May the Injury Parade Not Stop In the Cubs Clubhouse

Braves rookie Jair Jurrjens, who was scheduled to start tonight's game at Wrigley against Ryan Dempster and the Cubs, slipped on a dugout step following last night's game and twisted his right ankle. Jurrjens may be headed to the DL, where he would join fellow Bravos Smoltz, Glavine, and Hampton; Jurrjens definitely won't start tonight. Instead Jeff Bennett (0-3. 3.47) will get the nod.

By now, you've probably heard that the Cardinals' Albert Pujols strained his left calf while running to first during last night's game at Cincinnati. Pujols hasn't been officially placed on the Disabled List yet, but the Cards have already reached down to Triple-A Memphis for Chris Duncan.

St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright, suffering from "a tear of a 'pulley' that connects to the finger's flexor tendon," was placed on the 15-Day DL. Joel Piniero is slated to make his first start after coming off of the DL on Thursday. Former Cub Todd Wellemeyer (7-1, 2.93) experienced some elbow inflammation following a start last Thursday, but is scheduled to rejoin the St. Louis rotation this coming Saturday.

So much pain, so much pain. 


Whistling through the grave yard.

Knocking on wood big time here, but has there EVER been a year when the Cubs have not had a major injury hit the team? I know its rare for any team, but the Cubs it seems have been hit more often than most. Espicially in recent years with the Wood/Prior fiascos.


I was only 10 that year, but I seem to remember one of the reasons they need Sutcliffe and Eckersley in the first place was losing Dick Ruthven and Rick Reuschel to injury? Looking at their game logs that year it seems reasonable that that was the case.

In light of Soriano just getting drilled, if you are going to use the phrase "knock on wood" just don't type it.

Well, Soriano missed time. Eyre started the season late. Fox started late and then went on the DL. Guzman is on the DL still. Ward is on the DL now and will remain there for a bit. Hill was on the DL in AAA for back spasms for a short time. Marshall was on the DL with a strained hamstring. Yeah, we haven't had anything catostrophic yet, but we've already had a fair share. I just think we are deep enough and playing so well right now we don't really notice.

And duh, Mark Prior is out for the year.

Voodoo doll attacks it's attacking beyond the ex-cub factor.

I'm going to have to use a spreadsheet to track this.

It's like a buzzsaw chewing through the teams who are about to face the Cubs.

Dodgers (Furcal, AJones, Garciaparra, 3/44)
Padres (S. Estes, G Rusch, CYoung, JPeavey, #22)
Rockies (Tulowitzki, Holiday, Haupe, Barmes)
Braves (C. Jones, Glavine, Jurrjens, Smoltz, Kotsay)

In the division...
Reds (J. Hairston, JR, Keppinger, A. Gonzales, R. Freel)
Brewers (Gallardo, Weeks, Gagne, Cappuano, Riske)
Cardinals (Pujols, Wainwright, Isringhausen, Wellemeyer, Piniero, Carpenter, Muldur, Clement)

and we play Tampa next week and I'm hearing Carl Crawford has a hamstring problem and is facing a 4 day suspension too (not sure when that happens). Carlos Pena and Troy Percival are also on their DL

Minor correction, Holiday of the Rockies just came off the DL yesterday.

agree, some minor variations but it looks to me like the linked list is correct as Holiday isn't on it.

my list started as players not available when they played/are playing the Cubs but it could be a lot more extensive. Chipper made the list as he can only pinch hit and Piniero is coming off the dl for StL soon.

And Mr. .400+ Jones was only pitch hitting last night. It certainly does seem like we have faced more than the usual number depleted lineups. And sorry but I couldn't be happier about that.

oops, looks like Crawford suspension is 2 games and won't impact the Cub series...but his hamstring injury might.

Who needs Will Carroll?---we gots Cubster.

Um...,Cubster -- the link you gave is dated Friday, September 14, 2007; 12:19 AM....

Rich Hill has an injured psyche. Six more walks today.

and 101 pitches (53 strikes!) in 4.0 innings, VirginiaPhil.

Does anyone know why the minor league box scores have not been reported for the last few days? I usually look them up on Baseball America, but nothing. I tried a couple of other sources and could not find them.

seems to be working at Here's Iowa's from today..

Have you tried ?

Shades of Mike Harkey.

Blew out his knee in the dugout!

Rob and Navigator, thanks for your help. I did try milb and that wasn't working either, although that may have been a system problem on my end. I just tried Baseball America and they all now updated.

September 14, 2007
Reed Johnson, Ernie Banks, Mark DeRosa

Scrappy, Old but Revered, Versatile

(oops, Crawford will get an extra voodoo pin for messing with me)

Albert Pujols is going on the disabled list after being diagnosed with a strained left calf. The Cardinals fear he'll miss at least three weeks. Chris Duncan is coming up from Triple-A to take over as the first baseman against right-handers. Versus lefties, the Cards can use Joe Mather there instead of in the outfield or move Troy Glaus over and use Brendan Ryan at third base.

or move Troy Glaus over and use Brendan Ryan at third base.
We've had our share of injuries that wiped out seasons at a time.

ah, reminds me of Dusty's solution when his star firstbaseman went down:

Neifi in at 2B, Walker to 1B. Neifi replaced DLee, seems like an obvious solution.

Hey, the Dodgers are gonna stick Nomar back at SS. Remember what that was like?


K-rod is on pace to break the saves record...27th today.

Thigpen still holds it at 57.

Good timing as he can be a free agent this offseason.

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  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.