Friday, June 20, 2008

Good News for Injured Cubs.

The Cubs got some good news today to cap off a great day for Cubs fans everywhere. Carlos Zambrano has just a minor strain in his pitching shoulder and is still expected to miss his next start which is Tuesday.

"The good news is there was no structural damage to the two main parts of his shoulder," Jim Hendry said following Zambrano's MR arthrogram. "The two worrisome parts of his shoulder are the labrum and the rotator cuff, and they're in very, very good shape for a man who has pitched as many innings in the big leagues that he has."

Trainers and coaches will talk to Z on Saturday to determine their next course of action. Although a DL stint is unlikely. Marshall or Gallagher could take over Big Z's next start or two if needed. This is the best news you can expect Cubs fans. Thank God!

More good news is that Soriano is healing well and expected to be back in the lineup after that 6 week time table. He says he expects to take batting practice on Monday but Lou does not think that is a good idea and I agree.

In other injury news, both Reed Johnson and Jimmy Edmonds were available to pinch hit on today and could be in the lineup this weekend or by next series. Daryle Ward has began batting practice and is expected to be with the I-Cubs this weekend and in the Cubs lineup by next weekend if everything goes well.

1 comment:

Joe said...

I disagree... Zambrano should be placed on the DL retroactive to his last start. He will miss two starts max. That way we can call up Marshall or another pen arm if we move Lieber into the rotation without having to send someone down and having a short handed roster with an injured player taking up a roster spot.

On top of that... if you ask my humble opinion... I say we keep him on the DL until the All Star break. Whether we place him on the DL or not, he will miss his scheduled start Tue vs Balt for sure and most likely the following turn that would have fallen on the Sun game vs the Sox at The Cell. After that, we got a home and home with SF with at STL and home vs CIN in between before the break. I would like to think that at the very least the Cubs can tread water during this stretch and still hold onto 1st place in the NL Central.

That way we can have Big Z all rested and as sure as we can be that he is over this minor injury and ready to make the push in the second half.