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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  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 25 min 7 sec ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 59 min 37 sec ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 1 hour 13 min ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 2 hours 37 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 37 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 44 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 2 hours 47 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 51 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 3 hours 10 sec ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 2 min ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 3 hours 7 min ago view
  • QuietMan 3 hours 15 min ago view
  • I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.

    Rob Richardson 3 hours 34 min ago view
  • O/B interesting you should mention that. Google ESPN Science Aroldis Chapman and you'll be treated to how his mechanics and delivery are possibly historic. It's the 120% of his body stretch plus the torque. They compare him to the Unit and NRyan.

    The E-Man 4 hours 13 min ago view
  • Amazing how much lower the production gets when Bryant runs into a mini-cold streak. He doesn't stay cold for long. If just one of Zobrist or, gulp, Heyward, gets hot, they oughta have one more really nice winning streak in them. Having a closer that you have absolute confidence in can't hurt.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 57 min ago view
  • I hope they hold onto Jimenez. Outfield depth is questionable, especially with McKinney, who struggled this year but still, gone.

    Old and Blue 5 hours 8 min ago view