Results tagged ‘ Ryan Freel ’

5/27 Freel update

Ryan Freel had to leave Wednesday’s game because of a strained left hamstring. Freel may have injured it when he slid after he rounded first base fourth inning. Freel had singled, and headed for second but then slid when he saw the ball ahead of him.

— Carrie Muskat

5/21 Lineup

Ryan Freel is starting at third base Thursday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Cardinals. Lou Piniella said maybe one of the reasons for Mike Fontenot’s struggles at the plate is because he’s been switched to third. Fontenot was batting .213 when he plays, .197 when playing third. It’s LF Soriano, SS Theriot, CF Fukudome, 1B Lee, RF Bradley, 2B Fontenot, C Soto, 3B Freel and P Marshall.

— Carrie Muskat

5/13 Quick hits

Carlos Zambrano had his bullpen session on Wednesday, and all went well. The plan is for Big Z to workout on Thursday in Chicago, then join the Class A Daytona team and pitch either Saturday or Sunday. If all goes well, Zambrano will start for the Cubs on May 22 in San Diego.

* There’s no update on Milton Bradley’s appeal of his two-game suspension.

* Ryan Freel made his first start at third. Lou Piniella said they considered keeping Mike Fontenot at third and starting Freel at second, but bench coach Alan Trammell said Freel had done more work at third.

* Aramis Ramirez said his left shoulder is still painful, and he expects to make a rehab assignment before he can return.

* Kyosuke Sasaki, who was Kosuke Fukudome’s hitting coach in Japan, was a guest on Wednesday and will be with the Cubs for the rest of this homestand.

* Cubs Care raised $85,000 through its “Meet the Team, Have a Ball” promotion Wednesday.*

* The Cubs’ 18-14 record is the same as it was one year ago after 32 games.

“When you look at the problems we’ve had from a physical standpoint, and we’ve had some slow starts by some of our players, you have to feel fortunate at where you’re at,” Piniella said.

— Carrie Muskat


5/13 Lineup

Ryan Freel is starting at third base Wednesday for the Cubs vs. the Padres. The lineup is LF Soriano, SS Theriot, CF Fukudome, 1B Lee, RF Bradley, 2B Fontenot, C Soto, 3B Freel, and P Lilly. And, the weather forecast for the game is not good, so bring your rain gear.

— Carrie Muskat

5/12 Lineup & Quick hits

Derrek Lee is back in the Cubs’ lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Padres. “He’s ready to go,” Lou Piniella said of Lee, who has not played since May 5 because of a bulging disk. It’ll be LF Soriano, SS Theriot, CF Fukudome, 1B Lee, RF Bradley, 3B Fontenot, C Soto, 2B Miles and P Harden.

* Ryan Dempster will start Thursday in the series finale against the Padres followed by Randy Wells on Friday and Sean Marshall on Saturday.

* No word on Milton Bradley’s appeal of his two-game suspension.

* Carlos Zambrano will make a rehab start in Clearwater, Fla., either Saturday or Sunday. Zambrano, on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, was to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday. He’ll do some fielding exercises on Thursday, and if he passes all the tests, he’ll join the Class A Daytona team. Zambrano was hitting the ball well in batting practice Tuesday.

Zambrano would then be in line to pitch in the Cubs’ series in San Diego, and most likely return to action on May 22.

When Zambrano does return, the Cubs will then decide what to do with Wells and Marshall. Piniella said one would stay in the rotation, the other would go to the bullpen. “That’s the biggest chore we have here is to put together a solid bullpen that can function for the rest of the summer,” Piniella said.

* Expect Mike Fontenot and Ryan Freel to share third base as the Cubs try to get by without Aramis Ramirez, who is on the DL. “We’re not going to put anybody over there with Ramirez’s power, but we can play a little different game,” Piniella said. The Cubs manager also wouldn’t mind if one of the two made a case to keep the job. “There’s nothing wrong with that either,” Piniella said. “I welcome it, actually.” Expect Freel to start Wednesday night.

* Piniella was surprised to hear that Major League Baseball will review the Ryan Dempster-Ryan Braun at-bat from Saturday’s game. Milwaukee manager Ken Macha accused Dempster of throwing at Braun’s head. “We never even gave it a second thought,” Piniella said. “I don’t have an understanding for that situation. I read something about it today and it surprised the heck out of me.”

— Carrie Muskat

First name basis

Baseball historian Ed Hartig passed this along and wanted to try to give Cubs fans something to chuckle about in what has become a frustrating weekend with all the injuries:

With the acquistion of Ryan Freel, the Cubs roster will now include three Ryans: Freel, Dempster and Theriot. As recently as 1978, the Cubs had five players with the same name when they had five Daves: Geisel, Johnson, Kingman, Rader and Roberts.

However, the club with the most common first name was the 1957 Cubs team with
eight Bobs: Bobby Adams, Bob Anderson, Bobby Del Greco, Bob Lennon, Bobby
Morgan, Bob Rush, Boe Speake and Bob Will.  And the manager was, of course, Bob Scheffing.

— Carrie Muskat

Break in the action

I’m missing the Milwaukee series, and can only watch highlights/lowlights on the video clips. Wasn’t surprised at Ryan Freel trade (shows how much they miss Mark DeRosa). The injury to Aramis Ramirez will definitely be a big blow unless players like Milton Bradley and Geovany Soto step up. I’ll be back Monday.

— Carrie Muskat