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6/28 John Grabow update

John Grabow will go on the disabled list Tuesday after re-injuring his left knee and may be out for an extended period. The lefty entered Monday’s game against the Pirates in the seventh and retired the first batter, then gave up an infield single to Ronny Cedeno. Paul Maholm squared to bunt on a 1-1 pitch, and Grabow finished the pitch awkwardly. Athletic trainer Mark O’Neal went to the mound and Grabow immediately headed to the clubhouse.

“It’s pretty bad,” Grabow said. “It’s something I thought I could pitch through and it got worse. I’ll go get it checked out [Tuesday].”

Grabow has received a cortisone shot already this season in the knee and was on the disabled list from May 31-June 15 because of it. In his last outing June 24, he gave up one hit over two innings against the Mariners.

The Cubs’ bullpen has been busy after Carlos Zambrano’s abbreviated outing on Friday. Right-hander Jeff Stevens will be added on Tuesday as Zambrano is moved to the restrictted list. They will add another pitcher to fill Grabow’s spot on the 25-man roster as well.

If the Cubs opt for a left-hander, it could be James Russell, who began the season with the big league team. Russell has given up seven runs on 11 hits and four walks over 11 innings in five games with the Iowa Cubs, striking out 10. Left-hander John Gaub has a 4.33 ERA in 27 games with the Iowa Cubs, serving up 13 earned runs on 24 hits and 16 walks over 27 innings while striking out 37.

If the Cubs opt for another right-hander, Jeff Samardzija is an option. He has a 1.88 ERA in 20 games, including three starts at Iowa. He’s given up eight earned runs on 24 hits and 22 walks while striking out 33 in 38 1/3 innings. He has started in three of his last four outings but that change in assignment was because of injuries or roster moves. Right-handers were batting .173 against Samardzija while lefties were hitting .189.

— Carrie Muskat

6/4 Minor matters

Iowa scored two runs in the seventh to beat Round Rock 4-3 in the first game of a makeup doubleheader Thursday. Brad Snyder had two hits, including his eighth home run. John Gaub picked up the win in relief. In the second game, Thomas Diamond gave up four runs on four hits and three walks over four innings in a 5-3 loss. Diamond did strike out seven. Bryan LaHair hit his fifth homer and Micah Hoffpauir had two hits.

Chris Carpenter gave up two runs on eight hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 5-2 win over Birmingham. Russ Canzler had four hits and scored two runs.

Chris Archer gave up one run on four hits over five innings and struck out six to help Daytona beat Charlotte, 6-3. Smaily Borges hit his third homer of the season and also hit a double.

Rob Whitenack gave up four runs on six hits over five innings in Peoria’s 10-4 loss to South Bend. Matt Cerda had four hits and two RBIs. Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits, and has hit safely in six of seven games since joining the Chiefs.

— Carrie Muskat

4/17 Minor matters

Jason Dubois hit his fourth homer and Chris Robinson hit his first in Triple-A Iowa’s 7-4, 11-inning win Friday night over Nashville. Casey Coleman gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings but did not get a decision. Darwin Barney had his second multi-hit game. Micah Hoffpauir has hit in six straight games. John Gaub converted his second save.

Starlin Castro extended his hitting streak to four games in Double-A Tennessee’s 11-7 loss to Chattanooga. Tony Campana had three hits, including a double and a triple.

Aussie Ryan Searle gave up three runs on four hits over five innings as Daytona lost 8-4 to Tampa. Brett Jackson had two hits, and has hit in six straight games. He’s batting .458 in that stretch.

Trey McNutt gave up one run on four hits over six innings in Peoria’s 7-4 win over Cedar Rapids. Hak-Ju Lee has hit in three straight games, going 2-for-4 on Friday, scoring two runs and stealing a base.

— Carrie Muskat

4/15 Minor matters: Iowa Cubs win

Thomas Diamond struck out five to pick up his first win as the Iowa Cubs beat Memphis, 7-5, on Thursday. Jason Dubois hit his third homer of the young season to back Diamond, and Welington Castillo hit a solo shot. John Gaub picked up the save, pitching one inning. Former Cubs pitcher Rich Hill, now with Memphis, took the loss. He gave up seven runs on 10 hits over five innings.

— Carrie Muskat


3/26 Location is everything for Russell

If James Russell makes it to the Cubs’ Opening Day roster, give Micah Hoffpauir an assist. When the Cubs moved from Fitch Park to HoHoKam Park, Hoffpauir told the young reliever to pay attention to where his locker was located.

“He said, ‘Look at who you’re between — you have to try extra hard,'” Russell said.

Usually, young players are inserted between the veterans. Russell’s locker is between Derrek Lee and Koyie Hill. Bobby Scales beat the odds when he was in Boston. He was stationed between Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkillis. Chris Robinson knew he wasn’t going to stay long in the big league camp with the Tigers. His whole row was sent down at one time. Lee and Hill haven’t said anything to Russell.

“I’d be more than happy to share half of my locker,” Russell said.

He watched on Friday as coaches told seven players they were being assigned to the Minor League camp. Among them was Russell’s buddy, John Gaub. The two pitchers like to talk hockey. Gaub is from Minnesota and Russell follows the Dallas Stars, who used to be the Minnesota North Stars.

Hoffpauir also helped Russell another way. The lefty pitcher is wearing No. 76 this spring, which was Hoffpauir’s number in his first camp.

— Carrie Muskat

3/22 Dancing with the stars

Bobby Scales was packing his gear bag for Sunday’s road trip to Goodyear, just as he’s done for years. But when he got to the ballpark, he discovered he’d packed two shoes — but both were for his left foot. He ended up borrowing a right shoe from pitcher John Gaub, which wasn’t real comfortable because it had a pitcher’s toe.

“That’s why Bobby can’t dance — he has two left feet,” one of the Cubs coaches said.

— Carrie Muskat

3/21 Roster games

One of the favorite games in Spring Training is trying to decide the final 25-man roster. Lou Piniella has asked the beat writers for their picks. Now, it’s your turn. With Starlin Castro and Brad Snyder headed to the Minor Leagues, that leaves 40 players in camp. Two of those — Angel Guzman and Ted Lilly — are expected to open the season on the disabled list. Right now, 11 position players are set. There are 13 openings. Here’s a breakdown on who’s on the final 25-man roster and who’s still competing for a spot:

Catchers (2): Geovany Soto and Koyie Hill. Still in camp: Robinson Chirinos and Chris Robinson. Chirinos, converted from an infielder to a catcher prior to the 2009 season, has made great strides.

Infielders (5): Jeff Baker, Mike Fontenot, Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Theriot. Still in camp: Darwin Barney, Andres Blanco, Micah Hoffpauir, Kevin Millar, Bobby Scales and Chad Tracy. Do the Cubs keep Blanco, who is a defensive specialist? Or do they keep Millar or Tracy, who provide experience off the bench and can make spot starts?

Outfielders (4): Marlon Byrd, Kosuke Fukudome, Xavier Nady, Alfonso Soriano. Still in camp: Jim Adduci, Tyler Colvin and Sam Fuld. Nady is expected to be able to play in the outfield a couple games a week but won’t be able to throw full force until June. The Cubs want someone who can play all three outfield spots and Adduci, Colvin and Fuld can all do that. If Colvin can get three starts a week plus at-bats as a sub, he would be on the Opening Day roster. The Cubs don’t want him sitting.

Starting pitchers (3): Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells. Still in camp: Tom Gorzelanny, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija and Carlos Silva. Silva makes his fourth start on Sunday and has shown progress each time out. Gorzelanny went 3 2/3 innings vs. the Athletics on Saturday, giving up two runs, both unearned, on four hits and five walks. Samardzija is slated to start Monday and Marshall will go Wednesday, and a decision was expected on the two who make the rotation after that.

Relief pitchers (4): Carlos Marmol, John Grabow, Esmailin Caridad, Justin Berg. Still in camp: John Gaub, Jeff Gray, Marcos Mateo, Mike Parisi, James Russell. Two of the starter candidates slide into the pen. That leaves one opening. Gray has been slowed by a groin strain and has yet to pitch in a game. Parisi, a Rule 5 Draft pickup, has given up five hits and three earned runs in his last 3 2/3 innings. Gaub and Russell are lefties. Russell has not given up an earned run in five appearances (seven innings). Gaub has had one bad outing vs. Dodgers.

— Carrie Muskat

3/19 Sorting out the bullpen

Realistically, there’s one opening remaining in the Cubs’ bullpen. The pitchers set include closer Carlos Marmol, lefty John Grabow and right-hander Esmailin Caridad. Two other spots will be taken by the pitchers who don’t make the rotation. That group includes Jeff Samardzija, Carlos Silva, Tom Gorzelanny and Sean Marshall.

Lefty John Gaub is candidate for the ‘pen but didn’t help himself Thursday when he gave up three runs on four hits in one inning against the Dodgers.

“We’ve got, realistically, one spot in that bullpen and I think every appearance now is important for these kids,” Lou Piniella said Friday. “We have some definite ideas on what young kids have done enough to pitch here already.”

One name being given strong consideration is right-hander Justin Berg, who has given up one hit and one run, a solo homer, in five innings over five games. The others still in camp include James Russell and Rule 5 pick Michael Parisi.

— Carrie Muskat

2/15 Early birds

Carlos Zambrano was among the early birds at Fitch Park on Monday. Pitchers and catchers do not have their first workout until Thursday, but Zambrano was throwing off the mound in Mesa along with Randy Wells, Jeff Samardzija, Sean Marshall, Jeff Stevens, Tom Gorzelanny, Michael Parisi, David Patton, Jeff Gray, John Gaub and Vince Perkins. Gorzelanny is one of many who said he decided to report early just to get out of the snow up north. Catcher Koyie Hill also reported early to camp.

— Carrie Muskat

11/20 Roster additions

The Cubs added outfielder James Adduci, catcher Welington Castillo and pitchers John Gaub, Blake Parker, and Rafael Dolis to the 40-man roster on Friday. Teams had to set their 40-man rosters by midnight Friday in preparation for the Rule 5 Draft, which is held Dec. 10 at the Winter Meetings. The Cubs roster is now at 38.

— Carrie Muskat