Updated at 4:45 PM CT: Gorzelanny Recalled from AAA, Blanco to DL
Tom Gorzelanny has been recalled from AAA to make his start tonight. Andres Blanco has been placed on the 15-day DL to take his place on the active roster. Blanco strained his left calf Saturday in Florida. The Cubs could make another roster move tomorrow to help the bench and send a pitcher down. The weather is clearing up in Cincinnati and tonight's game could be played, it might even start on time according to Carrie Muskat. I'll have a post up tonight if the game does get rained out to entertain everyone during a no-baseball night!
Soto To Join Clubs Thurs.
Geovany Soto went 1-2 for the Tennessee Smokies in a rehab game last night. He caught well and will join the team on the off day Thursday if all continues to go well. Expect Geo in the lineup on Friday against the Rockies.
Will Ryan Come Up?
B.J. Ryan threw a scoreless inning for Iowa yesterday but walked 2. Bruce Miles says it's hard to see Ryan coming up to the Cubs with Grabow and Marshall in the bullpen but we'll see.
Other Minor League Notes
Josh Vitters has not played for the Daytona Cubs since last week, sources say he has a hand injury. I'll update when I get more info. Starlin Castro was promoted to AA after his game last night with the D-Cubs.
Rainy in Cinci
According to Carrie Muskat, it's been raining most of the day today in Cincinnai, and the chances of getting tonight's game in are not good. The 2 teams could play a double header tomorrow, and they both have a day off on Thursday.
Roster Moves Coming
If the Cubs do play tonight's game, they will have to make a roster move before hand to get tonight's starter Tom Gorzelanny on the 25-man roster. Most likely either Jeff Samardzija or Jeff Stevens will be sent down. Stevens has pitched better than Samardzija since coming up and most likely he will stay. The Cubs will have to make another move this week to get Soto back on the roster, I'm thinking Andres Blanco will be sent to Iowa.
Gregg's Arm is Tired
According to Cubs.com Cubs closer Kevin Gregg is dealing with a "tired arm." Hopefully he gets back on track next time he goes out there. He did a nice job in May, June, and July nailing down saves after a shaky start. Cubs fans are ready to run the closer out of town after 2 (really) bad outings, but the 9th inning is a tough role and I don't think we have anyone else to fill it. Marmol has been very wild. Heilman give up walks and home runs. Guzman has done surprisingly well this season, but we can't depend on him keeping it up. Grabow has been a nice add and Stevens has pitched well. Sean Marshall has done a great job. I would like to see Stevens, Grabow, Marshall, and Guzman getting more key innings in place of Heilman and Marmol. The bullpen is still in OK shape right now!
Tied for First
With the Cubs win and the Cardinals day off yesterday, the two clubs are now tied atop the NL Central. The Cubs have 58 game to play, the Cards have 54. Which ever team has a better record the rest of the way will win the division! It should be interesting!
I'll update on the weather and roster move later...