This may be the last time I get to post my favorite Matt Garza image.
Couple of noteworthy things happening tonight:
First, the Wrigley Renovation plan had a very good day:
Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts took a major step today toward winning city approval for his $500 million plan to renovate Wrigley Field and transform the surrounding area in the process.
The Chicago Plan Commission unanimously endorsed the proposal, sending it to the City Council, which is expected to give the final thumbs-up, especially after local Ald. Thomas Tunney, 44th, told commissioners he backs the plan.
Although he continued to discuss with the Cubs and Mayor Rahm Emanuel his opposition to a pedestrian bridge the Cubs want to put up over Clark Street, he said other concerns have been addressed.
“Through months of negotiations and discussions, we now have arrived at the point where I have no objections to this project,” Tunney declared at the end of a three-hour hearing.
And, in case you didn’t hear, Brian Bogusevic is headed to the DL, so the Cubs called up Junior Lake:
CHICAGO — The Cubs are expected to promote infielder/outfielder Junior Lake to the big league team on Friday to take the roster spot of outfielder Brian Bogusevic, who is headed to the disabled list after he aggravated his hamstring in the first-half finale.
Lake, 23, is batting .295 at Triple-A Iowa with four home runs, 10 doubles, two triples, 18 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases. Ranked ninth onMLB.com’s Top 20 Cubs prospects list, Lake was slowed this season by a back injury, and did not join Iowa until June 6. This is his first year at the Triple-A level.
Bogusevic, 29, is batting .261 in 13 games with the Cubs. He felt tightness in his left hamstring on July 4, and although he did not go on the disabled list at that time, he did not start until July 11. On Sunday at Wrigley Field against the Cardinals, he aggravated his leg chasing a ball and came out of the game.
Lake’s promotion could be brief. Outfielder David DeJesus (sprained right shoulder) is working out in Mesa, Ariz., and could play in Rookie League games this week. If all goes well, he could be activated from the disabled list next week.
Let’s hope Junior gets some at-bats, beause I’m tired of looking at the same 10 guys all the time.
Finally, a few things on the Matt Garza front from our friends at mlbtraderumors.com:
- The Cubs are asking teams for their “last and best offers” for Garza, tweets ESPN’s Buster Olney, and other clubs think he’s thrown his last pitch as a Cub. In a separate pair of tweets, Olney adds that while the Rangers don’t want to move Perez, they have other pitching prospects such as C.J. Edwards and Luke Jackson that could be of interest to the Cubs. Jackson ranked as the team’s No. 6 prospect prior to the season according to Baseball America, while Edwards ranked 14th. Both have had strong minor league seasons.
- Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that the Rangers have the most motivation to acquire Garza and have had extensive talks with the Cubs.
- If the Rangers don’t acquire Garza, rival executives see the Cardinals, Red Sox,Diamondbacks and Dodgers as the likeliest destinations, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link).
- As reported earlier by Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a letter to season-ticket holders saying the team wouldn’t surrender top prospects for rentals. That, presumably, officially takes them out of the running for Garza’s services.
Finally tonight, thanks to the guys over at MLB 101 for having me on their show today.
Carl and I are hunkered down in the bunker for the night. Garza Watch 2012 continues . . .