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.

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I <3 second-half baseball.

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

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/16084...

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

http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2009/6/4/896616/d...

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)

http://www.startribune.com/sports/twins/47000787.h...

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.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/16081...

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.

http://wiklifield.thecubreporter.com/Detroit_Tigers

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:

http://www.dailyfungo.com/2007/10/10/edward-campus...

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.

Weird!!

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"...

http://cubs.scout.com/2/870143.html

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:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?column...

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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  • #crunchsplaining

    Thanks for the awesome give and take today and for the 535 words you spilled filling in all the gaps that I woefully neglected. We're all a little wiser and better for it. I look forward to your play-by-play summary later in the comments.

    Rob G. 2 min 15 sec ago view
  • it was about a post comparing players based on WAR...and comparing WAR values of a CF to a slew of other players...a post that you made...and i made a comment...that talked about D weighting of WAR...and comparinging WAR values of a CF to a slew of other players...etc etc...

    hell, we didn't even get in deep. i didn't even involve UZR or FIP versions and their strengths/weaknesses...or position mandated "handicapping" in points...etc.

    let's not talk about that...cool, fine, awesome. context sucks. san dimas highschool football rules.

    *shrug*

    crunch 10 min 10 sec ago view
  • Ha

    jacos 25 min 48 sec ago view
  • Thanks for shining a light on this very important topic and steering it away from the frivolity that was the awesomenes of Mike Trout, but moreso on the foolishness of WAR as a metric to judge the value of center fielders. We're all a little wiser now and your contributions are invaluable to this community and to America's pastime. God Bless!

    Rob G. 48 min 22 sec ago view
  • so...what's chan-yong lim up to these days?

    http://www.thescore.com/mlb/news/1088746-korean-le...

    oh...

    crunch 2 hours 13 min ago view
  • yes, those hamilton WAR numbers are very reasonable. i'm on your side now based on that biting commentary and reasoning of why he's a 3.5-ish WAR player over a 600 PA season.

    those numbers are obviously well deserved and worthy of no scrutiny...none at all. no issue.

    CF D is rarer than a jon lester pickoff at 2nd...totally irreplaceable...no way in hell there's good D, low/no-hitting CF's in anyone's system that could do what hamilton is doing. guys like this don't exist...you get like, 2-3 at any given time in history.

    crunch 2 hours 32 min ago view
  • Please do not discuss War here. I think the Cub Reporter should be politics free.

    But yes, whether you support War or Peace...Mike Trout is ridiculously consistent and good.

    blockhead25 4 hours 51 min ago view
  • ^^^#WARTruther

    Rob G. 5 hours 3 min ago view
  • "According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, Tim Tebow's baseball workout Tuesday in Los Angeles will be attended by scouts from "roughly half" of the 30 major league teams."

    "One scout told ESPN.com last week that Tebow's swing is so long it might "take out the front row." That's not a good thing."

    crunch 7 hours 34 min ago view
  • MyrtleBeachPelicans [email protected]

    The #MBpelicans and @Cubs have extended their PDC through 2020!
    ----
    Carolina League getting 2 new teams too.

    QuietMan 7 hours 53 min ago view
  • CF WAR is ridiculous...billy hamilton is pulling a 3.0 WAR somehow...and managed a 2.0 WAR last year (even though he missed a month of the season)...and a 3.7 WAR in 2014.

    yeah, a lot depends on how one is doing relative to others at a given position, but WAR is common used (right or wrong) as a blanket comparing all kinds of players.

    trout's one of the best, and at this point should probably win over donaldson (and should have more MVPs in the past, too), but the defensive aspect of valuing WAR still needs more tweaking...imo.

    crunch 7 hours 58 min ago view
  • Rob G. 8 hours 32 min ago view
  • Don't know if Cubs will recover from "spanking" Gordo

    http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/cubs-sent-home-...

    jacos 11 hours 5 min ago view
  • 2nd in defensive WAR, NL.

    6th in NL in RBI

    Go complain about something else, like, "they never play good against the good teams", or some other shit.

    The E-Man 23 hours 31 min ago view
  • Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.

    billybucks 1 day 47 min ago view
  • Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.

    billybucks 1 day 1 hour ago view