Thursday, September 04, 2008

Decent news on the Harden and Z front.

Thanks to the Sun-Times for this-

Carlos Zambrano has undergone an MRI today on his right arm, and Cubs general manager
Jim Hendry said he has rotator cuff tendinitis and if things go well will pitch in Houston during the series between Sept. 12-14.

The Cubs' right-hander was supposed to take the exam yesterday, but he couldn't do it because of family reasons.

Zambrano took himself out of Tuesday's game because of an arm problem. He had missed a start Sunday to rest his arm.

Cubs Nation is starting to wonder about World Series expectations as the Cubs have lost five in a row for the first time this season. Fortunately for the North Siders, the Milwaukee Brewers also are slumping.

Combined with Zambrano's situation is the fact Rich Harden also is complaining of discomfort in his right arm and won't pitch until Wednesday.

That is some of the best news that Cub fans could get. It seems there will be not DL stint unless he has a set back. He will likely miss 1 starts in which case Marshall will replace him in the rotation. As far as Rich Harden, I think people are blowing this a bit out of proportion, especially the media in general to sell papers and to get hits on their sites. Here is what Lou and Harden have said-

Harden, he's had some some discomfort also," Piniella said Wednesday.

"I'm feeling pretty good, but I guess I've had a little bit of discomfort, nothing serious," Harden admitted. "Really, it just seemed like a good time to miss a start. They told me that's what they planned on doing before I even came here,"

Could he pitch sooner if needed?

"Yeah, I could," Harden said. "(But) they want to make sure I'm stronger and ready to go down the stretch. It's the most important time. Coming off these couple extra days I'm feeling really strong and I'll be able to go every fifth day."

It seems the panic that I, along with 90% of Cubs fans, felt was unnecessary. I think this all is just a precautionary move for the Cubs and Harden and I agree with it.


Joe said...

There will be no DL stints regardless of what happens because with the expanded rosters we dont need the roster space.

I still wish we got another arm for the pen and I still stand by the comment that Eyre should have been kept and Howry released.

Nick I Cub Fan said...

I think Cubs knew for awhile now that Zambrano was hurting. That's why Hart had 10 starts in AAA when he was sent down. Marshall, Sanardzija, Guzman, have all started before. Wells and Atkins didn't do bad in AAA. The difference with the Cubs this year they have some arms as back ups. And they are hitting. Where is Rich Hill when you need him? 22 games left I KNOW THE CUBS WILL BE IN THE PLAYOFFS. I'm usually right 50% of the time.