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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  • Old news, sorry if it's 3/44-

    J-Hey being classy by repaying an old teammate:
    http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/chicago-cubs-ja...

    Ryno 6 min 23 sec ago view
  • Sigh.

    Ok... maybe.

    Ryno 32 min 32 sec ago view
  • With Paredes moving to 3B, how do you see playing time shaking out between him and Galindo? Do you think Galindo gets starts at 1B? Galindo is more of a prospect than Paniagua, right?

    bradsbeard 34 min 34 sec ago view
  • Phil, your knowledge of the Cubs Minor League system is unbelievable.

    Hagsag 37 min 39 sec ago view
  • This kid would be a key piece in a trade for a pitcher, imo.

    The E-Man 40 min 53 sec ago view
  • This might be old news but Hammel was on ESPN 1000 and said that he changed his diet and workout routine over the off season and tweaked his delivery so it'd be more repeatable so he'd have a better second half. So...some cause for optimism anyway.

    johann 2 hours 1 min ago view
  • CHILDERS: RHSP Dylan Cease and LHSP Bryan Hudson are probably the top two SP prospects in the organization right now. 

    LHSP Jose Paulino has electric stuff (91-94 MPH fastball with sinking action and a mid-80's slider), but he also has trouble commanding it.  

    RHP Jose Albertos (2015 IFA - Mexico - $1.5M bonus) just turned 17 in November, and his fastball already sits at 95-96. He also throws a curve and a change-up, and is fairly advanced for a kid his age.   

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 9 min ago view
  • AZBOBBOP: Most of 2016 draft picks will get assigned to either Eugene or AZL Cubs, but the Opening Day Eugune roster will probably be almost 100% from the Extended Spring Training squad roster (pending the arrival of draft picks).

    I think I can probably tell you which pitchers and players at EXST are in contention for roster slots at Eugene and which are in contention for slots with the AZL Cubs - AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW - (listed alphabetically):  

    * bats or throws left 
    # bats both

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 38 min ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez atop the leader board for minor-league home runs in the Cub system, with seven. Tied with Balaguert and Vogelbach, two 24-year-olds. Jimenez won't be 20 until late November. Leads the Midwest League in SLG and OPS. Maybe he'll get promoted to the Myrtle Beach squad that visits Woodbridge, VA, in June or Frederick, MD, in August.

    Watched two Pelican games at Frederick the other week. Was most impressed by Stinnett and Happ. Happ may swing harder than Javier Baez, though more compactly. (Also got to see Brockmeyer hit a bomb.)

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 59 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Jose Paniagua isn't a string-bean, but I wouldn't say he necessarily bulked-up during the 2015-16 off-season  either, He led the DSL Cubs in HR and doubles in 2014, and he showed XBH power when he arrived in Mesa last year, leading the AZL Cubs in HR, doubles, and RBI in 2015. It's just that he has taken his HR power to a new level this year.

    Paniagua displayed plus-HR power in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training games in March, and that got him a slot on the South Bend Opening Day roster. But he was sent to EXST after only six MWL games.  

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 6 min ago view
  • Rob Richardson 3 hours 35 min ago view
  • Martinez is one of my least favorite pitchers in baseball. I'd love to see a game like yesterday's against him.

    Send Soler down!

    Old and Blue 4 hours 29 min ago view
  • Awesome thanks AZ

    Old and Blue 4 hours 31 min ago view
  • Great report, Phil! This organization has so many hitters to be excited about.

    John Beasley 5 hours 21 min ago view
  • Ben Zobrist is very enjoyable to watch!!!!!!

    Hagsag 8 hours 9 min ago view
  • given that he seems to only be throwing low 90s these days rather than the 93-96mph he used to throw, along with his wildness issues this year, he may end up passing through.

    i dunno if something is wrong with him physically or his past shoulder issues has rendered him what he currently is, but he's been throwing a lot of sliders he can't control well and his fastball isn't as sharp. even when his slider wasn't working in a game he was still throwing a lot of them.

    crunch 9 hours 21 min ago view