Results tagged ‘ Matt Sinatro ’

7/30 Lou to miss games

Lou Piniella will fly back to Tampa, Fla., on Saturday and miss three games so he can attend the funeral of his uncle, Joseph Magadan, who is former big league infielder Dave Magadan’s father. Joseph Magadan was 92 and passed away Thursday. He was Piniella’s mother’s brother and very close to the Cubs manager.

Bench coach Alan Trammell will be the Cubs interim manager and special assistant Matt Sinatro will take over as bench coach for the three games, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Wrigley Field when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

— Carrie Muskat

9/17 Bradley out with sore knee

Milton Bradley took himself out of Thursday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers because of left knee inflammation.

The Cubs outfielder was hit by a pitch in the first, popped up to lead off the fourth, and singled to open the sixth. Bradley said something to Cubs first base coach Matt Sinatro, then headed for the dugout. Bobby Scales took over as a pinch-runner.  

The Cubs are short-handed as far as outfielders on the roster, adding 40-year-old So Taguchi on Wednesday. He had played for Triple-A Iowa, and was sitting at home when he got the call. Alfonso Soriano underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday, Reed Johnson was still sidelined with a fractured left foot, and Sam Fuld is out because of a strained right thumb.

— Carrie Muskat

5/31 Postgame notes

Lou Piniella was surprised when home plate umpire Rob Drake issued a warning to both benches after Carlos Marmol hit pinch-hitter Brad Ausmus in the eighth inning.

“I don’t know where that came from, to be honest with you,” Piniella said.

* Geovany Soto went 1-for-4 and is batting .216. The Dodgers also stole two bases against the Cubs catcher. “The throwing is concerning me,” Piniella said. “He’s been working with [coach Matt] Sinatro but we’ve got to throw some people out to help our pitching.”

* The Cubs are 9-14 so far on the road, and begin a nine-game, three-city tour on Tuesday in Atlanta. “The last time we were on the road we didn’t play well and we have to step it up here,” Piniella said.

* On Sunday, the Cubs gave up five runs in the first, the first time they’ve done that since serving up five to the Cardinals in a 12-6 loss last Sept. 19 in St. Louis.

* Give the bullpen some credit. Five relievers combined to throw 4 2/3 scoreless innings. That extends their scoreless streak to a season-high 15 1/3 innings.

— Carrie Muskat

Big wheels

If you’re an early riser in the Mesa area, you might get a glimpse of Cubs manager Lou Piniella and coach Matt Sinatro riding bikes along the canals near HoHoKam Park. The two have been getting their morning exercise with 45-minute morning rides. We’re not sure if either has a bell on his bike, so if you’re running or walking on the trails, look out.

— Carrie Muskat