Posted on 10 May 2009 by Lou
The bad news keeps rolling for the Cubs. After winning 6 of their last 7 games, the Cubs felt like they were finally starting to put things together in their 2009 schedule. But just like that, the good news turned to bad news as Aramis Ramirez injured himself diving for Ryan Braun’s groundball in the 3rd inning of Friday night’s 3-2 loss to the Brewers in Milwaukee.
Ramirez dislocated his shoulder, something he had done when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates back in 2000. Ramirez underwent an MRI in Chicago on Saturday and we’ll keep you posted with the results as soon as we hear anything.
Manager Lou Pinella had this to say about the injury: “He’s definitely going to be DL’ed. Period of time, we don’t know. I’ve never seen anything quite like this. Every day, it seems to be something different.”
Makes the timing of the Cubs trade for Ryan Freel for Joey Gathright even more important now. GM Jim Hendry made the trade on Friday afternoon before the start of the Cubs-Brewers game. Freel will see immediate playing time with the Ramirez injury, and hopefully he can act as a catalyst for an offense that has sputtered from time to time.
It also makes the trade of Mark DeRosa even more annoying / perplexing. If DeRosa was still on the team, the Ramirez injury would be a big deal, but the Cubs and Cubs fans would feel a lot more comfort knowing that DeRosa would man the hot corner until Ramirez’s turn.
Posted on 26 April 2009 by Lou
The Chicago Cubs are reeling – both on and off the field. The Cubs have lost 3 straight games and are now at 8-8 on the young 2009 MLB schedule. After losing Geovany Soto for a week with a sore right shoulder, and Milton Bradley for 2 weeks with a strained groin muscle, it looks like the Cubs could be without Carlos Marmol and Aramis Ramirez for some time with leg injuries.
Carlos Marmol experienced soreness on the inside part of his left knee during Friday night’s 4-3 loss to the Cardinals. Manager Lou Pinella and the Cubs staff took him out of the game after giving up the game-winning hit to Ryan Ludwick. Marmol will likely miss a few games but does not think he will need a stint on the DL.
Aramis Ramirez felt discomfort in his left leg after he doubled in the 2nd inning. He played until the 5th inning, but was removed when the discomfort grew worse. It is unclear whether or not he will go on the DL, but he said that the leg did not feel good after the game.
Pinella is very frustrated with his roster right now. Milton Bradley is still only available to pinch-hit because he cannot run. “We’ve got no bench. We’ve got an extra catcher in Koyie Hill and Micah Hoffpauir and Joey Gathright. We’re going to have to get somebody in here. ”
Not good news for the Cubs. The Cubs are already 3 games behind the Cards and could fall further back if the Cards pull off a sweep at home in St. Louis this weekend. Let’s hope for some healthy legs soon on the North Side.
Posted on 05 April 2009 by Lou
The New York Yankees defeated the Chicago Cubs 7-3 in the first baseball game ever played at the new Yankee Stadium on Friday, April 3rd. Although the Cubs took an early 3-0 lead, Ted Lilly couldn’t hold the lead for the victory. Lilly gave up 7 earned runs on 8 hits, including 3 home runs, while striking out 2 batters. Aaron Miles led the Cubs by going 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s and 1 run scored. Joey Gathright also had 2 hits for the Cubs in defeat. The pitching bright spot – Aaron Heilman worked 2 scoreless innings, while Neal Cotts worked 2/3 of a scoreless inning and Kevin Gregg worked a scoreless 8th inning.
Hideki Matsui, Robinson Cano and Cody Ransom each homered for the Yankees. Cano, Derek Jeter and Xavier Nady each had 2 hits for the Yankees. After Chien-Ming Wang gave up 4 earned runs on 6 hits in the first 5 innings, the Yankees relievers – led by Mariano Rivera – shut down the Cubs offense – not allowing a hit in the final 4 frames of the game.
The two teams play again today before starting the regular season in earnest on Monday. Rich Harden will face off against Andy Pettite in Saturday’s matinee.
Posted on 04 April 2009 by Lou
The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 9-8 in their final Cactus League game of the spring. The bats were buzzing in the last game in Mesa. Joey Gaithright, Andres Blanco and Koyie Hill each had 2 hits for the Cubs. Hill had a 3-run triple, while Alfonso Soriano led off the Cubs 1st inning with a solo home run and scored 2 runs.
The pitching was not so hot for the Cubs. In 4 innings of work, Ryan Dempster gave up 3 earned runs on 5 hits (including 2 home runs), but he did have 7 strikeouts. Chad Gaudin, battling for a spot in the bullpen, got lit up for 3 runs on 6 hits over just 2 innings of work. Carlos Marmol and David Patton also gave up a run each in relief.
Not the best way to end spring training, but a win is a win. I’m sure the Cubs are ready for the regular season to begin. This spring has lasted forever, so it will be good for the games to finally start counting for something.
Posted on 18 February 2009 by Lou
Spring Training is here, so we’re getting lots of updates about all of your favorite Cubs players. Obviously we’re all concerned about the health of our pitchers and the progress they made during the off-season, but here’s a story about one of our outfielders – Reed Johnson. Johnson watched what he ate more during the off-season and he dropped right around 14 pounds because of the new diet. Johnson says he feels a lot better both physically and mentally. It should also help him avoid certain back issues that he has had to deal with on and off during his major league career.
Johnson was a kinesiology major at Cal State Fullerton and he says he has retrained his body to eat better and eat less, and not feel hungry after the meal. He has also worked hard at being ready to play all 3 outfield positions. Johnson understands that Manger Lou Pinella will continue to give players more and more time off this season in the hopes of keeping everyone fresh throughout the long MLB season. Giving Pinella the option of putting Johnson in 3 positions as opposed to 1 or 2, will make life easier on Pinella and Johnson. He’ll get his days off for sure, but he’ll also be helping the team by allowing some of the other guys – Alfonso Soriano, Milton Bradley Kosuke Fukodome – an extra day off that they might not have otherwise received.
During the 2008 MLB season, the 32-year old Johnson played in 109 games and recorded 333 at-bats. He hit .303 with a .358 on-base percentage, while scoring 52 runs and driving in 50 runs. Great numbers for a guy they picked up at the end of Spring Training after he was released by the Toronto Blue Jays. The Cubs expect similar production from Johnson in 2009 and look forward to his relaxed laid-back style ensuring another good clubhouse during the upcoming campaign.