Looks Like We're Temporarily Losing our .500 Hitter

Per Paul Sullivan and Enrique Rojas of ESPN Desportes, who tipped it late last night on Twitter, the Cubs are expected to disable Steve Clevenger--yes, 11-for-22 and 1249 OPS-hitting Steve Clevenger--because of "tightness in his side." Sullivan says Clevenger felt the discomfort during batting practice before Friday night's unmerciful thrashing of Roy Halladay.

Welington Castillo, hitting .320 with 2 HR and 8 RBI at Iowa, will get the call-up.

As our resident medical man, Cubster, said in the comments to the previous post, "Not officially an oblique strain but as close as it gets."

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TE Evan Rodriguez out of Temple

http://www.nfl.com/draft/2012/profiles/evan-r...

Emery: Right fit, right role. We see Evan as a combination of a FB and a move TE."

Lineup is the predictable one: DeJesus, Barney, Castro, LaHair, Soriano, Stewart, RJohnson (cf), Soto, Wells

Good, by all means, get Campana outta there.

Yea, Q-ball sure is acting like last year. HEY, wait a second!?!...

Soto replaced by Castillo in lineup, back problem

Are you serious? Castillo hurting too?

Edit: Oops, read that backwards. Soto hurting, Welly in. Got it!

6th round pick

CB Isaiah Frey from Nevada

http://www.sidelinescouting.com/rankings/2012...

Dempster back Thursday vs. Cincy

per Muskat tweet...

Clevenger flew back to Chicago for treatment of right oblique.

and

Castillo starts and bats 8th

per ESPN tweet (Levine or Padilla)...

Clevenger says it's a right oblique strain on the last swing of BP last night. He's headed back to Chicago now.

and

Soto upper back tightness. Nothing major. Castillo will start for him though.

superj...

Castillo is starting, it's Soto who's got a weak back (since oh, about a week back)

Awesome.

we are Castillo power squared...

Lendy approves!

DRose hurt his knee in the last minute of the Bulls win. No real info until the MRI results are in but WGN sports talk with Memolo and Koz were speculating whether it's an MCL(not real bad but not good) or ACL (bad). Looking at the replay it looks like an MCL/medial collateral ligament injury.

video link:
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1164727-de...

Wow. Torn ACL, Rose is gone. Unbelievable.

That one hurts.

dear mlb network...quit giving eric byrnes work.

for the love of f'n god...quit giving this manchild work.

...quit putting him in front of a mic.

please.

I really can't believe you even watch that channel at all. Quick pitch is the only tolerable show, and even that is only watchable when it's straight highlights. I've seen you mentioning Intentional Talk and I really can't believe you subject yourself to that.

my love of kevin millar cannot be explained so i'll just hold back on that one...

it's nice to hear from harold reynolds (that one might be even more of a personal taste than millar).

matt vagbag is awesome...greg anslinger is matt vagbag without the emotionless/quick humor. ahmad feered is wallpaper, but not annoying.

sean casey is surprisingly fun and not an idiot. i still don't know how i feel about bill ripken, but he's getting more comfortable.

they're finding more work for brian kenney beyond his SABR-themed show (only on in the offseason and a great 1st season, though subjects debatable).

along with the fact i cannot stand what Baseball Tonight has become, i stick with the MLB Network.

This sells the network way short, IMHO. This channel is a freaking godsend, though I would agree that some (most) of their personalities are annoying. Plays of the Week, all of the Countdown shows, etc. Freaking godsend year-round.

Amsinger is the worst, followed by Vasgergian and Reynolds. Casey brings very little to the table other than laughing at Reynolds.

imo, they should give vagbag his own player interview show called "I'm Going To Make Fun of You For an Hour and You'll Still Like Me When This is Over"...he's brilliant at that. he should have a lot more enemies with his mouth, but it's almost impossible for him to piss others off (plus he takes it as well as he gives it out).

to me..."Intentional Talk" is like a what "Best Damn Sports Show..." used to be back when tom arnold/john kruk were kicking around. ESPN took kruk, gave him about 100 painkillers, and inserted a sanitized version of him on Baseball Tonight.

yeah though...if you dont like vagbag, you're not gonna like amsinger...

Len on the pre-game intro says Clevenger's oblique strain is fairly severe (hence he's heading back to Chicago), expects him to be out for awhile. These usually take 4-6 weeks to recover so expect Welington to get some real chances to show his stuff.

some stuff from the inter webs...

an article the Sun-Times picked up from Florida Today:
http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/47988...

interview with a physical therapist who worked with the Padres (and then went into ortho):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEtG0_k-Z3c

too bad soto is in his way...i was looking forward to welly coming up to show what he's got, but i was hoping he'd get more than a partial April to get regular hacks beforehand.

If Soto is in his way, it's just barely. His kind of numbers are going to be in Castillo's way like a pine tree gets in the way of a forest fire.

barney/castro cannot turn a f'n double play...especially if the ball gets to barney 1st.

it's getting really annoying, but it's not like the cubs have another 2nd base option.

barney is mechanically good, but slow going through the motions of the mechanics...castro is haphazardly fluid...interesting combo.

and it comes back to bite them...phils lead 1-2, bottom 4

sigh...barney isn't even bad D (best on the team)...he's just slow once he has to go through the motions after he catches the ball.

and the wheels fall off...1-4, bottom 4...

Or "Rip" to the rescue for the DRose-less Bulls?

I think they can still get out of the first round. And then its over.

Bad mistake by coach Thibs to keep him In with a minute left.

This is where I disagree. As painful as it is to see Rose go out, he barely played half the Bulls' games this year--and for many that he DID play, he was less than 100%. Further, for most of the no-Rose games, Hamilton was out as well. And yet, the Bulls STILL beat up on pretty much every team in the NBA, including the Heat.

They may not get past Miami in the ECF w/o Rose, but I think they're a lock to get to the ECF in the first place. And while the odds are against, I don't think it's at all impossible to beat Miami minus Rose.

I didn't have a problem with Thibs keeping him in there. Like Thibs said, the 76ers were on a run, and that's the kind of minutes Rose needed to get back to his old playing shape. I blame the injury more on all the accumulative effects of his other injuries and the weird short season. And the way he landed on his foot, it just didn't seem that unusual. Almost like it was an injury waiting to happen, and it could have happened, and probably would have, at almost any time.

I think coach Thibs is a fucking meathead. If they have confidence that they can go to the ECF without Rose, then they should have confidence to hold off Philly for 90 seconds with a 12 point lead. He's been leaving injured guys in waaaaaay too long this year while the team has big leads. Especially Deng. Every time Deng came back from injury, Thibs would have him play like 43 minutes.

It is an interesting two sides of the coin debate.

I have tix for Game 4 at the United Center should it get that far.

From the fans point of view, don't you have to have to proctect the team's biggest asset whenever possible in this year of poor conditioning?

I think you do in a situation like that. I'm sorry, but the likliehood of a miracle ala Reggie Miller was just not going to happen. You just HAVE to have faith in the Bench Mob at that time, imo, for the fans benefit moving forward.

I made plans with a friend to go to game two. Glad I didn't buy the tickets yet. Prices on stubhub dropped like 25%. I guess people don't want to spend $100s to watch Watson and JL3.

I believe that they'll get out of Round 1. After that - who knows.

Anyway, the Playoffs are totally about stars taking it to the next level.

Without DRose...

If this were aggravating an existing injury, I might agree with you. This was a new, freak injury that could've happened five minutes earlier or in the first minute of the next game. Would I have been playing him at that point? Probably not, but I'll bet 98 percent of NBA coaches would've been.

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  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 16 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 18 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 28 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 2 hours 11 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 6 hours 56 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 6 hours 57 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 16 hours 38 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 19 hours 36 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 19 hours 48 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 19 hours 57 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 20 hours 3 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 20 hours 21 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 20 hours 57 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 21 hours 15 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 21 hours 17 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 21 hours 35 min ago view