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Center field prospects

The Cubs want to move Kosuke Fukudome back to right field. Alfonso Soriano will be in left. Who’s in center? Here’s a list of free agent candidates. Who’s your pick? And I’m hoping nobody says Jerry Hairston Jr. Or, do you go for Sam Fuld or Tyler Colvin? (I know joeydafish and wrigleyguy1980 have some ideas.) The number after the name is their age:

Rick Ankiel (30)
Rocco Baldelli (28)
Marlon Byrd (32)
Mike Cameron (37)
Endy Chavez (32)
Coco Crisp (30)
Darin Erstad (36)
Ryan Freel (34)
Jerry Hairston Jr. (34)
Reed Johnson (33)
Andruw Jones (33)
Mark Kotsay (34)
Corey Patterson (30)
Scott Podsednik (34)
DeWayne Wise (32)

— Carrie Muskat

9/30 Fuld: .302, 26 hits, 0 RBIs

When Tyler Colvin made his Major League debut on Sept. 21, he got his first RBI in his first at-bat with a sacrifice fly. Bobby Scales waited 10-plus years in the Minors to be called up, but got his first RBI in his 14th at-bat when he delivered a pinch-hit home run in the seventh on May 12.

Sam Fuld is still waiting.

The Cubs outfielder entered Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Pirates without a RBI in 86 at-bats over 61 games.

“It’s like a no-hitter,” Scales said. “We don’t talk about it.”

Fuld has gotten his share of razzing by his teammates.

“I’ve never had any problem driving guys in,” said Fuld, who had 33 RBIs at Triple-A Iowa this year. “I’ve never really thought about it, especially as a top of the order guy. You look more towards how many runs you score rather than RBI.

“Every time I see my name up there on the scoreboard, it hurts,” he said. “You cringe a little. It’s gotten to the point where I think about it too much. Maybe I’m pressing too much. You’d think something would happen. I’ve gotten a few hits with runners in scoring position. They’ve either held them at third, or it’s been really odd.”

It’s not that Fuld isn’t hitting. He’s batting .302. He’s scored 16 runs.

“It’s not in his job description,” Scales said of the lack of RBIs. “He’ll get his share. He’s too good of a player.”

Maybe Fuld needs to slip third base coach Mike Quade a few dollars to wave the runners in when he gets a hit.

“It’s pretty impressive,” Fuld said, able to laugh about it. “Tyler got up there and didn’t have an official at-bat and he got an RBI.”

According to research by STATS Inc., Fuld has the most career at-bats (92) without an RBI among Major League players from 1920 to this year. Doug Saunders is a distant second. He played 28 games for the New York Mets in 1993 and totaled 67 at-bats but no RBIs. That was his only season in the big leagues. Third is Eric Reed, who totaled 61 at-bats in 60 games from 2006-07 with the Florida Marlins and failed to drive in a run.

“I’m trying to set a Major League record with most runs scored without an RBI,” Fuld said, jokingly. “It’s one of those crazy stats.”

He wasn’t in the starting lineup for Game 1 Wednesday against the Pirates. Maybe he’ll start in the second game.

“I like my chances,” Fuld said. “I’m confident it’s going to happen. It’s just a matter of time. I don’t want to think about it all offseason.”

— Carrie Muskat

9/21 Lineup, Colvin & Samardzija

Tyler Colvin joined the Cubs in Milwaukee Monday and will make his Major League debut in center field, batting seventh. Colvin got the call from his manager, Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, when he was eating at a Cracker Barrel, headed home for the offseason.

* Reed Johnson was activated from the disabled list as well and Sam Fuld was given the go-ahead to hit. Fuld was bothered by a sore wrist. Now, the Cubs have plenty of outfielders.

* Also, Jeff Samardzija will make his second ML start Wednesday, subbing for Ted Lilly, who has tendinitis in his left shoulder. Lilly was expected to pitch this weekend in San Francisco as was Rich Harden, who was being skipped Monday.

* Here’s Monday’s lineup:

SS Theriot

RF Fukudome

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

LF Hoffpauir

2B Baker

CF Colvin

C Hill

P Gorzelanny

— 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

9/16 Taguchi called up

The Cubs called up So Taguchi from Triple-A Iowa, and he will be in uniform for Wednesday’s game against the Brewers. Taguchi batted .248 for Iowa with four homers and 24 RBIs. The Cubs felt they needed an extra outfielder after Sam Fuld strained his right thumb. Fuld will be sidelined at least a week.

Taguchi, 40, played for the Phillies last season, appearing in 88 games and batting .220.

— Carrie Muskat

9/16 Fuld update

Sam Fuld was expected to be sidelined about a week because of a strained right thumb. The good news is there’s no fracture, just torn cartilage.

— Carrie Muskat

9/15 OF Fuld day to day

Outfielder Sam Fuld was wearing a protective brace on his right wrist Tuesday after he injured his wrist making a diving catch of Frank Catalanotto’s fly ball on Monday night. Fuld underwent X-rays and an MRI Tuesday. He said he thought the problem was only ligament damage and a bone bruise, but wanted to wait for the test results.

“It was painful immediately,” Fuld said Tuesday. “It bothered me immediately after the game. … I woke up this morning and it was pretty swollen and not a whole lot better, so we went and got it checked out today.”

He was examined by the team’s hand specialist.

“I could be ready to play in a couple days,” Fuld said. “We’ll just wait to see what happens. I’m not ready to give up on the season by any means.”

Fuld has made daredevil plays part of his daily routine, crashing into the bullpen gate in Los Angeles last month, for example. He seems to survive. How did he hurt his wrist?

“When I reached to get the glove underneath the ball, it just kind of jammed the thumb into the ground and bent it backwards a little bit,” he said.

Cubs manager Lou Piniella said if Fuld is going to be sidelined for an extended period of time, they would call up another outfielder. However, the only Minor League team still playing is Double-A Tennessee, which is in the Southern League playoffs. Two possibilities are Tyler Colvin and James Adduci.

— Carrie Muskat


9/7 Tennessee, Iowa end regular season

Double-A Tennessee ended the regular season Monday with a 5-4 win over Huntsville. Marco Carrillo (4-1) picked up the win in relief of starter Casey Coleman, who only threw three innings. Coleman is scheduled to start in Game 2 of the divisional playoffs.

The Smokies open the playoffs Thursday against Huntsville. Jeremy Papelbon (6-5) is scheduled to start for Tennessee against Huntsville’s Josh Butler (2-1).

* Iowa lost its season finale, 7-2, to Albuquerque, and finished the season, 72-72. Jeff Samardzija (6-6) took the loss, giving up five runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five. Samardzija was expected to join the Major League team Tuesday.

This season, Iowa’s J.R. Mathes won 12 games in the Pacific Coast League, good for third best overall. He also ranked 10th in the league with a 3.62 ERA. Blake Parker’s 22 saves ranked fifth in the league. Despite being with the big league team since July 31, Sam Fuld ranked third in the PCL with 10 triples.

— Carrie Muskat 

9/7 Lineup

Bobby Scales gets another start in left field Monday for the Cubs’ first game vs. the Pirates. Here’s the lineup:

CF Fukudome

SS Theriot

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

RF Bradley

2B Baker

LF Scales

C Hill

P Lilly

* Sam Fuld has a tender left wrist, which he originally injured crashing into the wall at Wrigley Field. … Andres Blanco has a sore hamstring. … Alfonso Soriano was getting treatment on his left knee.

— Carrie Muskat

8/29 Lineup update – Baker scratched

Jeff Baker was scratched from Saturday’s lineup after taking a ball off his right little finger during batting practice. Baker was taken to a local hospital for X-rays. He was to start at third base in place of Aramis Ramirez, whom Lou Piniella wanted to give a day off. Not sure how the Cubs will tweak the lineup, but one option is move Jake Fox from left to third and start Sam Fuld in left.

— Carrie Muskat