What’s A Shakin’?

Lou Piniella is not happy and according to a report in the Tribune….neither was the rest of the clubhouse after being shutout by the Reds on Wednesday afternoon. The Cubs’ skipper mentioned, on several occasions, earlier in the week that changes are on the way, but what can and should be done with a team, that despite it’s recent struggles, is still 4 games over .500.

Here is the latest news from the North Side, Micah Hoffpauir’s return to Iowa, the addition of Hector Carrasco to the Triple-A staff and a few rumors from the mill….

Cubs News

News from the Farm

From the Mill

Peter Gammons reported on Baseball Tonight and on his blog Monday that the Cubs would like to add a left-handed hitting outfielder to hit 5th in the lineup behind Aramis Ramirez. Lou Piniella would like to move Kosuke Fukudome up to 2nd in the lineup after Alfonso Soriano and ahead of Derrek Lee according to Gammons.

Gammons stated there “are few outfield bats available that fit that description” and mentioned the name Milton Bradley. But stated the Rangers are “unlikely to move him.” Gammon brought up Ken Griffey Jr.’s name but added that the Cubs would not pick up Griffey’s option for 2010….and that Griffey “is unlikely to agree to a deal without that option being guaranteed.

Gammons also reported Sean Gallagher could be inserted into the Cubs’ rotation….and this was before Jon Lieber served up 4 long balls on Wednesday afternoon.

Enjoy the off day….

Quote of the Day

"Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points." – Knute Rockne