And Let the Injury News Begin...

The annual rites of spring injuries has begun with Yu Darvish and Cliff Lee's barking elbows the first major casualties. Then news echoed throughout twitter this morning hat Blue Jays up 'n comer Marcus Stroman would most likely miss the entire season after tearing his ACL doing fielding drills. Once again, bunting proves costly. And now Jacob Turner is making the Cubs 5th starter decision a bit easier:

: Cubs news: Jacob Turner had an MRI. Flexor strain and bone bruise on his pitching elbow. Will be shut down for now

We'll see if the Blue Jays go shopping for a starter, as the Cubs have a surplus, but replacing the likes of Stroman isn't going to happen with a Travis Wood , Edwin Jackson or Felix Doubront. I imagine they'll set their eyes towards Philly first (as will Texas) before they come hat in hand to the Cubs. More likely they'll fill it with internal options as Daniel Norris and Marco Estrada were on the outside looking in at a rotation spot and they weren't even certain top prospect Aaron Sanchez wouldn't begin the season out of the bullpen.

As for today, the game should be on TV somewhere and it's a lineup full of prospects, so enjoy if you have the means.


No Bears news, other than some reports that Cutler is staying and they'll just try and simplify things for him.


TE Jimmy Graham/4th round pick to Seahwaks in trade for C MaxUnger/1st round pick

Potential trade of QB S. Bradford to Eagles for QB Nick Foles and maybe some draft picks

and Lions replace Suh with DT Haloti Ngata from Ravens in a trade

and R. Cobb resigned with Packers yesterday

never seen so many NFL trades...kind of awesome.

Bears sign Antrel Rolle. /farts

saw this @ProFootballTalk Per source, Giants S Antrel Rolle will visit the Bears. No deal is in place yet.

WR Eddie Royal signing with Bears though; : I'm told WR Eddie Royal will be signing with The Chicago Bears. He loves Jay Cutler per sources.

UPDATE: Or not..[email protected] Chargers writer. [email protected] Report WR Eddie Royal is headed to Bears "not true," league source says. We'll see what develops.

back to baseball

Bad News Cubs playing today behind Travis Wood

Alcantara, Lake and Bryant with throwing errors, Lake & Alcantara let a ball pop fly drop for double.

Maddon couldn't manage his way out of a paper bag.

managing within the bag is the new moneyball...also, clubhouse penguins.

2014 t.wood showed up today...not a good look. 3ip 7h 4r 2er 0bb 2k had 3 errors behind him...bryant/lake/alcantara

soler solo homer...destroyed it. baez solo homer...destroyed it. back to back...both in almost the same place over the fence. bryant solo homer...destroyed it to right. 3 in row... t.bauer sucks today.

This could be a fun season. Man I hope Baez puts it together.

a HR is a HR, but he got fed a fastball almost directly down the middle. still, a HR is a HR.

I know I know. I expect him to end up in Iowa, but if he can learn to force pitchers to throw him strikes while retaining his power he could be something very special. Big if sadly.

...and welly screws it up with a single to follow. trade the bum.

Bryant having all kinds of trouble making throws apparently.

Well that answers the Cubs prayers in the short run. Send him down for a few weeks to work on D

welly isn't...2 lazer throws for CS's. one was bourn.

cubs tie! welly HR. so good to have the cubs back on tv even if none of this matters.

Awesome, thanks.

Cubs / Indians game being rebroadcast at 5am CT on MLB Network. Then live Cubs / Dodgers at 3 pm CT on MLB Network.

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  • crunch 8 hours 36 sec ago (view)

    MLB is very much swinging their power over minor league teams around.


  • tim815 8 hours 29 min ago (view)

    Normally, it's because the minor fee they receive is of more value than they think they will be able to acquire later.


  • JustSayin' 9 hours 32 min ago (view)

    My, the negotiations for a new comprehensive agreement between MLB and MiLB are sounding nasty all of a sudden!  I'd be interested in other takes on this.  It's easy to see the risks on the MiLB side.  I wonder though, if MLB isn't playing with fire as far as the antitrust exemption goes?  In case Trump isn't president in January, 2021, the MLB owners lose a friend.  We've already heard from Sanders and Warren supporting MiLB on this -- which is pretty amazing, considering how many bigger problems this country has -- and one can guess where mayor Pete stands.


  • bradsbeard 15 hours 58 min ago (view)

    I'm also thinking they really didn't anticipate losing two players in the MLB portion of the Rule 5 and wanted to have more flexibility to pick guys, and they maybe figured Carrera had a better shot to go unpicked. It is a little surprising that the talent rich Rays are the ones who grabbed him. 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 16 hours 50 min ago (view)

    It's just strange because they had space. maybe they thought no one would have wanted him?


  • bradsbeard 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Best I can think is that maybe he was going to be squeezed out of a starting role next year with 2019 draftees and other lower level pitching pushing up into A ball. Doesn't seem like a great reason, but the pitching in the system is getting more crowded each year.


  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    i truly wonder why f.carrera wasn't more of a priority.

    he throws straight up junk, but he's got great control and command over his pitchers.  he's young enough that he could find some more velocity, too.

    i mean, this is a management team that decided to trade for dan haren and kyle hendricks.  they don't have an aversion to slow-tossing starters.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Has anyone else noticed James Norwood's picture on the Cubs top 30 prospects page is actually Brandon Kintzler?


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    It's always interesting to see how many players each MLB club protects on its AAA affiliate's 38-man reserve list on 11/20.

    I'm not saying it absolutely and necessarily proves what a club thinks of its own prospects, but there are 38 slots available on a AAA reserve list, and if you leave 15 slots open, I think that does say something, especially when you don't lose anybody in either the MLB Phase or in the AAA Phase. (I'm looking at you, Seattle Mariners!) 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG: Instructs starts next month. The pitching lab operates year round, so guys are always coming & going. 


  • Hagsag 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Phil, when does the Instructional program begin? Are there pitchers in the pitching lab now?


  • cubbies.4ever 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Just to continue my conspiracy theory that Theo has a requirement you have TJS to pitch for the Cubs Trevor Megill had it in 2013.  The Cubs must have a support group for pitchers who have had TJS.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    After losing two players off the Iowa reserve list in the Major League Phase and selecting four players in the AAA Phase, the Iowa reserve list has one slot open, so now would be an excellent time to try and outright C. D. Pelham to AAA.

    Keep in mind that he can't elect free-agency if he's outrighted, and if he is outrighted, he won't be a minor league free-agent until post-2021.

    And if he gets claimed off waivers? No big deal.  


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    LHSP Faustino Carrera and 2B Carlos Sepulveda were among the first players signed by the Cubs out of Mexico in 2014-15. The Cubs ended up signing more than two dozen more Mexican players over the next three years. 


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Vimael Machin can play anywhere in the infield & outfield, but he also went through the catcher conversion program at post-2015 Instructs so he can even catch in a pinch, too. He could be a very useful 26th man.

    Machin is bi-lingual (he is from Puerto Rico and went to college at Old Dominion), and was projected by the Cubs as a future coach or manager. He's a savvy & astute baseball guy. 


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Every year the Cubs convert two or three position players to pitcher (it was Galazin, Hughes, and Zardon in 2019), so it's very possible that Suiter will be given a chance to pitch.