6/10 Johnson, Baker on Big Z
Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker began their rehab assignments at Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, and both went 0-for-2 before rain suspended play. If all goes well, they could be activated Monday when the Cubs begin a homestand against the Brewers. Alfonso Soriano, sidelined with a strained left quad, was to begin his rehab assignment at Iowa on Sunday.
Johnson and Baker were asked about Carlos Zambrano’s recent comments regarding the Cubs’ play, saying the team was “embarrassing.”
“We do need to play better,” Johnson told the Des Moines Register. ““We have to play better fundamental baseball, whether that’s taking extra quality ground balls, or early batting practice to work on situational things. Teams smell blood, especially teams in our division when they’re playing us. They’re drooling. They know we’re not playing very well, and they want to jump on top of us and make sure we don’t get up.”
As for Baker, he said Zambrano was entitled to his opinion.
“He’s frustrated, and the bottom line is that he wants us to play well,” Baker said. “The whole team wants to play well.”
— Carrie Muskat