The Cubs open the final series of the regular season on Friday night at Miller Park. The series in New York though took its typical toll on the Cubs….even Koyie Hill’s reaction to the safe call on Ryan Church Thursday night brought up memories of images from years past. The Cubs played a solid series but that stadium has been trouble for the organization for many, many years.
Lou Piniella named Ryan Dempster the starter for Game One of the NLDS that begins on Wednesday at Wrigley. Dempster more than earned the nod.
Here are updates on Mark DeRosa and Ronny Cedeno. Could Carlos Zambrano pitch out of the pen this weekend? ….and the results from the MRI on Randy Wells that ended his season.
According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, Mark DeRosa “might sit out the entire Milwaukee series for precautionary reasons.” DeRosa missed Thursday with a “mildly strained left calf.” The Sun-Times described DeRosa’s injury as not being serious but stated the Cubs are being cautious due to the importance of DeRosa to the team.
The Cubs backup infielder was scratched from Thursday night’s lineup “with a jammed right shoulder” according to a report in the Tribune. Cedeno suffered the injury when he dove head first into 1st base on Wednesday night.
According to reports on Comcast SportsNet on Thursday and from the Tribune, Carlos Zambrano could pitch a couple of innings out of the pen in Milwaukee this weekend. Lou Piniella is “undecided” according to the Trib but would like to get Zambrano a little work.
According to a report in the Tribune, “an MRI on reliever Randy Wells’ right arm on Wednesday revealed a stress fracture.” The injury ends the season for Wells and creates another question for Lou Piniella to find an answer for.