Friday, July 2, 2010

End of the Week Quick Hits: Minor League All-Stars, Tracy Released, Dusty on the Cubs, and More

  • According to a post from, Chad Tracy cleared waivers and opted for his release instead of reporting to AAA-Iowa.
  • Jeff Dickerson reports that Carlos Zambrano will need a minor league tune-up start before rejoining the Cubs pitching staff after the All-Star Break.
  • On Sunday at Noon CT, the MLB All-Star Selection Show will be live on TBS. One player from each team has to be named to the Midsummer Classic, so there will be at least one Cub. Carlos Silva, Marlon Byrd, Carlos Marmol, and Alfonso Soriano are the four Cubs that have a shot.
  • Phil Rogers of the Tribune tossed out the name Sean Marshall for the NL team, but it's tough for a middle relief guy to be an All-Star.
  • Dusty Baker says that managing the Cubs is tough because the fans are restless after 100+ years without a World Series.
  • Writer George Castle thinks the Lou needs to make three changes: move Castro to the two hole, move Colvin to the middle of the order, and move Cashner to the rotation.
  • The Cubs and the City of Mesa are holding meetings in effort to reach a formal agreement to keep the team in the city for Spring Training, according to the Tribune.
  • Ryan Theriot is out of the lineup again today, making it three straight days without a start. Mike Fontenot is batting second and playing second, with Koyie Hill behind the plate and Tyler Colvin leading off in left.
  • Former Cub Sean Gallagher was DFA'd by the Padres yesterday.
  • Mark Prior's agent says that one club wants to sign him after his workout this week. Tom Krasovic tweets that 15 scouts were there and Prior hit 90 mph.
  • A GM poll conducted by says that most general managers think that Jim Hendry is the easiest guy to make a deal with.
  • The Padres are looking to add some offense, so MLBTR speculates that Xavier Nady could be an option for San Diego.
  • Dan McNeil thinks that Carlos Zambrano is a lost cause.
  • The Cubs are 11 games under .500 for the first time under Lou Piniella.
  • Iowa Cubs Darwin Barney (SS) and Thomas Diamond (RHP) have been named to the Triple-A All-Star Game, which is Wednesday July 14 at 6:00 on MLB Network.
  • The Tennessee Smokies send nine guys to the Southern League All-Star game on July 12. Blake Lalli, Tony Campana, and Robinson Chirinos are all in the starting lineup. Steve Clevenger (catcher) and pitchers Austin Bibens-Dirkx, David Cales, Ryan Butcher, and Hung-Wen Chen are also on the squad. Outfielder Ty Wright was selected as well, but he has been replaced because of his promotion to AAA-Iowa.

That's it for now, but I'll keep you posted on Everything Cubs as always.

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