7/19 Extra bases
Mike Quade talked Tuesday to Joe Torre, Major League Baseball’s vice president of baseball operations, regarding the umpires’ performance in the Cubs’ series against the Marlins. Quade was critical of umpire Lance Barrett after he called pinch-runner Brett Hayes safe after a pickoff attempt in the Marlins eighth on Sunday. Quade felt shortstop Starlin Castro’s tag was in time, and the replay appeared to support the Cubs. Quade, who has been ejected three times this season, did not go on the field and argue the call.
Did Quade expect to be penalized after his chat with Torre?
“I’ll wait and see,” Quade said. “I don’t know. The one thing that’s great about having Joe [in that job], he’s handling that situation and he’s been on both sides of this and he gives you an opportunity to explain and it’s not just cut and dry. We’ll see where it goes. We had a long discussion and a good discussion.”rotation in line?
* Quade and pitching coach Mark Riggins planned to sit down and discuss the rotation with two off days coming up. The Cubs have Thursday and Monday off.
* Alfonso Soriano has heard the rumors. It’s July, close to the trading deadline, and his name has been mentioned before.
“I don’t worry,” he said. “I don’t have control of that situation.”
Soriano, 35, would be an expensive addition for a team. His contract with the Cubs runs through 2014, and he is owed $18 million each year. He does have a full no-trade clause and is closing in on 10-and-5 status, but said he would not get in the way if the Cubs approached him about a possible deal.
* It’s Tuesday. Do you know who the Cubs closer is? As of now, the decision will be day to day. It could be Carlos Marmol, who pitched Monday after two days off to work on his mechanics, or lefty Sean Marshall. Marmol did pitch the ninth and walked two, but also struck out two, the first time he’s fanned a batter since July 3.
“We’ll see,” Quade said before Tuesday’s game. “[The Phillies] only have 10 left-handed hitters in the lineup, too.”
– Carrie Muskat