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.

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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...

perfect.

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
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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

http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/spor...

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

http://cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090808&...

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

http://tinyurl.com/lgcj7z

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

Wittenmeyer/Sun-Times:

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.''

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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.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs...

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."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs...

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  • Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 50 min ago view
  • Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.

    He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 58 min ago view
  • When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.

    I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 31 min ago view
  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 8 hours 34 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 17 hours 37 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 18 hours 19 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 18 hours 30 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 18 hours 37 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 18 hours 40 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 18 hours 52 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 18 hours 57 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 19 hours 13 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 19 hours 14 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 22 hours 5 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 1 day 37 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 1 day 1 hour ago view