Cubs Thursday Headlines: Ankles, shoulders and a Murphy

Last night the Chicago Cubs managed to win, 5-2. But it wasn’t all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows. Let’s start today’s headlines with the bad news. It was all contained in a wild bottom of the seventh, one that saw the Cubs lose their 2-1 lead and lose two players to injury. Thomas Neal was making his first start as a Cub tried to throw out John Mayberry, Jr. who was going for a double. When he threw the ball, he dislocated his shoulder and landed on the disabled list. Then this happened:

Donnie Murphy led the league in 9th inning home runs yesterday.

Donnie Murphy led the league in 9th inning home runs yesterday.

A hit, a walk and a run later, Kevin Frandsen singled to right, and Chase Utley barreled into Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro trying to score from second just as the throw arrived.

Utley was out, but Navarro got the worst of it, suffering what the Cubs are treating as a right leg “contusion” – but that looked much worse until x-rays ruled out a broken right ankle.

Navarro, who spent several minutes lying near the plate being treated before being carted from the field, still appears to be a candidate for at least a sprain diagnosis.

If you’d care to watch the video of Navarro’s heroics and what looks like it would’ve been a much worse injury, you can watch here. Maybe the most amazing thing about the play is that Navarro held on to the ball, keeping the Phillies from taking the lead. Travis Wood appreciated it, too.

“He’s a baller,” said Travis Wood, another pitcher who likes throwing to Navarro and one who allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings Wednesday. “He stayed in there and took the hit. We hope the best for him. Hopefully, it’s nothing serious and he can just take a few days and be back.”

And didn’t think it a dirty play by Utley.

“I like contact,” Wood said. “It was a tie ballgame at the time, and he’s trying to get ahead and help his team win. I got no problem with that. He didn’t go out of his way to hit him or anything. That’s baseball.”

For what it’s worth, I watched the play and didn’t think the first thing about it being dirty until I read that article saying the Cubs didn’t think it was a dirty play. I agree with them. Now, on to the good news…

Donnie Murphy is a 30-year-old utility infielder who’s been with the Royals, A’s, Marlins and now the Cubs in his career. BeforeMonday, he had 18 career home runs. As of this morning, he has 21. the 21st of his career and his second last night gave the Cubs their winning margin in the ninth inning.

“I was just thinking base hit right there,” Murphy said of his ninth inning at-bat in a 2-2 tie. “But in a count 3-1, he didn’t want to put another guy on. I faced him [Tuesday] night. Thankfully, I knew he had a little giddy-up on his fastball.”

Thanks, Donnie Murphy, for exceeding all expectations of you. Please don’t suck horribly for the rest of your stay with the Cubs.

27 thoughts on “Cubs Thursday Headlines: Ankles, shoulders and a Murphy

  1. dabirdguy says:

    That collision play was GREAT baseball on all fronts.
    Excellent throw.
    Nice blocking of the plate and REALLY sweet follow thru by Navarro.
    Chase Utley hit him like he was supposed to.
    That’s BASEBALL, not backyard wiffil ball.
    ONLY a slease-ball reporter TRYING to make a story out of nothing would even suggest otherwise.
    I’d sure like to know how was the jackape that asked the question.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m already irritated by the chanting children at the game.

    1. johnnywest333 says:

      Yes “Anonymous” is me.

  3. johnnywest333 says:

    10 hits already given up by Shark. 4th inning.

  4. johnnywest333 says:

    Make that 11. 1 out. Tadpole is done. Cubs trail 8-1. Still 4th.

  5. gidard says:

    what an asswhooping

  6. gidard says:

    Cubs/Cards on WGN friday,saturday,&sunday. WooHoo!
    Come on Cubbies!
    Wake up!

  7. gidard says:

    Samardzija might go on the trading block if Cubs can’t sign him over the winter to a long-term deal

  8. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Ernie Banks is getting the Medal of Freedom?

  9. Anonymous says:

    I’m guessing that Carl, Doc and Julie are double fisted in a bar and have forgotten all about the Cubs. I guess that just leaves me to do all the complaining and updating…

    1. johnnywest333 says:

      Yes “Anonymous” is me again. New computer, forget to log in…

  10. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Cubs have been beaned 3 times already. Next time they should charge the mound…

  11. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Groggles in for the save…

  12. sloanpeterson2 says:

    One Cardinal tosses- now Methany is gone….

  13. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Groggles is channeling Marmol….

  14. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Cubs win thanks to Gillespie…

  15. johnnywest333 says:


  16. sloanpeterson2 says:

    No thread today?

  17. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Well the Cubs pitching just gave up the lead…

  18. johnnywest333 says:

    Not sure whats up with the threads. I just sent Julie a message.

  19. Doc Blume says:

    Um…this place kinda stinks without me around.

    Anyway, I’m back from my vacation where I was completely disconnected from the outside world.

    Any nothing of any substance has happened.


  20. sloanpeterson2 says:

    You missed the Dodgers falling for the hidden ball trick. The Cubs actually scored runs on Friday. Ernie Banks is getting the medal of freedom…

    1. Doc Blume says:

      The most amazing thing about that hidden ball trick done by the Rays was the fact that the worst umpire in baseball, Angel Hernandez, was actually aware enough to have seen the whole thing happen and call Uribe out.

  21. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Barney tied the game! I did not think anyone could hit that fastball…

  22. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Navarro gives the Cubs the lead. The Cubs have more life in them, then I saw in Tampa Bay…

  23. johnnywest333 says:

    Great game. Welcome back Navarro. Oh and Doc too.

  24. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Cubs win!

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