7/28 Welcome home

The Cubs return home Monday without Matt Garza (traded to Rangers on 7/22) and without Alfonso Soriano (traded to NYY 7/26). They’ve also dealt Scott Feldman, Scott Hairston and Carlos Marmol this month. Is it more challenging now for Dale Sveum with all the turnover?

“It’s not as much of a challenge for me as always making sure you have the depth to fill the voids that happen someitmes,” Sveum said. “[Chris] Rusin has filled in with two great starts and we have [Carlos] Villanueva. We have a lot more depth than we did last year. Losing Soriano is a big blow on a lot of different scales than losing your four hitter.”

On Tuesday in the makeup doubleheader, Jake Arrieta will make his Cubs debut. It’ll be Sveum’s first look at him. He was acquired from the Orioles in the Feldman deal.

“You’re curious to get your eyes on him yourself,” Sveum said. “It’s stuff, it’s 95 to 97 [mph], and a guy who can throw a 91 mph slider or cutter, whatever you want to call it, as well as a changeup and curveball. You’ve got plus arm and plus stuff who can strike people out and do things that way.”

— Carrie Muskat

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Welcome Home ….and for some players….keep your bags packed…..you might be moved to a new team by Wednesday………………..Soriano got a 2 run HR today and got the game winning hit…………Miami Marlins hitting coach, former player, Tino Martinez, left the team after assaulting one of the Marlin players……Albert Pujols will miss the rest of the season…..Angels manager Mike Scocia has to be on the hot seat for next season…………..in case you missed it, Yankees GM Cashman believed Yankees higher ups overpaid to get Soriano by giving up Black.

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