Cubs Ace, aces his test!

After the game the Cubs announced that the MRI/Arthrogram performed on Carlos Zambrano's right pitching shoulder showed absolutely NO structural damage. Specifically there was no evidence of a labrum injury or rotator cuff tear. There was some inflammation in the back of the shoulder which probably refers to the infraspinatus muscle, hence the Tribune reporting the test showed a minor shoulder strain.

The infraspinatus is the posterior of the four muscles that make up the rotator cuff. Cuff tears are mostly synonymous for a tear in the supraspinatus tendon which is the superior muscle and tendon. The muscle in front is the subscapularis and the teres minor is posterior below the infraspinatus. A mild muscle strain implies some inflammation but no significant stretch or tear of the muscle fibers. So with no structural damage and a collective sigh from all places Cub Blue, the conservative thing is to let Zambrano's shoulder rest for two starts. Supposedly they discussed this with Z and they wanted to know if he should miss only one start (vs. Baltimore) or two starts (at US Comisk-ular). Rumor has it that when Zambrano was told he would not bat in an AL team home park he opted to miss two starts.


May I ask, is that a "rumor" in that you are re-reporting a rumor someone else heard, or a way to tip us off that you heard something directly from some horse's mouth?  Either way, it's a fun bit of info.  And thanks for passing on the encouraging news!

just having fun implying Z would rather hit than pitch.

Rumors on the radio have ranged from a retroactive DL stint from last Wednesday to him just missing the one start against Baltimore.

If he does miss two starts including a retroactive DL event, rumor's have said they will call up Sean Marshall to pitch the two outings in Z's slot.

No press mention of the infraspinatus muscle, but that's the anatomy of the posterior shoulder and strain is always a reference to muscle injury (strains are muscle injuries, sprains are ligament injuries).

j.lieber has pitched 4.2ip this month. he's getting blanco'd.

Well, Lieber is the long man, and the starters have been going longer, so Lieber has been going shorter.

Is there going to be baseball in Boston tonight?

Is there going to be baseball in Boston tonight?
yes. why are the Red Sox wearing green jerseys?



rsox and celtics owners are in a booth with all their recent hardware on display on the skybox booth ledge. they're partying old people style.

Sigh of relief. Collective sigh of relief.

But I never panicked. Thank God.

Sean Marshall's last three starts at Iowa as he has been trying to get stretched out  to 90+ pitches...

16.0 IP
14 H
5 R (5 ER)
2 BB
11 K
1.00 WHIP
2.81 ERA
.225 OBA
20/14 GO/FO

Sean's last start was yesterday (Thursday), so he should be ready for 90-100 pitches in his next start, which can be as early as next Tuesday (or whenever he is needed after that).  

It's safe to say Rich Hill won't be the one to take Zambrano's start. His line tonight:
0.2 3 6 6 4 1

Plus an HBP, a wild pitch, and a wild pickoff throw!

THANKS for the good news, CUBSTER!

I know some of you hate Ozzie, but I got a chuckle out of this:

Guillen was on a roll before the game and got in another shot at one of his favorite targets, Wrigley Field. Especially the batting cage under the right field bleachers.

“You go to take batting practice and the rats are bigger than pigs out there. You want to take a look? I think the rats are lifting weights,” he said.

it really was priceless having kenny williams and ozzie freely admitting the collective inferiority complex that sox nation suffers from...

It's time we put a scout in Iceland. Just sayin'...

So Z is alive, correct?

RICH HILL didn't make it out of the first inning tonight

Anderson Hernandez flies out to right fielder Josh Kroeger.
Argenis Reyes walks.
With Chris Aguila batting, throwing error by Rich Hill on the pickoff attempt, Argenis Reyes to 2nd.
With Chris Aguila batting, wild pitch by Rich Hill, Argenis Reyes to 3rd.
Chris Aguila hit by pitch.
Coaching visit to mound.
Valentino Pascucci walks. Chris Aguila to 2nd.
Raul Gonzalez singles on a ground ball to right fielder Josh Kroeger. Argenis Reyes scores. Chris Aguila scores. Raul Gonzalez to 2nd. Valentino Pascucci advances to 3rd, on fielding error by right fielder Josh Kroeger.
Jesus Feliciano singles on a line drive to pitcher Rich Hill. Valentino Pascucci scores. Raul Gonzalez to 3rd.
Gustavo Molina walks. Jesus Feliciano to 2nd.
Abraham Nunez walks. Raul Gonzalez scores. Jesus Feliciano to 3rd. Gustavo Molina to 2nd.
Ruddy Lugo strikes out swinging. Wild pitch by pitcher Rich Hill. Jesus Feliciano scores. Gustavo Molina to 3rd. Abraham Nunez to 2nd.
Anderson Hernandez singles on a ground ball to third baseman Casey McGehee. Gustavo Molina scores. Abraham Nunez to 3rd.
Pitcher Change: Gregory Reinhard replaces Rich Hill, batting 9th.


What a hard and fast fall for Rich Hill. I wonder how long they keep trotting him out there to walk 4 or 5 guys per inning? Very very sad.

It's quite possible he's still having mechanical problems. With a good next start, he's right back where he was a week ago. The really worrisome part of this is Hill's history of considering mental processes more than his mechanics or execution. Ignore the pyscho-analysis for a while, Rich, and start executing your pitches.

I agree with that.

On the one hand, you'd expect him to be able to handle the few slight mechanical changes to shorten his wind up that Lou and Larry wanted him to make. You have to expect some struggles with that, but that shouldn't mean that everything just falls apart and you can't throw a stike.

On the other hand, since we're 4 or 5 months since they made that change in his delivery and it's CLEARLY not working, it seems to me that he ought to be allowed to go back to his old mechanics.

I mean, really, which one is worse? The 5.88 he has at Iowa right now with nobody running on him OR posting a 3.82 in the show when everybody under the sun can take a free base? Should be a no-brainer.

Maybe there's something we don't know. It's really puzzling.

All that said, it certainly is a blessing that we're getting 3-3 with a 3.92 from Gallagher in his 8 starts. And more than 6 innings per start, too.

"Maybe there's something we don't know. It's really puzzling."

I'd have to agree with this. Bruce Levine just mentioned this on his "Talking Baseball" Show on ESPN 1000, my Saturday morning addiction.

Levine said indeed it is really puzzling and Hill's career is on the line.

Maybe Jimbo should bring in Rick Peterson to be Hill's personal pitching coach. His problems seem to be mental and maybe Peterson's Phil Jackson like zen approach will work for him.

"The 5.88 he has at Iowa right now with nobody running on him OR posting a 3.82 in the show when everybody under the sun can take a free base"

Greg Maddux and his 350 career wins would say "steal all you want, amigos."

Hey, it's alright. Only one of those base hits actually left the infield.


6 runs on 3 hits. That's a special kind of failure.

Iowa's defense is AWFUL. Mid 1990's Greg Maddux would have some struggles with that crew behind him.

ESPN reports Zambrano will go on DL.

ESPN 1000 radio said EPat brought back from Iowa...not sure if he's taking Z's spot (retroactive DL).


To DL or not-DL, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer...

"I don't like to pitch in American League ballparks [anyway]," Zambrano said. "I feel bored. The games are too long. I like the National League. You're competing and no one has to come in for me and do the DH part.

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  • 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.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).