NL Central Curse Hits Cubs; Cashner and Wells Headed to DL
Patrick Mooney of CSN is reporting on his twitter account that Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner are both going to the disabled list.
Wells goes down with a forearm strain that no one knew anything about, Cashner's injury is his rotator cuff. I'm sure more details will be forthcoming. Mooney reports neither will throw for 2 weeks with the Cubs being cautious in April and Casey Coleman is sure to be one of the pitchers to join the rotation.
Some updates after the jump...
Hendry said both pitchers would be shut down for from 10 days to two
weeks and then will be reevaluated. Hendry said there were "no surgical
possibilities" with either pitcher.
Cashner's rotator-cuff strain was termed "very mild" by Hendry, and he
said that Wells' injury was strictly muscular in nature and did not
involve the elbow.
Q-Ball said he'd try to limit the need of a 5th starter. Now if neither of them will pick up a ball for 10-14 days, you need to tack on at least a week or two before they can join the rotation. So here's what the rotation could look like if Z stops drinking too many Red Bulls before games. I'll use Russell as a placeholder for now.
- Today (6th) - Dempster
- Thursday (7th) - Off Day
- Friday(8th) - Zambrano
- Saturday(9th) - Garza
- Sunday(10th) - Coleman
- 11th @Houston - Dempster
- 12th @Houston - Russell
- 13th @Houston - Zambrano
- 14th - Off Day
- 15th @Rockies - Garza
- 16th @Rockies - Coleman
- 17th @Rockies - Dempster (might switch Coleman/Dempster here)
- 18th vs. Padres - Zambrano
- 19th vs. Padres - Russell
- 20th vs. Padres - Garza
- 21st - Off Day
- 22nd vs. Dodgers - Dempster
- 23rd vs. Dodgers - Zambrano
- 24th vs. Dodgers - Coleman
- 25th vs. Rockies - Garza
- 26th vs. Rockies - Russell
- 27th vs. Rockies - Dempster
- 28th @ DBacks - Zambrano
- 29th @ DBacks - Coleman
- 30th @ DBacks - Garza
- 1st @ DBacks - Russell
- 2nd @ Dodgers - Dempster
- 3rd @ Dodgers - Zambrano
- 4th @ Dodgers - Coleman
- 5th - Off Day
- 6th vs. Reds - Garza
- 7th vs. Reds - Dempster
- 8th vs. Reds - Zambrano
- 9th - Off Day
Then the Cardinals come into town and by that point hopefully Wells and/or Cashner will be ready to go.
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 my Ted Abernathy imitation when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. So I'll always have a soft spot for submariners. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground.
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.
Brooksbaseball.net has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.
As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?
AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?
Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.
AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.
I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.
But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.
Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.
Jason deGrom -- oh, my.
Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.
Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.
Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.
Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.
that game sounds fun as hell.
I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.