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Chicago Cubs Headlines for Monday

We've been waiting months for Big Z to break his silence, before yesterday's game, he finally did. And guess what? It was entertaining. Check it out:


 

Don't you enjoy how every time he says "abs" it sounds like "ass"? Isn't it fun how he calls Ray King fat? He even admits to being lazy. But both Z and Lou recognize the importance of core work:

Doctors are convinced stronger abdominal muscles will ease the pain on back discs, one of which is bulging and has caused Zambrano pain on and off for a few years.

"I've got to be honest with me and with you [media] guys and the fans. I'm 28 years old, I'm not 16 anymore," Zambrano said. "I'm a big guy and I work hard every day, [but] one of the things I don't like to do is my abs, my core work. If I do abs every day and keep doing my job and be serious about my abs, I'll be OK."

Manager Lou Piniella said he "was an example of that" because of back pain and the doctor telling me to get a little tighter."




And the Cubs have pushed back his return date to accommodate a rehab start at Peoria:

At about that time, manager Lou Piniella announced Zambrano would throw a light session Tuesday at Wrigley Field and then head downstate to Peoria on Thursday night for a minor-league rehab start with the Cubs' Class A farm club.

If that goes well, look for Zambrano to start Aug. 25 at Wrigley Field against the Washington Nationals.


After yesterday's rainout, it appears as though Rich Harden's turn in the rotation will be skipped, as Lou didn't want to tell Ted Lilly he'd have to wait another day to return:


The immediate plans have Ted Lilly coming back tonight from the disabled list to face the San Diego Padres as a seven-game trip to the West Coast begins.

''We need to get him going, and then we'll throw our regular rotation [of Ryan Dempster and Randy Wells] for the rest, then probably rearrange the [rotation] for the Los Angeles part,'' Piniella said.


Yesterday's rainout was welcome in the fact that it stopped us from watching Aaron Miles play short, but the Cubs aren't sure whether Theriot will be ready to play tonight:

Shortstop Ryan Theriot would have missed the game Sunday because of the stomach flu, and he could miss the series opener tonight in San Diego, as well.

''We told him to go home,'' manager Lou Piniella said, adding that Theriot will travel to San Diego on his own today rather than on the team flight Sunday night. ''His whole family has it. It's a contagious thing, and we're a little concerned.''


When I heard he had the flu, I was hoping they wouldn't put him on the same plane as the rest of the team. Can you imagine half or more of the team coming down with the flu? I wonder if they let him fly commercial, thereby possibly infecting many more people, but keeping the Cubs healthy?

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flyball said:

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I never thought I'd say this, but I'm getting annoyed with Zambrano, he's turning into the Cubs version of Manny Ramirez

Doc said:

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Oh...I was thinking the Z was becoming the Cubs version of Alfonso Soriano...oh...wait...damn!

flyball said:

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Soriano may make a lot of mistakes on the field (whats his error total at? 9?) but he seems to have it together during interviews and stuff

Doc said:

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Honestly, I can't understand Soriano most of the time. So I wouldn't really know.

flyball said:

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effing a, the Cubs are 5 games back?! I knew it wasn't good, but I didn't think it was that bad

Doc said:

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All hope is lost.

flyball said:

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trade everyone and start over

Doc said:

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I'm not sure we can trade them.

Either we are stuck with them or we designate them for assignment.

flyball said:

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gah, these contracts are ridiculous

Doc said:

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Yeah...I'm thinking about rooting for a different team for a couple years until some of these contracts expire.

Go Mets!

flyball said:

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go wash your mouth out with soap, at least pick an AL team or something

Doc said:

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That was a joke...

I picked the other team in baseball that is basically in the same situation as the Cubs with all bunch of under performing talent and huge long term contracts...and a crappy GM.

If I were to ever cheer for the Mets for anything (except when they play the Cardinals)...please tie a concrete block to my ankle and throw me into the Hudson River.

gravedigger said:

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You could just fly over the Hudson...

Doc said:

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you know...I knew New York was a dangerous city...

But I never knew it was that dangerous.

thisyearcub said:

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Closer to the wild card than division right now.

Doc said:

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There are a lot more teams to climb over to win the wild card right now, though.

gravedigger said:

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Its a good thing I'm one of those people who likes to say "I told you so."

flyball said:

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that doesn't make me feel better

Doc said:

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Only the Yankees have a larger lead over a second place in their division right now than Cardinals have over the Cubs.

Happy Monday.

flyball said:

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can I go back to the weekend?

JulieDiCaro said:

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I vote we talk about something else.

flyball said:

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um....um....

(thinking)

its really hot here

Doc said:

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What is left to talk about?

Health Care reform is falling apart...
The stock market is tanking today...
My back hurts...

That about covers everything happening in the world. All just as depressing.

gravedigger said:

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I won $40 at the race track

JulieDiCaro said:

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See? I TOLD you guys they needed to do yoga and pilates! But you all laughed! That will teach you.

flyball said:

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he evidently also needs that core workout that they advertise at 6 am

gravedigger said:

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I didn't laugh. I genuinely think you're right about that.

Doc said:

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I did not laugh.

I never laugh.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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I just thought Tae Bo would be sufficient.

Doc said:

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This morning on the Score, they talked about bringing Mack Newton back, the fitness guru Don Baylor brought in during spring training in 2001.

The players thought the guy was kinda of a joke back then...but maybe that would work now.

JulieDiCaro said:

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if i recall, those guys made fun of him because he incorporated tai chi and yoga into their workouts.

i bet milton bradley wouldn't laugh. i've never seen anyone more in need of yoga.

Doc said:

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I bet Milton Bradley would take that guy and just slug him.

flyball said:

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I think they should get Jillian from Biggest Loser, she seems like she could kick their asses into doing yoga

and I mean that as a compliment

JulieDiCaro said:

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i agree.

Doc said:

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I take it back...I'm fairly sure Mack Newton would kick Milton Bradley's sorry ass back into the stone age...

Mack Newton's website

baturkey said:

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Has anyone seen District 9? Is it any good?

JulieDiCaro said:

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i am DYING to see it. unfortunately, i think i have to wait for my dad. no one else will see it with me. i'm the only sci-fi geek in my group of friends. :(

baturkey said:

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Hey Max, I heard District 9 was like The Princess Bride with aliens.

gravedigger said:

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You need to find new friends

Karen said:

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Gravedigger...on a conf call right now, your Hudson River comment made me laugh out loud. Not good...

gravedigger said:

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I'm doing quite well today, a friend of mine checked a text I sent him during a meeting where they were discussing firing his boss and he said he laughed out loud. Go me.

jtbwriter said:

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Good morning from partially cloudy and ..dare I say...cool So Cal...
Sorry I missed Z's entertaining interview-I did get to see the last part of Maddux's number being retired-nice!

The Cubs record could be worse.....like the Nats! LOL! Seriously-Monday's are always depressing but at least there's baseball to see. .....I look forward to seeing the Dodgers beat up on the Cards. I hope.

Doc said:

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I'll be a sleep by the time the cubs start playing tonight...if there is nothing on TV to watch by 7pmm, I'll be out by 9.

In fact...I might be asleep by 2pm today.

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