Soto Activated; Hoff Sent Down

The Cubs had to make a roster move today to accommodate Geovany Soto and the victim was Micah Hoffpauir. He'll surely be back up when rosters expand on September 1st and possibly sooner. After a good start to the season, he sort of crescendoed at a .920 OPS on May 20th and since then has hit 182/217/336 in 115 PA with 4 HR's, mostly in part-time duty.

That leaves the Cubs bench with Jake Fox, Koyie Hill, Aaron Miles, Sam Fuld and either Mike Fontenot or Jeff Baker depending on who gets the start. 

 


LIneup for tonight: Fukudome, Bradley, Lee, Ramirez, Soto, Soriano, Fontenot, Theriot, Zambrano

If Soto comes back with a vengeance, that has to be my favorite lineup of the season...hopefully they score some runs this weekend and Lou sticks with it.

By the way, the Rockies are the best team in baseball since June with a .661 winning percentage and 39 wins (tied with the Angels) including 14 straight wins versus NL Central opponents. It's gonna be a tough series...


UPDATE: Z didn't finish his warm-ups and Sean Marshall will make a spot start.

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bradley in the 2 slot...i like that.

So much for getting more left handed...fuld is our power bat off the bench? Bradley's OBP gets put to the test.

Stl 3 , pirates 4 top 6

yeesh...Z never finished his warmup. left early, to the lockerroom...hasn't emerged since.

he threw 5 pitches before he shut himself down...that's not even CLOSE to throwing full speed or with full pitching motion.

hello DL.

getting word that he's scratched possible back injury. marshall to start.

Isnt it great when Z bunts for hits and tries to put on power shows during batting practice?

Grow the fuck up.

did he hurt his back swinging?

Cubs.com is saying "Victor Zambrano" was scratched and replaced by Marshall, so I don't see what the big deal is.

Whats wrong with Marshall? Seems like he's been bad for the last few weeks. I know this start was on short notice, but he was having a great year up until this point.

Sean, are you enjoying the thin air here? Oh by the way, head down to the bullpen you're starting.

ESPN showed a stat the other night - Marshall was leading the league in reliever ERA. Not that I dislike Marshall, but he's not even a top 10 reliever in the NL, so you had to know where that ERA was going. The good news is that this start didn't hurt that particular stat.

WOW

Soriano broken bat hit, Len saying Soriano should be at second,then they do the replay, Len does not look like he
turned it on, Brenley are you surprised.

At least Soto is back...

3K, 1 GIDP...

Yeesh, brutal.

Soriano sucks. Soto sucks. Fontenot sucks. The bullpen sucks.

Someone needs to sit Zambrano down and tell him if he wants to be paid ace money (which we unfortunately paid him before having this discussion) he needs to stop thinking he's a legitimate hitter and start taking less ridiculous swings.

Fail.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs...

Lee refused to label this series and the one against the Phillies as defining.

"The only thing that will tell us about our team is where we stand on Oct. 4," he said. "These games mean nothing. We can win all seven, but if you lose seven next week ... you just have to play good the next two months."

Does Lee really believe this stuff is it just me but does this team just lack a sense of urgency at all times? They aren't good enough to just coast.

you always want to play well, but there's no must-win series in the beginning of August. He's right, they need to play well for two months, not just this week.

I know it doesn't good in a soundbite, but it's the right attitude.

Cubs got screwed tonight anyway once Z went down. Lee missed a 3-run HR by about 5 feet...them the breaks.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090807&c...

Fan falls on field, bloodies himself up

They didn't show the fall, but it must have been really awkward for him to ding his head. Gotta hand it to Albert P., who's right there to help the injured guy and get his kid a souvenir. Cardinal or not, Albert is the best.

That's pretty awesome. I wasn't aware of how active Pujols is with Down's Syndrome (apparently being a father of child with it)...I respect him a lot more. Damn it, why can't he give me something to hate?

If there is anything that popular media has taught, it's that anyone who appears to be this perfect on the surface has to be doing something evil in secret. I guarantee he eats puppies or commits ritual sacrifices of panda bears or something.

Either that or baseball is a romantic comedy.

It is a romantic comedy. Jim Edmonds is his love interest.

The only thing humanity loves more than heroes are fallen heroes.

He's not the father, he's the step-father. And I am pretty sure he got married after he hit the bigs... after you could speculate see he was going to make $100+ million in his career. He's a tempting target to hate, but that kind of stand up manning just doesn't happen much in America anymore. He gets a pass from me.

looks like White Sox might have made the claim on Rios

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4384253

you have to be some kind of special to want to take on that contract. jays would be stupid not to just give him up.

replacing rios isn't exactly hard.

let's see how jp retardii can screw this one up.

Z back to Chicago for an MRI on his back, Lou says he would have started Dempster tonight if there was any warning...

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/17067...

also, Milton in the 2 spot looks like a long-term idea..
http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/17066...

John Gaub, for the I-Cubs pitched another 2 scoreless innings with one hit, one walk and 4 K's.

ERA now 0.54.

Maybe it's time to take a look (hard for him to be any hotter) if Lou would use him

...although I understand we may need a starter if Z's MRI is problematic. The I-Cubs starters at this point are Mitch Atkins, Caridad, Fossum, J Russell and JR Mathes. I guess they'd bring up Atkins again but others would know who's pitching best of that group. Cashner?

OK is this belaboring the obvious? Why not make Marshall the starter and have Gaub replace him in the pen?

I'm all for that plan, Lilly though should be back pretty soon as well....probably won't need a starter for more than 2 starts.

I think it's ridiculous that with the off day on Thursday, that a starting pitcher who had four days rest since his last start (Ryan Dempster) wasn't prepared to start in place of Zambrano last night. Or knowing he had back spasms in his last start, the Cubs even could have just skipped Zambrano's turn at COL and scheduled his next start on Tuesday vs PHI (first game of the homestand) and sent him home to sleep in his own bed, going with Dempster-Wells-Gorzelanny-Harden FRI-MON versus the Rockies. The Cubs shouldn't have had to start Marshall last night.

Was Dempster even at the stadium?

it seems to be dusty's fault...i mean a breakdown of communication between Z and the rest of the coaches.

Z should have fessed up earlier and the staff should have planned ahead, but dusty plays favorites with mark prior and...oh sorry, wrong side of the wrong rant...

it happens, but this was a combined effort at screwing the team over at the last minute. fun stuff.

the staff seemed pretty shocked Z wasn't going to be ready. there was definitively no backup plan in place.

Submitted by Cubster on Sat, 08/08/2009 - 6:09am.
...although I understand we may need a starter if Z's MRI is problematic. The I-Cubs starters at this point are Mitch Atkins, Caridad, Fossum, J Russell and JR Mathes. I guess they'd bring up Atkins again but others would know who's pitching best of that group. Cashner?

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CUBSTER: Andrew Cashner is the Cubs top pitching prospect, but I don't think he would be brought up to start against the Phillies in the middle of a pennant race.

With Jeff Samardzija having thrown four innings last night, I would think the Shark would most-likely be the one who gets the start next Wednesady if Zambrano can't go. If that is the case, the Cubs should option Samardzija to Iowa today and recall Jeff Stevens (giving the Cubs an extra bullpen arm), while keeping Samardzija with the club in Colorado. Then if it turns out Zambrano can't make his next start, the Cubs can place Zambrano on the DL retroactive to Sunday 8/2 (making him eligible to be reactivated on Monday 8/17, meaning he would miss just one more start), and recall Samardzija from AAA next Wednesday as Zambrano's roster replacement.

Or with the Iowa Cubs playing at Wrigley Field on Sunday, the Cubs could just have LHP Casey Fossum remain in Chicago after Sunday's game and be available to start (if necessary) next Wednesday versus the lefty-heavy Phillies. Fossum started for the I-Cubs last night, and so he is already in the same rotation slot as Zambrano.

Fossum has pitched very well in his last five starts at Iowa (29.2 IP, 19 H, 9 ER, 10 BB, 26 K, 2.73 ERA, 179 OBA, and 0.98 WHIP), and because he was released earlier this season by the Mets, the Cubs would only have to pay him the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary, so he could just get released if he is needed for only one start and doesn't pitch well, or if he does pitch well, he could be kept around as the 12th man on the staff.

Speaking of the Mets and the Iowa Cubs, the Cubs have traded AAA Iowa OF-1B Jason Dubois to the Mets AAA Buffalo affiliate in the International League, apparently for the usual PTBNL or cash.  

link  

With Micah Hoffpauir having been optioned to Iowa and with Brad Snyder back from the DL, Dubois was not likely to get much playing time at Iowa the last month of the PCL season, and he wasn't likely to get a September call-up to Chicago, either.

For those who did not hear, Randy Bush was on Bruuuuuce's show this am on Talking Baseball.

He stated it is probable that Z will be placed on the DL.

Discussion ensued with Levine and his co-host, that Samardjia might be worthwhile to try as a starter. He believes he'd be more successful as a young pitcher in a starting role.

"He believes he'd be more successful as a young pitcher in a starting role."

God I would hope so. Sarcasm aside, I see him as having a little Dempsteritis, in that his command would probably improve as a starter.

Stevens is probably coming back, so either Marshall or Shark to the rotation probably makes the most sense.

shouldnt a guy have a pitch besides a fastball (and a little more control) before being a starter?

how many offspeed pitches he throw a game? 1? 3?

it's a steady stream of that low90s and mid-high 90s fastball for the most part.

For the out of towners on TCR, tonight's game is also supposed to be on MLB Network.

had a helluva fun night...

http://deadspin.com/5332801/the-devil-is-still-in-...

apparently that happened in January...sobriety ain't easy

It's good to be king.

He apologized today and claimed it was a "one time thing" and he's embarrassed. Sounds a bit like David Ortiz' b.s.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090808&c...

it is b.s. if his past is any inclination.

his timeline of how long he's been clean when talking to people doesn't coincide with me seeing him kicking back beers.

One time thing, but a three thing time?

He should have just said he wasn't drinking and that it was Perrier he was drinking off the girl. Just because you're saved or born again or whatever, doesn't mean you shouldn't have any fun for the rest of your life, does it?

you're talking about a guy who's probably got some team regulations on his activities.

then again, i dunno how that's been handled since he moved from CIN to TEX...and it's not like TEX is gonna cut/void the guy over this.

it also doesn't fit the 'whore who found jesus' talks he likes to give for inspiration.

you should have seen this guy in highschool..90+mph fastball, could KILL the ball, and looked like a f'n monster compared to his teammates. rare specimen.

btw, his wife sure puts up with a lot of shit from this guy...for many many years...but she still sticks around.

Any word on how long Zambrano is out? And when can we stop pretending this isn't a huge injury in a season where the Cubs are just barely playing passable baseball?

For you Jason Marquis haters... I heard on the radio (but I didn't confirm it's accuracy) that every single team Jason Marquis has been on since coming to the majors has made the playoffs.

...

Imagine what he and Koyie Hill would do on the same team!

But how often has Jason Marquis actually made the playoff roster?

Seriously though, he is a valuable guy to have. He makes all his starts, typically pitches at least 6 innings, keeps his team in the game, and does some decent things with the bat. He's great to have as a 5th starter on a contender. Unfortunately, he's not worth the $10 million per Hendry gave him.

Is he worth the $7 million a year Hendry actually gave him?

Sun Times just broke the news that Z is on the 15 Day DL.

Lefty relievers moving up the food chain. (This is two days old and may be old news.)

Dustin Sasser to Tennessee, Casey Lambert to Iowa.

Sasser had a nice set of numbers at Daytona: 45 hits in 62 innings, with 51 strikeouts, 25 walks. ERA 1.60, WHIP 1.13.

His "twin," Luke Sommer, had similar numbers (more hits/inning) but Sasser got the promotion.

Lambert's star has dimmed a little this year but he has been pitching decently since he rested a sore elbow and moved back to the pen.

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  • nathan to join the cubs tomorrow.

    crunch 13 min 28 sec ago view
  • Wow in deed.

    Rob Richardson 17 min 39 sec ago view
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    Chris Sale was scratched from tonight's scheduled start due to a clubhouse incident before the game

    ...wow

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    crunch 22 min 48 sec ago view
  • He was scratched from his start today. No reason given.

    Rob Richardson 27 min 36 sec ago view
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    johann 1 hour 31 min ago view
  • sale's skills and insane value makes it almost too hard to have a market for the guy...he's got 3/38m owed to him over 3 seasons (2 team options). he could easily pull in 30m/yr if he was on the market as a FA.

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    crunch 3 hours 26 min ago view
  • Torres, Happ, McKinney, Jimenez, and Candelario for Sale. Deal or no deal?

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    John Beasley 3 hours 39 min ago view
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    Charlie 4 hours 10 min ago view
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    crunch 4 hours 25 min ago view
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    Charlie 8 hours 19 min ago view
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    Charlie 8 hours 24 min ago view
  • Cardinals, stop that. Right now.

    billybucks 9 hours 17 min ago view
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    John Beasley 10 hours 21 min ago view
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    crunch 18 hours 47 min ago view
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    billybucks 19 hours 44 min ago view
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