While the Faithful await the start of the 3-game series tonight against Houston Astros, here are a few headlines and notes worth passing along on a Monday morning….included are: More weekend nights at Wrigley? The rotation for the Cardinals series next weekend and updates on Jon Lieber and Chad Fox…. Several reports over the weekend, including one during Bruce Levine’s show on ESPN 1000 on Saturday morning, has indicated the Cubs will attempt to add Friday and Saturday night games to the home schedule starting next season. Crane Kenney mentioned during his interview with Levine on Saturday morning that he is planning on bringing up the topic in the annual end of the year in the meeting with the Wrigleyville residents. According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, Lou Piniella is behind the plan to add more weekend night games….stay tuned.
The 20th Anniversary of the first night game at Wrigley is this Friday, August 8th and the Cubs will celebrate the anniversay by playing the Cardinals starting at 1:20pm C.T.
According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, Jon Lieber will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday with the Peoria Chiefs. Lieber is scheduled to throw 3 innings.
Chad Fax will begin a rehab assignment in Arizona next week. According to a report in the Tribune, Fox is hoping to be back in time when the rosters expand in September.
The Cubs announced the rotation for next weekend’s series against the Cardinals. Ted Lilly will start the first game on Friday, Carlos Zambrano will get the nod on Saturday on FOX and Ryan Dempster will start Sunday night’s game on ESPN.