News: June 2009 Archives

Here are some notes from the Cubs organization today:
- Alfonso Soriano is 4th in All Star Voting for OF, 168,00 votes behind Carlos Beltran who is 3rd.
- Josh Vitters is moving up to Class A Daytona, Andrew Cashner is moving up to AA Tennessee, Nate Sampson also headed for AA, Chris Carpenter also moving up to Daytona.
- Milton Bradley could be on the bench for the next 2 days to fix his swing. Expect Fuld in CF and Kosuke in RF tonight.
- The Cubs lead the league in quality starts with 46.
- Jeff Samardzija has been called up to the Cubs, Jose Ascaino sent to AAA.
- Angel Guzman could come off the DL next Tuesday if all goes well in his rehab starts this week. He will pitch for Peoria Thursday.

I'll keep you posted!


The Cubs fired hitting coach Gerald Perry on Sunday and will promote Triple-A Iowa hitting coach Von Joshua to take over the job. Joshua will join the Cubs Monday, and be in uniform for Tuesday's Interleague game between the Cubs and White Sox.

The Cubs were ranked 13th in the National League in hitting with a .246 average, well below last year's numbers. They led the NL in runs in 2008, but are 14th this season.

"Obviously, we've been struggling for a long time," Hendry said. "I'm not one to dump all the blame on coaches. I've never made a coaching change to my knowledge in the middle of the year. I think sometimes you need a different voice.

"Von has had a lot of success with our guys on the way up," he said. "We have really, really struggled offensively for reasons way beyond Aramis [Ramirez] being gone for awhile. Every day, we have five guys in the lineup who have play ...