9/26 Extra bases – UPDATED
Tom Gorzelanny will get one more start before the regular season ends on Thursday against the Padres. The left-hander lasted 3 1/3 innings on Friday against the Cardinals, his first start since Sept. 1. He had been sidelined after being struck by a line drive by the Pirates’ Jose Tabata. Ryan Dempster (14-11, 3.87 ERA) will start Tuesday and in the regular season finale next Sunday.
* Marlon Byrd’s right eye was still swollen and bruised after taking a foul ball off his face. on “If I needed him today, I’m sure he’d run out and play his heart out,” Mike Quade said of Byrd. “Let’s give him a couple days and we’ll try him in San Diego. In my mind, we’re just having him ready for San Diego tomorrow.”
* WGN Radio broadcaster Ron Santo will not make the team’s final road trip to San Diego and Houston. Santo will host a walk-a-thon to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on Oct. 3 in Chicago.
* Cubs players and coaches threw balls and souvenirs into the stands prior to Sunday’s game, the last home game at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have topped 3 million fans for the seventh consecutive year.
“It’s the end of a long grind but we’ll have some fun today and enjoy the crowd and spend some time with the fans,” Quade said. “It’s just phenomenal the support we get. It’s always been from when I was 7 years old to 53 now.”
* The Cubs rookies had some colorful costumes to wear on the plane ride to San Diego instead of their normal street clothes. It was rookie hazing day at Wrigley. Thomas Diamond was dressed as a chicken, Andrew Cashner was dolled up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, while Marcos Mateo had an elaborate Cleopatra get-up. James Russell had an appropriate cowgirl dress.
“I like their taste,” Russell said of whomever selected the costumes. “It’s a little Western wear and I’ve got piece of Texas in me.”
Outfielder Brad Snyder had fishnet stockings, a purple sequined top and purple, green and gold wig.
“I never played dress-up as a kid,” he said.
It’s all in good fun.
* Albert Pujols has hit 25 home runs at Wrigley Field, tied for the most by an active player with Washington’s Adam Dunn. Pujols has 47 homers against the Cubs, the most against any opponent. “Just another park, man,” Pujols said.
* The Cubs bullpen has a 1.51 ERA (nine earned runs in 53 2/3 innings) in the last 18 games dating to Sept. 6.
— Carrie Muskat