- Lilly threw 25 pitches Monday during a bullpen session at Wrigley field Monday. Lilly will likely have two outing with AAA Iowa before joining the Cubs. His target date is April 24th against the Brewers.
- Lee is day to day with right thumb inflammation. The X-rays he received came back negative and he will probably get Weds. off and will likely be back in the lineup on Thursday.
- Soriano will not be in the outfield in late in games according to Lou. Lou does not want a repeat of what happened in Cincy on Sunday. He will likely be lifted for Tyler Colvin, Nady, or Fukudome.
- Ricketts told us Monday that there will be room to add a player if there is an injury or if Jim feels they need a player for an important role. That is some good news because our bullpen needs an important player!
- I am hearing from my sources that Jim Hendry is talking to other GMs about Alfonso Soriano. Word is that the Cubs would be willing to eat 50% of his contract or take on a player with a bloated contract in return for the slugging left fielder. Some names and teams that have been tossed out there are the Blue Jays and Vernon Wells, Diamondbacks and Chris Young, Tigers and Magglio Ordonez or Carlos Guillen, and the Yankees also have some interest.
If the Cubs can unload Soriano with only paying 50% or less of his contract, no matter what player you get in return it is a good deal! If the Cubs dumped him and 50% of his contract they would save 45 million over the next 5 years!
I will keep you updated as I hear more on this and all other Cub related rumors.