Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Quick Hits: Piniella, Zambrano, and More

  • Carlos Zambrano will eventually return to the starting rotation. Lou Piniella is going to use Zambrano in long relief instead of setup duty to start getting his arm stretched out for the time being.
  • Lou is not sure how long it will take to get Z back into the rotation.
  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports thinks that the Cubs should fire Piniella and replace him with bench coach Allan Trammell. Rosenthal writes, "It could happen. I'm guessing it will happen."
  • Jim Hendry responded to Rosental's article by saying that Lou is safe for the 2010 season. He does not think the manager is at fault for the team's slow start.
  • Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that the Cubs would trade Derrek Lee if they could.
  • Steve Stone said Monday on 670 The Score that the next Cubs' manager should be Joe Girardi.
  • Mark Prior recently started throwing in hopes of making one last comeback, but Prior took a line drive off his pitching shoulder and is injured again.
  • Another injured former Cub is Jim Edmonds, who was recently placed on the DL by the Brewers.
  • Phil Rogers suggests that the Cubs take a chance on bringing Bob Howry back. Howry was released by Arizona.
  • Rogers also reports that bullpen help could be on the way in the form of Jay Jackson.
  • Ryne Sandberg succeeding Lou is not a sure thing according to Paul Sullivan.
  • The chances are slim to none that a team would take Zambrano off the Cubs' hands.

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

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