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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  • Hmmm, my math might be fuzzy but if he retired 3 batters with 3 pitches, how did he get a 1/1 GO/AO ratio?

    bradsbeard 1 hour 9 min ago view
  • Pls DFA Peralta when Richard comes back. Richard 1 IP, O R, O ER, 0 BB, 2 Ks in first rehab appearance. We really need to trade for a LHRP.

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 26 min ago view
  • "The Boston Red Sox were banned from signing any international players for the next year and had five of their teenage prospects declared free agents on Friday after a Major League Baseball investigation showed they circumvented signing-bonus rules last year, a source familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports."

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/news/source-red-sox-b...

    Rob Richardson 5 hours 6 min ago view
  • The thing with Heyward is its not just free agency. He is way under performing his career #s. He's making the same % of contact but his soft contact is much higher and hard contact much lower than all his previous years so there is something very specifically going on this year causing the issues. Chances are he will eventually get back to his previous #s and it's better to get the slump now and get that hot run later but I wish I knew what is different about this year. He's either just not seeing the ball as well or a swing change is causing it.

    johann 5 hours 21 min ago view
  • Only 3 pitches for Leathersich. Not much of a rehab outing.

    Thanks for the reporting Phil.

    QuietMan 5 hours 33 min ago view
  • He's the nastiest pitcher I've seen in awhile. I'm gonna give them all a mulligan on this one.

    Coghlan's strike out was more disappointing. He was fighting off a lot of pitches and not swinging at crap, and on the last pitch, he swung at stuff he was laying off, and struck out.

    And Heyward, too. I don't blame Heyward - I blame free agency. I hate it. You almost never get a valid return on the investment.

    I look forward to the day when ball players own the teams. The current economics are not sustainable.

    Old and Blue 6 hours 34 min ago view
  • Oh, I'm sure you're right. He's not 27-27 in saves for nothing. But, man, I hope they learned last night that he didn't throw a single pitch in the zone to KB, Contreras or Baez, and they all just kept swinging.

    billybucks 8 hours 42 min ago view
  • Sounds like a much better game than last night's fiasco in Flushing.

    Old and Blue 8 hours 59 min ago view
  • I'm pretty sure it looks like a sweet pitch on the way in. How many sinkers like that are there at 98 mph? I agree that they should just do a Lackey and stand their with their bat on their shoulders until he throws a strike next time, but I can see how that's hard to do.

    The bullpen, on the other hand, is a mess, and Heyward is starting to piss me off.

    Old and Blue 9 hours 13 sec ago view
  • I noticed that too. He's getting to everything, but when he gets right under it on a high flyball he looks uncomfortable

    cubbies.4ever 17 hours 34 min ago view
  • Did you expect anything different?

    billybucks 18 hours 4 min ago view
  • Wow, did they blow this game. Stupid plays by the kids in the 7th -- Almora throwing to 3rd instead of 2nd to keep the DP in order (when a DP probably wins the game) and Baez throwing to 3rd (to a backpedalling KB) instead of getting the easy 2nd out at first - cost them the game. Also, Contreras almost throws the ball into RF on a nonexistent pick-off play. And Maddon, for using Peralta in the first place. Did they do a bunch of shots in the dugout before the 7th? Unbelievably bad baseball. I thought Almora had a high baseball IQ?

    billybucks 18 hours 26 min ago view
  • men on 2nd/3rd, 0 out...and nothing.

    cubs lose :(

    crunch 18 hours 59 min ago view
  • UH OH! RALLY TIME!

    crunch 19 hours 8 min ago view
  • Getting tired of this Heywood weak sauce

    jacos 19 hours 19 min ago view
  • Yep, can't say I disagree with that. His first batter and resulting walk was just brutal. Reminded me of a bit of Jacque Jones spiking his throws into the ground from RF.

    Eric S 19 hours 28 min ago view