8/8 Roster moves

The Cubs placed right-handed pitcher Matt Guerrier and outfielder Thomas Neal on the disabled list Thursday, and added catcher J.C. Boscan and right-handed reliever Eduardo Sanchez to the roster from Triple-A Iowa. Guerrier was experiencing discomfort in his right elbow, and returned to Chicago on Thursday to be examined. Neal, claimed Monday off waivers from the Yankees, suffered a dislocated right shoulder making a throw Wednesday. Both injuries came in the seventh, when catcher Dioner Navarro injured his right ankle in a collision at home plate. Navarro, who had to be carted off the field, amazingly is not going on the DL. He has a right ankle contusion.

Boscan was batting .253 in 62 games at Iowa. He has not played since Sunday. Boscan, 33, has played in the Minors since 1997, and didn’t get called up to the big leagues until 2010, when he appeared in one game for the Braves. He’s been in 11 games total in the Majors from 2010-12, all with the Braves. Sanchez, claimed off waivers from the Cardinals on May 21, was with the Cubs earlier this month and appeared in two games before he was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. He had yet to pitch for the Minor League team since his return.

With Guerrier and Neal added to the disabled list, the Cubs now have 10 players on the DL: Guerrier, Neal, Brian Bogusevic, Luis Valbuena, Scott Baker, Rafael Dolis, Kyuji Fujikawa, Zach Putnam, Ryan Sweeney and Arodys Vizcaino. Only Bogusevic and Valbuena were currently on the 15-day DL.

— Carrie Muskat


Samardzija just SUCKS.

He doesn’t suck but he sure is not showing ACE potential as one foolish poster thinks. He’s had way too many innings that should have been shut down innings that he lets go on for too long driving up his pitch count. Today’s game is not typical of The Shark but if he is capable of throwing such an awful game… it says quite a bit about what he’s made of and it’s not NO. 1 ACE stuff. He’ll make a nice 3-4 guy in a good rotation but at his age I would not count on him turning into a stud ACE. He would have made it by now.

This is Poppy. Here is the 4-1-1. In 1992, I was at good old Three Rivers Stadium with my friend Sparky who at the time lived in Beaver Falls, Penn. He had never seen the Cubs play before and didn’t know much about players not on the Pittsburgh Pirates. In that game, Ryan Sandberg went 0 for 4 with two Ks a pop out and a double play. After the game as we were sitting in the parking lot waiting for traffic to clear, Sparky was reviewing his scorecard and remarked, “Gee, that secondbaseman you have playing for you must not be very good because of all the players on either team, he had the worst batting day.” I turned to Sparky and threw up my arms and yelled “What are you, living on the planet Jupiter? Ryan Sandberg is one of the best secondbasemen in the National League and will probably be in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York one day. Even Willie Mayes struck out sometimes, Spark.” Spark is what we used to call him back in college, although I don’t remember why. Maybe it had something to do with how he accidentally lit himself on fire when we went up to the lake that one time?

Poppy, you have some flare when it comes to writing your comments, very nice. You should write a book….but make sure you hire a spellchecker. Somebody who knew how good Sandberg was and that he would eventually be in the HOF should at least get his name spelled correctly….you would think? RYNE. Getting THAT wrong detracts from your credibility.

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