Friday Morning Odds And Ends, Few Odds And No Ends
The Cubs, apparently looking to fill Chicago’s hole at wide receiver, are calling up Jeff Samardzija. Kerry Wood is on the DL with – yeah – a blister. Apparently he could start Saturday. Which is… odd.
(By the way, impress your friends: it's pronounced suh-MARR-zhuh.)
Jim Edmonds, however, will stay off the DL – an MRI on his knee was negative.
Also, the Cubs don’t think they deserved their recent half-million fine from MLB regarding their conduct in the recent draft:
The Cubs plan to argue against an expected $500,000 fine from Major League Baseball for a pair of what MLB says are violations regarding the amateur draft. The decision is still under review, but the Cubs consider it nothing more than a couple of "clerical errors" in the filing of paperwork on two signees.
"There's no dollars that we've spent, or hidden, or things like that," general manager Jim Hendry said. "Two of our entire draft choices were signed to above-the-slot figures, which is perfectly legal."
Meanwhile, the Cubs A-ball affiliate the Peoria Chiefs have an absolute battle royal.