Z will be in, Cashner will be up, plus Cardinals vs. Cubs

The long-awaited announcements have been announced:

Carlos Zambrano will make his return to the starting rotation on Wednesday in Pittsburgh and Tom Gorzelanny be moved from the rotation to the bullpen, where he will joined by a new teammate...

Andrew Casher, who will be summoned from Iowa on Monday, according to Carrie Muskat. Cashner has given up four hits and a run in two innings pitched since the I-Cubs moved him into the pen. Overall, his numbers at Triple-A this year have been stunning. 0.86 ERA and 17/2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 17 IP.

No word on what this means for the immediate future of James Russell or John Grabow. Gorzelanny, we know, was unequivocal about how much he did not want to be moved out of the rotation.

Here are the lineups for Sunday, the capper on a six-game homestand. Despite a couple of clunkers in this stretch, including Friday, a victory today would leave the Cubs with a 4-2 record and just three back of St. Louis.

Cardinals vs. Dempster (3-4, 3.31; 5-5, 4.19 all-time vs. StL)
Schumaker 4, Ludwick 9, Pujols 3, Holliday 7, Freese 5, Rasmus 8, Molina 2, Ryan 6, Wainwright 1

Cubs vs. Wainwright (6-3, 2.38; 4-3, 4.38 all-time vs. Cubs)
Fukudome 9, Theriot 4, Lee 3, Ramirez 5, Byrd 8, Soriano 7, Soto 2, Castro 6, Dempster 1 


The Cubs have to be looking to trade a starter. I'm just not sure what specifically they'd be looking to pick up in return. It's not like they can go looking for an Aramis Ramirez, which is what they need the most right now. The bullpen seems to have improved a lot lately.

Can we DL Grabow? Please? Russell has done nothing to deserve a demotion.

Z and his contract are Z and his contract...

wells and gorz are cheap/young with multiple years of club control...

silva is silva and anyone taking on him would have to deal with satan hanging around the lockerroom reminding silva that his soul belongs to satan...that makes for a bad lockerroom in some areas.

lilly could easily go, imo...even if the cubs have to pick up some loot or save loot by doing a hendry special and picking up some A-ball fringe guys without putting up loot.

who knows where this could go...

Lou's (what the hell is he thinking?) top of the order. Lines for the last 28 days

Fukeme .254 .351 .365 .716
theRot .207 .223 .217 .441
GDPLee .264 .356 .407 .762
MisRam .177 .257 .274 .531

Is it any wonder the Cubs are 10th/16 in runs scored...

Theriot has gone 21 games without an extra base hit. In case you're wondering I'm told that's only been done by a starting player 7 times since 1920.

...and it's gorz to the pen according to lou...and gorz was not happy.

more pen lefties...woo.

wells to pitch tomorrow.

Watching the Baltimore at Toranto game, whenever Patterson comes up to bat, he's greeted by loud sarcastic chants of "Coooooooooo-rey, Cooooooooo-rey". The Korey love is far-reaching.

Does Colvin get this playing time that Lou says he's earned by performing so well in such limited playing time in September or in Iowa? Maybe Lou meant that Colvin had earned himself extra batting practice, or extra time on the team Wii, or extra time to play with himself on the bench. Surely I misunderstood.

4 starts this month...one was a partial game because byrd took over for him.

25ab and less than 30pa.

he may be MLB-ready, but if the log jam is this extreme at what point is it better to just let the guy play in AAA getting regular hacks? he's shown he can be useful off the bench...makes it all hard to settle out.

I'm not interested in seeing Colvin develop as a bench player, so I'd much rather see him get to start at least 4 times a week in either Chicago or Iowa. Chad Tracy is still raking in Iowa, and despite his slow start, I'd rather have him as a bench player if it means getting Colvin regular playing time.

I'd be looking to deal a starting pitcher and an outfielder if I were Hendry right now. I think the outfielders would be much harder to trade, of course.

I keep thinking the Cubs are farther out of it than they are, though.

Is "When Lee and Ramirez start hitting..." going to become the new "When Wood and Prior get are both healthy..."? I just don't see this team going anywhere without Ramirez hitting like himself.

holy f'n grabes...

Big Lowitzki: What were you saying about how the Cardinals were only scoring "4.2 runs a game" and weren't doing that well?

Do you still feel that way?

I noticed you were eerily silent when I asked if you wanted to bet that I believed the Cards would be top 5 in the NL in offense by the end of the year.

Yeah, well leave it to the Cubs to wake up Sir Albert.

Yup... I still feel that way. I don't think that the Cardinals have a very good offense. And one game (or series) doesn't make me feel any different. And I never said that they weren't doing that well. I simply said that they had a mediocre offense.

And no... I am not going to make a stupid bet.

EDIT: By the way, the Cardinals were 7th in runs last year, 4th the previous year, and 11th the previous year. Maybe I should take the bet.

Look... Albert Pujols is the best player in baseball. But he doesn't make that team have a great offense by himself.


Cashner will be up this week, but not Monday

Russell or Stevens going down?

GRABOW. Okay, there's nothing to do about it, but he continues to suck.

Recent comments

The first 600 characters of the last 16 comments, click "View" to see rest of comment.
  • Not AZ PHIL but after being DFA'd by the Cubs (after they got him from the Pirates in the "I get a chance in the Majors clause"), the Cubs re-signed him for the remainder of the season. I do not believe service time is an issue for him, so he is eligible to opt for Major League Free Agency - which he is doing and the Cubs or someone else will sign him to an MLB deal. AZ PHIL please correct this if you see fit - but that is the most current info that I'm aware of.

  • To also be fair to Emery, wtf do you draft Shea McLellin as a #1, Jonathan Bostic in the same draft, let Peppers go in lieu of signing Jared Shit-Head, Brandon Hardin, Evan Rodriguez, Isiah Frey, on and on...

    I will give him credit for Kyle Long - who is like my favorite player (what does THAT say about the team - but he did throw in the 90's as a former pitcher), and Jeffrey.

  • Geo Soto leaves the WSux and signs with the Angels who lost Chris Ianetta to the Mariners.

    Freed... The Angels also promoted Bobby Scales from director of player development to special assistant

  • AZ PHIL- Is Clayton Richard a free agent or not? One site I see he is, on another no. MLB has him listed as a free agent, Cot's contracts says he is a FA, baseball-reference says he's not, but Cubs have him on active roster. I know that he is just short of MLB 6 years service by just like 15 days, but that doesn't always matter.

  • Except that he gave up Russell and McKinney for a half-season of Hammel...

  • Beane cam at least point and laugh at Hammel.

  • The genius Angelo traded Olsen at Martzs request

  • Maybe Theo will sign Shark just so he can call Billy Beane and say: "Let's see...Russell? Check. McKinney? Check. Hammel? Check. Ninja? Check. Any other deals?"

  • To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.

  • HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.

    Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.  

  • "they just fade away"

    (Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)

  • Amazing to me how quickly it fell apart under Trestman. Year 1, they were a Chris Conte brain fart away from making the playoffs. Year 2 -- coach, staff and GM all fired.

  • I am sure Jonathon Mota will be signed next.

  • AZ Phil, what is your thoughts on Domonic Brown as a reclamation project?

  • He also played LF in deference to Curtis Granderson.

    Meh... other moves to make...hope to see a move or two soon.

  • I haven't seen much Bears football this year - difficult to watch the games out here, but the game I saw the week before I was watching in shock as I saw them actually make tackles. And Cutler has looked really good, too.

    I guess people can quibble about play calling, but the team I saw is way more than 50% better coached (my only very minor disagreement with your comment).

    Under Trestman, the team didn't do anything right. This team played like a well coached team when I saw them play the Rams.