Cubs Fun Fact of the Day — Cubs Sign Bob Howry to Help Struggling Cubs Bullpen?!?!

Posted on 21 May 2010 by Lou

Not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.  The Arizona Diamondbacks released Bob Howry on Monday after a disastrous start to the season — 17 runs on 18 hits (including 6 HR’s!) and 6 walks in just 14 1/3 innings.  Ouch!  All good for a 10.67 ERA.  With the imminent return of Carlos Zambrano to the Cubs starting rotation, the Cubs needed some veteran help in the ‘pen.  So the Cubs decided to go with a former player to help fill the void.  Howry pitched for the Cubs from 2006 through 2008.  He had a 3.90 in 234 appearances during that stretch, but the Cubs didn’t re-sign Howry after the 2008 season because of his hefty 5.35 ERA that year.

WOW – if we’re calling on this guy to resurrect the Cubs bullpen, we could be in deeper trouble then I thought.  The Cubs sent down Justin Berg to make room for Howry?!  Come on, let’s let some of these younger guys get some chances out there.  They might fail, but at least we can see what we’ve got in the farm system.  We know that Howry will fail – he served up a ton of HR’s as a Cub in 2008 and it looks like he’s still doing the same thing now.  The season is too much in jeopardy right now – why not go down with some young pitchers trying to make a name for themselves…

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