Cubs Use Off-Day to Plan for Royals & the Future… – Wrigley Field 6/24/11

Posted on 24 June 2011 by Lou

The Cubs used the scheduled Thursday off-day to plan for the weekend series against the Royals as well as for the future…

Manager Mike Quade opted to re-jigger the Cubs rotation after consulting with pitching coach Mark Riggins.  Ryan Dempster will start tonight, while the Cubs will go with Carlos Zambrano on his regular 5 days rest on Saturday.  That move pushes Randy Wells’ start back an extra day to Sunday.  Matt Garza will make his next start on schedule on Monday against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field.

Off the field, GM Jim Hendry met with his scouts and executives to figure out the direction of the team as the July 31 trading deadline approaches.  Hendry and the Cubs could entertain offers for Carlos Zambrano and Alfonso Soriano who have both said that they would like to continue to play in Chicago but that they would waive their no-trade clause if a suitable trade offer comes along.  Aramis Ramirez, on the other hand, has already told the Cubs that he will not waive his no trade clause.  Guess we’ll see how it all shakes out…

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