7/24 Central issues
The Cubs will play National League Central foes for 10 of the next 13 games, starting Friday with the Reds. Just before Friday’s game, they got news that the division leading Cardinals added Matt Holliday from the Athletics.
“He’s a good player,” Cubs GM Jim Hendry told reporters Friday. “Obviously, a good move for them for their stretch run. He’s a real good player, a real good kid, too.”
The Cardinals also acquired Mark DeRosa, and seem to be in a win-now mode. Will the Cubs counter?
“We’re going to try to do what we have to do,” Hendry said. “Obviously, we’ve been in that spot before where we’ve made big moves at the deadline or right before. Sometimes they work. sometimes they don’t.”
The Cubs do expect to get Geovany Soto back the first week of August, however, the rotation may have taken a hit with the news that Ted Lilly has soreness in his left shoulder.
— Carrie Muskat