The Draft is Around the Corner … and Other Cubs News and Notes

As Theo Epstein has said, the most important day for the Chicago Cubs is just 48 hours away. The 2013 first year player draft begins on Thursday and the Cubs are in a position where they cannot afford to miss with the second pick in the draft. Most feel the Cubs will take one of […]

Report: Jonathan Gray Tested Positive for Banned Stimulant

According to a report from Keith Law, Jonathan Gray tested positive for the banned stimulant Adderall during the league’s mandatory drug testing of the top 200 prospects in each draft class. The report explained that Adderall “is best known as a drug to treat ADHD” and is used by current big leaguers after they have […]

Cubs Bullpen Shuffle Continues and Other News and Notes

The Cubs continued tinkering with the bullpen on Thursday with the addition of Zach Putnam from Triple-A Iowa. In the last 10 days, the Cubs have moved Carlos Villanueva to the pen, claimed reliever Eduardo Sanchez off waivers from the Cardinals, designated Michael Bowden for assignment, placed Shawn Camp on the DL, recalled Rafael Dolis, […]

Are the Cubs Close to Shopping Players? And Other News and Notes

With Friday night’s loss, the Cubs dropped to a season-low 11 games under .500 and while the players and the coaching staff would not like to see another July sell-off, the writing is on the wall that the Cubs could be one of the biggest sellers leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. The […]

Rambling About an Offensive Cubs Offense

Hello again everybody.  Can you hit a baseball?  Do you know how to swing a bat?  Can you bunt … go the other way (opposite field that is, not that there is anything wrong with that) … get it deep enough with a guy on third? If you can do just ONE of those things […]

Matt Garza Impressive in Fourth Rehab Start and Other Cubs News and Notes

Matt Garza made his fourth rehab start on Thursday night in Des Moines and saved his best for what could have been his last minor league tune-up before joining the Cubs rotation. Garza tossed six innings of shutout ball, had all of his pitches working, and was rather efficient in what ended up his longest […]

Garza Successful in Second Rehab Start and Other Cubs News and Notes

Matt Garza completed his second rehab start on Monday and it went very well. Garza allowed one run (after he left the game) on four hits with three strikeouts and no walks in 3 1/3 innings. Garza threw 54 pitches, 37 strikes, and was consistently in the low-mid 90s (92-94) with his fastball. Garza had […]

Garza Scheduled for Rehab Start and Other Cubs News and Notes

Matt Garza announced on his Twitter account that he will make a rehab start on Wednesday, May 1. Garza acknowledged he had a tiny setback but “everything is all good now.” Garza said that May 1 is his day. Garza participated in PFPs with the Smokies on Friday and apparently his long-toss session went well. […]

The Boo-Birds and Other Cubs News and Notes

When the players were introduced prior to Monday’s home opener, Carlos Marmol was greeted by a chorus of boos. Marmol seemed to take the welcome in stride but his teammates were not that happy about the reception that Marmol received from the home crowd twice on Monday. According to a report from Carrie Muskat, Dale […]

Marmol Out as Cubs’ Closer? And Other News Bits

Carlos Marmol’s days as the Cubs’ closer could be over, for now. Dale Sveum addressed the Carlos Marmol situation after he served up two home runs to the Upton Brothers in the ninth inning of Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Braves. Kyuji Fujikawa had his first bad outing in a Cubs’ uniform and surrendered three […]