The hits just keep on coming for the 2009 Cubs. The Cubs have placed Ted Lilly on the disabled list with a sore left shoulder. Lilly had an MRI on Friday, and while there is no material structural damage to the arm, there does appear to be some shoulder tendinitis that is casuing the irritation for Lilly. Lilly has also been bothered by a sore left knee of late. To deal with that injury, Lilly will undergo artheroscopic surgery on the knee to repair the miniscus issue. The recovery time will be between 3-4 weeks, so the Cubs should have Lilly back by the week of August 17th or August 24th. Ted Lilly was the lone Cubs All-Star in 2009 – 3.59 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and a 9-7 record.
The Cubs pitching staff is in disarray right now. Kevin Hart has taken the place of Ryan Dempster while he dealt with a broken toe. The Cubs expect to have Dempster back this week, but with the injury to Lilly, Hart will likely stay in the rotation until he can return. The Cubs have already relied upon rookie Randy Wells to shoulder a bulk of the starting pitching role this season. He has been one of the Cubs most consistent pitchers, compiling a 6-4 record with a 3.10 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. The Cubs will call up another rookie from Triple-A Iowa Justin Berg to fill the void in the bullpen.
Manager Lou Pinella says that the rest of the team just needs to step up their games to account for the recent loss of Dempster and Lilly and catcher Goevany Soto: “There’s never a positive when a player goes on the DL, but in this case, if we can get his knee and shoulder taken care of at once [it'll be good]. What we need to do is keep hanging in there… We’ll just go with what we have, and hang in there and get healthy and make a run. We’re in a good position. These kids are capable of pitching the same way the veterans are.”
Easier said than done, Lou. This is shaping up NOT to be the Cubs year. Where have we heard that before?! Hey Cubs fans – wait until next year!!!