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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  • listening on ESPN 1000, caller says Bill Welke will be the home plate ump today. Supposedly his reputation is for having an even bigger strike zone than last night's Phil Cuzzi. Some of the issues with bad umpiring come from an inconsistent strike zone. Hoping at least for consistency. Last night's called strike on David Ross was outright embarrassing for Cuzzi.

    That might work out in favor of Kyle Hendricks, who benefits much from a large strike zone.

  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.

  • I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely. 

  • has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.

  • As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?

  • AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?

  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.

  • that game sounds fun as hell.