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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  • Charlie 9 hours 2 min ago (view)

    This is weird. He seemed well liked and shifting him to another role would've made just as much sense.


  • bradsbeard 14 hours 30 sec ago (view)

    I'd say the only guys who struggled all season were Baez and Bryant. Willson struggled for a lot of August but was one of the few who hit in September. Most of the team hit well in 2019 (including Baez and Bryant before injuries derailed them). I don't know if there's any reason to blame Ipoce in particular for the September slump. 


  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    iapoce expected to stay.  i'm surprised.  i know it's a weird/short season, but it was a season-long slump for a lot of guys and answers weren't showing up.


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    i eagerly await the espn 10 part mini-series "Rafael Palmeiro, More Like Rafael Baseballmerio" covering those 28 legendary games.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    In fairness those 28 games he played at 1B were breathtaking that year


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    Cubs fire asst. hitting coach Terrmel Sledge. I knew it was his fault!


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    shout out to 1999 1st base gold glove winner rafael palmeiro.  25 starts (28 games total) at 1st...128 starts at DH.


  • Charlie 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Lol at Nico getting nominated for riding the bench a lot.


  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    RF Jason Heyward, SS Javier Baez, 2B Nico Hoerner, 1B Anthony Rizzo, C Willson Contreras, and Ps Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills gold glove finalists


  • bradsbeard 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    Thank you, sir! Sounds like a nice get for the Cubs, and a good project for (what's left of) the new development infrastructure. 


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    There have been some holes in the AZIL east-side schedule, with one team canceling games last week (although they are back playing this week) and another canceling game this week due to CoViD-19 issue, so the other teams (like the Cubs) are making up some of the "lost" games with intrasquad and in-house "sim" games. 


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: From what I have seen of Jacob Wetzel so far (BP, fielding practice, base-running drills, sim games, AZIL games, and yesterday's intasquad game), I would say he looks like a football running back playing baseball in that he has a high motor and plays with a bit of an edge.

    He has a thick body but he also has plus speed (very much like a football running back in that respect), he runs the bases aggressively, makes hard contact, has HR power, a decent arm, maybe can use some work in the outfield as far as tracking balls. 


  • bradsbeard 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Phil, curious if you've seen enough of Jacob Wetzel to offer an initial scouting report. Just from watching some prep video he looked pretty strong and fairly athletic (HS football player and all). Impressive numbers albeit in community college, but he was a division 1 recruit before that so he's pretty intriguing to me. 


  • KingKongvsGodzilla 5 days 1 hour ago (view)

    AZPhil, thank you for these updates! It's a nice little pick me up during this dumb year. If you have anything to say on Yohendrick Pinango, Joel Machado, Rafael Morel, or Richard Gallardo, I would love to hear it! Thanks again!


  • crunch 5 days 10 hours ago (view)

    jim hickey new nats pitching coach.


  • bradsbeard 6 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Several non-prospects ate up spots as well. Ultimately wish they had given a few more Rivas types a shot there.