Cubs hobbled in the Hub for second night
By Gordon Wittenmyer email@example.com May 23, 2011 12:22AM
BOSTON, MA - MAY 22: Jeff Baker #28 of the Chicago Cubs chases down a hit but does not catch it against the Boston Red Sox on May 22, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Before this series, the two teams haven't played at Fenway Park since the 1918 World Series. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) R:\Merlin\Getty_Photos\GYI0064864695.jpg
Updated: June 24, 2011 12:31AM
BOSTON — The losses continue to mount for the Cubs. And they only wish they just were talking about the games.
On the day they put center fielder Marlon Byrd on the disabled list
after that brutal beaning a night earlier, the Cubs watched super-sub Jeff Baker suffer a strained left groin as he doubled in the seventh inning of their 5-1 loss Sunday to the Boston Red Sox.
An even bigger scare came in the bottom of the seventh, when star shortstop Starlin Castro seemed to writhe in pain briefly after a diving stop on the grass. But he got up,
adjusted his waistband and stayed in the game.
All of a sudden, as the Cubs come off a too-eventful, 3-4 road trip trying to keep their listing season from sinking by the All-Star break, they can’t even seem to keep the roster intact.
Baker, who said he felt a ‘‘tweak’’ when he caught his spike swinging at the pitch before the double,
expects to get treatment on the day off today and says he’s optimistic he can be ready to play Tuesday.
‘‘I don’t think it’s anything too bad,’’ he said.
The team medical staff, which also will be busy looking over pitcher Matt Garza’s sore elbow today, will have the final say on whether either joins four teammates on the DL.
Garza was scratched Saturday from his start Sunday because of
elbow tightness he has had for about two weeks.
‘‘I keep saying everybody’s got their [injury] issues,’’ manager Mike Quade said. ‘‘[Today’s] a really good day to have the off day. It’ll give us time to take a look at all that stuff. I don’t know where we’re going to be when we look at this.’’
Where they are in the National League Central after getting baffled by knuckleballer Tim Wakefield is two games worse than when they started the trip, now 6œ games out of first and five games under .500.
NOTES: Rehabbing right-hander Randy Wells (forearm) threw 68 pitches in four innings for
Class AAA Iowa in what is expected to be his last minor-league start
before rejoining the Cubs on Friday. Wells gave up six earned runs, six hits and three walks (with three strikeouts) in a 16-7 loss to Tucson.
◆ The Cubs plan to skip lefty Doug Davis the next time through the rotation, opting to keep Carlos Zambrano on his regular rest. Ryan Dempster, Casey Coleman and Zambrano will start in the three-game series against the New York Mets that starts Tuesday at Wrigley Field.
◆ When the Cubs look to bring up a bench player this week and drop the extra pitcher they added, don’t count on seeing outfielder Tyler
Colvin. Colvin still will be short of his required 10 days in the minors after being optioned. The only way that requirement would be waived is if a player is put on the disabled list in a corresponding move. The Cubs also want to see Colvin have extended success before bringing him back to the majors.