Friday, July 31, 2009

Gorzelanny to Start Tuesday?

After the trade with the Pirates yesterday, the Cubs did nothing today before the 3 PM CT Trade Deadline. I like the team the Cubs have, it should be an interesting final 2 months. Tom Gorzelanny is expected to start for the Cubs on Tuesday against the Reds according to Bruce Miles and Carrie Muskat. Gorzelanny has been put on the AAA Iowa roster for now, but that will change soon. John Grabow is in uniform tonight and ready to pitch out of the Cubs pen. For more on that trade, click here.

The Cubs have made some Minor League Roster Moves:
  • Chris Carpenter, pitcher, has been promoted to AA Tennessee and will start for the Smokies tonight.
  • Cubs sent Jay Jackson down to Class A Daytona for disciplinary reasons. Jackson, a top prospect, was at AA.
  • CF Brett Jackson, who was the Cubs #1 pick in this June's draft, has been moved up to Class A Peoria. I'll get a chance to see him and the rest of the Chiefs play tomorrow in South Bend.

That's it for now, I'll keep you posted!

More on the Cubs/Pirates Trade and More

Yesterday, the Cubs made a big trade that sent Kevin Hart, Jose Ascaino, and Josh Harrison to the Pirates. In return, the Cubs received SP Tom Gorzelanny and left handed reliever John Grabow. Hart pitched a great game in the Cubs 12-3 win and got his 3rd win of the year before being traded. More on everyone involved in the trade:

Tom Gorzelanny
  • LHP
  • Was drafted by Pittsburgh in the second round of the 2003 draft.
  • Pitched 9 big league games (all out of the pen) for the Bucs this season and went 3-1 with a 5.19 ERA.
  • Went 4-3 with a 2.48 ERA in 15 starts at AAA Indianapolis this year.
  • Has a career 4.79 ERA in the big leagues.
  • Made his big league debut in 2005.
  • Went to Marist High School in Chicago.

John Grabow

  • LHP
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh in the 3rd Round of the 1997 MLB Draft.
  • Big league debut in 2003.
  • Has appear in 45 games with the Pirates this year, all in relief. He has a 3-0 record with a 3.42 ERA.
  • Career 4.09 ERA

Kevin Hart

  • RHP
  • Selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 11th round of the 2004 draft.
  • Acquired by the Cubs as the PTBNL in 2006, part of the deal that sent Freddie Bynum to the O's.
  • Was 3-3 with a 3.10 ERA in 22 games (6 starts) at AAA Iowa this year.
  • So far in 2009 with the big league Cubs: 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 7 games (3 starts).

Jose Ascanio

  • RHP
  • Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Braves in 2001.
  • Traded to the Cubs from Atlanta in the deal that sent Will Ohman and Omar Infante to the Braves in December of 2007.
  • Made his big league debut with the Braves in July of '07.
  • 2-4 with a 3.16 ERA in 14 starts with AAA Iowa so far in 2009
  • 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in 14 relief appearances with the Chicago Cubs this season.

Josh Harrison

  • Second Base prospect, also plays some OF
  • Drafted by the Cubs in the 6th round of the 2008 draft
  • Hit .286 with 9 RBIs in 18 games at High Class A Daytona this year.
  • Was hitting .337 with 4 HRs and 33 RBIs in 79 games at Class A Peoria in 2009.

I'm not a big fan of this trade. I think Hart will pitch better the rest of this year than Gorzelanny. Harrison was a good prospect, but I was OK with giving up him and Ascaino but not Kevin Hart as well. Let's hope this trade ends up paying off!

Tom Gorzelanny has officially been sent to AAA Iowa for now, but it sounds like he will be joining the team in Miami. Grabow will be in uniform tonight and available out of the pen. He has taken Hart's spot on the roster.

There were rumors yesterday that the Cubs could add an outfielder before today's 3pm CT Trade Deadline, but Sam Fuld is with the team and is expected to be called up before today's game to take Mitch Atkins spot on the roster. Atkins was sent to AAA after yesterday's game.

Carrie Muskat says that there is no word yet as to who will replace Hart in the rotation until Lilly come of the DL. It could be Marshall or Gorzelanny.

Check out Wittenmyer's article about the Cubs missing Jim Edmonds left handed bat.

MLB Network talked about the trade the Cubs made yesterday on their show today:

  • Tom Verducci and John Hart agree that the trade was good for both teams.
  • Tom wonders how Lou will use Grabow.
  • Hart says that Grabow can be a guy who pitches the 7th to get the ball to Marmol and Gregg.

More Notes

  • Geovany Soto may be back in the Cubs lineup by Wednesday. Soto will start a minor league rehab assignment this weekend and the Cubs are hoping he's back in the lineup no later than Friday in Colorado.
  • Koyie Hill has started each of the last 20 games behind the dish, the Cubs are 13-7 during that stretch.
  • The Cubs are hoping to get Reed Johnson back in as little time as 2 weeks.
  • Former Pirates GM Dave Littlefield is now a special assistant to Hendry. He had been scouting Gorzelanny at AAA.
  • ESPN has ordered a documentary on the Cubs scapegoat Steve Bartman.
  • B.J. Ryan pitched for the I-Cubs for the second time last night. All went well again, Ryan tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless ball, giving up no hits and just 1 walk. He has not allowed a run yet at AAA. He could join the Cubs' bullpen soon.
  • Reed Johnson blogged about being on the DL again.

David Kaplan talked with the newest Cub Tom Gorzelanny on Sports Central last night:

  • Tom is supposed to go down to Florida soon.
  • He got a call from the Pirates GM and the minute he got off the phone he called his wife and told her. Gorzelanny says it's an exciting time for him.
  • Tom grew up a White Sox Fan :(!!! At least he was honest!
  • Last year was "a trying year" for him. He had some health issues and says he couldn't get over that bump. His shoulder wasn't strong enough, he was throwing 86-87 then started trying to do too much. Next, it trickled over into a mental thing.
  • Gorzelanny feels confident, strong, and capable to win games.
  • He feels most comfortable in the rotation because he's been there his whole career, but he'll do anything to keep himself in the big leagues.
  • Tom is 100% healthy, ready to start or come out of the bullpen.

In other NL Central news, the Brewers have just made a trade to add RHP Claudio Vargas from the Dodgers.

Dave Van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune joined Mully & Hanley on 670 the Score today:

  • Dave says that this trade is a hard one to break down.
  • Van Dyck didn't think anyone of the big league roster would be traded in this deal, but Hart was.
  • Grabow is better against right handed hitters than lefties. He goes an inning or 2 at a time.
  • Gorzelanny was a pretty good pitcher in 2007, and is the key to this deal.
  • Dave thinks it's a strange trade.
  • In his opinion the Cubs should go after Brian Anderson
  • The Cubs don't want someone like Teahen who will get in Johnson's way when he comes back.

Will the Cubs make another move in the next 2 and a half hours? I'll keep you posted on all rumors/moves that I hear about as always! More posts to come before tonight's game! Look for updates at the top or bottom of this post as well.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Grabow to the Cubs?

First of all, the Cubs placed Reed Johnson on the 15-day DL today with his broken foot. Jeff Stevens, who was sent down yesterday, was called back up today. The Cubs are going with 13 pitchers for now, but Lou Piniella hinted on the pre-game show today on WGN Radio that that won't last long. Most likely either Stevens or Atkins will be sent down tomorrow, Sam Fuld will join the team in Miami according to Bruce Miles. It is possible however that the Cubs would add an outfielder via trade to take that spot.

According to, The Cubs are in the process of finalizing a traded with the Pirates that would send left handed reliever John Grabow to Chicago.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Tom Gorzelanny will also be sent to the Cubs in this trade!

According to Chris DeLuca, the Cubs are still interested in adding a backup outfielder as well.

Update The Cubs have added pitchers John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny from the Pirates. The Cubs sent pitchers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascaino and third baseman Josh Harrison to the Bucs in return. Hart picked up his a win and pitched a great game today and then was traded.

Gorzelanny will take Hart's spot in the rotation until Lilly returns.
Could more moves be on the way? I'll update you later tonight!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Atkins Called Up, Johnson Broken Foot, Rumors, and More

Atkins Called Up
Today the Cubs recalled RHP Mitch Atkins from AAA to add a fresh arm in the spent bullpen. Jeff Stevens, who pitched very well in his first stint in the big leagues, was sent to AAA to make room for Atkins on the roster. Mitch was the 2008 Cubs Minor League Player of the Year.

Johnson Leaves Game
Reed Johnson was lifted from today's game after 3 innings because of a bruised left foot. Reed hit a foul ball off his foot to cause the injury in the Cubs 12-0 win. The latest is not good, an X-ray has revealed a left foot fracture, and he could miss at least a month. Expect a roster move tomorrow, most likely Sam Fuld will join the Cubs from Iowa.

Hill catches 19 in a row
Cubs catcher Koyie Hill started his 19th straight game behind the plate today, the longest stretch since Damon Derryhill caught 25 in a row in 1989. Hill doesn't think catching that many in a row is a big deal, "Randy Hundley started 161," he said.

Ryan's Outing
Former Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan made his Iowa Cubs debut last night and pitched 1 inning in relief. His fastball registered around 87 MPH.

Fotenot Works on Bunting
Cubs coach Ivan DeJesus worked with second baseman Mike Fontenot on bunting yesterday after his costly failed bunt attempt on Monday.

Kosuke's odd Single
Last night outfielder Kosuke Fukudome reached on an infield single in the 5th that caught in Jeff Fulchino's jersey. Also, 2 Astros' relief pitchers picked up their first career hits. It was an odd 11-6 loss to bring the Cubs winning streak to a screeching halt. However, the Cubs came back with an easy win today.

Cubs Like Their Team
Gordon Wittenmyer talked to Kevin Gregg, Ryan Theriot, and a few other Cubs, and it seem the Cubs like the mix they have. Jim Hendry is still saying, "I have no idea if we'll do anything by Friday. Just 2 days left...

Clement and Cedeno to the Pirates
Cubs short stop Ronny Cedeno will return to the NL Central. Today he was traded from the Mariners to the Pirates in exchange for Jack Wilson and Ian Snell. Their was a rumor yesterday that Jeff Clement could be headed for the Cubs, but instead he was traded to the Pirates in this deal.

Cubs Still interested in Teahen?
The Cubs could still be interested in adding Mark Teahen from the Royals. We've been hearing Teahen to the Cubs rumors since last off season. Hot Stove Cubbies speculates about a 3 team trade involving the Royals, Pirates, and Cubs.

LeMahieu Moving Up
After only a few game with the Mesa Cubs, 2009 Cubs second round pick D.J. LeMahieu impressed the team enough to get promoted to Class-A Peoria. I will get the chance to see D.J. and the rest of the Chiefs play this weekend, I'll have a post for you about that sometime next week!

Will the next 46.5 hours be busy for the Cubs as we creep up to Friday's deadline? I'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Trade Talk, Bullpen, B.J. Ryan, and More

Berg Sent to AAA
Justin Berg warmed up in last night's extra inning thriller, but he was not used in the game. He will head back to AAA Iowa without making his big league debut yet. Berg was optioned to make room for Ryan Dempster to come of the DL and start tonight's game.

'Pen Spent
In last night's 13-inning win, the Cubs used almost every guy in the bullpen last night. Berg, the only guy well rested, was sent down. They got some key pitching from Stevens and Samardzija, but tonight they need Dempster to make the most of his pitches, he will be on a limit of about 85 tosses.

More Deadline Talk
With the Trade Deadline just 4 days away, the big question is "Will the Cubs make a trade?". Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun Times says that Cub fans shouldn't expect Jim Hendry to pull of a blockbuster deal, but don't expect him to walk away empty-handed either. George Sherrill of Baltimore and Joe Beimel of Washington are among the Cubs lead targets for the bullpen according to Gordon.

Ryan to Pitch for I-Cubs
Lefty B.J. Ryan will make his Iowa Cubs debut in tonight's game in Omaha. Casey Fossum will start the 7:05 game, then Ryan will pitch in relief. If all goes well tonight, Ryan could join the Cubs' bullpen in the next week.

Patton Rehab
David Patton rehabbed for the Tennessee Smokies last night and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in 2.2 innings, however neither of the runs where earned. Patton most likely will continue to rehab form his "groin injury" until rosters' expand in September. The Cubs cannot officially send Patton to the minors because he was a Rule 5 Draft pick, but he can stay on the DL and rehab in the minors.

Knee Surgery
Ted Lilly, who is on the DL with both a knee injury and inflamed pitching shoulder, underwent arthroscopic surgery to his left knee Monday, and he is expected to return to the team sometime in mid-August. Everthing went very well according to Carrie Muskat of

That's it for now, Let's go get our 6th "W" in a row!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Cubs Draft Picks Update

Here's the latest on the Cubs 2009 MLB First Year Player Draft first 10 selections.
  • 1. Brett Jackson: Jackson is at Boise, has hit .455 in 3 games with the AZL Cubs, .304 in 22 games with the Hawks.
  • 2. D.J. LeMahieu: made his pro debut last week with the Mesa Cubs, went 2-4 with a triple and 2 runs scored in the AL Cubs 4-1 win. In his second game D.J. went 3-5, so he's off to a hot start in his pro career.
  • 3. Austin Kirk: signed with the Cubs last Tuesday, will attend some Cubs games at Wrigley Field and work with Cubs' staff in the bullpen before reporting to Mesa. The Cubs have already tabbed him for the Instructional League in Arizona this fall.
  • 4. Chris Rusin: is now with Boise, did not allow a run in 5 innings with Mesa, but has a 7.71 ERA after 1 game with the Hawks.
  • 5. Wes Darvill: With AZL Cubs, is hitting .250 with 6 RBIs in 10 games.
  • 6. Brooks Raley: not signed
  • 7. Blair Springfield: hitting .245 so far in 17 games with the Mesa Cubs.
  • 8. Robert Witenack: at Boise, 0-1 with a 3.74 ERA in 7 games.
  • 9. Richard Jones: Hit .319 in 12 games with Mesa beforing being moved up to Bosie where he's hitting just .156.
  • 10. Charles Thomas is hitting .289 with 11 RBIs in 23 games with Mesa.

The deadline for signing players drafted is August 17. I'll keep you posted on the Cubs top picks throughout the season!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

First Place Cubs, Rehab Updates, Rumors, and More!

The Cubs are in first place!
With the Cubs win today to sweep the Reds, and the Cardinals loss in Philly, the Chicago Cubs have moved for the first time this season! The Cubs have now won 4 in a row and 8 of 10 since the All Star Break! The Cubs were the only team in the NL Central to pick up a win today.

B.J. Ryan Update
Left handed pitcher B.J. Ryan has reported to Mesa to start his rehab. He has spent the last week working one on one with Cubs minor league pitching coach Mark Riggins. They are starting with some long toss.

Brad Snyder Rehab
According to Arizona Phil of the Cubs, Iowa Cubs outfielder Brad Snyder is also rehabbing from a broken wrist at Fitch Park, and he hopes to be back in the I-Cubs lineup by the end of next week.

Miles at AAA
According to Bruce Miles the Cubs are in no hurry to activate Aaron Miles from the DL, who is rehabbing at AAA Iowa with an elbow injury. The Cubs are waiting until his starts swinging the bat a little better to call him up. He's hitting .226 at AAA, but tonight he does have an RBI double.

Patton Also Rehabbing
David Patton is rehabbing with the AA Tennessee Smokies, and he's 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA so far. He will start @Mobile tomorrow night at 7:05 CT, let's hope it goes well!

Rumor Time!
Bruce Levine has tossed out names like John Grabow, Tom Gorzelanny, and Zach Duke for the Cubs pitching staff. The Cubs have discussed Scott Downs with the Blue Jays according to WGN Radio. We've also heard about many other relievers that the Cubs have interested in. Will the Cubs make a move before Friday's deadline?

Lee's Neck
Derrek Lee left yesterday's game with neck spasms, and sat out today's game against the Reds. Derrek has dealt with this neck issue all year long and in the past, and is expected to be back in the Cubs lineup when the Cubs open up a big 3-game series is the Astros tomorrow night at Wrigley Field.

Cubs prove Writers Wrong
2 of the headlines on before today's game were "Bradley better from the right?" and "Afternoon not a delight for Harden". There was lots of talk that Milton should hit only right handed and that Harden should pitch only at night, but Bradley went deep from the left side in a pinch hit AB yesterday, and Rich Harden pitched a gem during a day game today.

Tomorrow I will have an update on the Cubs draft picks; who hasn't signed, who's at Boise, who's at Mesa, who's played well, who has not.

But that's it for now, I'll let you know any rumors I catch wind of as the deadline nears.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Lilly to DL, Bradley to stay a Cub, and more

Lilly to the DL
The Cubs placed Ted Lilly on the 15-day DL with a shoulder injury. Reports are that the lefty could miss about 3 weeks, and will return sometime in mid-August. As soon as the team starts to get healthy, another injury. During the time on the DL, Ted will also have left knee surgery on the knee that has been bothering him all season. To take his spot on the roster the Cubs called up Justin Berg from AAA.

Dempster to return Tuesday
With the injury to Lilly, Ryan Dempster will return to the Cubs rotation a day earlier, making a start against the Reds on Tuesday. Kevin Hart, who pitched well today, will stay in the rotation in Lilly's place for the time being.

Cubs looking for pitching
According to Bruce Levine, the Cubs could look to add a starting pitcher before the deadline with the injury to Lilly. The team could decide to move Sean Marshall into the rotation, but in order to do that they'd need to add a left handed reliever, which they've been looking for.

Bradley Staying
There were reports earlier today that Cubs and Tigers were have talks about Milton Bradley. According to Paul Sullivan, the Cubs have NOT had conversations with any teams about Milton.

Lou comfortable with Bench
Cubs manager Lou Piniella has said that he's comfortable with the bench that he has, especially with the play of Jake Fox.

Soto Update
Geo's target is still to return the first week of August, and Fox will remain the Cubs backup catcher until then.

That's it for now, I'll keep you posted on Everything Cubs!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Lilly, Dempster, and of course the Deadline!

Aramis Ramiez is back!
He's the RBI Machine! It takes a few weeks to start seeing the ball well again after missing a significant amount of time, and now that Rami has had that he's crushing the baseball again. Today he had 4 hits including a homerun, 2 2-baggers, and 3 RBIs. He was just a triple shy of the cycle. It's also great to have some protection for Derrek Lee, who also went deep in the Cubs win today.

Ronny also back
It's good to hear Cubs legend Ron Santo back in the broadcast booth on WGN Radio after he missed 2 weeks feeling ill. Ron said today that he is feeling much better, and being back in the booth is better than any therapy or medicine for the #1 Cubs fan.

Lilly Now has Shoulder issue
Ted Lilly has been battling through a knee injury that caused him to push back his last start, and now he will have an MRI tomorrow on his shoulder and "will have a hard time avoiding the DL" according to Bruce Miles. Just when the Cubs are close to getting one key starting pitcher back, they lose another. Kevin Hart will get the start in Lilly's place tomorrow, and Rich Harden will go Sunday against the Reds.

Dempster Ready to Go
Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster told his manager that he's ready to come off the DL and pitch on Sunday, however that won't happen. Lou said on WGN Radio today that the team doctors and trainers have advised him to give Demp's toe a little extra team, even though the X-rays brought good news yesterday. Lou says he'll wait until Wednesday against Houston to send Ryan to the hill.

Bradley's Option Vests
The Cubs switch hitting right fielder has now played in over 75 games, which means his option for 2011, worth $12MM, vests.

Soto Still Out
Geovany Soto's injury has been really causing Koyie Hill to catch lots of innings because there are no other catchers on the roster. Jake Fox is the back up, so he cannot pinch hit as much in case of an injury to Hill, in which case Fox would be the only other catching option for that game. The Cubs almost acquired Chris Coste earlier this month according to MLB Trade Rumors.

A week to the Deadline
The MLB Trade Deadline is a week from today, will the Cubs make any moves? I wouldn't expect any big splashes like Rich Harden a year ago or Aramis Ramiez is 2003. However, the Cubs could try to add a piece such as a left handed relief pitcher or an average middle infielder. The Cubs do have some interested in a plethora of different relievers, and a few middle infielders including Freddy Sanchez of the Pirates. If the Cubs can add a second baseman or a short stop, look for Mike Fontenot to see limited playing time, or even a stint at AAA.

That's it for today, Let's go get another win tomorrow!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Bruce Miles Q&A

No off day notes, former Cub updates, or farm reports today, we'll save all that for the next Cubs off day (Aug. 6).

Today I spent most of day getting ready for my chat with Cubs beat writer Bruce Miles, which I did on my other blog today, and I want to share the Q&A with you.

Bruce was great! Let me know what you think of the Q&A in the comments on this blog,, or by emailing me at
A big thanks again to Bruce Miles from the Daily Herald!
Cubs are back in action tomorrow against the Reds at Wrigley Field @1:20 CT. I'll have a post for you tomorrow either before or after the game!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Dempster Update, Left handed bat, bullpen help, Bruce Miles Q&A, and More!

Dempster Feels Good
Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster threw a simulated game today and could return to the Cubs rotation as early as Sunday if he gets the go-ahead after one more X-ray. Great new! The Cubs need Ryan back!

Lou wants Left Handed Hitter with Pop
Piniella still wants a left handed hitter with power. This past off season, Lou said he wanted just that, and he got Milton Bradley who has not lived up to his potential. The Cubs ended up with Bradley, because he plays right field and that was the need. Lou said, "Look, we still need a left-handed bat in our lineup who could hit and drive in some run." Piniella also mentioned that the Cubs lost Jim Edmonds this past off season, their main power left handed bat a year ago.

David Patton Update
Rule 5 pick David Patton will make a rehab start on Wednesday for AA Tennessee. He is on the DL with a strained groin.

Cubs Looking for Bullpen help
The Cubs have been linked to lots of relief pitchers, even though the team inked B.J. Ryan to a minor league deal. The Cubs may be interested in Nats lefty Joe Beimel according to the Tribune. According to Bruce Levine, the Cubs are looking for bullpen help and have discussed John Grabow with the Pirates. Multiple sources have mentioned that the Cubs are interested in O's lefty George Sheirrill. We've also heard from the Sun-Times and Levine that the Cubs are interested in Chad Qualls.

Cubs Can Add Payroll
According to Gordon Wittenmyer, the Cubs can add some pieces at the deadline, but don't expect them to enter sweepstakes for big names guys like Roy Halladay. The Cubs do have enough payroll to add a "midlevel" player light Sherrill or Qualls.

Bruce Miles Q&A
Tomorrow on my other site, MLB Corner, I will be hosting a question and answer with Bruce Miles from the Daily Herald. We will talk about what it's like to be a beat writer, the Cubs, and more! If you have a question that you'd like me to ask Bruce, email me at, Come and see the Q&A live tomorrow on MLB Corner at 3 PM CT and submit your question, or put it in the comments of this post and I will ask Bruce.

Hope to see you at the Q&A!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Bradley, Poll, Leadoff, Sherrill, and More!

Milton Bradley has taken a few games off to work one on one with Cubs manager Lou Piniella. According to Lou, the biggest thing Milton need to do is relax. Piniella was pleased with Bradley's hitting session. Bradley is expected to be out of the lineup again tonight.

Kosuke in Leadoff Role
"Leadoff spot is better for him," said Cubs manager Lou Piniella of outfielder Kosuke Fukudome. Kosuke's former Japanese hitting coach, Kyosuke Sasaki, joined the team Monday and was in uniform. Sasaki has been receiving video updates of Kosuke since visiting Chicago in may.

Red Hot Phils
The Cubs will try to cool off a red-hot Philadelphia team that has won 9 games in a row tonight. The Phillies hammered Ted Lilly and the Cubs yesterday by a score of 10 to 1.

Old Poll
Question: What Cub would win a HR derby with the whole team in it?
1. Milton Bradley: 18 votes
2. Jake Fox: 8 votes
3. Carlos Zambrano: 5 votes
4. Derrek Lee: 3 votes
5. Aramis Ramiez: 2 votes
6. Geovany Soto/ Alfonso Soriano: 1 vote
Thanks to everyone who voted!

New Poll
Question: Who should be batting lead-off for the Cubs?
A. Sam Fuld
B. Alfonso Soriano
C. Reed Johnson
D. Kosuke
E. Ryan Theriot
F. Other

Please comment with your thoughts and vote on the poll on the right sidebar!

Cubs Interested in Sherrill?
The Cubs are one of 5 teams interested in Orioles closer George Sherrill. The others are the Marlins, Dodger, Brewers, and Angels. Sherrill could be a big plus to the Cubs' pen.

Second Half's Jerry Crasnick says the Cubs could have a big second half, even though they muddle along in the first half. Let's hope so!

And on that happy note....

Let's go get a win tonight!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Injury Updates, LeMahieu Signs, Fuld Optioned, and More

Dempster Update
Ryan Dempster threw a bullpen session Saturday. Lou Piniella said the workout went, "OK." Dempster could return to the rotation the last week of July or the first week of August.

Soto Update
Geovany Soto is also expected back around the first week of August. He is still rehabbing in Mesa, AZ.

Lilly is Fine
Ted Lilly start was moved back to Monday, and he is going to be fine to pitch then. Lou said that he could have pitch last night if he had to, but another the decision to give him an extra 48 hours was a good one.

Soriano Back in the Lineup
Alfonso Soriano, who's missed 1 game with a jammed finger, was back in the lineup last night, and he went deep to lift the Cubs to a 6-5 with over the Nats. The Cubbies have a chance to sweep all 4 today.

Aaron Miles rehabbing
Cubs second baseman Aaron Miles is rehabbing at AAA Iowa from an elbow injury. Miles has p-layed 2B and 3B, hitting mostly lead off during the rehab. He went 1-3 yesterday and is hitting just .227 in games at AAA this season. Miles is on the chopping block and could be traded, released, or DFA instead of coming back to Chicago.

Cubs Sign LeMahieu
DJ Lemahieu, Cubs second round selection from LSU, has signed with the team and will head to Mesa to join the Rookie-League Mesa Cubs. He is an infielder who showed his talent in the CWS.

Sasaki joins Cubs coaching staff
The Cubs will add a new coach to their staff on Monday in Philadelphia. Kyosuke Sasaki was Kosuke Fukudome's hitting coach in Japan and worked with him this off season. Sasaki will be in uniform to observe and work with Kosuke all he wants.

Fuld Optioned to AAA
Kevin Hart, today's starting pitcher, was sent to the minors after his last start to get an extra tune-up during the All Star Break. Hart did so in Peoria, and the Cubs called up Stevens as an extra arm in the bullpen for the Cardinals series. The Cubs are now going back to 12 pitchers, keeping Stevens in the bullpen, calling Hart back up to be in the rotation, and sending outfielder Sam Fuld back to AAA according to the Sun-Times.

That's it for now, I'll keep you posted!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Lilly and Soriano Injuries, Ramiez, Trade Deadline, and More

Lilly Moved Back
LHP Ted Lilly has been dealing with a minor knee injury and he will not make is scheduled start tonight. Randy Wells will go for the Cubs against the Nats at 6:05, Kevin Hart will be called up to start tomorrow, and Lilly has been moved to Monday in Philly.

Soriano's Jammed Finger
Alfonso Soriano is still day-to-day with his jammed finger.

Ramirez HR
On yesterday's post, I reported that Aramis Ramirez is trying to get his swing back and most likely will not show a lot of power the rest of the season. Last night, A-Ram proved that wrong by going deep for the first time since coming of the DL. The solo homer in the 3rd last night puts him 1 RBI shy of 900 in his career, and 3 runs scored away from 700.

Cubs Close to Signing Draft Pick
According to Cubs Corner, the Cubs are very close to signing 2nd round draft pick D.J. LeMahieu. The SS played well in the CWS this year.

Trade Deadline Failures
According to Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune, midseason trade are usually not the answer for contenders, but fans still want to see their team making moves! Rich Harden was a celebrated acquisition last July, but he has not had that much of an impact on the Cubs, however the trade lost 4 top prospect including pitcher Sean Gallagher; and forced out All Star Jason Marquis.

Here's a look at other Cubs trade deadline (July) moves in recent year:

  • 2007: Traded Rob Bowen to the A's for Jason Kendall
  • 2007: Traded Cesar Izturis to the Pirates for cash.
  • 2004: Traded Alex S. Gonzalez, Brendan Harris, and Francis Beltran to the Expos, part of a 4 team deal that sent Nomar Garciaparra and Matt Murton to the Cubs from Boston.
  • 2003: Kenny Lofton and Aramis Ramirez traded from Pittsburgh to the Cubs in exchange for Jose Hernandez, Matt Bruback, and a Bobby Hill.
  • 2003: Pittsburgh sent Randall Simon to the Cubs for Ray Sadler.

Will the Cubs make a move this year? 2 week left to find out...

That's it for now, I'll keep you posted!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Ryan, Injuries, Soriano, Lugo, and More

Cubs Excited about Ryan
Cubs GM Jim Hendry and assistant GM Randy Busch have been saying that they are really excited about LHP B.J. Ryan, who they signed yesterday. Ryan is signed through 2010, so if he gets through the rehab in Mesa, pitches well at AAA for awhile, and then come to Chicago in September, he could become a staple in the Cubs bullpen next year.

Soto and Dempster Updates
Both Geo and Demp, who are on the 15 day DL, are making good progress and could be back sooner than expected. The Cubs are "exploring other things" as far as the catching situation, but they are happy with where Soto is at and the job Koyie Hill and Jake Fox are doing. Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild feels that Dempster could only miss one more start before coming off the DL.

Santo Still Out
Ron Santo was expected to return to the WGN Radio booth last night, but he stayed in Chicago because of a lingering illness, and will not return until the next road trip. Former Cubs Keith Moreland will fill in with Pat Hughes for this trip.

Harden likes Nights
Rich Harden has said he feel better when he pitches under the lights than during the day. Rich is 5-1 with a 2.41 ERA in night games so far this season. Maybe the Cubs should use both Harden and Marshall in the 5th spot in the rotation, Sean during the day, Rich at night.

Six More with Washington
The Nationals are really struggling and the Cubs still get to play them 3 more times in this series, then 3 at Wrigley later in the season. The MUST take advantage of this.

Soriano Out with Jammed Finger
Yesterday Alfonso Soriano made a costly baserunning error. Not only did Fonzi get in a pickle and get out trying to advance to second on a clear single, but he jammed his finger on the play. Micah Hoffpauir in LF and batting 6th today. Fontenot and Kosuke both back in the lineup.

Ramirez Back but not 100%
It's going to take time for Aramis to get his old stroke back after the shoulder injury that sidelined him for much of the first half of the season. He says he is still feeling discomfort and says not to expect to see too much power from his the rest of the way.

Cubs Interested in Lugo
The Red Sox want to move infielder Julio Lugo, and the Cubs are one of 3 or 4 teams that are interested.
New Website!!!
Big site news for everyone, I am now writing on a brand new all Major League Baseball website! I will still be posted daily Cubs updates for you on this site, but for updates of old of MLB check out my new site, that I'm writing on with fellow blogger Phil Wilson. Here's the link! Let me know what you think!

That's it for now, I'll keep you posted!!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

AAA All Star Game, Mid Term Report Card, and More

Updated: Breaking News, Cubs sign Ryan
According to The Chicago Tribune, the Cubs have signed former Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan to a minor league deal. Ryan will be sent to Mesa for rehab, and then will head for AAA Iowa.

AAA All Star Game
Last night, the 2009 AAA All Star Game was shown live on ESPN2. Cubs farm hand Chris Robinson of the Peoria Chiefs caught the first 5 innings going 1-2 with a single and a fly out at the plate. Former Cubs Matt Murton and Eric Patterson, both of whom where lost in the Harden trade, both played in the game. Murton went 0-3 as the DH and Patterson came off the bench and went 0-2. The PCL lost the game 6-5.

Sean Gallagher Traded
Speaking of guy the Cubs lost in the Harden deal, the A's have named Sean Gallagher the PTBNL in a deal they made with SD earlier this year. Gallagher will now join the Padres organization.

Second Half Starts Tonight
Well, 86 down 76 to go, and it all starts tonight in DC. The Nationals are clearly the worst team in the NL, so we have to win this series. The Nats fired their manager during the All Star Break. The Cubs MUST win at least 3 out of 4.

Baker at Second
So far Jeff Baker has played pretty well since the trade to the Cubs. He's in the starting lineup again tonight. Fotenot has been sitting the bench, the Cubs could be looking to add a middle infielder before the end of the month.

Some Links
- 3 things Gordon Wittenmyer thinks "have to happen"
-5 things Paul Sullivan thinks the Cubs "must do"
- Carrie Muskat's Numbers to Digest
- Possible Cubs Targets from Phil Wilson
- Cubs Corner Trade Deadline Preview
- Waldo's Midseason Awards

MLB Network Cubs Mid-Season Report Card
Former Cub Dan Plesac graded the Cubs first half. -- is the worst, ++ is the best, + is good, +/- is OK, and - is bad:
Offense: --
Defense: +
Starting Pitching: +
Bullpen: +/-
Overall Grade: C

MLBN Rest of the NL Central Grades
Cardinals: A-
Brewers: C+
Astros: B-
Reds: C
Pirates: C

Well, that's it for now! Let's go get a win tonight!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

All Star Break Cubs Notes

No Lilly in Mid Summer Classic
Ted Lilly, the only Cub to make the NL All Star team, did not pitch in the game last night. In my opinion the manger of the All Star Games should do a better job of trying to get everyone in, or they should cut the rosters down. The AL won the game 4-3, they're now 12-0 since 1996.

Cubs Lineup?
Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune posted what he feels the Cubs lineup should be in the second half:
Sam Fuld, CF
Milton Bradley, RF
Alfonso Soriano, LF
Derrek Lee, 1B
Aramis Ramirez, 3B
Mike Fontenot, 2B
Ryan Theriot, SS
Koyie Hill, C

I like this lineup. Bradley, who gets on base a lot batting second, Fuld in the lead off spot. The only thing I don't like is Soriano hitting 3rd.

Soto Rehabbing
Geovany Soto is spending the All Star Break at the Cubs spring training complex in Mesa, Arizona. He is rehabbing from the oblique injury that could sideline him for up to a month. The Cubs want Geo to get special attention that he could not get if he stayed with the team.

Cubs Looking for Catching
Gregg Zaun is a name that Sullivan has been mentioning, but according to Paul even a backup from a non-contending team will cost the Cubs a decent prospect.
Here are the catchers that might be out there at the deadline:
Ramon Hernandez
Yorvit Torrealba
Ivan Rodriguez
Javier Valentin

Other Guys the Cubs could add:
The Cubs might be looking to bulster the bullpen at before the July 31 trade deadline, here's some guys that are trade candidate relievers:
Kerry Wood
Rafael Soriano
Danys Baez
LaTroy Hawkins
Rafael Betancourt
Russ Springer
George Sherrill
Chad Qualls
John Grabow
Matt Capps
Juan Cruz
Joe Beimel
Takashi Saito
Heath Bell
Cla Meredith

B.J. Ryan
We've heard from and the Chicago Tribune that the Cubs are interested in Ryan. Cameron Smith of the Washington Post also feels that Ryan could be a nice fit for the Cubs.

Cubs First Half Highlights
Here is the WGN Radio Cubs recap of the first half for David Kaplan's blog.

Cubs Legends Top Sox Legends
Last night in the Cubs Legends beat the Sox Legends 7-2, part of the Frontier League All Star Events. Keith Moreland had a 2 run double in the 5th inning, and former Cubs pitcher and GM Ed Lynch received the Win.

All Star TV Schedule for Tonight
  • Frontier League All Star Game, 7 CT on CSN
  • MLB 30 teams Mid-Term Report Cards, 7 CT on MLBN
  • AAA All Star Game, 9 CT ESPN2

I'll update you tomorrow on the Mid-Term Report Cards from MLB Network and the AAA All Star Game!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Cubs Midterm Reports Cards, All Star Notes, and More

HR Derby
Prince Fielder and the other 7 derby participants put on a show last night in the 2009 MLB HR Derby. Congratulations to Price, the derby champ! To bad there were no Cubbies to root on in the contest! Please vote on my poll!

MLB Legends and Celebrity Softball Game
Lee Smith gave up 5 run in the first inning in the legends and celebrity softball game! It was played on Sunday and televised last night on ESPN. Former Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe was in the broadcast booth with Gary Thorne. Ernie Banks also played in the game. Smith singled in his first at bat. The NL won 10-8.

Southern League All Star Game
Here's how are Tennessee Smokies did in the Southern League All Star Game, their team, the North, won 7-0:
Blake Lalli: 0-4
James Adduci: 1-2, RBI
Jay Jackson: Winning Pitcher, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB
Casey Coleman: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R
Brian Schlitter: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 R

Great to see from all the Cubs AA guys!

My Cubs Midterm Report Cards:
Derrek Lee: A
Aramis Ramirez: C (injury)
Alfonso Soriano: D+
Milton Bradley: D
Mike Fontenot: C-
Geovany Soto: C
Ryan Theriot: B
Koyie Hill: B
Micah Hoffpauir: B
Aaron Miles: D
Reed Johnson: B
Kosuke Fukudome: C
Jake Fox: A
Andres Blanco: B+
Ryan Freel: F
Joey Gathright: D
Bobby Scales: B
Sam Fuld: A-
Jeff Baker: B+

Carlos Zambrano: B-
Ted Lilly: A
Rich Harden: C-
Ryan Dempster: B+
Randy Wells: A
Sean Marshall: B
Kevin Hart: C+
Carlos Marmol: C+
Kevin Gregg: B+
Aaron Heilman: C
Angel Guzman: A-
Jeff Samardzija: C
Neal Cotts: F

That's my Cubs Midway Report Cards. Your thoughts??? I'll do them again at the end of the season!

All Star TV Tonight:
  • All Star Game Parade: MLBN 3-4 PM CT
  • All Star Game BP: MLBN 4-6:30 CT
  • All Star Game Red Carpet: 6:30-7 CT MLBN
  • All Star Game: 7 CT on FOX

I'll recap the game tomorrow!

Monday, July 13, 2009

We're Half Way There: Grading The 2008-2009 Off Season Now

So, we're over halfway through the season, we're at a point where you can really grade all the moves the GM made last off season. Today we'll compare the person at that position or in that role last year, and the person there for this year. We'll then grade each move on a letter grading scale.

Replacing Mark DeRosa with Mike Fontenot & Aaron Miles
DeRosa, traded the the Indians last December, has a .270 AVG with 13 HR and 50 RBIs this season. Fontenot has hit .230 with 6 HR and 28 RBIs and Miles has hit .203 with 4 RBIs. The Cubs got 3 minor league pitchers in the DeRosa trade, all of which have done OK in the Cubs system in the first half.
Move Grade: D

Replacing Kerry Wood with Kevin Gregg
Gregg has a 3.32 ERA with 16 saves this year. Woody has a 5.28 ERA with 12 saves for a losing team. I think Kerry would be having a better year if he was still in Chicago, and more saves for sure. The Cubs also gave up Jose Ceda in the trade that Gregg came over in.
Move Grade: B-

Replacing Daryle Ward with Micah Hoffpauir
Hoff is hitting .244 with 8 HRs and 25 RBIs. Ward is at AAA in the White Sox organization.
Move Grade: A

Trading Jason Marquis for Luis Vizcaino
Marquis, who was named to the NL All Star Team this year, went 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA with the Rockies this year. Vizcaino pitched poorly early in the season then the Cubs let him go.
Move Grade: F

Replacing Henry Blanco with Koyie Hill
Henry has hit .218 with 4 HRs and 10 RBIs for the Padres, Hill has hit .213 with 2 HRs and 8 RBIs for us.
Move Grade: C+

Replacing Ronny Cedeno with Aaron Miles
Miles has hit just .203 with 4 RBIs this year for us, Cedeno has hit just .186 with 4 HRs and 13 RBIs for the M's.
Move Grade: They both stink, B

Replacing Jim Edmonds with Milton Bradley
This move cost us a lot of cash, and it was not worth it. Bradley has hit .243 with 6 HRs and 21 RBIs for us, Edmonds is retired now but he .256 with 19* HRs and 49* RBIs for us last year.
*= whole season, but divide by 2 and its still move that Milton
Move Grade: F (due to the money that could have been spent elsewhere

Replacing Bobby Howry with Aaron Heilman
Howry has a 3.38 ERA with SF this year, Heilman has a 4.32 ERA for us.
Move Grade: C-

Replacing Mike Wuertz with Angel Guzman
Guzman is 2-1 with a 2.60 ERA, Wuertz is 5-1 with a 2.95 ERA. The Cubs got Richie Robnett (released) and Justin Sellers (now w/ LAD).
The Wuertz trade was bad, but Guzman in the bullpen was good, so move grade: B-

Signing Joey Gathright
Didn't play too much before being shipped to BAL for Ryan Freel who didn't play too much before being sent to KC for a PTBNL.
Move Grade: D

So overall, Jim Henry did make some mistakes this off season, but who would have expected Bradley, Fontenot, Gathright, and Miles to play so poorly and Marquis, Wuertz, Howry, ect. to play so well?? The only move we new was a mistake all along was sending DeRosa out.
JH Off Season Grade: D+

However, you can't blame this whole up and down first half on Jim. Tomorrow I'll have a look at the Cubs Reports Cards, grading each guys first half on a letter scale!

A few more updates...

Futures Game
Yesterday's XM Radio Futures Game at Busch Stadium had play halted for 4 hours due to rain. But the guys waited it out and eventually got 7 innings in. The World team scored twice in the first before the rain delay. The US came back with 5 runs to make it 5-3, going to the top of the 7th. The World team, however, came back with 4 in the 7th, to win 7-5. Josh Vitters, Cubs top prospect, went 0-1 with a walk for team USA. Starlin Castro, Cubs SS prospect, went 1-1 with a run scored for the World team. The run scored was the tying run in the 7th.

Pitcher in LF??
Last night in the 9th inning of the game Sean Marshall was pitching. The bases were loaded with nobody out, and a right handed batter was up with 2 lefties to follow. Cubs manager Lou Piniella craftily brought Aaron Heilman into the game to face the right handed batter, but instead of taking Marshall out of the game, he sent him out to play LF and removed Alfonso Soriano from the game. After Heilman struck out the batter, Marshall was brought back in to face the next to hitters and Reed Johnson in to play left, and Marshall he got out of the jam with out any damage! Great managing by Lou Piniella!

Fox catching
Cubs catcher Koyie Hil caught the first 16 innings of the double header yesterday, and then in the 8th of game 2 Jake Fox got the chance to catch in the big league for the first time. It was Fox's life long dream according to Carrie Muskat. He did a nice job!

Dempster on the Road to Recovering
Dempster was able to play catch in the OF between game yesterday, and he has still been getting his cardio work in by riding his bike.

Lee back in lineup
Derrek Lee left Saturday's game with neck spasms, and sat out the first game of the yesterday. Lee returned to the Cubs lineup in the night game, and his neck is fine.

Cubs Still Interested in Ryan
The Cubs are expected to make a run at former Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan when he clears waivers on Monday according to the Chicago Tribune. If the Cub add the lefty, then Sean Marshall could be move back into the rotation. If the Cubs sign Ryan, he could spend some time in the minors to try to get back on track.

Cubs Not in on Halladay
The Cubs are not looking to join the Roy Holliday race according to Hot Stove Cubbies.

Sale of the Cubs Complete??
According to CSN Chicago, the sale of the Cubs to the Ricketts Family is finally complete, and should be officially announced today. The deal is expected to be approved in August with the Ricketts taking over control soon after!!! (Thanks to CCO for this one) The bad news is that according to, the Cubs could file for bankruptcy to complete the sale.

All Star TV Schedule Tonight:
  • All Star Game Batting Practive: 4-7 CT on MLB Network
  • Baseball Tonight All Star Coverage: 6-7 CT on ESPN
  • MLB HR Derby: 7-9 CT on ESPN
  • 1971 All Star Game: 7-9:30 on MLBN
  • Celebrity Softball: 9-10 CT on ESPN (after HR Derby), includes Ernie Banks playing for Legends team!
  • 1995 All Star Game: 9:30-12 on MLBN

Also, the Southern League (AA) All Star Game is tonight, includes 6 Tennessee Smokies!

That's it for now, I'll let you know how it all goes tomorrow!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Cubs Notes: Jim Hendry on Sports Central, Catching Situation, Fuld Called Up, and More

100 Wins
Today Cubs All Star LHP Ted Lilly tossed 8 strong innings, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits. Ted was the winning pitcher, that's his 100th win of his big league career. Jeff Baker, who got the start at second base with Fontenot struggling, had a good game going 2-3 with 2 RBIs and a walk in the 5-2 Cubs win.

Lee's Neck
Derrek left today's game with neck spasms in the 6th inning. He's had problems with his neck throughout his Cub career. According to Bruce Miles, Lee says he'll be back in the lineup tomorrow, so hopefully there's no worries!

Fuld Called Up
After Geovany Soto was placed on the DL yesterday, OF Sam Fuld was called up from AAA to take his spot on the Active Roster yesterday. Fuld was a spark in the lineup when he was with the club last.

Catching Situation

Since the Cubs called up Fuld, that means that Jake Fox is the backup catcher for the double header tomorrow. Lou has hinted that Fox could catch one of the games. Fox has said that he is willing to catch tomorrow. Koyie Hill told Judd Sirrot on Cubs Central Pregame today that he would be willing to catch both games of the double header, saying that it wouldn't be a problem. Fox says he's a catcher at heart. In the mean time, Jim Hendry is still looking for other catcher options, inside or outside the organization. The Cubs have Chris Robinson, who is a AAA All Star, at Iowa as well as Steve Clevenger.

Stevens Big League Debut
RHP Jeff Stevens made his big league debut on Friday, and he pitched a scoreless 9th inning. Stevens came to the Cubs in the trade that sent Mark DeRosa to the Indians.

Ronny Sick
Cubs legend Ron Santo is under the weather. He recorded his pregame show with Lou Piniella yesterday, but then was filling ill and left. Ron was gone again today and will also miss the doubleheader tomorrow. He should be back on Thursday after the All Star Break. Dave Otto filled in yesterday, and Judd Sirrot filled in with Pat Hughes today.

Rest Time
Multiple Cubs have said that some rest will be nice with the 3 days off. Last year, 8 of the Cubs had to fly to New York for the All Star game and play in the game instead of taking the days off. Cubs that are ready to rest include Alfonso Soriano, Derrek Lee, and manager Lou Piniella.

Freddy Sanchez
Gordon Edes of Yahoo Sports is reporting that an NL Central team is in the mix for Sanchez, and speculates that it could be the Cubs. With Fontenot struggling, the Cubs could use a middle infielder and/or a relief pitcher before the trade deadline on July 31.

Jim Hendry on Sports Central
The other day Cubs GM Jim Hendry joined David Kaplan on Sports Central. Here's what he had to say:

  • Hendry says he's seen progress with the clubs and he likes the mindset that he's seeing from the guys.
  • Jim says that what the Cubs want to add might still be different at that trade deadline then it is now.
  • He says that the Cubs might need a bullpen piece, or it might be something because of an injury that has not happened yet.
  • Jim is pleased with the starting pitching this season, and the bullpen in the last month.
  • BJ Ryan is a guy that Jim would be willing to take a look at. He did speak with BJ's agent and he has also spoken with the Cubs scouts about Ryan.
  • David and Jim discussed how much Milton Bradley fell off the table after a great Spring Training. Hendry mentioned that a month ago everyone wanted Lee to be replaced by Hoffpauir and now he is on fire. Jim points out that Bradley could get hot just like Derrek did.
  • Jim lets Lou worry about who plays and who doesn't. He doesn't deal with whether Soriano gets days off or not.
  • Kap talked about how Sam Fuld sparked the team and asked why he was sent back. Jim said that there was no good answer for who to send down at that point. (This interview was before Fuld was called back up today.)
  • A fan asked Jim via Twitter to rank his top trades as a Cub GM. Jim says he doesn't like to rank them, but he did mention Derrek Lee for Hee-Seop Choi.


Today the Cubs were featured on FOX's This Week in Baseball. Here is the recap:

  • At the start of the show Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot introduced the Cubs team, Little Babe Ruth did the infield and The Riot did the outfield.
  • The Cajun Connection likes to argue over which one of them is taller.
  • Theriot is the Cubs team leader in Batting Average, hits, and stolen bases.
  • Ron Santo calls Fontenot LBR and Theriot Little Babe Ruth 2.
  • In the second segment they told the amazing story of Koyie Hill's comeback to the big leagues after his nasty accident.
  • Koyie was rebuilding a window frame and cut 4 of his fingers off. His fingers were sewed back on. Hill said all he needed to here was that he would be able to throw again.
  • Hill returned in Spring Training 2008. He was called up last September and got he returned to the big leagues less than a year after the accident.
  • Then Ryan Dempster missed a trivia question in an odd little segment.
  • The June clutch performer of the month award winner was announced. Derrek Lee was a nominee, but the winner was Tim Lincecum.
  • The Rookie of the month for June was Brett Anderson of the A's.
  • The next segment previewed the 2009 All Star Game
  • The final segment was the plays of the week.

It was a great show! Good features on Hill, Theriot, and Fontenot were great!

Cubs Need to take DH

Tomorrow we have a big double header with this series split in the first 2 games. Wouldn't it be nice if we could go into the break just 1.5 GB instead of 3.5 of 5.5?? Let's hope that happens!

Tomorrow is also the MLB Futures game. Josh Vitters will play for USA and Starlin Castro will play for the World Team. I'll let you know how they do in my post tomorrow night!

That's it for now Cubs fans, I'll keep you posted!

Down on the Farm Report Part 3

Today we take a look at the Cubs 2 lowest farm clubs. The Chiefs, I-Cubs, Smokies, and D-Cubs started their seasons in April, but these 2 clubs just started theirs in June, because they don't start until after that year's First Year Player Draft.

Boise Hawks
The Boise Hawks have started their season 6-14, in last place in the NOR East, 7.5 GB of first place Tri-City. The Hawks are the Class A Short Season affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

Here is a link to the Hawks Active Roster
Here is their stats page
And the July Schedule

Mesa Cubs
The Mesa Cubs, of the Arizona Rookie League, are 8-8 to start their season, in 2nd in the AZL East, 3.5 GB of first place AZL Angels.

Here is the season schedule for Mesa.
Here is their Active Roster.
And their Stats

Now let's move on to a Cubs Farm All Star Preview.

Futures Game
On Sunday, it's the 2009 MLB Futures Game, hosted at Busch Stadium part of the MLB All Star Break. Their are 2 guys from the Cubs system on the rosters, Josh Vitters will start at third base for USA, and Starlin Castro will start at SS for the World Team. The game will start at 1:00 CT and can be seen around the country on ESPN2 and We'll get a chance to watch Vitters play for the first time!

Southern League All Star Game
The Tennessee Smokies, the Cubs AA affiliate, will be well represented at the 2009 Southern League All Star Game in Birmingham on Monday. The following Smokies have been named to the team:
  • Blake Lalli, 1B
  • James Adduci, OF
  • Tony Thomas, UTL INF
  • Casey Coleman, RHP
  • Jay Jackson, RHP
  • Brian Schlitter, RHP
  • Darwin Barney, SS, cannot play due to be promoted to AAA

Blake Lalli is the only Cubs farmhand in the starting lineup, batting 7th and playing 1B. The HR Derby will be on Sunday for the Southern League, the game on Monday night.

AAA All Star Game

The AAA All Star Game will be held next Wednesday, July 15, in Portland. It starts at 9 PM CT and will be televised on ESPN2. Former Cubs Matt Murton and Eric Patterson are both a part of the team. Murton will start in the outfield for the PCL. Chris Robinson, catcher, is the only I-Cub on the club.

So I'll keep you posted on the minor league All Star events!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Soto to the DL, Stevens, Big Series, Coming up on this blog, and More

Cubs Recall Stevens
Yesterday Kevin Hart was sent down, but for some reason the Cubs did not officially make the corresponding move to call up RHP Jeff Stevens right away. According to it is now official. Kevin Hart will be called back up and put in Dempster's spot in the rotation after the All Star Break. In the mean time, Hart will make one minor league start before the break. Stevens will wear #52.

Waddell Activated and Sent to AAA
LHP Jason Waddell has been activated off the 15-day DL for a non-baseball related medical issue and optioned to AAA Iowa. The lefty was in the Cubs bullpen for awhile before being sent to the DL to make room for Jake Fox on the 25 man roster.

Soto to the DL
This just in, Cubs catcher Geovany Soto has been placed on the 15 day DL with the oblique strain he suffered the other day in BP. Soto could be sidelined a month according to's Carrie Muskat. The Cubs have yet to announce a corresponding move, but they are looking outside of the organization to add a backup catcher. Not Good!

LSU boys on TWIB
The Cubs double-play combo, Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot, will be featured on This Week in Baseball on Saturday at 2:30 CT on FOX before the Cubs/Cards game. The show will also give an overview of the Cubs' season and feature and in depth look at Koyie Hill's comeback from a gruesome injury. In addition, the show will also reveal the Pepsi Clutch Performer of the month for June, which could be Derrek Lee, and preview the All Star Game. Don't miss it Cubs fans!

Brenly to Peoria
Bob Brenly is taking and extended All Star Break. He will spend it watching his son for the next 6 games play with the Peoria Chiefs. Former Cub Keith Moreland will fill in with Len Kasper today and Sunday for the day game. The Saturday and Sunday night games are on National TV.

Kosuke Still Leading Off
Kosuke is expected to stay in the lead off spot for this big 4 game set. He wis hitting .343 against the Cardinals this season. We need Kosuke to get on base!

BJ Ryan
Jim Hendry admitted on Sports Central with David Kaplan that he spoke with BJ Ryan's agent. Jim says he can make additions before the trade deadline. I hope to have a full radio recap of this interview posted later.

Roy Halladay Anyone?
Ken Rosenthal says the Cubs could be interested in Roy Halladay, but it is unlikely. The Cubs area team that do don not have the prospects according to Buster Olney.

Paul Byrd
Another name on the Cubs radar, the Cubs need some relief pitching! Byrd is a free agent, the 38 year old sat the beginning of the 2009 season to spend more time with his family. He has mentioned that he would like to sign with a team close to his home in Georgia.

Big Series
The Cubs have a BIG series here is St. Louis leading up to the All Star break. If the Cubs sweep this series, they could be in first place (depending on what the Brewers do) going into the All Star Break. If they get swept in this series, they'll be 7.5 games back of the Cards. The goal: Take 3 out of 4!

Coming Up on This Blog
  • Later Today: Part III of Down on the Farm Report. We take a look at Boise Hawks and AZL Cubs, and preview minor league All Star Events.
  • Tomorrow: Cubs Notes before or after the game.
  • Sunday: Cubs Notes before Game 1 of the Double Header, Futures Game Update later
  • Monday: We're Half Way there.... Grading Jim Hendry's off season now.
  • Mon./Tues.: Recap of AA All Star Game
  • Tuesday: 25 things the Cubs need to do better in the second half.
  • Wednesday: Recap of MLB Network Mid Term Report Card show
  • AAA All Star Game Cubs Recap
  • Any other Cubs TV/Radio Recaps During All Star Break
  • Any Cubs Rumors, News, ect. during break

Let's start this series off with a win!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

July 9 Off Day Notes, Former Cubs, Down on the Farm, Stevens, and More

Former Cub Updates
Here is your update on how the 2008 Cubs that are no longer with the team are doing:
  • Mark DeRosa: Has been placed on 15 day DL with wrist injury. Has been traded to the Cardinals since the last time we updated. In 3 games with STL before going on the DL he went 0-9. He's hit .270 with the Indians before being traded.
  • Kerry Wood: 2-3 with a 5.08 ERA and 10 saves for the Indians in 32 games.
  • Felix Pie: .242 AVG, 2 HR, 8 RBI with BAL in 52 games.
  • Rich Hill: 3-2 with a 7.43 ERA in 10 games with BAL.
  • Ronny Cedeno: hitting .152 in 43 games for SEA.
  • Jason Marquis: 11-5 with a 3.61 ERA for COL in 17 starts. Named to NL All Star Team.
  • Henry Blanco: hitting .218 in 38 games for SD with 4 HRs and 10 RBIs. Currently on DL.
  • Bobby Howry: 0-4 with a 3.60 ERA in 32 games with SF
  • Michael Wuertz: 4-1 with a 2.90 ERA in 39 games with the A's this season.
  • Chad Gaudin: 4-7 with a 5.03 ERA in 14 starts for SD this season.
  • Luis Vizcaino: 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in 11 games with CLE, was DFA.
  • Joey Gathright: playing with NOR (AAA for BAL), hitting .331 with 7 RBIs in 46 games there.
  • Daryle Ward: playing with CHA (AAA for CWS), hitting .231 with 7 RBIs in 48 games there.
  • Ryan Freel: 2-5 in 2 games with KC since being traded.

Down on the Farm Report

Yesterday, I did the Minor league report for the AAA Iowa Cubs and the AA Tennessee Smokies. Click here for that update.

Remember, you can go to my Twitter for Cubs Farm Updates every day!

Now it's time to take a look at the Class A teams, starting with the High A Daytona Cubs.

The D-Cubs are 6-7 in the second half, 3 games back in the FSL North Division.

Here are the Daytona team stats.

Here is their Active Roster.

And the July Schedule for Daytona.

The Peoria Chiefs of Class A are 5-8 in the second half, 6th in the MID Western.

Here are the team stats.

Here is the active roster.

The Chiefs July schedule.

I'll finish the Down on the Farm Report with an update from Boise and Mesa, and a Minor League All Star Preview.

Stevens called up

Pitcher Jeff Stevens has been called up to the Cubs from AAA to help the bullpen for the 4 games in 3 days against the Cardinals. Kevin Hart, who started yesterday, has been sent the other way. We'll see Hart back soon. Stevens, who has yet to make his big league debut, had a 2.18 ERA in 30 games in the Iowa bullpen this season. He came to the Cubs in the trade that sent Mark DeRosa to the Indians last December.

The Inbox

On off days, Carrie Muskat from has the Inbox. Here it is.


Geovany Soto will not be placed on the DL, but he might be out until the All Star break. The MRI revealed that nothing worse than the strain originally diagnosed is wrong. Geo will be re-evaluated tomorrow. Jake Fox will be Koyie Hill's backup in this series against STL and if Soto cannot catch on Sunday, Fox might get a start behind the plate in one of the doubleheader games.

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That's it for this off day, we're back in action tomorrow against the Cards! Big series coming up, Harden VS Carpenter in game 1!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Cubs Down on the Farm Report: AAA and AA

The AAA Iowa Cubs are 44-41, 4 games back in the PCL American North.
Iowa Cubs Active Roster hitters player profiles and stats:
And here are the pitchers pages and stats:

Iowa has the day off today, they will start the last series before the All-Star Break tomorrow night. Here is the July schedule for the I-Cubs.

The Tennessee Smokies have started their "Second Half". They did not win the first half, so they need to win the second half to make it to the postseason. The Smokies are 8-8, in second place in the SOU North in the second half. They are 3 games back of first place West Tenn.

Here are the player pages and stats for the position players on the Smokies active roster:

And now the pitchers on the active roster: (click for link to player pages and stats)

Click for Smokies July Schedule

Tomorrow I'll continue the farm report and have Former Cub Updates for you on the off day. Remember you can go to my Twitter for full Cubs minor league updates.

Dempster, DeRosa, Hart, and More

Dempster Breaks Toe
Another Cubbie Occurrence, Ryan Dempster's toe got caught on the dugout Sunday, and he is now on the 15 day DL with a broken toe. Derrek Lee thought it looked funny and laughed at Ryan, not realizing it was seriously injured. Carrie Muskat reported on her blog today that Ryan's right foot is all purple from the bruise, there was still some blood under the nail of his big toe, and it's all swollen. Not good!

Z good on Short Rest
Carlos Zambrano took the mound in Dempster's place a day early yesterday, and he pitched very well. However, the Cubs hitters couldn't score and the boys in blue fell 2-1.

Kevin Hart to the Mound Today
Kevin Hart will make his first big league start today in the rubber match of a 3 game series with the Braves at Wrigley Field. In Hart's big league career he's 2-2 with a 4.47 ERA, all 33 of his appearances in relief. This year he's pitched in 4 games out of the pen with the Cubs and allowed just 1 run, but has walked 5. Kevin has started 6 games at AAA Iowa this year, he has a 3.10 ERA with the I-Cubs. Let's hope he has his good stuff today!

No Return of DeRosa
Mark DeRosa will not be coming back to Wrigley Field this weekend, at least if he does he won't be playing. De-Ro has been placed on the 15 day DL with a wrist injury.

That's it for now, more after the game!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

UPDATED: Ramirez Return, No Action at Deadline?, HR Derby, and More

Dempster to the DL (Updated at 3:50 CT)
Tonight's starting pitcher Ryan Dempster has suddenly been placed on the 15-day DL with a broken toe. Right when we thought the team was healthy, this happens. This seems very sudden and random, it is not yet known how he broke it, or how long he will be out. Carlos Zambrano will take the ball in his place tonight. Kevin Hart has been called back up from AAA to take his place in the roster, Hart was send down yesterday. Zambrano will be pitching on 3 day rest tonight, and I'd expect him to start one game of the double header on Sunday. Tomorrow's starter is not yet known, but it could be either Hart or Jeff Samardzija.

Ramirez Return
3B Aramis Ramirez returned to the Cubs lineup yesterday. Aramis was hitting 5th. He went 0-4 in his return, but the Cubs won the game 4-2. He says he's not 100%, but he's healthy enough to play.

Lee Red Hot
The Cubs have need someone to step up and carry this team and D-Lee has done just that. He went 2-4 with another home run last night in the win. Lee did not earn a trip to the All Star game because of the over load of NL First Basemen, but his play has been stellar none the less.

Rookie of the Year?
Last night on the radio broadcast on WGN-AM Ron Santo mentioned that Randy Wells could be in the rookie of the year running. He pitched 6 strong innings last night. The rookie has started 11 games and pitched well in 10 of them with the Cubs this year. He has a 2.48 ERA.

No Cubs in Derby
My poll asks which Cub would win an all Cub HR Contest, but no Cubs will be in the MLB 2009 Homerun Derby. The 4 NL participants are all first basemen: Adrian Gonzalez, Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols, and Prince Fielder.

Leadoff Man
Alfonso Soriano longer the Cubs leadoff man. "That's fine, as long as we're playing like we're playing," he said. Kosuke will continue to hit lead off VS RHP and Reed Johnson is going to lead off against southpaws.

Pitching Rotation
Rich Harden will go on Friday against the Cardinals, Ted Lilly on Saturday, and Randy Wells and Ryan Dempster will handle the doubleheader on Sunday. Carlos Zambrano could be available out of the bullpen on Sunday because of the doubleheader and only an 11 man staff.

Wrigley Field Makeover?
The ballpark could undergo some renovations as soon as the Rickets family gives the team the go ahead. More info from the Sun-Times. By the way, the latest report is that the sale is "very, very close"

Cubs May Not be Active at Deadline
The Major League Baseball trade deadline is on July 31. Cubs GM Jim Hendry hinted Monday that the Cubs may not do much at the deadline, whether the Ricketts family is officially in control of the team or not. Jim said, "If our guys all play like we're capable of, you don't have to do a whole lot of things. There aren't a whole lot of places to fit somebody if we perform the way we're supposed to."

The Player to be named from the Ryan Freel trade is a PTBNL OR Cash. It will be decided by Oct. 15.

Rule 5 Kid
The Cubs are doing everything they can to keep Rule 5 Draft Pick David Patton. If he is sent to AAA, he will be returned to the Rockies. Patton might be spending a lot of time on the DL until rosters expand in September. He has been placed on the 15-day DL with a groin injury to make room for Angel Guzman in the pen. Rule 5 states that a player must be active for 90 days, so now he can spend the rest of the year of the DL and the Cubs will keep rights to him. The Cubs lost Donnie Veal in the Rule 5 draft to Pittsburgh, and it doesn't look like they will get him back either.

July Wrigley Field Promo Schedule
July 3 was floppy hat day, July 4 was 4th of July cap day, and the 5th was blue T-shirt day. Here are the promotions for the rest of the month:
Today: Cubs lunch pail, first 5,000 children
July 10: Cubs white T-shirt first 10,000 adults
July 24: Build-A-Bear, first 5,000 children
July 25: Cubs key chain, first 10,000 adults
July 27: Cubs luggage tags, first 10,000 fans
July 28: Ryan Theriot Fathead, first 10,000 fans
July 29: Cubs batting helmet, first 5,000 children

Well, that's it for now, I'll keep you posted on everything Cubs!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Updated: Info on Roster Moves, Rumors Heating Up, Freel Traded, and the Sale

Roster Moves Made!
Aramis Ramirez, Reed Johnson, and Angel Guzman have been activated! Ramirez is at Wrigley tonight! The corresponding moves: Sam Fuld and Kevin Hart to AAA, David Patton placed on 15-day DL with groin injury. So the Cubs will go with an 11 man pitching staff for the rest of the first half. I like this move, it keeps Hoffpauir, Fox, and Blanco all with the team. Sam Fuld hit .364 with a .462 OBP in 6 games with the Cubs.

Will Ramirez save this team??
Aramis Ramirez will be back in the lineup today! However, let's remember Cub fans, when someone comes back from an injury like Rami had, they're not going to hit right away. Even if it takes Aramis some time to start hitting, hopefully having him in the middle of our order will give all the other guys a boost! The Cubs have kept themselves afloat, now we need a hot streak!

Ryan Freel Traded
Ryan Freel, who was DFA'd to make room for Jeff Baker last week, has been traded to the KC Royals for a player to be named later and cash. Freel hit .143 with an RBI and 1 run scored as a Cub. He spent most of his short time with the Cubs on the DL.

Miles Next?
Aaron Miles is on the DL with an elbow injury right now. I think Miles has been given enough of a chance with the Cubs, he's another experiment failed. I'd rather let Andres Blanco stay with the team for the rest of the year as our backup infielder. Miles should be DFA'd, released, waived, or traded once he comes off the DL.

Cubs Sale Finally Almost Done?
According to the Chicago Tribune website, the Cubs may have reached a deal with the Rickets family. The sale price is close to $900 million to buy 25% of CSN, the team, and Wrigley Field.

Scott Downs, Mark Teahen, and Matt Herges
According to Hot Stove Cubbies the Cubs are interested in Scott Downs, a relief pitcher who has a 1.98 ERA so far this year. Downs is on the 15 Day DL with a sprained toe. He felt good in a bullpen session on Friday. We've heard all about Mark Teahen coming to the Windy City. The Cubs would like to see how Baker does before they trade for Teahen. They are also interested in Matt Herges who the Indians recently DFA'd.

DeRosa was close to coming to the Cubs?
Hot Stove Cubbies says that DeRosa was told he should be ready to come to the Cubs. A day later he was traded to STL.

Ron Santo
Ronny took a day off yesterday, but will be back in the WGN Radio booth today.

Should Lee have been an All Star?
Derrek said, "I don't feel I deserved it." D-Lee is hitting .285.

Kosuke in the lead off Spot
Kosuke has looked good in a few games as the Cubs lead off man so far. He's 3-8 hitting lead off. Will he stay in this new role, or will Soriano be moved back to first?

That's it for now, I'll keep you posted!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

All Star and Rehab Updates

Ted Lilly has been named to the NL All Star Team! He is the lone Cubs representative. Former Cubs pitcher Jason Marquis was also named to the NL squad to represent the Rockies.
Here's where the Cubs position players finished in their position in the fan voting:
  • Lee: 8th
  • Theriot: 8th
  • Soto: 8th
  • Ramirez: 7th
  • Soriano:4th in all OF
  • Kosuke: 20th in all OF
  • Bradley: 23rd in all OF

Reed Johnson started in CF and went 1-4 with a run for Peoria. Aramis Ramirez went 1-2 with a walk hitting clean-up and playing 3B. The Chiefs lost 4-2. Both are set to come off the DL tomorrow.

Thank to everyone who voted on the last poll. The question: What Cub should make the NL All Star Team? Lee: 0 votes, Soriano: 0 Votes, Wells: 2 Votes, Other 2 votes, and you guys got it right: Lilly 3 votes.

Our new poll: Who would win a HR Derby with the whole Cubs team in it?

Please Vote!

Cubs play at 6:05 VS ATL tomorrow night, I'll have a post during the day for you once the roster moves are made.

All Stars, Roster Moves, Rehabs, and More

All Stars?
Coming up today at Noon CT is the MLB All Star Selection Show. Soriano, who should not be on the team, was 4th in the OF at the last fan voting update. The top 3 start in the outfield. The starting position players and determined by fan voting, pitchers and reserves are picked by the manger and some by player voting. By rule, each team must have one player on the team. Last year, the Cubs did not have to worry about this rule, they sent a league most 8 players to the mid-summer classic. This year, however, they will most likely have only 1 representative, 2-3 at the most. Who will represent the Cubs? I'll update you as soon as it is announced on TBS at noon.

  • Aramis Ramirez went 1-2 with an RBI in Peoria 4-1 loss last night.
  • Reed Johnson batted as a pinch hitter, and was walked.
  • Both will play this afternoon for the Chiefs in their final rehab, the game is in Peoria starting at 2 PM CT.

Other Cubs Notes

  • The Cubs will have to make 3 roster moves tomorrow when Ramirez, Johnson and Guzman are activated.
  • There's been talk that the Cubs could send both Samardzija and Hart down and go to an 11-man pitching staff.
  • Jeff Baker and Andres Blanco are going to stay with the team according to Bruce Miles.
  • Also according to Bruce, Mike Fontenot, Jake Fox, Micah Hoffpauir, and Sam Fuld are in the running for who gets sent down. If the Cubs send both Samardzija and Hart out, then only 1 of the guys just listed will be sent down, if they send down only 1 pitcher then 2 of the 4 are headed for AAA.
  • Rich Harden says that his outing yesterday was ugly and embarrassing. He's right.
  • The Sun-Times is reporting that Lou would prefer to cut the pitching staff down to 11 for this week until the All-Star break, but not long term.
  • Tomorrow night's game against the Braves has been moved to 6:05 CT to accommodate ESPN. In Chicago the game will be on CSN.
  • Phil Rogers thinks former Cub Jason Marquis should be on the All-Star Team.
  • Royals GM Dayton Moore has heard from the Cubs, Angels, Red Sox, and Giants about Mark Teahen.

That's it for now, let's see who's an All-Star!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Rebabs, Roster, Lineup, and More

Happy 4th of July Cubs Fans! Today at 11am CT, I will be watching the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, followed by the Cubs game at noon. For some reason, I enjoy watching this contest every year on the 4th. You should check it out if you have not before!

Well, let's check in with the rehabs of our Cubbies:
  • Angel Guzman pitched 1.1 innings for the AAA Iowa Cubs, he gave up 0 runs on no hits and walked 1.
  • The Peoria Chiefs won 7-1 last night. Aramis Ramirez was at the hot corner hitting 3rd. He went 1-2, BB, 2B, Run
  • Reed Johnson played CF and hit lead off for Peoria. He went 1-2 before getting pinch hit for in his 3rd AB.
  • Johnson and Ramirez will be back in the Chiefs tonight for their game today at 5:00 CT.

Other Cubs Notes:

  • With these 3 coming up the DL on Monday and Tuesday, the Cubs will have to make some difficult roster moves.
  • Since they will probably keep Jeff Baker, then the assumption would be that Andres Blanco is the odd man out on the infield. However, Carrie Muskat has mentioned that Fontenot has options left and could be sent to AAA, with Blanco becoming the everyday second baseman.
  • Bruce Miles is also reporting that Blanco is going to stay with the big league team.
  • The Cubs have been impressed with Blanco, Fox, and Fuld. However, with Johnson coming off the DL, most likely Fuld will be sent down. It is possible for Hoffpauir to be sent to AAA as well.
  • Kevin Hart or Jeff Samardzija will most likely be sent to AAA to make room for Guzman in the bullpen.
  • Lou said after yesterday's game that, "We'll probably make a few adjustments to our lineup tomorrow." Will he finally move Soriano down in the order? We'll see!
  • According to David Kaplan the Cubs sale is near complete. Could the Cubs make some noise before the trade deadline if the deal is done?

I'll keep you posted!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Cubs Notes: Fontenot, Fossum, Baker, Murton, and More

  • The Cubs are wearing Red Hats this weekend for the 4th of July. All MLB teams wear the patriotic hats on Memorial Day, July 4th weekend, and 9-11.
  • Today warnings were issued after each pitcher plunked the opposing team's big hitter; Lee for the Cubs, Fielder for the Brewers.
  • Lou says he needs more out of Mike Fontenot.
  • The Cubs have signed minor league pitcher Casey Fossum to a minor league contract and he has reported to AAA Iowa.
  • "He's basically from the DeRosa mold," Lou said of new infielder Jeff Baker.
  • Johnson, Guzman, and Ramirez all rehabbing tonight. I'll have a post up for you tomorrow morning recapping the rehabs!
  • Derrek Lee has been moved into 13th on the All-Time Cubs Home Run list with 142.
  • The AAA All star teams have been announced. The I-Cubs lone representative is catcher Chris Robinson. Former Cub Matt Murton will start in the OF for the PCL team! The game is July 15, a Wednesday night, at 9 PM CT and will be on ESPN2.
  • Neal Cotts is done for the year with the Tommy John surgery that I mentioned yesterday.
  • Alfonso Soriano was back in the lineup today in LF and hitting lead off after 2 days off.
  • Carrie Muskat mentioned on her blog that Mike Fontenot has been struggling, has options left, and that Andres Blanco has been hitting well. Could Fontenot be sent to AAA on Monday when Ramirez is activated? We'll see!

That's it for now!