Unhappy Anniversary

This little news tidbit brings some warmth to my baseball heart:

"Aramis Ramirez will begin baseball-related activities this weekend in Cincinnati."

Today is exactly 4 weeks after the Friday, May 8th injury where Cub third baseman Aramis Ramirez dislocated his left shoulder. If anyone didn't previously appreciate what he brings to the team, they certainly do now after watching the Cubs rbi-less and mostly offensive offense during Ramirez' absence.

ARam is on track outlined in the initial rehab schedule that the Cubs told Tribune beat writer Paul Sullivan  one day after the injury. As per the included Lou Piniella quote, we will soon get a better estimate as to ARam's return to the lineup in this phase of his rehab as he resumes baseball activity.

Aramis Ramirez will be in a sling for one week and spend three weeks in non-baseball activities, namely motion and strengthening exercises on his shoulder.

That suggests his stint on the disabled list will probably closer to eight weeks than 4-6, though the Cubs said it's too early to speculate on how long he'll be out of action.

"You're looking at a while," manager Lou Piniella said. "We'll know more after the first month."

The early consensus extimate was 6-8 weeks for this recovery, then add a few games in the minors  on a final rehab assignment. Six weeks is vs. the Indians (May 19th) at Wrigley Field but I doubt they will push his rehab that hard although, if he's feeling good it's not impossible, just unlikely. Eight weeks is vs. the Brewers at Wrigley (July 3rd) and 10 weeks is at Washington after the all-star break, July 16th.

I see a hint of light at the end of what seems like a long tunnel.

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I <3 second-half baseball.

Looks like Bradley will avoid the DL, pinch-hit this weekend, and is slated to return against the Astros:

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/16084...

Quote from Pinhead:

''First of all, he's feeling better, which is a good sign in itself,'' Piniella said of the decision process. ''Second of all, we really don't have many options. And third of all, we need him on the roster playing.''

I am glad these guys are running the team and not Doug D.

So I'm not next in line to be the Cubs' skipper when Lou retires? Damn.

My desire for Bradley to go on the DL wasn't so that he wouldn't be available to pinch hit. It was so maybe we could avoid trotting his corpse out there in 2011 for $14 million. Since it seems like he may only have to play 75 games for the third year to kick in, that's really a lost cause. As long as Aaron Miles is nowhere near the Cubs, playing with a 23 man roster might not kill us.

We've seen this rerun before and he missed more time than they expected.

It's interesting that they've switched managers and trainers and still seem to either be somewhat incompetent with injuries or flat out lying in some cases (not this one). I wonder if the constant in all that is Hendry?

Didn't Baseball Prospectus name the 2008 Cubs training staff the best in the majors?

Cubs middle of pack for DL since 2002

http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2009/6/4/896616/d...

Come on, dude. Willie Tavaras going to the DL isn't quiite the same as Aramis Ramirez going to the DL. I agree you have to be able to adapt to injuries and you have to build the team deep and you can't use injuries as an excuse for taking strikes and swinging at balls, but the Cubs have had some big ones like D Lee, Nomar, and now Ramirez.

See Comment #34.

Tom Ricketts on CNBC with Larry Kudlow as I type...talking bonds

Barry or corporate?

During the winter of 2006-2007, Jim Hendry, with John McD's blessing, went hunting for FA pitching that year.

Among the available were: 3/44, V. Padilla, J. Marquis, Ted Lilly, and Barry Zito

Vincente Padilla, who I liked as he threw at some White Sox hitters heads - but also to that point was pretty solid, got DFA'd yesterday: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/ba...

OF the five above, Hendry did a good job here - I have to give him credit at least on the two he chose. His choices this off-season - to date - while suck-ass, are not as bad as the blunders other GM's made with the three other pitchers above.

BTW - I discovered a score card from last August in my bike pannier - Cubs v. Cards @ Wrigley. Edmonds hit two solo jacks that day, and his average was .250 that day.

I think Gil Meche received some ridiculous contract that year, too if memory serves.

Padilla was put on outright waivers, more to gauge interest than anything...Rangers can revoke it and most likely will.

I just purchased a new computer.

No thanks at all to the buytransatoshiba.com website.

Now, it just needs to arrive, I need to get it set up, and I need to adjust to a Mac.

And I just need to sell a kidney.

Maybe two.

But it shall mean (assuming the damn thing works) a return of the game recaps, if nothing else.

You're mom needs to sell a kidney.

Maybe we need a "Kidney Now" campaign!

Ha! *high five*

Your sister needs to sell a bowl scraper.

(points and laughs at Cubs)

http://www.startribune.com/sports/twins/47000787.h...

In 1999, the Twins chose Morneau in the third round. With the next pick, the Montreal Expos chose catcher Drew McMillan.

In 2000, the Twins chose Kubel in the 12th round. With the next pick, the Cubs chose outfielder Antoine Cameron.

In 2001, the Twins chose Mauer with the first overall pick in the draft. With the next pick, the Cubs chose pitcher Mark Prior.

In 2002, the Twins chose Span with the 20th pick in the first round. With the next pick, the Cubs chose pitcher Robert Brownlie.

the goofy writer had to ruin his article with this stupid line, but still interesting:
If the Twins hadn't chosen those four in recent drafts, they'd be the Washington Nationals or the Pittsburgh Pirates, perennial losers that perennially appear clueless. If the Twins hadn't chosen those four, the Chicago Cubs might have banished the Curse of the Billy Goat by now.

awesome that he got a Billy Goat reference in there though...real original...must work for Fox or ESPN in his spare time.

The Cubs avoided another injury scare Wednesday when leadoff man Alfonso Soriano rounded first base hard after a first-inning single and felt a sharp pain in his bruised left knee.

Soriano said he thought he might have to come out of the game, but was surprised when the knee just as suddenly felt great again. He finished the 11-inning game.

''It was the best I felt -- after the first inning -- since I first got hurt,'' said Soriano, who speculated he might have broken through some scar tissue. ''I hope it's over now, and I can steal some bases tomorrow.''

He had been bothered by the knee since banging it on the wall at Wrigley Field chasing a double off the wall April 22.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/16081...

I'm no doctor, but healthy knees don't do this, right?

Whatever excuse you need to sleep better at night, Soriano!

And here's a tip - you have to get on base in order to steal... First things first!!

Alfonso Soriano rounded first base hard... after watching him lollygag all the way from the box to second base on his double down the line against the Dodgers on the Sunday night game, this must be a misprint!!

our .301 ob% leadoff hitter with the most power on the team might not be able to steal those 10-15 bases this year if this keeps up.

Harden and Aaron Miles to make appearances in Iowa this weekend...

"Harden and Aaron Miles to make appearances in Iowa this weekend..."

No chance Miles stays there, huh?

Trying to complete all the transactions on Wiklifield and came across this in 1987.

http://wiklifield.thecubreporter.com/Detroit_Tigers

1987
September 22: RHP Dickie Noles loaned to the Detroit Tigers.
October 23: RHP Dickie Noles returned to the Chicago Cubs.

what the hell is that? Noles pitched in 4 games and ended up getting 2 saves for the Tigers. He didn't pitch in the postseason and I assume he wasn't eligible and I'm just hoping this is Retrosheet/BR being confused about a transaction.

Rob -

I did find this article:

http://www.dailyfungo.com/2007/10/10/edward-campus...

In it, it states that:

This isn’t the first time the Tigers have traded a player for himself. In 1987, the Tigers acquired reliever Dickie Noles from the Cubs for a player to be named later.

The player to be named later? Dickie Noles.

Weird!!

The Tigers are clearly trying to mess with the system. In Campusano's case though, he was returned as part of the Rule 5 draft rules. Due to his injury, he didn't spend enough time on the active roster for the Tigers and then they offered him back to the Cubs the next season.

Well, Noles was traded for a PTBNL but they couldn't agree on the player.

It's rare, and probably should be prohibited, but that wasn't the first time it's happened.

Can we "borrow" a few star players from non-contending teams and then trade them back at the end of the season? That works for me!!

Maybe we can get Peavy or Heath Bell or Adrian Gonzalez on "loan"...

http://cubs.scout.com/2/870143.html

Josh Vitters, Kyler Burke and Josh Harrison were named starters for the MWL East Division squad while Rebel Ridling, Chris Carpenter and Ryan Buchter were listed as reserves.

sori, riot, fuky, lee, hoffp (rf), font, hill, blanco, z.

Pretty good column from the WWL today on the Ron Washington/Nolan Ryan rift. I didn't really know any of that was even going on:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?column...

There's certainly some fluff in there, but I think it'll be interesting to see what happens if the Rangers keep playing as well as they are right now.

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    eric leal's (high-A) progression through the minors should be worth watching even if only projects to be an mid/end-rotation starter.

    we also gotta keep a long-distance eye on guys like jose paulino (ss-A) and preston morrison (A).

    crunch 6 hours 43 min ago view
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    I'd love to add Carl Jr. to that group - he's got the stuff.

    billybucks 7 hours 2 min ago view
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    billybucks 7 hours 4 min ago view
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    What a stud prospect! Must be pitching with a pierced johnson.

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    The E-Man 7 hours 6 min ago view
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    The E-Man 7 hours 15 min ago view
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    billybucks 7 hours 41 min ago view
  • Three amigos? Because the Dominican, the Venezuelan, and the Cuban?

    Maybe the three-headed dragon?

    John Beasley 7 hours 57 min ago view
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    Eric S 8 hours 28 min ago view
  • Three amigos time?

    7-8-9th

    jacos 8 hours 43 min ago view
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    crunch 12 hours 59 min ago view
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    billybucks 13 hours 41 min ago view
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    I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.

    He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.

    billybucks 13 hours 45 min ago view
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    videographer 15 hours 39 min ago view
  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 17 hours 27 min ago view
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    Charlie 18 hours 2 min ago view
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