According to multiple reports out of Chicago, Jon Lieber has returned home to Mobile, AL and will not pitch for the remainder of the season. According to the report on Cubs.com, Lieber told “Cubs general manager Jim Hendry his arm is sore and he is unable to pitch the rest of the season.”
Lieber was a big part of the early season success for the Cubs. Lieber finished 2-3 with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP in 26 games….but was 2-1 in 8 games in April with a 2.30 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Jon Lieber was less than sharp in his second inning of relief on Friday night after facing the minimum in the 3rd inning….not exactly the way the Cubs last 20-game winner should go out. Lieber will always be a fan favorite in Chicago.
Could Jon Lieber have thrown his last pitch in the Majors? We will have to wait and see….but this writer will always be a believer.