his right ankle. Jurrjens may be headed to the DL, where he would join fellow Bravos Smoltz, Glavine, and Hampton; Jurrjens definitely won't start tonight. Instead Jeff Bennett (0-3. 3.47) will get the nod.

By now, you've probably heard that the Cardinals' Albert Pujols strained his left calf while running to first during last night's game at Cincinnati. Pujols hasn't been officially placed on the Disabled List yet, but the Cards have already reached down to Triple-A Memphis for Chris Duncan.

St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright, suffering from "a tear of a 'pulley' that connects to the finger's flexor tendon," was placed on the 15-Day DL. Joel Piniero is slated to make his first start after coming off of the DL on Thursday. Former Cub Todd Wellemeyer (7-1, 2.93) experienced some elbow inflammation following a start last Thursday, but is scheduled to rejoin the St. Louis rotation this coming Saturday.

So much pain, so much pain. 


Whistling through the grave yard.

Knocking on wood big time here, but has there EVER been a year when the Cubs have not had a major injury hit the team? I know its rare for any team, but the Cubs it seems have been hit more often than most. Espicially in recent years with the Wood/Prior fiascos.


I was only 10 that year, but I seem to remember one of the reasons they need Sutcliffe and Eckersley in the first place was losing Dick Ruthven and Rick Reuschel to injury? Looking at their game logs that year it seems reasonable that that was the case.

In light of Soriano just getting drilled, if you are going to use the phrase "knock on wood" just don't type it.

Well, Soriano missed time. Eyre started the season late. Fox started late and then went on the DL. Guzman is on the DL still. Ward is on the DL now and will remain there for a bit. Hill was on the DL in AAA for back spasms for a short time. Marshall was on the DL with a strained hamstring. Yeah, we haven't had anything catostrophic yet, but we've already had a fair share. I just think we are deep enough and playing so well right now we don't really notice.

And duh, Mark Prior is out for the year.

Voodoo doll attacks it's attacking beyond the ex-cub factor.

I'm going to have to use a spreadsheet to track this.

It's like a buzzsaw chewing through the teams who are about to face the Cubs.

Dodgers (Furcal, AJones, Garciaparra, 3/44)
Padres (S. Estes, G Rusch, CYoung, JPeavey, #22)
Rockies (Tulowitzki, Holiday, Haupe, Barmes)
Braves (C. Jones, Glavine, Jurrjens, Smoltz, Kotsay)

In the division...
Reds (J. Hairston, JR, Keppinger, A. Gonzales, R. Freel)
Brewers (Gallardo, Weeks, Gagne, Cappuano, Riske)
Cardinals (Pujols, Wainwright, Isringhausen, Wellemeyer, Piniero, Carpenter, Muldur, Clement)

and we play Tampa next week and I'm hearing Carl Crawford has a hamstring problem and is facing a 4 day suspension too (not sure when that happens). Carlos Pena and Troy Percival are also on their DL

Minor correction, Holiday of the Rockies just came off the DL yesterday.

agree, some minor variations but it looks to me like the linked list is correct as Holiday isn't on it.

my list started as players not available when they played/are playing the Cubs but it could be a lot more extensive. Chipper made the list as he can only pinch hit and Piniero is coming off the dl for StL soon.

And Mr. .400+ Jones was only pitch hitting last night. It certainly does seem like we have faced more than the usual number depleted lineups. And sorry but I couldn't be happier about that.

oops, looks like Crawford suspension is 2 games and won't impact the Cub series...but his hamstring injury might.

Who needs Will Carroll?---we gots Cubster.

Um...,Cubster -- the link you gave is dated Friday, September 14, 2007; 12:19 AM....

Rich Hill has an injured psyche. Six more walks today.

and 101 pitches (53 strikes!) in 4.0 innings, VirginiaPhil.

Does anyone know why the minor league box scores have not been reported for the last few days? I usually look them up on Baseball America, but nothing. I tried a couple of other sources and could not find them.

seems to be working at Here's Iowa's from today..

Have you tried ?

Shades of Mike Harkey.

Blew out his knee in the dugout!

Rob and Navigator, thanks for your help. I did try milb and that wasn't working either, although that may have been a system problem on my end. I just tried Baseball America and they all now updated.

September 14, 2007
Reed Johnson, Ernie Banks, Mark DeRosa

Scrappy, Old but Revered, Versatile

(oops, Crawford will get an extra voodoo pin for messing with me)

Albert Pujols is going on the disabled list after being diagnosed with a strained left calf. The Cardinals fear he'll miss at least three weeks. Chris Duncan is coming up from Triple-A to take over as the first baseman against right-handers. Versus lefties, the Cards can use Joe Mather there instead of in the outfield or move Troy Glaus over and use Brendan Ryan at third base.

or move Troy Glaus over and use Brendan Ryan at third base.
We've had our share of injuries that wiped out seasons at a time.

ah, reminds me of Dusty's solution when his star firstbaseman went down:

Neifi in at 2B, Walker to 1B. Neifi replaced DLee, seems like an obvious solution.

Hey, the Dodgers are gonna stick Nomar back at SS. Remember what that was like?


K-rod is on pace to break the saves record...27th today.

Thigpen still holds it at 57.

Good timing as he can be a free agent this offseason.

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  • it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).

    neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.

    also, rain delays suck.

  • take that giants

  • I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.

  • Per Jesse Sanchez at, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. 

  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.

    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.