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7/6 Freel trade

The Cubs traded infielder Ryan Freel to the Kansas City Royals on Monday for a player to be named later. Freel was designated for assignment by the Cubs on July 2.  In 14 games with Chicago, Freel batted .143 (4-for-28) with one run scored and one RBI. The Cubs originally acquired Freel from Baltimore for outfielder Joey Gathright on May 8.

— Carrie Muskat

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7/2 Cubs get Baker; Freel gone

The Cubs acquired infielder Jeff Baker from the Rockies for MInor League pitcher Al Alburquerque. To make room on the roster, infielder Ryan Freel was designated for assignment. Baker, 28, batted .268 with 22 doubles, one triple, 12 homers and 48 RBIs in 104 games last year. He played second, first, third and right field.

He’s been limited this season to 12 games because of a sprained left hand. He had been on the DL since April 29 but had been on a rehab assignment. Baker will be in uniform Thursday night for the Cubs.

— Carrie Muskat

6/26 Bradley update

Milton Bradley was pulled from Friday’s game after apparently exchanging some words with Lou Piniella in the dugout. Bradley was replaced in right field in the sixth by Ryan Freel. Bradley was called out on strikes in the first, struck out swinging in the fourth, and flew out to left in the sixth.

Piniella originally wanted to sit Bradley against White Sox starter Jose Contreras because of the switch-hitting outfielder’s struggles from the left side. He entered the game batting .205 against right-handed pitchers.

— Carrie Muskat

6/25 Johnson on DL; Freel activated

Ryan Freel has arrived at Comerica Park. Reed Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, retroactive to June 21. Ryan Freel was activated from the DL. Freel had been sidelined with a strained hamstring. The move was delayed until Freel arrived in Detroit. His flight was delayed.

— 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

6/24 Johnson to DL

Reed Johnson was expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, and Ryan Freel called up from Triple-A Iowa. Johnson has been sidelined with back problems, and has not played since Saturday.

“We can’t continue to play short,” Lou Piniella said.

Johnson’s injury comes at an inopportune time. He had four home runs and 10 RBIs in his last 18 games, and he provides some energy.

“Every time it seems like we have a little something going here, we suffer a little setback — [Angel] Guzman in the bullpen and now Reed Johnson,” Piniella said. “We’ve got to fight through it, what can I say? We need to get [Aramis] Ramirez back in the lineup and then we can set up the lineup the way we want and I think we’ll get a lot more consistent offensively.”

Ramirez, out since May 9 with a dislocated left shoulder, had a good workout Wednesday at Comerica Park. He’ll start taking batting practice Friday in Chicago. Once Ramirez passes that test, he’ll be ready for a Minor League rehab assignment.

“Depending on how he feels, the next thing will be to go out and get some at-bats,” Piniella said.

— Carrie Muskat


6/13 Lineups & quick hits

The weather is supposed to clear up Saturday. Lou Piniella’s lineup is LF Soriano, 3B Fontenot, RF Bradley, 1B Lee, C Soto, CF Fukudome, SS Theriot, 2B Miles, P Harden.

* The Cubs optioned infielder Bobby Scales to Triple-A Iowa to make room on the roster for pitcher Rich Harden, who was activated from the disabled list. The Cubs are hoping for six innings, 85 pitches out of Harden, who had been sidelined with a bad back.

* With the roster move, the Cubs now have 13 pitchers. That limits Piniella’s bench to Andres Blanco, Koyie Hill, Reed Johnson and Micah Hoffpauir. Expect to see Carlos Zambrano pinch-hit if a batter is needed early.

“I’ve got to be careful how we use our players,” Piniella said. “You can run out of players very quickly.”

One of the reasons the Cubs opted to keep 13 was because they had played five extra inning games in the last eight, and a couple relievers were a little “tender.” Piniella wouldn’t say who.

* The rotation for the upcoming intracity Interleague series against the White Sox will be Carlos Zambrano, Randy Wells and Ryan Dempster.

* Piniella was asked if he gave “strong consideration’ to giving Milton Bradley Saturday off after his gaffes on Friday.

“What for?” Piniella said. “No, sir. No, sir. None at all.”

* Randy Wells and Sean Marshall gave the new documentary “We Believe” two thumbs up. Both attended Friday night’s premiere at the Chicago Theatre. No word yet on where the movie will be shown or when DVDs will be available.

* The College World Series gets underway on Saturday and Mike Fontenot and Ryan Theriot will be watching their LSU Tigers. Fontenot and Theriot played on the 2000 championship team.

“[Winning the CWS] was definitely the highlight of my baseball career,” Fontenot  said. “As a college player, that’s where you try to get to. Every day at practice at LSU, they had the ‘Omaha’ song [by Counting Crows] come on. That would be the first thing you heard every day. Back then, we were going every year and that was part of what we wanted to do and part of what we did.”

* Ryan Freel was expected to begin a rehab outing at Iowa Sunday or Monday. He’s been on the DL with a strained hamstring.

— 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


5/28 Zambrano 6-game suspension & lineup

Carlos Zambrano received a six-game suspension for his “inappropriate and violent actions” on Wednesday, according to Major League Baseball. Zambrano has decided to serve the suspension now, and will be eligible to come back Thursday for the Cubs’ series finale in Atlanta.

“I think the ruling was fair, yes,” Lou Piniella said. “I think Carlos does also. He just took it too far. I think he realizes that.”

The Wrigley Field crowd definitely enjoyed Zambrano’s antics, prompted by an argument over a close call at home plate.

“Well, this is not the WWF. This is professional baseball,” Piniella said. “I understand the fans like a little — I don’t know hwat you call it — emotion, outburst. they’ve always liked that, especially about the seventh inning when they’ve had [a few beverages].

“Baseball has always been a sport where there’s been disagreements,” Piniella said, “but at the same time, you voice your disagreement and walk away from it and you get back to do what you’re getting paid to do which is pitch or hit or whatever it is.”

* Ryan Freel was placed on the 15-day disabled list and infielder Bobby Scales called back. Scales, who was optioned to Iowa on Wednesday, had not left Chicago when he got the call. He’s still a little under the weather with the flu but was available to pinch hit. 

* Thursday’s lineup will be LF Soriano, SS Theriot, RF Bradley, 1B Lee, CF Johnson, C Soto, 3B Fontenot, 2B Blanco, P Wells.

— Carrie Muskat