Reed Johnson as your leadoff hitter? No offense to Reed Johnson, but Manager Lou Pinella and GM Jim Hendry need to do something. And they need to do something fast!
Here was the Cubs lineup from Monday night’s loss to Dan Haren and the Arizona Diamondbacks – Alfonso Soriano, Ryan Theriot, Kosuke Fukodome, Reed Johnson, Micah Hoffpauir, Geovany Soto, Mike Fontenot, Aaron Miles, Ted Lilly. The Cubs managed 3 hits off of Haren all night long – solo home runs by Alfonso Soriano and Mike Fontenot and a single by PITCHER Ted Lilly. Gimme a break! The Cubs clearly have the shortest infield in MLB with Theriot (5′ 11″), Miles (5′ 8″) and Fontenot (5”8″) roaming around out there.
The Cubs are lucky to be 9-9 right now and still only 4 games out of 1st place, but if they don’t get Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez and Milton Bradley back soon, they could end up too far behind to catch up very very quickly.
Hendry and the Cubs really need to make a decision on Bradley soon. Throw him on the DL and let him fully heal his bum hamstring. It doesn’t make sense to bring him back in every 3rd or 4th day only to have him aggravate it again. If they had taken the conservative approach with Bradley when he first injured the hamstring, his 15-day DL stint would be close to being over, and he would likely be back in the lineup soon. Now we’re forced to wait and hope that the injury magically heals itself.
Ramirez and Lee are expected to be back soon, so hopefully that happens for 1 of the last 2 games in Arizona. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.