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Matt Garza shut down, likely to miss first month of the season Per Carrie Muskat, Garza experienced more pain related to his strained lat muscle during a throwing session today. He's been shut down a week by the trainers, and it's "likely" that he'll miss the first month of the season. Carlos Villanueva is probably the happiest guy in the clubhouse right now. His four innings with one run yesterday certainly helps too. Re: Garza's trade prospects Jeff Samardzija named opening day starter My one-year-ago self is still shaking his head. At least Scott Baker is doing okay (Knocks on all available wooden surfaces). He's on track to come back in mid-April. Other injury news Castro's hamstring is inflamed, but he still feels okay enough to hit in the batting cages this weekend. Ian Stewart doesn't sound much closer to coming back from his injury. It sucks for Stewart, this is exactly the worst time of the year for a player in his situation to get injured. What the hell does Logan Watkins eat, anyway? Just read this bizarre article. Who the **** has never eaten oatmeal, or an orange? Steve Clevenger to get some time in at 1b, 2b, 3b in the spring He's filling in for Rizzo during the WBC, but what has he done for the Cubs to really want his bat in the lineup? I'll take this as a slight on Brent Lillibridge. I don't really get the point of Clevenger backing up Rizzo, since they're both left handed. The same goes with Valbuena at 3b. I look forward to the epic string of profanities from AndCounting if Clevenger makes the team. Bunt tournament update Per muskat: David DeJesus vs. Starlin Castro Anthony Rizzo vs. Logan Watkins Brent Lillibridge vs Michael Brenly Edwin Maysonet vs Andy Lane (bullpen catcher) Edwin Jackson vs. Casey Coleman Hisanori Takahashi vs. Tim Buss (strength coach) Jeff Samardzija vs Blake Parker Travis Wood vs Nate Halm (video guy) It's hard not to root for the video guy (dying laughing) CrawfordWatch Carl Crawford was shut down with nerve irritation in his surgically repaired left elbow. I would say that the Red Sox are really regretting this Soriano-like deal, but they're not even paying him anymore.  The post Daily Facepalm 3.3.13 – Shark named opening day starter, Garza probably to miss a month appeared first on Obstructed View.

Better Know a Cub: Brett Jackson

How long does it take to change your swing? Is it even possible to change in your 20's? The answer to these 2 questions will probably tell you all you need to know about Jackson's future with the Cubs. Brett Jackson was drafted in the 1st round of the 2009 draft, at 31st overall. He worked his way up many prospect lists in the ensuing few years, putting up .400 wOBAs essentially...

Matt Garza will likely miss all of April for the Cubs.

Being a Cubs fan is never easy, and the pain has begun already: starting pitcher Matt Garza has been shut down, and will likely miss the entire month of April. On Thursday, the news broke that Garza might start the year on the DL while battling a strained lat. Now, the news has grown even worse with Garza being shut down and missing more than just a start or two to kick the year...

Cubs' Matt Garza Out Season's First Month

Some of the questions about Chicago Cubs’ starting pitcher Matt Garza’s health have been answered. The Cubs have decided to shut Garza down until possibly the beginning of May. This would mean that Garza will miss the rest of Spring Training and the first month of the regular season. Garza strained the lat on his left side on February 17 while throwing batting practice...

Samardzija to start Cubs' opener; Garza DL bound

Jeff Samardzija will be the opening-day starter for the Chicago Cubs, who said Matt Garza will start the season on the disabled list because of an injured muscle in his side that is preventing the right-hander from throwing. Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Sunday that Samardzija will start at Pittsburgh on April 1. He was 9-13 with a 3.81 ERA last season, when he had a 2.39 ERA in...

Cubs’ Starlin Castro: Minor Inflammation – Likely Return of March 6

The injury bug seems to love biting the Chicago Cubs. Shortstop Starlin Castro came out of his team's Spring Training game on Wednesday, February 27, after straining his left hamstring while running out a ground ball. When Castro still felt some stiffness on Friday morning, the Cubs sent him for an MRI. The results came in Saturday. The MRI showed minor inflammation...

2013 Season Preview: Chicago Cubs

It's almost here Chicago Cubs fans. Another season of complete and utter futility. After crossing the century mark for losses last season, finishing with 101 losses, the 2013 campaign brings about more of the same for the Cubs, as they continue their epic rebuild of nearly the entire franchise. Will 2013 be any easier to watch? Or will the Cubs continue to fall flat on their...

2013 burning question: Chicago Cubs

Continuing from this morning's season preview of the Chicago Cubs... Quite a few for a 101-loss team. But the big one is: will the Cubs keep or trade Alfonso Soriano? Soriano's status with the Cubs is one of the more contested points giong into the 2013 season. Chicago recieved some interest on Soriano this winter, and I'm sure they'd love to dump him off...

Cubs Spring Training Game Info for 3/2/2013

Today, the Chicago Cubs will be facing the San Fransisco Giants in a Spring Training game at 2:05 CST and yes, you can listen to the Game on WGN Radio. Here is today’s lineup for your Chicago Cubs: David DeJesus CF Darwin Barney 2B Nate Schierholtz DH Alfonso Soriano LF Brian Bogusevic RF Dioner Navarro C Steve Clevenger 1B Edwin Maysonet SS Christian Villanueva 3B Carlos Villanueva...

How the Cubs have Been Stupid

For as long as I have been following the game of baseball, and likely for decades before that, the fans of the Chicago Cubs have made many comments for how stupid the team has been. Whether they accuse the team of being stupid for trading away one of their scrappy young stars, or failing to sign or re-sign one of the better hitters that are on the market, the fans wrath never ceases...

Dugout Digest - happy Cubs day!

We're somehow halfway through our six week preview series, and today, we keep things rolling around with CUBS DAY. That's right...Cubs day will be kicking off the week highlighting the NL Central. I'm sure you know how things will be playing out by now. Friday was Yankees Day at TOC, and here's your recap. Yankees on TOC End of Season Postmortem 2013 Season...

Chicago Cubs 300 lb prospect Daniel Vogelbach slims down, remakes himself

In June of 2011, an 18 year kid named Daniel Vogelbach was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the second round of the MLB amateur draft. The high school first baseman was listed as 5’11″ 285. However, in the pics we saw of him, he looked easily three bills. But we thought hey Daniel Vogelbach he can hit a ton. The Cubs claimed right after the draft he dropped 40 pounds off what...

Can the Cubs Contend?

Key offseason additions: Edwin Jackson, Carlos Villanueva, Kyuji Fujikawa, Scott Feldman, Scott Baker   Key offseason departures: Bryan LaHair     The Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908. So needless to say its been pretty rough for Cubs fans. Before the 2012 season the Cubs made what could be the best … Continue reading »

Brewers Edge Cubs Split Squad in Mesa

Taylor Green singled, doubled, drove-in a run, and scored another, Carlos Gomez crushed a tape-measure home run, and Marco Estrada tossed four innings of one-hit shutout ball and combined with five relievers to throw a two-hitter, as the Milwaukee Brewers edged a Cubs split squad 4-3 in Cactus League action this afternoon at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, AZ ...
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