Tag:Cubs
Posted on: August 6, 2010 1:43 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 1:45 pm
 

Cubs' Silva to undergo more tests


Carlos Silva Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva may have a procedure to correct a heart problem, the team announced on Friday.

Silva has seen the Cubs' cardiologist and on Monday will undergo a diagnostic procedure to determine whether or not to perform a cardiac ablation. If he has the procedure, recovery time is 10-14 days, the team said.

On Sunday Silva left a game in Denver with an accelerated heartbeat and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 5, 2010 9:06 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2010 9:10 pm
 

Pirates manager likes Cards in NL Central race


John Russell The Pittsburgh Pirates have played back-to-back to the top two teams in the National League Central, getting swept in St. Louis and winning one of three against the Reds in Pittsburgh.

After seeing both teams up close, Pirates manager John Russell says he likes the Cardinals down the stretch. From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel :
"Because of the experience,” Russell said. “They’ve got a lot of guys who’ve been there and who’ve been through it. They know what to expect. They’ve got two horses in their rotation who’ve been to the playoffs and know what those games are like.”

Russell rated the teams’ bullpens as even. When it comes to bats, he gave Cards sluggers Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday an edge over the Reds’ Joey Votto and Scott Rolen. “Those two (Pujols and Holliday) have consistently shown they can put up great numbers,” Russell said.

Even with Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright anchoring the St. Louis rotation, Russell said Cincy’s group could be the better of the two.

“The five guys they run out there are pretty good,” Russell said. “The potential downfall is the two young guys — (Mike) Leake and (Travis) Wood. As they get close, how those guys react when it’s time to make a push for a playoff spot.
Maybe the best reason to like the Cardinals -- St. Louis has nine games remaining against Russell's Pirates to Cincinnati's three. Six of the remaining games between the Pirates and Cardinals are in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh travels to Cincinnati the second week of September.

The Reds are 8-5 this season against the Pirates and the Cardinals are 5-1.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 12:38 pm
 

Zambrano back in Cubs' rotation

Carlos Zambrano Well, Carlos Zambrano's exile to the Cubs' bullpen didn't last long.

Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports via Twitter that the Cubs have announced that Zambrano will start Monday in San Francisco, his first start since his June 25 blowup with teammates that got him suspended. Manager Lou Piniella said Zambrano would be banished to the bullpen when he returned, and he has pitched in relief twice since coming back.

But the Cubs are in need of two starters right now, having traded away Ted Lilly and with Carlos Silva on the disabled list for a cardiac evaluation. Chicago has Ryan Dempster going Wednesday, Tom Gorzelanny on Friday after an off day, and Randy Wells on Saturday.

Zambrano hasn't found much success as a starter this season. He's 3-5 with a 6.12 ERA with batters putting up an .844 OPS against him. But the Cubs are desperate and have an experienced starter sitting in their bullpen, so Zambrano will get his chance.

The Giants currently line up to have Madison Bumgarner starting opposite Zambrano on Monday.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 5:01 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 5:02 pm
 

Macha wanted scoring change with 18-1 lead


Do you ever wonder what a manager is thinking about with a 17-run lead and one out left in the game?

Scoring decisions.

According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune , Brewers manager Ken Macha wanted a fielder's choice and error call on shortstop Starlin Castro overturned and a hit given to Casey McGehee.

With two outs, McGehee hit a grounder up the middle that Castro was able to field, but made a bad flip to Blake DeWitt at second to force Prince Fielder.

The Brewers called up to the press box and asked Rosenberg to review the tape and chance the call to a hit. No change has been made.

Had McGehee's grounder been ruled a hit, it would have been a record 27 hits allowed by Cubs pitchers in the game.

Now, it's easy to make fun of Macha. And really, not unjustified -- your team won, who cares about the rest? But that's one of the those things that could help endear Macha to his players. At that point, everyone probably wanted to pad their stats and McGehee is probably no different. It shouldn't be overturned, but McGehee likely appreciates Macha giving it a shot, even if he comes off like a d-bag to the rest of the world.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 1:00 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 1:03 pm
 

Sale headed to Chicago?

Move over Mike Leake, Chris Sale may be on the way.

As impressive as Leake's complete skipping of the minor leagues was this season, an even more impressive feat would be pitching in the big leagues the same year you're drafted.

The Chicago Tribune 's Mark Gonzalez speculates the White Sox's first-round pick from June's draft could be making his debut as soon as tomorrow.

Sale has made 11 appearances in the minors, including seven at Triple-A Charlotte, where he has a 2.84 ERA with 15 strikeouts and four walks in 6 1/3 innings.

Sale was taken No. 13 overall out of Florida Gulf Coast University and signed less than two weeks following the draft. Only two of the players drafted ahead of Sale have even signed.

Gonzalez notes White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn scouted Sale two weeks ago.

The left-hander projects as a starter, but has been used in relief in the minors after he threw 103 innings in college. Coincidently, Monday the Cubs' Casey Coleman became the first-ever Florida Gulf Coast University prospect to make the big leagues. Coleman was drafted in the 15th round of the 2008 draft.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 5:54 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:04 pm
 

This week in free stuff: Aug. 2-9

A look at this week in promotional giveaways from around baseball:

Monday, Aug. 2
Ike Davis bobblehead Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- Ike Davis bobblehead -- or bobblesomething. The Cyclones are celebrating Davis' three heads-over-heels caches over the dugout railing with an upside-down bobblehead, although I'm not sure what exactly bobbles.
Springfield Cardinals (Texas League) -- duffel bag. The practical giveaways are the best -- who can't use another duffel bag?

Tuesday, Aug. 3
Ryan Howard gnome Springfield Cardinals (Texas League) Whitey Herzog bobblehead. If you missed the big league team giving away Whitey bobbleheads last week, here's another chance.
Reading Phillies (Eastern League) -- Ryan Howard garden gnome. It kind of looks more like a wizard version of Ryan Howard, but, you know, either way my wife would love this, not because she likes Ryan Howard but because she has a really weird things with gnomes. When she saw our local nine had a gnome giveaway this year, she circled that date on the calendar.

Wednesday, Aug. 4
Chicago Cubs -- beer koozie. What else could you want or need at Wrigley Field?
Los Angeles Dodgers -- beach towel
Portland Sea Dogs (Eastern League) -- Hanley Ramirez bobblehead. I always appreciate when minor league clubs honor players who played for them, even if they're no longer in the organization. Kudos Sea Dogs.
State College Spikes (New York-Penn League) -- Daniel Moskos & Tony Sanchez double bobblehead

Thursday, Aug. 5
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (International League) -- Brian Schneider bobblehead
New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League) -- beach towel
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- Irish Heritage Jersey
State College Spikes (New York-Penn league) -- kids Roberto Clemente Kids activity book. It's good to educate the kids.

Friday, Aug. 6
Baltimore Orioles -- Nick Markakis mini bobblehead
Detroit Tigers -- island-themed Tigers floppy hat. It's like a combo Magnum costume -- in floppy hat form. The pattern of a Hawaiian shirt and the Detroit Tigers' D
Pittsburgh Pirates --  Andrew McCutchen bobblehead
Buffalo Bisons (International League) -- toothbrush. This may be one of the lamer giveaways, I've got to admit.
Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) -- David Robertson bobblehead
Vermont Lake Monsters (New York-Penn League) Buster Olney bobblehead. When sportswriters get their own bobblehead, you may have run out of ideas. Olney grew up in the state.
Everett AquaSox (Northwest League) -- recycled tote bag

Saturday, Aug. 7
Kenny Lofton Cleveland Indians -- Kenny Lofton "The Catch" bobblehead. This one is great, I love bobbleheads from specific events, hence my Endy Chavez bobblehead. This one is from Lofton's catch over the wall of a sure homer by Baltimore's B.J. Surhoff on Aug. 4, 1996.
Florida Marlins -- samba whistle. Better than a vuvuzela.
Arizona Diamondbacks -- Luis Gonzalez bobblehead. In an added bonus, 50 fans will get an autographed, bronze version.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Pacific Coast League) -- Goose Gossage figurine.
Round Rock Express (Pacific Coast League) -- souvenir desk batting helmets
Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Texas League) -- lunchbox
Stockton Ports (California League) -- Grant Desme bobblehead
Kinston Indians (Carolina League) -- reusable grocery bag
South Bend Silver Hawks (Midwest League) -- reusable grocery bag
Princeton Rays (Appalachian League) -- Wade Davis bobblehead
Billings Mustakens (Pioneer League) -- Jason LaRue bobblehead. See what Jason LaRue looked like before his awesome mustache (hint: less awesome).

Sunday, August 8
Milwaukee Brewers -- Italian sausage racing sausage bobblehead. I've gotten the bratwurst and a previous italian sausage bobblehead off of eBay, and I can tell you it's great. Although my wife said she didn't think it looked like a sausage.
Chicago Cubs -- light switch cover. Really, a nice, simple giveaway. It's got pinstripes and if you're a Cubs fan and have a man room or something, it's pretty cool.
Pittsburgh Pirates -- batting helmet. The classics never die.
Harrisburg Senators (Eastern League) -- Stephen Strasburg bobblehead. How'd he get his own bobblehead? Oh yeah. He's good.
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- MCU Park model.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 2:24 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 6:40 pm
 

Cubs' Silva released from hospital, hits DL

Good news out of Denver for the Cubs' Carlos Silva, presented in 140 characters by the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan :



Silva was taken to the hospital on Sunday after leaving the Cubs' game against the Rockies with a high heart rate .

UPDATE : Silva has hit the disabled list. Casey Coleman and Thomas Diamond have been recalled (one of the pitchers takes the place of the just-traded Ted Lilly). Diamond will start Tuesday, while Coleman figures to take Silva's spot. -- Evan Brunell

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 1, 2010 7:21 pm
 

Cubs' Silva hospitalized


The Cubs' Carlos Silva will spend tonight in a Denver hospital after experiencing an abnormally high heart rate during his start on Sunday, the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan reports .

According to Sullivan's report, the problem was corrected in the ambulance to the hospital, but he will remain there overnight for observation.

Sliva left the game against the Rockies after four batters and 15 pitches. Silva gave up two hits and walked a batter before leaving having recorded one out. He was credited with two runs and got the loss for the Cubs.

Silva fell to 10-5, but has been one of the few bright spots for the Cubs this season after being traded from Seattle in exchange for fellow problem child Milton Bradley.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
 
 
 
 
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