Disabled List Welcomes Yet Another Cub

As expected, Carlos Zambrano will be placed on the disabled list with recurring back spasms. It'll be back-dated to August 2nd though and he could return as soon as August 17th. If he can return by the 17th, it would mean just one start would need to be covered on Wednesday, August 12th versus the Phillies. Jeff Stevens is being recalled to take Z's roster spot, and it appears that Jeff Samardzija is the clubhouse leader to take the start on Wednesday. The Phillies of course feature lefties Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez, but their overall team OPS versus lefties and righties is about the same.

On the flip side, Ted Lilly felt good after a bullpen session and should be back sooner, rather than later. They haven't put a timetable yet on it, but it seems reasonable he could be back within a week.


Who'd you'd rather have coming out of the pen to face a tough lefty right now, Marshall or Gaub? And who would you rather have pitching 5-6 innings in a single game for you right now, Samardzija or Marshall?

I really would've supported a Gaub up, Marshall to the rotation move, for at least this week.

I think that the difference between Smardipants and Marshall is likely to be very small as starters, and Gaub isn't on the 40 man yet, and Stevens has shown he's not useless.

is gaub even throwing 90mph yet?

he used to throw mid-90s, but worked high 80s afterwards for years after shredding his shoulder. he's got a slider, too. meh...a slower-tossing lefty marmol.

As in a slower tossing John Rocker at the end of his career? Crap.

Should we go after Wagner?

With a show of hands, who here would welcome a move for Billy Wagner (who is approximately 4 minor league appearances away from a MLB return after Tommy John surgery). I would take him - even throwing right handed - over Gregg.

cubs got what it takes to get wagner?

btw, wagner used to throw right handed til his teens. he switched to throwing lefty because of soreness/injury. looks like he made a good decision and found something special in that lefty arm.

Gladly...but I also wonder whether we would want to give up marquee prospects for him.

That said, if they are interested in a Fontenot/Miles package...


Riot MB Lee Ram Fuku Sori Soto Miles Demp

interesting...at least miles and soto in more proper places.

Give me:

Fuku Theriot Lee Ram Fox Soriano Soto (crappy 2nd baseman of choice) SP

I know Bradley is great at walking but sometimes you actually need to put the bat on the ball and make something happen by getting a hit. He never does in situations like that. Time to play him against lefties only.

No reason to take Fuku out of the leadoff spot. Ever.

Good call there Pat (Bradley with the game winning RBI last night). Today say he never hits two HR's in a game, please.

Lou on pregame said Shark will get start Wed vs Phils.

a 2-pitch "both fastball" pitcher vs. the phillies lineup? okay, sure.

I see opportunity.

Take the over on runs scored.

Ramirez left game early with left shoulder soreness...

ruh roh..

Hope the Ramirez thing isn't serious...the way things are going though who knows.

This win was at least huge, win 1 of the next 2 and I'll be happy enough although they might be looking at being a game and a half out of first.

The Pirates actually have a decent shot tomorrow with Duke going vs Piniero its the one game of the series I think they have a good shot to win.

...ruh roh
Comcast showed the replay on where ARam seemed to have onset of left shoulder soreness. It was the single to left in the 3rd by Quintanilla. ARam had his glove outstretched as the ball went over his glove and quickly pulled his left arm down with a grimace...but stayed in the game for 2 more at bats ( K in the 4th, GO in the 5th). Len/Bob noticed the incident and kept commenting that he looked like the shoulder was bothering him, even before they took ARam out of the game.

Hard to say if it's going to be more than a one game issue but I'd expect Fox/Baker to be at 3B tomorrow.

Left shoulder soreness is far less of a concern than right shoulder soreness, am I right?

no, left shoulder is the one he dislocated...

It is my opinion that in the one loss to Cinci during the last home-stand, he aggravated the shoulder.

In that game, after a diving stop, he kept removing his glove from his right hand and commenced to shaking his hand and arm at every opportunity.

Just my own theory.

...removing his glove from his right hand

I meant his LEFT hand.

fwiw, initial reports indicated it was not serious


Left shoulder soreness is far less of a concern than right shoulder soreness, am I right?
ARam dislocated his left shoulder on May 8th in Milwaukee. His right (throwing) shoulder has never been injured. The dislocaton was on his glove side and happened when he dove toward the 3B line in Milwaukee. So at this point, left shoulder symptoms are going to be attributed to the laxity of that shoulder and any hyperextension with the arm outstretched is the position it's at risk to get reinjured. This certainly wasn't another dislocation but there is probably some instability when it gets stressed so he probably needs a day or two off if it's sore from whatever happened tonight in the 3rd inning.

enjoying the change of scenery...

2 HR's already, .314 BA as a Pirate...

hey, it's the best week he'll ever have...

The Dave Van Dyke report on ARam is odd...and isn't in sync with what Len/Bob reported in terms of him hurting in in the field. Len/Bob later in the game had the replay on the single over ARam's head as I mentioned in post #15 so it was pretty obvious he did something uncomfortable to his shoulder on that play. Also DVD said ARam struck out 3 times but he grounded out 4-3 in the 5th (right after DLee's HR).

Carrie Muskat also comments on ARam's shoulder, but doesn't add any insight...saying that the error ARam made in the 4th didn't seem to be related to shoulder problems. Basically he bobbled the ball then kicked it when he should have had an easy force at third and maybe a 5-3 DP.


Anniversary of Greg Maddux using the tarp as a slip and slide. 8-8-88


Beat writers say ARam's shoulder has been sore since Cincy (4-5 days).


Ramirez won't play today, and his status beyond that is uncertain after he finally succumbed to pain in the shoulder that had been bothering him since the series against the Cincinnati Reds earlier in the week.

''Today I just couldn't do it,'' he said. ''I tried.''

Van Dyke/Tribune:

Aramis Ramirez, who left the game after the top of the fifth with stiffness in his left shoulder, the same one that put him on the disabled list earlier this season.

"I've been sore for four or five days," said Ramirez, who struck out three times. "I just couldn't do it. I tried."

Ramirez will sit out Sunday's game and will decide Monday whether to play the finale of the four-game series.


Lilly about a week away...

On schedule: Ted Lilly could return from knee surgery and shoulder soreness when the Cubs play in San Diego starting Aug. 17, although they are being careful to make sure he is ready.

"Most important to me is to make sure the shoulder is strong and is prepared to handle the load that's going to come up," he said. "It's an important part of the year,. I want to be as strong as I can possibly be."


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  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.

  • most likely cost sharing + the league is short on players anyway. not many teams are chipping in on 'advanced instructional.'

  • I'm glad this is a one game playoff coming up, because McCutchen is one of my favorite MLB players. And as a baseball fan, I rather like the Pirates. I hope we beat them bad, of course. No mixed feelings here. And, I don't want a nail biter. Too old for that shit. The team of moran fans is easy to hate, though, and more suitable for a longer series.

  • A Jurickson Profar sighting!!!!???

  • I'd guess Jackson over Coghlan for the defense.

    EDIT: Now that I think about it, is Jackson a better defender?

  • Less stress on the pitching staff?

  • I recall earlier this season when the Cubs played Bryant in center instead of left due to the weirdness that is the PNC outfield.

  • AZ Phil, what is the reason the Cubs are co-oping this team? They seem to have plenty of talent that would fill a roster.

  • RF is actually easier to play than LF in PNC so I'd guess Schwarber is there and that's why he was playing it Friday but yeah I'd say that's hopefully accurate.

  • Guess for Wednesday's lineup: Fowler (CF), Schwarber (LF), Bryant (3B), Rizzo (1B), Castro (2B), Montero (C), Russell (SS), Arrieta (P), Coughlan (RF)

  • Dusty already has blue and red wrist bands.

    /cmon dude