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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  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).

  • I want my baseball team to win by playing better baseball. I don't want umps, fields, or fans to have anything to do with it.

  • Just with the chanting thing it worked to rattle Cueto last year where he dropped a ball and gave up a HR next pitch so you can't really hate on the fans for trying it again in this important of a game.

    Arietta though.

  • I felt the same way, too, but...

    I was very disappointed with Pittsburgh fans. At Wrigley a few weeks ago, they were very obnoxious guests, the cockiness on Twitter, and what's the deal with chanting Arrieta's name during the game? Very bush league. Add that up with Rodriguez's poor sportsmanship and you quickly have a team that you don't mind beating 4-0 in a do or die game.

  • Absolutely-It was tense. And when the Pirates couldn't push any runs across, you could see the frustration boil over.

  • I meant December.