Miday Monday News and Notes
You know, I've been meaning to write this post since Friday. My plan is to basically comment on the many items of interest in a witty and amusing way. So, let's take a look at what's news:
Kerry Wood returns to the DL for the 12th time in his career. However, if, March of this year, you were going to tell me that Wood was DL bound at some point in '08, believe me, I'd have felt relieved to learn it was for a blister. Lou chose to celebrate Kerry's DL-boundness by pitching Carlos Marmol in a blowout as he was preparing Marmol to be the interim closer. It was a "tune up" because Marmol apparently needed the work.
I know that Rob has retaliated to my criticism of Piniella for his mismanagement of Marmol. Hey, I remain a huge fan of Piniella. If you want to talk about pitcher mismanagement, Lou will never come close to escaping the shadow of Dusty Baker. However, as this season progresses my frustration about the way he handles Marmol will grow, believe me.
Alfonso Soriano has begun his rehab. There has been some debate as to whether or not he would return directly to the majors, or recover in the minors for a while. I for one am happy that the Cubs smartly assigned him to the minors, and I suspect that he'll be there for only a few games. However, the strength of his hand will remain an issue for the rest of the season. I believe that Alfonso will again be a contributing factor to the team's offense, but I don't think he's going to hit a whole lot of homeruns for the rest of this year. I look forward to being wrong.
Also mentioned in the article, Scott Eyre is also recovering from his injury problems, but he will not do a minor league rehab stint, and Rich Hill continues to tank in the minors. Hill claims that his problems are related to a back spasm, rather than a brain spasm. Time will tell on that one.
Ray Durham has been dealt to the Brewers for two minor leaguers. Unfortunately for Milwaukee, Durham does not know how to pitch out of the bullpen, so the Cubs are probably not sweating this acquisition.
Lastly, at some point tonight I'm going to do a direct comparison of the Cubs with the various teams in the American League who are likely playoff bound. I haven't looked yet, but I have a suspicion that the Cubs will compare favorably.