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8/21 Cashner to start rehab

Andrew Cashner will begin his rehab assignment on Tuesday with Double-A Tennessee, and if all goes well, could rejoin the Major League team on Sept. 2. Cashner, who has been on the disabled list since April 6 with a strained right rotator cuff, was to make three to four appearances with the Smokies, then go to Triple-A Iowa. He will likely start the first couple games but only pitch one inning each time as he builds up arm strength.

“I’ve been ready to go for awhile now,” Cashner said Sunday. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to playing again and get healthy.”

Cashner, who turns 25 on Sept. 11, won a spot in the rotation but was expected to pitch only in relief when he rejoins the Cubs.

— Carrie Muskat

8/9 Extra bases

Third baseman Aramis Ramirez was scratched Tuesday because of back spasms and is day to day. Blake DeWitt started at third base and batted third, his fifth start at third this year.

* If you had tickets to Monday’s Cubs-Nationals game and can’t attend Thursday’s makeup game, don’t be mad at the Cubs. The game was postponed because of rain and Koyie Hill, the Cubs player representative, said they lobbied to play a split doubleheader on Wednesday. The Nationals were already scheduled to stay in Chicago on Wednesday night and wanted to play Thursday, which was an off day for both teams.

“If our players and their players can’t agree on when to play, then it goes to the union and if they can keep from scheduling split doubleheaders and there’s another option, they’ll take the other option no matter what,” Hill said Tuesday. “The only way we could’ve gotten to play Wednesday was if Washington agreed.”

The two sides presented their preference, disagreed, discussed their options with their respective teams again, and still disagreed.

“At that point, it goes to the [players’] union,” Hill said. “[The Nationals] were flying out Thursday at 3 [p.m.], so for them it made sense. They were going to stay one more night and enjoy our wonderful city and then go to Philadelphia in the middle of our off day. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much of a say.”

This was Chicago’s fourth rainout this season, the most since 2009 when five home games were washed out because of the weather. The other rainouts this year were April 19 against the Padres; April 27 against the Rockies; and May 15 against the Giants.

Tickets for Monday’s game will be good for admission to Thursday’s game, which will start at 1:20 p.m. CT.

* Darwin Barney, Andrew Cashner and Blake DeWitt took part Tuesday in a “Play Campaign” clinic for more than 60 kids at Wrigley Field, emphasizing good nutrition and activity. The campaign is sponsored by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) in conjunction with the Taylor Hooton Foundation and Athletico Physical Therapy, and was led by Cubs athletic trainer Mark O’Neal and assistant trainer Ed Halbur. Besides sessions on the dangers of steroids and performance enhancing drugs, the kids were treated to mini baseball clinics. Barney talked to them about fielding, DeWitt discussed hitting and Cashner gave some pointers on pitching. O’Neal and Halbur emphasized the importance of staying active.

All 30 Major League teams conduct “Play Campaign” clinics during the season in an effort to fight childhood obesity, which, according to the Center for Disease Control, has tripled in the last 30 years. The kids at the Cubs event were sponsored by Athletico, the official provider of physical therapy to the team, and also by Sheil Park in Chicago.

* Rodrigo Lopez will make his eighth start on Wednesday for the Cubs. He’s 2-2 with a 5.54 ERA so far compared to a 3.72 ERA in 10 relief appearances.

“I’m committed to him right now,” Mike Quade said of the right-hander. “As I look at this thing, we take it four days at a time. We’re going to play Washington, which is in the hunt still. We’ve got contenders the  rest of the month and that’s part of the reason I want to keep the pitching in line, at least a couple of the big three in each series to face these better clubs.”

The big three, in case you didn’t know, are Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza.

* The unexpected off day on Monday gave the Cubs bullpen an extra day of rest and they are fully loaded. Said Quade: “That’s always a good thing.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/29 Extra bases

With Kosuke Fukudome gone after being traded to the Indians, Starlin Castro took over the leadoff spot for the Cubs on Friday. It was Castro then Darwin Barney batting 1-2 to open the series against the Cardinals. It’s not a new role for Castro, who has a .369 average in 19 games as the leadoff man.

“We’ll start with those two kids and it will be an evolving thing and maybe not,” Quade said.

* Tyler Colvin most likely won’t be playing first base, at least not now. He played first in Spring Training but stuck to the outfield at Triple-A Iowa. Is the infield experiment over?

“Not necessarily,” Quade said. “When we sent him out [to Iowa] we were concerned with the bat and let him play the outfield and let him work on his bat. [The experiment] is over for the moment.”

* Andrew Cashner, on the DL with a strained right rotator cuff, will throw off the mound on Saturday in Mesa, Ariz. After that, he was expected to join the team in Pittsburgh this week. He’s been on the DL since the day after his first start of the season April 5, has been rehabbing at the Cubs’ facility in Arizona most of the season. There is no timetable for his return.

— Carrie Muskat

7/14 Extra bases: Z, Cash & Q

Carlos Zambrano threw a side session to test his back on Thursday and is all set to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday. Rodrigo Lopez will fill the fifth spot in the rotation with Ramon Ortiz going to the bullpen.

* Mike Quade did chat with Ryan Dempster to discuss why he pulled the right-hander after 87 pitches and five innings in his last start in Pittsburgh. Dempster was upset about what he felt was an early exit.

“It’s like anything else — if you argue with a player or a coach or people at home,” Quade said. “It’s a different interpretation of what’s going on and often that’s not considered at that moment.”

* Andrew Cashner will continue to build up arm strength and throw long toss for a couple weeks in Mesa, Ariz., before he can throw off the mound.

* The only glitch for Quade and his first All-Star Game was the travel. His flight Sunday out of Pittsburgh was canceled and he had to be re-routed through Memphis on Monday. On Tuesday, he was detained for 40 minutes by security at Sky Harbor Airport because his belongings set off the alarm.

“I don’t know what they were looking for,” he said. “[The All-Star Game] was a great experience and we won and that matters.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/14 Time for the 2nd half

Before Thursday’s game against the Marlins, Cubs manager Mike Quade addressed the team. His message?

“Play better, execute better, pitch better, hit better,” Quade said. “We’ve got to be better. I talked to the guys right before the workout and it’s the healthiest group I’ve addressed since before [Randy] Wells and [Andrew Cashner] went down. Now let’s see if we can stay healthy and be a better team.”
Wells and Cashner were placed on the DL after their first starts of the season, so it’s been a long time since the club has been healthy.
“You have to put the first 90 games behind you and look forward and that’s what we’re trying to do,” Quade said.


 Someone asked Quade if the Cubs needed change for change’s sake:


“I’ve heard that used several times — not here but in other places — and I despise that wording,” Quade said. “Maybe it does apply somewhere that I’m not associated with.
“I think there should be reasons, whether it’s this sport or business or anything else,” he said. “It usually means people don’t want to say why they’re making changes. ‘Oh, let’s just change things.’ It’s probably because things are going well and it’s time. Every time I hear that, it’s like, ‘Be more specific, please.'”


 He was specific to the players.
“There’s a lot of things out of our control, so let’s make sure we take care of the things we can control, whether it’s executing fundamentals or whatever the case may be,” he said.
The Cubs went 24-13 under Quade in the final six weeks of 2010. He’s hoping for that same level of performance.
“What I saw last year when these guys finished up so well, you’d like to see more of the same,” Quade said. “The thing to draw from to me is these guys didn’t suddenly start beating people 9-1. We won a lot of close ballgames, we pitched very effectively, we caught the ball better than we have. We did a lot of little things better than we have now.”
— Carrie Muskat

6/30 Extra bases

Marlon Byrd will play for Triple-A Iowa Thursday through Saturday, and was expected to join the Cubs on Sunday for the next road trip. Iowa had Wednesday off and opens a series against New Orleans on Thursday. Byrd is rehabbing from facial fractures suffered when he was hit by a pitch May 21. He’s hit a three-run homer so far for Iowa.

* Andrew Cashner was examined by Cubs orthopedic specialist Stephen Gryzlo on Thursday. If the right-hander gets the go-ahead, he could begin a throwing program Friday. He’s been rehabbing in Mesa, Ariz.

* Kerry Wood will be activated from the DL on Friday, just in time for the Cubs series vs. the White Sox. Wood tested the blister on his right index finger by throwing 15 pitches in a live BP session on Wednesday.

— Carrie Muskat

6/29 Byrd, Cashner & Colvin

Some news and notes pregame Wednesday:

* Marlon Byrd could be activated before Sunday. He’s rehabbing with Triple-A Iowa.

* Andrew Cashner, on the DL with a strained rotator cuff, will be examined by the team doctor in Chicago. Said GM Jim Hendry: “We’ll take our time with him.”

Added Hendry on Cashner: “I’m quite confident he’ll be back pitching this year. We’ll do what’s best for his career and future.”

* Tyler Colvin is making progress at Triple-A Iowa. Said Hendry: “He’s doing fine. He’s swinging the bat a lot better. We just want to make sure he’s back to where he was last year before he got hurt. He’ll be a big part of our future.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/29 Hendry: “No fire sale”

Cubs GM Jim Hendry says there will be no fire sale at the trading deadline and that he’s looking forward to seeing the team whole once injured players like Marlon Byrd and Kerry Wood return.

“I read some things that people assume — they use the word ‘fire sale,'” Hendry said Wednesday. “That’s not going to happen. We’re not interested in trading people at all who will be valuable to us moving forward. People like to float names of your better players which makes no sense to trade. If we make moves, it will be designed to make us better for the future. We still want to see how we play the next month or so.

“Everybody thinks there’s this big automatic, ‘You have to be a buyer or seller’ or ‘It’s fire sale time,'” Hendry said. “We’ve got a lot of young people out there pitching and playing, and people who will be productive for us in a year from now who, when you get ready to put a team together in the offseason, you don’t want to start without them anyhow. As the games go, there’s less and less pitching available every year and less and less talent, for the most part. We’re certainly going to hold onto the people no matter what who we feel will be major contributors down the road.”

That said, Hendry is not content with the way the Cubs have played and expects a better situation when Byrd and Wood come off the DL.

“The bantering that goes on about how many people will be out of here [at the trading deadline] is foolish,” Hendry said. “There’s a lot of people you’re still capable of winning with down the road who are not free agents and you have control of their contracts for years that you’re not interested in trading.”

Hendry said the Cubs can turn things around in a short amount of time.

“We’ve done that before a few times and plan on doing it again,” he said. “You look at people winning now the last couple years who weren’t two or three years ago — people like Texas come to mind. Different clubs are in contention now that weren’t two or three years ago. Unfortunately, we’re on the other side.”

The Cubs began play Wednesday at 32-48.

“It’s obviously extremely disappointing,” Hendry said. “Nobody expected that. There’s no sense in going with excuses — we haven’t played good enough baseball to be in contention. When you lose a couple rotation guys, it puts us right behind the eight ball. I think we’re 8-24 in the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation. That first week of the season when we saw [Randy] Wells and [Andrew] Cashner pitch like that, I don’t think those two at that point in their lives would be 8-24.”

The Cubs also have lost games started by pitchers other than the fourth and fifth starters which they should have won, he said.

“It’s kind of a snowballing effect,” Hendry said. “Now some of the guys who were not swinging in April are swinging better now. We still feel there’s a lot of baseball games. We’re not going to roll over.”

— Carrie Muskat

5/30 LeMahieu to join Cubs

Add another Cubs player to the DL list. Jeff Baker was to be placed on the disabled list Monday because of a strained groin and infielder DJ LeMahieu to be called up from Double-A Tennessee. LeMahieu was the Cubs’ second-round pick in 2009. He was batting .358 with 15 doubles, two triples, two homers and 27 RBIs with the Smokies. Baker pinch-hit on Saturday but it was obvious he still had trouble running. He was batting .368 overall, .512 against left-handers.

Baker joins Reed Johnson (back), Marlon Byrd (face), Andrew Cashner (shoulder), and Matt Garza (elbow) on the DL. The Cubs did get Randy Wells back on Saturday and Geovany Soto on Sunday.

More info on DJ: He played second and third with the Smokies, and was hitting .459 against left-handers, .310 vs. right-handers. He’s been red-hot this month, batting .419 in 27 games. He hit second and third in the lineup. What should help the Cubs is he was batting .357 with runners in scoring position.

So far, the Cubs have added Tony Campana, Brad Snyder, Lou Montanez, Welington Castillo, Casey Coleman, Scott Maine, Jeff Stevens, Marcos Mateo and Justin Berg from their Minor League system this year plus acquired pitchers Doug Davis and Rodrigo Lopez. And it’s not yet June.

— Carrie Muskat

5/21 Cashner update

Andrew Cashner will see orthopedic specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum next week to get a second opinion on his right shoulder after suffering a setback in his rehab.
Cubs officials say surgery has not been discussed. Cashner has been on the DL since April 6 with a strained right rotator cuff. He was to pitch in an extended Spring Training game in Mesa, Ariz., on Monday but stopped his warm ups when he felt some tightness in his shoulder. An MRI on Tuesday in Chicago showed the right-hander had re-aggravated the injury. Cashner is back to square one in his rehab.

* Randy Wells, who is rehabbing from a strained right forearm, will make his second rehab start on Sunday for Triple-A Iowa. If all goes well, he was penciled in to start for the Cubs either May 27 or May 28 against the Pirates.

— Carrie Muskat