Soto Likely Out for Wednesday

According to reports from Carrie Muskat and the Chicago Tribune, Geovany Soto will likely miss Wednesday’s series finale with the Houston Astros and “may be sidelined until the weekend series in Milwaukee.” Soto left in the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s game with right shoulder soreness. Reports during the game indicated Soto’s departure was for […]

A Recap of the Cubs’ Final Weekend in Arizona

While most were paying attention to college basketball, the Cubs had a very busy weekend. On the field they rolled over the White Sox, lost late to the Rockies and Mark DeRosa powered the Indians over Ted Lilly on Sunday. Lou Piniella named Kevin Gregg his closer on Sunday…Carlos Marmol was disappointed. Brad Snyder was […]

Cubs Option Wells and Hart…Re-Assign So Taguchi

The Cubs announced the latest round of roster moves before Sunday’s game against the Tribe. Kevin Hart and Randy Wells were optioned to Triple-A Iowa and So Taguchi was reassigned to Minor League camp. Mark Johnson, Esteban German and Andres Blanco were also re-assigned to minor league camp.

Slave to the Spring Grind

The extremely long Spring Training is slowly reaching a conclusion. The Cubs completed their 26th Cactus League game on Sunday (27th total contest) and Lou Piniella’s crew will begin playing games that count in two short weeks…Carlos Zambrano versus Roy Oswalt on April 6 in Houston. The Cubs’ Spring Training roster currently stands at 43 […]

Is the 2009 Chicago Cubs Opening Day Roster Set?

With 18 games left in the exhibition season it appears the roster Lou Piniella will begin the season with in Houston is all but set. Last Saturday, Mike Fontenot was named the Cubs’ starting second baseman…Gary Hughes confirmed Fontenot as the Cubs’ starter with Holden Kushner on Monday afternoon. Sunday, Lou Piniella said, “Hoffpauir’s fine. […]

For the Cubs…Fifteen Down, Twenty-Four to Go

The first fifteen games of the 2009 Cactus League schedule are in the books for Lou Piniella’s crew…and has anything been resolved after a month in Arizona? When pitchers and catchers reported to Fitch Park nearly a month ago there were several questions that the Cubs needed to find answers to. Many things have changed […]

Cubs Spring Stats…After 13 Games

As many know, Spring Training wins and losses are meaningless and the same can be said about individual stats. Players often work on things they would like to improve on, especially pitchers. Take for example Craig Counsell of the Brewers who has changed his exaggerated batting stance and dropped his hands making him unrecognizable in […]

Zzzz Zzzz Zzzz – Cubs 0 Brewers 2

Game Twelve – Cubs 0 Brewers 2 WP – Jeff Suppan (1-0) LP – Carlos Zambrano (0-1) Save – Chase Wright (1) The Cubs losing streak in Cactus League play reached five on Saturday afternoon after being shutout by the Brewers. The Cubs put a runner on base in every inning but the eighth. The […]

Cubs’ Storylines of the Spring…The Non-Roster Position Players

The Cubs move down the street on Tuesday from Fitch Park to HoHoKam Park in preparation of their Cactus League opener on Wednesday against the Dodgers. The Cubs announced on Monday that Carlos Zambrano will make his first start of the spring on Monday, March 2 against the Diamondbacks at HoHoKam. Lou Piniella has not […]

Cubs Sign Stanton…Invite 21 to Spring Training

The Cubs announced on Tuesday they invited 21 players to Spring Training….pitchers and catchers report to Mesa on Friday, February 13th. The Cubs signed Mike Stanton to a minor-league deal on Tuesday and will give the former All-Star a reliever a chance to make the big league club after missing the entire 2008 season. Other […]