Tonight the Cubs lost again in convincing fashion as they were spanked by former Cub Jamie Moyer and the Phils of Philadelphia. Ryan O’Malley was removed from the game early on with what was described as a “strained left elbow.” In Cubs parlance that means he’ll probably require Tommy John surgery and be back in the beginning of 2008. Prior to the game it was announced that Cesar Izturis was moved to the 15 day DL with a hamstring pull and the Cubs called up Buck Coats from AAA. Glendon Rusch showed us that he’s still the biggest booby prize in the league, giving up three runs in two-thirds of an inning. His ERA is now an impressive 7.80 and major league hitters have averaged .311 against Rusch in 2006.

What is it with the Cubs’ fascination with damaged goods? This makes Izturis’ third hamstring injury in less than two years and he’s also lost time due to TJ surgery and back trouble during 2005 and 2006. Does Hendry think that the Cubs have the best medical staff in baseball and that’s why he’s stockpiling all these injured castoffs? I also question the methods the Cubs use to condition their athletes. Do they ever stretch or use the weight machines? Methinks not.

In unrelated news both Tyler Colvin and Mark Pawelek are finishing their seasons in Boise on upswings. Pawelek has got his ERA down to 2.54 and Jeremy Papelbon is having an outstanding first year for the Hawks, going 3-0 with a 1.26 ERA. Sam Fuld has a .378 OBP for Daytona now and Chris Walker has 40 stolen bases for West Tenn. Consequently the Cubs now have bonafide centerfield prospects at the AAA, AA, High A and Short Season A levels.

****** UPDATE ******

Apparently Dusty isn’t the only one on crack. Jim Leyland is now a suspected user? Want to know why?

Find the reason in this link.

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