Unhappy Anniversary

This little news tidbit brings some warmth to my baseball heart:

"Aramis Ramirez will begin baseball-related activities this weekend in Cincinnati."

Today is exactly 4 weeks after the Friday, May 8th injury where Cub third baseman Aramis Ramirez dislocated his left shoulder. If anyone didn't previously appreciate what he brings to the team, they certainly do now after watching the Cubs rbi-less and mostly offensive offense during Ramirez' absence.

ARam is on track outlined in the initial rehab schedule that the Cubs told Tribune beat writer Paul Sullivan  one day after the injury. As per the included Lou Piniella quote, we will soon get a better estimate as to ARam's return to the lineup in this phase of his rehab as he resumes baseball activity.

Aramis Ramirez will be in a sling for one week and spend three weeks in non-baseball activities, namely motion and strengthening exercises on his shoulder.

That suggests his stint on the disabled list will probably closer to eight weeks than 4-6, though the Cubs said it's too early to speculate on how long he'll be out of action.

"You're looking at a while," manager Lou Piniella said. "We'll know more after the first month."

The early consensus extimate was 6-8 weeks for this recovery, then add a few games in the minors  on a final rehab assignment. Six weeks is vs. the Indians (May 19th) at Wrigley Field but I doubt they will push his rehab that hard although, if he's feeling good it's not impossible, just unlikely. Eight weeks is vs. the Brewers at Wrigley (July 3rd) and 10 weeks is at Washington after the all-star break, July 16th.

I see a hint of light at the end of what seems like a long tunnel.


I <3 second-half baseball.

Looks like Bradley will avoid the DL, pinch-hit this weekend, and is slated to return against the Astros:


Quote from Pinhead:

''First of all, he's feeling better, which is a good sign in itself,'' Piniella said of the decision process. ''Second of all, we really don't have many options. And third of all, we need him on the roster playing.''

I am glad these guys are running the team and not Doug D.

So I'm not next in line to be the Cubs' skipper when Lou retires? Damn.

My desire for Bradley to go on the DL wasn't so that he wouldn't be available to pinch hit. It was so maybe we could avoid trotting his corpse out there in 2011 for $14 million. Since it seems like he may only have to play 75 games for the third year to kick in, that's really a lost cause. As long as Aaron Miles is nowhere near the Cubs, playing with a 23 man roster might not kill us.

We've seen this rerun before and he missed more time than they expected.

It's interesting that they've switched managers and trainers and still seem to either be somewhat incompetent with injuries or flat out lying in some cases (not this one). I wonder if the constant in all that is Hendry?

Didn't Baseball Prospectus name the 2008 Cubs training staff the best in the majors?

Cubs middle of pack for DL since 2002


Come on, dude. Willie Tavaras going to the DL isn't quiite the same as Aramis Ramirez going to the DL. I agree you have to be able to adapt to injuries and you have to build the team deep and you can't use injuries as an excuse for taking strikes and swinging at balls, but the Cubs have had some big ones like D Lee, Nomar, and now Ramirez.

See Comment #34.

Tom Ricketts on CNBC with Larry Kudlow as I type...talking bonds

Barry or corporate?

During the winter of 2006-2007, Jim Hendry, with John McD's blessing, went hunting for FA pitching that year.

Among the available were: 3/44, V. Padilla, J. Marquis, Ted Lilly, and Barry Zito

Vincente Padilla, who I liked as he threw at some White Sox hitters heads - but also to that point was pretty solid, got DFA'd yesterday: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/ba...

OF the five above, Hendry did a good job here - I have to give him credit at least on the two he chose. His choices this off-season - to date - while suck-ass, are not as bad as the blunders other GM's made with the three other pitchers above.

BTW - I discovered a score card from last August in my bike pannier - Cubs v. Cards @ Wrigley. Edmonds hit two solo jacks that day, and his average was .250 that day.

I think Gil Meche received some ridiculous contract that year, too if memory serves.

Padilla was put on outright waivers, more to gauge interest than anything...Rangers can revoke it and most likely will.

I just purchased a new computer.

No thanks at all to the buytransatoshiba.com website.

Now, it just needs to arrive, I need to get it set up, and I need to adjust to a Mac.

And I just need to sell a kidney.

Maybe two.

But it shall mean (assuming the damn thing works) a return of the game recaps, if nothing else.

You're mom needs to sell a kidney.

Maybe we need a "Kidney Now" campaign!

Ha! *high five*

Your sister needs to sell a bowl scraper.

(points and laughs at Cubs)


In 1999, the Twins chose Morneau in the third round. With the next pick, the Montreal Expos chose catcher Drew McMillan.

In 2000, the Twins chose Kubel in the 12th round. With the next pick, the Cubs chose outfielder Antoine Cameron.

In 2001, the Twins chose Mauer with the first overall pick in the draft. With the next pick, the Cubs chose pitcher Mark Prior.

In 2002, the Twins chose Span with the 20th pick in the first round. With the next pick, the Cubs chose pitcher Robert Brownlie.

the goofy writer had to ruin his article with this stupid line, but still interesting:
If the Twins hadn't chosen those four in recent drafts, they'd be the Washington Nationals or the Pittsburgh Pirates, perennial losers that perennially appear clueless. If the Twins hadn't chosen those four, the Chicago Cubs might have banished the Curse of the Billy Goat by now.

awesome that he got a Billy Goat reference in there though...real original...must work for Fox or ESPN in his spare time.

The Cubs avoided another injury scare Wednesday when leadoff man Alfonso Soriano rounded first base hard after a first-inning single and felt a sharp pain in his bruised left knee.

Soriano said he thought he might have to come out of the game, but was surprised when the knee just as suddenly felt great again. He finished the 11-inning game.

''It was the best I felt -- after the first inning -- since I first got hurt,'' said Soriano, who speculated he might have broken through some scar tissue. ''I hope it's over now, and I can steal some bases tomorrow.''

He had been bothered by the knee since banging it on the wall at Wrigley Field chasing a double off the wall April 22.


I'm no doctor, but healthy knees don't do this, right?

Whatever excuse you need to sleep better at night, Soriano!

And here's a tip - you have to get on base in order to steal... First things first!!

Alfonso Soriano rounded first base hard... after watching him lollygag all the way from the box to second base on his double down the line against the Dodgers on the Sunday night game, this must be a misprint!!

our .301 ob% leadoff hitter with the most power on the team might not be able to steal those 10-15 bases this year if this keeps up.

Harden and Aaron Miles to make appearances in Iowa this weekend...

"Harden and Aaron Miles to make appearances in Iowa this weekend..."

No chance Miles stays there, huh?

Trying to complete all the transactions on Wiklifield and came across this in 1987.


September 22: RHP Dickie Noles loaned to the Detroit Tigers.
October 23: RHP Dickie Noles returned to the Chicago Cubs.

what the hell is that? Noles pitched in 4 games and ended up getting 2 saves for the Tigers. He didn't pitch in the postseason and I assume he wasn't eligible and I'm just hoping this is Retrosheet/BR being confused about a transaction.

Rob -

I did find this article:


In it, it states that:

This isn’t the first time the Tigers have traded a player for himself. In 1987, the Tigers acquired reliever Dickie Noles from the Cubs for a player to be named later.

The player to be named later? Dickie Noles.


The Tigers are clearly trying to mess with the system. In Campusano's case though, he was returned as part of the Rule 5 draft rules. Due to his injury, he didn't spend enough time on the active roster for the Tigers and then they offered him back to the Cubs the next season.

Well, Noles was traded for a PTBNL but they couldn't agree on the player.

It's rare, and probably should be prohibited, but that wasn't the first time it's happened.

Can we "borrow" a few star players from non-contending teams and then trade them back at the end of the season? That works for me!!

Maybe we can get Peavy or Heath Bell or Adrian Gonzalez on "loan"...


Josh Vitters, Kyler Burke and Josh Harrison were named starters for the MWL East Division squad while Rebel Ridling, Chris Carpenter and Ryan Buchter were listed as reserves.

sori, riot, fuky, lee, hoffp (rf), font, hill, blanco, z.

Pretty good column from the WWL today on the Ron Washington/Nolan Ryan rift. I didn't really know any of that was even going on:


There's certainly some fluff in there, but I think it'll be interesting to see what happens if the Rangers keep playing as well as they are right now.

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  • The Cubs had some good runs and nice winning streaks that propelled them to the playoffs. Austin Jackson wasn't part of that. I don't quite understand what it is about Jackson that they are so enamored with.

  • I think the strike zone was very inconsistent, but it's hard to blame the loss on the ump. They had chances and mistake pitches and just couldn't cash in. Lackey ran the ball inside and outside very effectively.

  • Correct. Castro 5th, AJax 6th; I'll edit my lineup post to fix this.

  • Lineup: Fowler, Soler, KB, Rizzo, Castro, AJax, Montero, Hendricks, Russell

  • if he put ajax 1st/2nd in the f'n playoffs he deserves to lose his nearly sure-thing MOY award to terry collins.

  • I believe Castro batting fifth, Ajax (LF) sixth

  • Maddon did not listen to me yesterday re Strop, or EricS on Schwarbs today.

    Wtf is up w/that?!

  • Crunch got his wish - Ajax not hitting 1-2 in the lineup ...

  • I know he's struggles against lefties but Schwarber seems zoned in - hope he starts tonight.

  • Awesome stuff, Phil.

  • listening on ESPN 1000, caller says Bill Welke will be the home plate ump today. Supposedly his reputation is for having an even bigger strike zone than last night's Phil Cuzzi. Some of the issues with bad umpiring come from an inconsistent strike zone. Hoping at least for consistency. Last night's called strike on David Ross was outright embarrassing for Cuzzi.

    That might work out in favor of Kyle Hendricks, who benefits much from a large strike zone.

  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.

  • I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely.