Saturday, June 21, 2008

Zambrano on the DL

Cubs placed SP Carlos Zambrano on the DL today and called up LF/2B Eric Patterson to replace him on the roster. Zambrano has been diagnosed with just a right shoulder strain, so it looks like he'll just miss two starts and hopefully he'll be fine for the rest of the season. I'm not sure if cubs manager Lou Pinella plans on giving him a lighter workload when he comes back, but let's just hope he has no more 130+ pitch outings like he had about a month ago.

Paterson or Matt Murton is expected to be sent down at some point on Tuesday to make way for Sean Marshall to be recalled to make the start on Tuesday against Baltimore and Sunday against the Chicago White Sox and then where he goes from there is anyone's guess. Will he stay in the rotation if he does well and send Sean Gallagher back to Iowa or the bullpen? Or is he just going to be up for the two starts and then catch the first plan back to cornfields?

As for the Cubs/White Sox series, the Cubs have taken the first two games by scores of 4-3 and 11-7 with some big hitting from 3B Aramis Ramirez and CF Jim Edmonds. Edmonds has been a welcomed surprise for the Cubs so far this season since signing as a FA after being released by the San Diego Padres in early May and has proven me wrong. I never would have thought the Cubs would get very much out of him, let alone this much and hopefully he can continue to hit well and help steer the Cubs towards October. And as far as Ramirez goes, the Cubs offense has done well so far this season helping to power the team towards the best record in baseball and that's without Ramirez having the type of season he's used to having. And if he's now starting to get hot? Look out.

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