Saturday, May 22, 2010

Weekend Quick Hits: Rami's Struggles, Sori's Fun, Lou's Fire, and More

  • Carlos Zambrano is working his way back into the starting rotation. He is going to throw a simulated game on Monday at Wrigley Field and then see how he feels on Tuesday.
  • The Cubs have not decided who will leave the rotation once Zambrano returns.
  • Tom Gorzelanny is having no problems with his finger after being hit by a line drive in his last start.
  • Greg Maddux is enjoying his role with the organization. He spent a week with the Class-A Daytona club and is now headed to Tennessee to visit the Smokies.
  • Whenever Starlin Castro bats second in the lineup, the Cubs have won. Tonight's win improved the Cubs to 5-0 with Castro in the two hole.
  • Lou Piniella does not feel the need to call a team meeting. Instead, he prefers dealing with players one on one.
  • Aramis Ramirez returned to the Cubs' lineup as the DH tonight and went 0-5. His sore left thumb is now OK, but he's hitting just .160.
  • Carlos Silva and Ryan Dempster are tied for the team lead in quality starts with 6 each. Dempster still only has a 1-3 record to show for his good work.
  • Former Cub (Spring Training only) Kevin Millar has been busy since being released by the Cubs. He's on the St. Paul Saints' DL, he is a studio analyst for MLB Network, and now he has joined FOX Baseball coverage.
  • Phil Rogers reports that the Cubs signing of Bob Howry was seen as a sign of desperation by rival scouts.
  • Alfonso Soriano is still having fun playing the game of baseball, which is good to see.
  • Piniella is finally start to show a little fire. He realizes that the Cubs need to start hitting with men on base.

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

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