Fujikawa out, plus Sat. game thread: Giants (7-4) v. Cubs (4-6)

The bad news--or is it good news?--is that the Cubs' closer position is back up for grabs. Kyuji Fujikawa, tagged for 3 runs in yesterday's blown save, has been placed on the 15-day DL with a right forearm strain. Rafael Dolis is taking his roster spot. Per Toni Giannetti in the Sun-Times, the Cubs will resort to closer by committee. James Russell and Shawn Camp are Dale Sveum's likely finishers.

Saturday lineups after the jump.


The Giants and Cubs meet in game three of their four-game series in a little less than an hour.

Giants lineup v. Samardzija (1-1, 2.63; coming off 13K effort in loss to Braves): Blanco 7; Scutaro 4; Sandoval 5; Posey 2; Pence 9; Belt 3; Torres 8; Crawford 6; Bumgarner 1

Cubs lineup v. Bumgarner (2-0, 1.32; threw stunning opener to beat Dodgers, 8 shutout IP, 2H): Sappelt 8; Castro 6; Rizzo 3; Soriano 7; Hairston 9; Castillo 2; Lillibridge 5; Gonzalez 4; Shark 1




It's Rondon time!

tHom Brennaman in town doing the game for Fox. Any volunteers to go kick him in the nuts?

Stupid Fox blackouts.

agreed...i cut my afternoon short to catch the last 1/2 of the game only to remember it's Fox Stupidity day...aka, the NYY/NYM/BOS/ATL game of the week for the east coast people. today, ATL's turn.

Mercifully, there're other streaming options...

sho nuff...

also, woo...2 on, 0 out.

also, judging by my stream feed vs gameday there's not much of a delay (less than 1m)...unless gameday is lagging badly.

Dinner Navarro is the awesome.

wtf panda belly bounce...that was lucky.

barf welly...sigh...

predictable double play by Beefy ends the inning...I don't even think he was half way down the line by the time they turned it.

nice play by Panda in the 9th...could have used Bartman there.

Clevenger K's to end game and looks like he tore a muscle or something in his back or on his side (oblique, lat) on the swing...crumpled to the ground.

crushing blow...there goes the playoffs.


if he goes DL they can at least bring up...umm...uh...umm...damn.

wonder if they'd dare to bring up logan watkins with d.barney so close to being ready...if they do, hope he gets some real playing time at 2nd. i imagine it'd be a reliever...brooks/raley, though.

Off day Monday. Barney scheduled back on Tuesday. I bet they wait.

ah, i didn't know he was so close to be being back...i thought it was gonna be another week.

I'm sure they want a lefty. That's the whole reason Clev got the job in the first place. I'd assume it's either Bogusevic or Nelson at this point. Probably not Jackson yet.

they'd have to re-arrange the 40 man to get that done.

they recently lost r.whitenack (no big deal, imo) because they didn't have anyone to shuffle off it.

That's true. The only lefty hitters on the 40-man and not on the 25-man are Stewart, Jackson, and Watkins. Based on AZ Phil's reports, it sounds like Stewart is progressing but probably not ready to go imminently. Depending on Clev's severity he might be a 60-day DL or DFA candidate. It sounds like decision time.

JOHN B: I have mentioned this before, but the Cubs could recall Junior Lake from his Optional Assignment and place him on the 60-day DL. That would open up a slot on the 40.

The two reasons why the Cubs would not want to do this are:

1. Lake would accrue MLB Service Time while on the 60-day DL.

2. Lake would get paid at the MLB salary rate (about $2,763 per day) rather than the "minor league split" salary rate (about $438 per day) while he is on the MLB 60-day DL.

Still, if the Cubs want to open up a slot on the 40 and don't want to take a chance of losing somebody on waivers, they could do this.

"Steve Clevenger has been diagnosed with a left oblique injury and will likely be placed on the 15-day DL."

idiots behind home plate...meh...

this DET@OAK game...this jerk off behind home plate has been waiving yellow cloth trying to "distract" verlander all game...his wife/girlfriend/whatever keeps waving around a stuffed animal.

i feel worse for the guy who's increasingly looking peeved behind him trying to watch a game from his multi-hundred dollar seat trying to keep his cool.

as long as they are dressed correctly


m.harvey (NYM) no hitter through 6ip...76 pitches

over after 6.2ip...moreknow homer.


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  • 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.

  • "What is sometimes overlooked about Vogelbach because of his "bad body" and because he has struggled so much defensively is that he is a hard worker, has a great attitude, loves to play the game, and is very well-liked by his teammates, and while that may not seem important, teams do actually value stuff like that. "

    As well they should. Replace a word here and there and you are describing any worker someone would hire.

  • Hak-Ju Lee signs a minor league contract with SF Giants.

    Some closure on the 6 degrees of Separation for Matt Garza/Chris Archer

  • Hahahahaha