7/29 Germano to start; Dempster preps

Depending on who the Cubs need Sunday, Justin Germano will likely get the start Monday against the Pirates, who come to Wrigley Field for a three-game series. Germano was acquired from the Red Sox, and had been a starter at Triple-A. In his only Cubs appearance last Saturday in St. Louis, he threw three innings and gave up one run on five hits.

“He’s crafty — he’s not going to light up a radar gun but he’s got great arm speed on all his offspeed pitches and can change speeds on a slow curveball, [and throw] anywhere from 68 to 75, 78 mile an hour curveball, changeup,” Dale Sveum said. “He sinks the ball, keeps the ball down. He’s kind of crafty as much as anything but has command of four pitches.”

* Ryan Dempster threw a side session Sunday and is still scheduled to start Tuesday against the Pirates. Dempster isn’t the only one eager for the Trade Deadline to pass. Was Sveum looking forward to Wednesday, Aug. 1?

“Well, Tuesday at 3 o’clock will be fine, too,” Sveum said. “Not that I know the time [of the Trade Deadline] or everything.”

— Carrie Muskat


Hey, novel idea! As much as I like Soriano and the all-out effort he gives for the Cubbies, you think a trade to the Astros in the offseason would be out of left field (pun intended and not intended)? Astros are going to the AL next season, will need a DH. Will also have to spend to unspecified MLB salary floor, his contract and bat will fulfill both. Soriano hitting bombs into the Crawford boxes would be just what the ‘Stros need in the middle of their lineup. He could moonlight in LF once a week, seeing that if Carlos Lee could do it, Soriano definitely can. Just a thought. Bonus is we don’t play Houston 18 times a year anymore.

Swanny…that is a GREAT idea!!!!!

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