Results tagged ‘ Aaron Miles ’

6/28 Quick hits

The Cubs were a little short-handed Sunday. Lefty Sean Marshall wasn’t available after pitching in four straight games, and infielder Aaron Miles is still bothered by a sore right elbow. Miles hyperextended his elbow last Wednesday, and hasn’t played since.

* Aramis Ramirez did take batting practice for the third day, and is moving closer to a rehab assignment. There is soreness after his BP sessions, but he says that’s normal. He hasn’t hit since he injured the shoulder May 8.

* Piniella was asked if he was frustrated by the Cubs this year.

“How many below .500 seasons have the Cubs had in their franchise history?” he said. “We’re one game under .500, and we’re having all kinds of problems here. It’s not where you’re at in June, it’s where you finish. The injuries, they’ve taken away from what this club can do. You know they’re part of the game, too. I’m not frustrated. I enjoy winning but, look, we still have a lot of baseball to be played. We have 90-something games to play and a lot can happen in 90-something games. Let’s stay positive. I’ve seen some nice signs the past couple days.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/25 Quick hits

Reed Johnson won’t officially be placed on the disabled list until Ryan Freel arrives at Comerica Park on Thursday. Freel apparently got on a 6 a.m. flight to Detroit, but mechanical problems delayed his flight. No, it’s not another Cubby occurrence.

Lou Piniella, by the way, has had enough of all the freak things.

“I’m done with the Cubby occurrences,” Piniella said. “They were funny at first, but they’re not funny any more.”

* Aaron Miles was originally in Thursday’s lineup but scratched because he hyperextended his elbow hitting in the cage the day before. He will be examined Friday in Chicago.

* Milton Bradley is getting a two-day breather. Bradley, who is 0-for-6 in his last three games, will be back Saturday and Sunday, Piniella said.

“Let’s call it a day off for today,” Piniella said about Thursday.

— Carrie Muskat

6/10 Lineup

Aaron Miles was activated from the disabled list and starting at second base on Wednesday in Game 2 of the Cubs’ three-game series vs. the Astros. It’ll be LF Soriano, SS Theriot, RF Bradley, 1B Lee, CF Johnson, C Soto, 3B Scales, 2B Miles and P Zambrano.

— Carrie Muskat

6/9 Roster move

Jake Fox will be headed back to Triple-A Iowa to make room on the 25-man roster for infielder Aaron Miles, who will be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday. Fox was 5-for-12 (.417) with the big league team, including a pinch-hit double on Tuesday in the Cubs’ 7-1 win over the Astros.

— Carrie Muskat

6/9 Lineup & quick hits

Milton Bradley convinced Lou Piniella he was ready to play, and was in the lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Astros. The lineup is LF Soriano, SS Theriot, CF Fukudome, 1B Lee, RF Bradley, 3B Fontenot, C Soto, 2B Blanco, P Lilly.

Bradley has been sidelined with a sore calf, and took early batting practice on Tuesday and told Piniella he was ready to go. Micah Hoffpauir had originally been in the lineup vs. Houston’s Brian Moehler.

* Aaron Miles (shoulder) joined the Cubs Tuesday, and was expected to be activated from the DL on Wednesday. Miles rehabbed at Triple-A Iowa, playing two games at second, one at third.

* Rich Harden (back) threw 70 pitches in his rehab start on Sunday and was expected to be activated Saturday to start against the Twins. He should be able to go five innings and throw 85 pitches. He did maintain his velocity in his outing and threw strikes, and didn’t feel any discomfort in his back.

* Aramis Ramirez (shoulder) took some swings in the batting cage on Tuesday with a fungo bat, and could begin taking grounders at third on Wednesday. If Ramirez continues to progress, he could start hitting balls off a batting tee next week.

— Carrie Muskat

Aaron Miles update

Aaron Miles played for the Iowa Cubs on Saturday, part of his rehab from a sore shoulder. He played five innings at third base and went 2-for-3, scoring a run in a 3-1 win over Round Rock. Miles was expected to be activated Wednesday when the Cubs are in Houston.

— Carrie Muskat

5/28 No Lou

Lou Piniella chose not to meet with the media after Thursday’s game, a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers. It was the first time this season he’s done this. Part of the problem could have been his frustration over the lack of options he had. With Aramis Ramirez, Aaron Miles and Ryan Freel on the disabled list, the Cubs don’t have many choices at third.

We’ll have to wait until Friday to hear Piniella’s explanation for what happened in the eighth inning. The umpires felt Koyie Hill was in the game; Piniella apparently didn’t agree.

If the Cubs have to rely on Jake Fox at third, they could be in trouble. In fairness, Fox did handle a grounder hit to him in the ninth inning Thursday.

“It was nice to get the first one out of the way, Fox said. “My heart was pounding a little bit. Once I got that one out of the way, I felt my heart rate slow down a little bit. Hopefully, they have enough confidence to put me back out there.”

Some post-game notes:

* Derrek Lee has hit safely in eight of his last nine games, and was batting .412 in that stretch. Milton Bradley has reached base via a walk or hit in each of his last six games. Ryan Theriot is batting .448 in his last eight games.

* Randy Wells deserved better. He recorded his third straight quality start. He’s thrown six or more innings in each of his last three starts.

— Carrie Muskat

Crazy like a Fox

Give Jake Fox credit. He’ll outwork anybody. Fox was at third base with bench coach Alan Trammell before Thursday’s game. Lou Piniella was asked if he was comfortable putting Fox in a game at third.

“Alan told me not to get too excited just yet,” Piniella said. “He told me he was going to work with him. To Fox’s credit, he told Alan, it might not be pretty but he’ll get the job done. That’s a pretty darn good rebuttal. He’s going to work with him for a few more days and we’ll see.”

Fox did come through with a pinch-hit single in the eighth, and was pressed into duty at third in the ninth. The Cubs are short-handed with injuries to Ryan Freel and Aaron Miles. Koyie Hill, who has subbed at third, was on deck to pinch hit in the ninth, but Piniella changed his mind and decided on Kosuke Fukudome instead. Home plate umpire Mark Wegner signaled that Hill was in, and switching to Fukudome meant the Cubs lost Hill for the game.

— Carrie Muskat


5/27 Roster moves update & lineup

Jake Fox, Jason Waddell and Andres Blanco joined the Cubs on Wednesday, and Bobby Scales and Neal Cotts were sent to Triple-A Iowa, while Aaron Miles was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of his sore shoulder. Miles received a cortisone shot and will not do anything for four or five days, then go to the Cubs’ facility in Mesa, Ariz., to rehab.

Blanco, who can backup at shortstop and second, was in the lineup Wednesday for the series finale against the Pirates. It’ll be LF Soriano, SS Theriot, RF Bradley, 1B Lee, CF Johnson, C Soto, 3B Freel, 2B Blanco and P Zambrano.

Also, Carlos Marmol rejoined the Cubs after his wife gave birth to the couple’s second daughter, Caroline. Everyone is doing well.

— Carrie Muskat

5/27 Roster moves

Expect some roster moves by the Cubs Wednesday. Aaron Miles has been bothered by a sore shoulder since Spring Training, and may be placed on the DL. That would open one spot. The Cubs have been trying to get another bat in the lineup and Jake Fox, who is leading the Pacific Coast League in average, home runs and RBIs, was spotted at Wrigley Field. Also, lefty Jason Waddell was seen at the ballpark as was infielder Andres Blanco. Lou Piniella has not been happy with lefty Neal Cotts, who still has options left, and could be sent to the Minors. Stay tuned.

— Carrie Muskat