5/16 Extra bases

An MRI revealed Cubs reliever Zac Rosscup has some inflammation in his left shoulder but no structural damage, and he will resume his throwing program in a week or so. Rosscup was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with left shoulder soreness, and examined on Thursday by team orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo.

“I was feeling some discomfort in my shoulder area so I tried to rehab it a little bit and do some preventative work,” Rosscup said Friday. “It wasn’t going away so I figured it was best to get it looked at. It’s nothing serious. They saw some inflammation and a little bit of fluid, nothing too serious. I should be down for a week or so and then start cranking it up again.”

* The Cubs are skipping Jake Arrieta in the rotation to keep Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija on schedule and also give Arrieta some time to work on his mechanics. Arrieta has made three starts since coming off the disabled list, and been limited to about 80 pitches each time.

He started on Tuesday in St. Louis and is scheduled to open the Cubs’ series at San Diego on Thursday, and will have a couple side sessions before that when he can try to correct his delivery. Arrieta said he was “too rotational.”

* Pedro Strop, on the disabled list since May 7 with a left groin strain, expected to go to the Cubs’ facility in Mesa, Ariz., early next week to continue his rehab. There is no timetable for his return.

* Jose Veras needed just five pitches to get two outs in the sixth on Thursday in his first game back after missing time with a strained left oblique. Veras began the season as the Cubs closer but for now, manager Rick Renteria said they will continue to ease the right-hander into games.

“We’ll chip away and let him have success and continue to work,” Renteria said.

— Carrie Muskat


The Yankees/Mets game last night resulted in a 1-0 score. Does it seem that there have been many games which ended with that identical score this season? Well, I`m here to tell you that is not a false impression you have experienced. Already this season to yesterday`s date, May 15, there have been 19 major league contests which resulted in scores of 1-0. And speaking of that Yankees/ Mets contest last night, both teams started pitchers who made their major league debuts, and each of those rookie hurlers had a base hit in the game, and that has not happened since 1944.

three errors so far….sloppy.

5 innings and 99 pitches so far for Shark……..one more inning and that will be it.

So no win for Shark………..I wonder what is the record of going winless as a Cubs pitcher?

Ryan Dempster went 18 starts without a win from 2011-12, and Danny Jackson had a 20-start winless streak in 1991-92

Today’s game was NOT a “quality start” for Shark.

What are ex-pitchers are doing these days………ERA, WHIP, BAA

Archer………..5.16 / 1.48 / .292
Maholm……..5.40 / 1.73 / .319
Feldman…….2.63 / 1.09 / .225
Garza………..4.98 / .145 / .267

Interesting. Scott Feldman is doing that well? Would you rather have Feldman or Arrieta and Strop? I know many people want Shark traded, but what are they going to get? And if they do get an A+ prospect that player likely won’t be ready until 2016 – at the earliest. And then what are the odds that in 2016 that player is as good as Shark now? If they don’t sign Shark or any free agents then their payroll next year is in the $50 – $60m range? Is that right? Tim Hudson is 38 and he’s nails. At some point, then need to sign a quality free agent and trade some prospects for proven players.

I still take the trade we made for Feldman…….if you can get two for one, you make that trade !……
We should get a large haul for Shark than what we got for Garza…….
If the Cubs were ready to contend, we sigh Shark……but we are not even close……does not make sense paying Shark $115 million with a team in the bottom of the division for the next couple of seasons…….you go for the prospects !
Offering money to a Quality Free Agent is one thing…….having him to accept being on a losing team is another……….most Quality Free Agents want Winning or West Coast teams after a certain point in their career..

I agree with you – I like the Feldman trade. How about Shark for $72m for four years? Free agents would definitely come to Chicago, the Cubs may just need to overpay. Eventually, they’ll need a $140m payroll, so maybe next year is the time to start. Black, Bryant, Vizciano, and maybe others could come up. They have #4 pick this year and likely top 3 next year. It’s time to start trying to win. That’s what I would do. If they aren’t willing to have $140m payroll, I may need to root for another team.

Cubs fan forever and will always root for them but this is the worst stretch I can remember in the last 50 years. Am pulling for the Phillies though. Ryno is my favorite Cub and want to see him succeed at the major league level.

This has been a horrible stretch. It is likely to get worse when Hammel and Shark are traded and they race to 95 – 100 loses. I’d like to see a real effort to try and win next year, and I don’t mean banking on a platoon strategy. Anyway…

The Phillies have stumbled of late,tomntex. Did you hear about the divide betwixt Ryno and his closer, Papelbon recently? Seems Papelbon pitched in two consecutive games recently, and told his manager he would not be available for the third. Ryno retorted he was not buying it, and made it clear the highest paid reliever in all of baseball should indeed be available that third day.

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