You may have heard yesterday that Carlos Pena had been put on waivers, and had been claimed by the Yankees. Don’t expect him to be going anywhere.
“It’s very flattering to see the interest, but it’s even more flattering to see how the Cubs pulled back and retained me,” Pena said after the Cubs’ 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.
“We were able to talk today,” Pena said. “The conversation was to reassure me how much they think of me. I told him how much I appreciate being a Cub and how much pride I take wearing the uniform. Regardless of what people were saying or what I was hearing, I said that I’m wearing this uniform and that’s my entire eternity right here.”
Entire eternity? Wow. Carlos is dedicated. What does it mean that the Cubs don’t want to save a million dollars for the rest of the season? Not that any of us were still holding out hope, but it probably means we can kiss any chance at Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols goodbye. Keeping Pena now appears to mean that the Cubs hope to retain him next year. I suppose there are worse options if they’re not going all in for Fielder or Pujols.
In other news, Randy Wells didn’t suck last night.
“This one feels pretty good,” said Wells (5-4), who missed two months with the injury. “I still won’t make any excuses for it, but it definitely was a hard thing to come back from. I think the biggest thing obviously is the physical health, but besides that the confidence, cutting the ball loose and having the confidence that it’s going to carry and stay on the line that you want it to. Every start the confidence starts to come back and start to feel better.”
Way to go, Randy!
Remember how horrible the Cubs have been with RISP? Bruce Miles had a chat with Rudy Jaramillo about it.
“Basically, what we’ve been trying since spring training with men in scoring position is trying to hit the ball up the middle and the other way,” Jaramillo said.
“It’s easier said than done, obviously. What’s going on right now is that we’re not trusting ourselves enough because we’re little concerned about getting beat with the fastball.”
“There’s a little anxiety,” Jaramillo said, not singling out any one hitter. “If your body’s coming out, with a little anxiety there, you’ve got to be more in control of your emotions.
“You see the body do something, what’s the mind doing to cause that happen? That’s kind of where we’re at. Everybody’s a little different in how they process that so they trust it.
“We’re getting plenty of runners. We just can’t get that one hit at that crucial time. If we could, you know how that happens. Then it snowballs. We’ve seen it a little bit, but not enough.”