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Posted on: April 5, 2011 4:04 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2011 6:04 pm
 

Cashner leaves start with shoulder injury

By Matt Snyder

Cubs pitcher Andrew Cashner was making his first major-league start, and things seemed to be going pretty well. He had worked through 5 1/3 innings, allowing only two hits and one run -- a solo home run to Ryan Roberts. He was mixing his pitches well and showed great command. Then he walked Willie Bloomquist and the Cubs' trainer Mark O'Neal immediately came running out of the dugout. After consulting with O'Neal and manager Mike Quade, Cashner handed the ball over and headed for the locker room. Initial reports from multiple outlets have Cashner suffering from shoulder tightness. He's presently having it examined and there will be further updates after the game. UPDATE (6:02 p.m. ET): Cashner is on his way to have an MRI on his throwing shoulder. (Chicago Tribune via Twitter)

His final line shows an ERA of 1.69 and WHIP of 0.56 with two strikeouts.

Cashner, 24, was the Cubs' first-round draft pick in 2008. He left the game in line for the victory, as the Cubs held a 4-1 lead. The Diamondbacks rallied in the seventh on the strength of three walks to tie it, 4-4.

The Cubs followed with a two-run bottom of the seventh and ended up staving off a D-Backs' rally in the ninth to win 6-5. The hold on the game was quite tenuous as the top two bullpen arms -- Carlos Marmol and Kerry Wood -- were unavailable due to having pitched each of the previous three games. With the victory, the Cubs move to 3-2, which marks the first time since 2009 the team is above .500.

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Posted on: March 29, 2011 9:55 am
 

Pepper: Battered Brewers breath sigh of relief



By Matt Snyder


With Zack Greinke on the shelf, the Brewers badly need Shaun Marcum -- who missed his previous spring start with shoulder soreness and has some injury history -- to come out of camp healthy. He threw four innings Monday in his last spring outing and felt fine. (Brewers blog )

So that's the good news.

The bad news is the Brewers have been injury-riddled this spring -- they'll start with five players on the disabled list -- and it's exposed the fragile thin layer of major-league talent they have.

There is certainly reason for optimism in Milwaukee, because they have some really good players. They can hit the ball, have good starting pitching -- so long as everyone is healthy, that is -- and what appears to be a capable closer. But when you're trading for Sergio Mitre and Nyjer Morgan in the last few days of spring to shore up depth, that's hardly a flawless team. Injuries can bury this team, the spring should merely serve as a warning.

With the Reds' injury woes, Adam Wainwright going down and Cubs having obvious flaws, this seems like a race that will be determined by the team with the best luck in terms of health. And the Brewers are already starting off on the wrong foot, even if Marcum felt fine Monday night.

SAVING CASHNER:
The Cubs correctly named Andrew Cashner the fifth member of the starting rotation over the former albatross, Carlos Silva. There are concerns with Cashner's workload, however, as he's never thrown more than 111 1/3 innings in a season. As a full-time starter, he should be expected to go over 150. The Cubs have pointed out they will "constantly" monitor his load this season, in terms of pitches and innings, to ensure the long-term health of their former first-rounder. (Chicago Sun-Times )

PEREZ PUKES, IS PEEVED: So Indians closer Chris Perez threw up on the back-end of the mound in the ninth inning of a spring game Monday (Jordan Bastian via Twitter), but then threw out a tweet himself about it, saying, "all right, enough of all this Perez threw up bs, I had low blood sugar and was dizzy, and only water came up."

THE AMAZING ECKSTEINS: I'm not even going to try and do this justice. It's too long and too good. Just read the whole thing. David Eckstein's family has donated five kidneys to each other and another six more are likely to be needed. David hasn't taken a turn yet, but he's "on deck." (The Post Game )

PRIOR DETERMINED: Mark Prior was demoted all the way to Class-A after a spring that saw him put up a 1.17 ERA in 7 2/3 innings of work. He still feels like he's going to help the Yankees at some point this season, and manager Joe Girardi said, "I think he's got a pretty good shot." (ESPN New York )

OH JOSE: Jose Canseco did some nice work on Twitter Monday. Let's see ... he said ESPN is owned by Major League Baseball, so they lie. "You will never know the real truth is you keep listening to the media." (That one was weird for me because I have never, ever been told what I can or cannot write by anyone). And the cherry on top, this gem: "Just remember the media is write 20 percent of 50 percent of the time." That one was aptly followed by him accusing other people of being ignorant. This all came on the heels of the news that Canseco pulled a bait-and-switch at a charity boxing event. Of course, Canseco's whole reason for the tirade was that he wanted to see if anyone was smart enough to figure out what actually happened. And it's all the media's fault. The funny thing is, Twitter is a media that gives Canseco a forum to tell his side. Don't tell us to guess what happened. Don't take a few days to reveal what happened, as it looks like you're cooking up a story, Jose. If there's a different truth, just tell it. But that's the problem, isn't it? (Jose Canseco via Twitter)

MOST DEPRESSED? A website put together a list of the most depressed baseball cities among the 18 teams that haven't won the World Series in the past 20 years. Oddly enough, Washington D.C. checked in at the top. These types of things are pretty immeasurable, really, but I guess it's entertaining enough to look at this point. We're just killing time until opening day anyway by now. (via Ultimate Astros )

MATUSZ STRUCK, STILL OPTIMISTIC:
Orioles starting pitcher Brian Matusz was throwing a simulated game when he was struck in his left biceps by a line drive, forcing him to stop his session well early. It's fortunately just a bruise, as the Orioles aren't even going to go through precautionary X-Rays. He's had a rough spring, but still remains confident for the regular season. (MASN.com )

SALT RIVER FIELDS FOREVER: The Diamondbacks and Rockies shared the new Salt River Fields facility this spring and it has been all the rage from pretty much everyone who has seen the place. The attendance has shown the popularity, as the place has drawn pretty staggering numbers. The D-Backs have drawn over 189,000 fans, averaging 11,161 per game. The number is almost double last season's spring attendance for the Snakes. The Rockies have similar figures, bringing in 10,485 fans per game, just about double last season's number. The facility has set all kinds of attendance records, with the Diamondbacks ranking first in spring attendance and the Rockies checking in at No. 3 -- the Yankees were second. (MLB.com )

NO BRACKETS FOR YOU: With the gambling accusations against former clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels, the Mets have refrained from running any NCAA basketball tournament bracket competitions. Manager Terry Collins said there was no specific mandate to avoid it, but everyone just thought it would be a bad idea. They must have known how things were going to shake out, huh? (Newsday )

ON-DECK ACCOUNT: Remember Aaron Guiel? He played for the Royals from 2002-2006 and then a little bit for the Yankees late in '06. Well he plays in Japan now, and he was on deck in a NPB game in Yokohama when the big earthquake happened. He described the event from his point of view to Canadian Baseball Network .

LEYLAND ON 'PLAYER X:' By now everyone's surely heard of ESPN the Magazine's "Player X," in which an anonymous player writes about the sport in which he plays. The latest baseball entry, "Player X" took on Miguel Cabrera, specifically wondering why he doesn't pay someone to drive him when he's out drinking. Tigers manager Jim Leyland didn't care for the column, saying: “To me that’s a gutless (jerk) that doesn’t put his name to it. If somebody would have said, ‘Hey, this is Jim Leyland and this is what I say, he should do this or this, then that’s fine. But when you (another expletive) hide behind somebody else’s expense, that’s chicken (expletive) to me." (Detroit Free-Press ) I can see the logic in that. Since my name is on this, I'll ask the same question, though: How do any players ever get a DUI? Miguel Cabrera makes $20 million a year. Why can't he -- or anyone else in the league who has gotten (or will get) a DUI -- pay someone something like $50,000 a year to be his driver? It would make things easier on everyone -- provide a job to someone, avoid the questions of alcoholism, keep guys out of jail, etc. I just don't get it.

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Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:38 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Silva says 'no chance' he'll go to minors

By C. Trent Rosecrans

UPDATE (2:47 p.m. EST): Soon-to-be-former Cub Carlos Silva said there's "no chance" he'll go to Triple-A Iowa, as the Cubs have asked him to do if the team is unable to work out a trade.

"No chance," Silva told reporters (via MLB.com's Carrie Muskat). "That's not in my mind right now, not at all. I'm not an insurance player. My guess is that's what they want."

Silva also took a shot at new Cubs pitching coach Mark Riggins, saying Riggins was "not straight" with him about the team's plans. Silva said he had a workout on Friday with Riggins, who was positive about the results, and "an hour later" the pitching coach told him the team's plans.

"I'm like, if you have to say something, be straight," Silva said. "He has to learn he's in the big leagues now, know what I mean? There's no kids around here anymore. The way he laid it out, I don't know what he was trying to do."

Silva said Riggins told him they'd like him to throw in some minor league games, but when Silva said he was ready, Riggins told him the news that the team had decided to go with Andrew Cashner in the rotation and Marcos Mateo for the final bullpen spot.

"He should've started with that first and then say you're throwing the ball good," Silva said. Riggins was the team's minor league pitching coordinator last season.

Silva, according to the Chicago Tribune's Paul Sullivan (on Twitter), also said he was ready to pitch for the Cubs on Monday, his next scheduled day to throw. That seems unlikely now.

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Carlos SilvaAndrew Cashner will be the Cubs' fifth starter and rookie Marcos Mateo has won the final bullpen spot, that means there's no room in the inn for Carlos Silva.

The team told Silva on Saturday that he has not made the team and Chicago will look to trade him, general manager Jim Hendry told the Chicago Tribune.

"I told Carlos Silva there was not a spot for him unless there's an injury between now and Opening Day," Hendry said. "We will explore trade opportunities with other clubs."

Finding a take for Silva and his $11.5 million contract may not be easy. The Yankees and Nationals reportedly scouted Silva earlier this spring, but the Yankees have sense settled on their rotation and no longer have a need for Silva.

Hendry also told Silva the team would like him to start the season at Triple-A Iowa with a shot to make his way back to Chicago if the team can't find a taker.

The Cubs would be responsible for Silva's entire $11.5 million salary if they were to release him, while the Mariners would be responsible for the $2 million buyout for his 2012 option.

Silva went 1-2 with a 10.90 ERA in five games and four starts this spring. He allowed 32 hits in 17 1/3 innings. Last season he went 10-6 with a 4.22 ERA last season in 21 starts with the Cubs.

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Posted on: March 25, 2011 3:11 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Cubs likely to rid themselves of Silva soon

By Matt Snyder

As the last days of spring training pass by, it's becoming increasingly likely that Carlos Silva will not appear in a Cubs uniform in 2011. Randy Wells has been named the fourth starter in the rotation. Jeff Samardzija, Andrew Cashner and James Russell have made the team, which leaves just one open roster spot. The smart money is on Cashner making the rotation as the fifth starter, which leaves the last roster opening for a long reliever. Braden Looper, Marcos Mateo and Casey Coleman are in the mix with Silva. (Chicago Tribune via Twitter)

The Cubs were reportedly hoping for some trade interest after Silva's last outing -- his first good one of the spring -- but there's nothing going on that front. (Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com ) In fact, the Cubs are willing to eat "a considerable amount" of Silva's $11.5 million salary this season just to get rid of him. (New York Post )

I don't even understand how it's a discussion -- and maybe it isn't. Silva was 2-6 with a 6.15 ERA and allowed opposing players to have an .858 OPS last season from June 12 on. He's been horrible this spring, in addition to complaining about not having a starting rotation spot handed to him and getting in a fight with a teammate -- the mild-mannered Aramis Ramirez.

The Cubs have money. Plus, trading Milton Bradley for Silva last offseason actually saved the team $5 million. The main reason for the deal was to get rid of Bradley. That happened and anything Silva gave the team last season was gravy. It's over now, so it's time to move on from the initial mistake, which was the multi-year signing of Bradley.

It's time to let the extremely promising Cashner enter the rotation and let someone worthwhile occupy the middle relief role. Whether it's a seasoned veteran like Looper or a youngster, either option is better than an albatross like Silva.

UPDATE: Well, so much for that. The Cubs have cut Braden Looper -- who plans to retire -- and Silva has made the team, barring any last-minute changes. (Chicago Sun-Times via Twitter)

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Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:02 am
Edited on: March 16, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Pepper: Sign spring's end is near



By Matt Snyder


How can you best tell when spring is winding down and the real Major League Baseball season is nearing? Well, a few things. The snow finally stops falling. I guess, though this year who really knows. It's liable to snow at some places into May at this rate. Another good sign is watching the NCAA basketball tournament on CBS (shameless plug alert). How about baseball teams starting to name -- or get close to naming -- a fifth starting pitcher? That's a pretty good one, and it's happening in a lot of different places right now.

We've already passed along that Mark Rogers has been demoted, which leaves Wily Peralta the Brewers' likely five . We've also noted Michael Pineda being in Seattle's driver's seat as well. But there are plenty more.

Esmil Rogers looks like he's opening up a lead over John Maine and Greg Reynolds for the Rockies, after working five innings Tuesday and only facing the minimum 15 batters. (Denver Post )

Brandon McCarthy has gotten in the good graces of manager Bob Geren for being "impressive" and "consistent" in looking to win the A's fifth starting job behind a pretty underrated top four of Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson, Dallas Braden and Gio Gonzalez. (San Francisco Chronicle )

Ever since Adam Wainwright went down with injury and the Cardinals said they were going to look internally, Kyle McClellan has been the front-runner to take the remaining spot. And every outing since then, he's gotten rave reviews and been tabbed as the front-runner. Thus, it would be pretty shocking if he didn't get the job. Still, the word from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is that McClellan is merely "closer" to getting the nod.

Speaking of shocking, it would be just as shocking if Randy Wells doesn't win one of the Cubs' two remaining rotation slots. He's throwing well this spring and has the past experience. It also appears that former first-round pick Andrew Cashner is putting some distance between himself and the rest of the field as well. We'll get back to Cashner in a second. (MLB.com )

Of course, there is one team a bit behind the curve here. The Texas Rangers, your defending American League champs, still have a whopping seven guys in the mix for two spots. If a decision is made to start Neftali Feliz, one that seems increasingly likely with each passing day, that narrows the field to six guys for one spot. Those six: Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, Michael Kirkman, Alexi Ogando, Dave Bush and Eric Hurley. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram )

THE PROFESSOR: Of the two nicknames you see listed for Greg Maddux on baseball-reference.com, I always preferred "the Professor," even though it's nowhere near mainstream. He was so much more cerebral than his opposition, seemingly getting guys out just with his mind. Thus, it's only fitting he's passing along some knowledge to Cashner in Cubs camp as a special assistant. His latest nugget? "Walks are overrated." It's not surprising, coming from a guy who probably never walked someone by accident in his prime. Those who remember watching him in the mid-90s are nodding in agreement. You could feel when Maddux was walking someone on purpose; otherwise it didn't happen. Oh, and if Maddux's wisdom isn't enough, Kerry Wood has also taken Cashner under his wing. (Chicago Tribune )

RUSSELL THE MUSCLE: Hey, someone has to fill the void left by Mark Reynolds -- both in terms of power and strikeouts. Despite his lackluster defense -- which is reportedly a concern for manager Kirk Gibson -- Russell Branyan is turning heads by killing the ball this spring, to the tune of a 1.274 OPS. And don't scoff. While Branyan has a bad batting average and strikeout issues, his career OPS-plus is 115 and he averages 31 home runs over the course of 162 games. He need only hold off Juan Miranda and once-big prospect Brandon Allen. (MLB.com )

NO WORRIES: Clayton Kershaw was torched Tuesday by the Rangers, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly isn't worried about his likely ace. Nor should he be, considering it's only the spring and Kershaw entered the game with a 0.00 ERA through 11 1/3 innings. (Los Angeles Times )

SWITCHBACK: Prior to the ALDS last year, the rules for the dreaded catwalk at Tropicana Field were altered, but now those rules are reverting back to where they were in the regular season of 2010. Check out the complete list on St. Petersburg Times .

GETTING GRADY BACK: Sunday could be the day. Grady Sizemore hasn't seen game action in about 10 months, but reportedly he has a real shot to play Sunday. Obviously huge news for the Tribe. (Cleveland.com )

KEEPING DICE-K: There's been a lot of talk about the Red Sox trading Daisuke Matsuzaka of late. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe makes a good case to fans that Dice-K is actually a pretty average major-league pitcher and that, as the fifth starter, that's really all the team needs. Put the absurd salary aside and just enjoy the good Red Sox team, he pleads. I tend to agree. (Boston Globe )

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Posted on: March 7, 2011 4:21 pm
 

No fight this time, but Silva shelled again

By Matt Snyder

Rarely are spring outings on March 7 make or break types, but Carlos Silva desperately needed a good outing Monday. He was coming off a disaster, when he gave up six runs in one inning and sparred in the dugout with Aramis Ramirez.

He didn't fight with any teammates, but the outing was nearly as disappointing. And that's putting it lightly.

To not put it lightly: Silva was abysmal. I'm going to post the line below, but I'll warn you, it's not for the faint of heart -- reader discretion is advised.

In 2 1/3 innings, Silva gave up 10 hits and eight earned runs. He also hit a batter. Even worse, Silva actually got through the first two innings unscatched, but was obliterating in the third by the Angels. He coughed up eight earned runs by getting only one out.

What this means is that Silva is definitely fighting an uphill battle for the Cubs' rotation. Behind Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano and Matt Garza, there are a bevy of players vying for the last two slots. For now, the front-runners appear to be Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner. Wells has been in the rotation the past two seasons. Cashner, 24, was the Cubs' first-round pick in 2008 and worked out of the bullpen last season.

Silva is due $11.5 million this season, but the Cubs actually took on the contract to get rid of Milton Bradley's deal, so the money won't factor into any decisions. He has a major uphill battle to break camp as a starter.

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Posted on: February 15, 2011 5:33 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2011 6:06 pm
 

Silva confident in rotation spot

Carlos Silva
Well, there's one thing off Mike Quade's plate this spring. Carlos Silva has decided he's in the Cubs rotation.

"Yesterday, someone asked me, 'Are the fourth and fifth spots still open?'" Silva told reporters Tuesday. "For them, it's open. For whoever is competing, it's open. For me, there's only one spot open because I am one of the starters. They think like that, not me."

Silva can be commended for using the power of positive thinking, but it's not quite that simple. Behind the set trio of Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza and Carlos Zambrano, there is a lot that could happen. Silva is in a mix with Randy Wells, Jeff Zamardzija, Casey Coleman and Andrew Cashner.

Silva, brought in last winter from Seattle in an exchange of bad contracts that sent out Milton Bradley, stunned everyone with a big start, going 9-3 with a 3.45 ERA in the first half of the season. The second half was derailed by a heart issue and an elbow problem.

Quade said nobody has earned anything yet, including Silva.

"His experience speaks for itself and his start last year was fantastic," Quade told MLB.com, "but there are a few guarantees in this game and I'm not sure the back end of this rotation has got anybody guaranteed anything. He does have the experience. I expect him to be a prominent consideration. We'll see."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: January 12, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Cubs looking to fill rotation from within

James Russell Left-hander James Russell will compete for a spot in the Cubs' starting rotation, manager Mike Quade told the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan .

Russell was 1-1 with a 4.96 ERA in 57 appearances out of the bullpen for the Cubs as a rookie in 2010. He struck out 42 in 49 innings, while walking 11 and allowing 55 hits. He gave up 11 home runs, two for every nine innings pitched.

"I don't get too worked up early on, because, bang, all of a sudden you blink and things change," Quade said. "All of a sudden you've got two additions [in Matt Garza and Kerry Wood] who have specific roles and have earned them, and now it puts the kids and a lot of the other people in flux. The idea that you can never have enough pitching is huge. We'll see how the back end looks as it shakes out."

Garza, Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster are already pencilled in for the team's rotation, with Russell, Carlos Silva, Randy Wells, Andrew Cashner, Casey Coleman, Tom Gorzelanny and Jeff Samardzija battling for the fourth and fifth spots of the rotation.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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