Between the pitching implosion and Tom Ricketts’ bleacher interview yesterday, I’m having a hard time keeping the rage to a minimum this morning. Let’s get right to the fun:
CHICAGO — All the injuries that have hurt the Cubs’ record are starting to take a toll on their manager.
Mike Quade has given injury reports on a near daily basis this season, which is why he wouldn’t even entertain the possibility of an injury to catcher Geovany Soto after the Cubs’ 12-7 loss to the Astros on Monday. Soto, who returned Monday after being sidelined since May 10 with a strained groin, was hit by a pitch on his left hand in the eighth.
“I don’t even want to think about it,” Quade said.
Soto was hit on the fatty part of his hand and is expected to be OK. Alfonso Soriano could be the next player to land on the disabled list after leaving the game in the first inning with a strained left quadriceps. Results from an MRI are expected Tuesday.
Joy. Can’t wait to see who the Cubs call up instead of Tyler Colvin this time.
At least SOMEONE is close to returning, though not the pitcher we all hoped for:
CHICAGO — Matt Garza, who has been sidelined since May 17 with tightness in his right elbow, threw on flat ground and played long toss Monday and could return to the rotation Sunday in St. Louis.
“[I] heard it was good,” Cubs manager Mike Quade said of Garza’s throwing session. “I heard it was real good. Great piece of news today.”
The right-hander won’t throw Tuesday, but he will get back on the mound Wednesday for the first time since the injury.
Finally, if you’re looking for something, ANYTHING to feel good about in relation to the Cubs this morning, read this:
DJ LeMahieu knew Sunday he was getting a call-up.
Only he thought he was going from Class AA Tennessee to Class AAA Iowa.
Fortunately for LeMahieu, the Cubs had better news. They promoted him all the way to the big-league club Monday as infielder Jeff Baker went on the disabled list with a strained left groin.
â€œItâ€™s an unbelievable feeling to get that call,â€ said the 22-year-old LeMahieu, a second-round pick out of LSU in 2009.
â€œYou dream about it as a kid, like everyone says. Once you play in Double-A, you kind of know that the call might be coming, but I donâ€™t know if you can really prepare yourself for the actual call. It was a great call. Iâ€™m really excited to be here.
â€œBrian Harper (Tennessee manager) called me and said, â€˜Youâ€™re going to Iowa.â€™ I was really excited. I was pumped. Two hours later, I was actually fishing with a couple buddies on a lake in Tennessee. Oneri Fleita (the farm director) called me and said, â€˜Change of plans; youâ€™re going to go to Chicago.â€™ I was like, â€˜Did I get traded?â€™ He said, â€˜You ever hear of Wrigley Field?â€™ It was pretty cool, a pretty cool moment.â€
I’m still hoping to put together some thoughts on all the stupid things Tom Ricketts said yesterday without incorporating a bunch of expletives. If I can get there, I’ll let you know.