Neglekted. Reds 7 Cubs 4.

It was a game that felt over early but took forever regardless. The Cubs prize free agent pickup continues to sputter and while the Cubs got some gifts from the Reds, the Cubs were in just as big a giving mood- handing the Reds runs in a 7-4 loss to get swept by Dusty troops over the weekend. Let's go playing star again and turn the page.

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    Cubs just can't catch a break sometimes. Josh Conway might have destroyed his arm because of terrible field condition down in extended spring training. Here's the report courtesy and credit to AZPhil of Cubsreporter.com

    "The pitcher's mound on Field #7 was in deplorable condition. It had apparently baked in the heat (the infield was hard as cement) and then had been over-watered just prior to start of the game, so starting pitchers Josh Conway (Cubs) and Daniel Keller (Brewers) were constantly slipping & sliding on clods of dirt when they hit their respective landing spots after throwing a pitch, and the two pitchers had to continually go to the back of the mound and scrape mud out of their cleats. The mound was also tacky at the rubber, so that at one point the cleats on Keller's right shoe got stuck in the mud and he had to abort a pitch by throwing it directly into the ground.

    Meanwhile, Conway looked uncomfortable from his very first pitch, continually pawing at his landing spot and scraping mud out of his spikes after every single pitch. A member of the grounds crew was eventually located after the end of the 1st inning (today is Saturday, so there was just a "skeleton crew" on duty), and while he raked up the mud clods, nothing was done to dry up the mud itself or stamp-down the mound. On his second pitch in the bottom of the 2nd inning, Conway's spikes got caught in the mud and he tripped and threw a pitch awkwardly, about six feet over the head of the Brew Crew batter. A loud pop could be heard when he let go of the pitch, and his arm recoiled as if he had been shot. He was obviously in tremendous pain, and he ran up the 1st base line into foul territory before coming to a stop and going to one knee."

    Can you say freak injury?

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    In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    Unbelievable. How do the Cubs people not call the game if the mound condition was that bad? Someone needs to be fired.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    I'm wondering if that was field 7 what was wrong with 1-6? Or like you said why not just call the game? It made absolutely zero sense to play through that and now a promising pitching prospect's career might be in jeopardy.

    Somebody is going to have to take the fall for this one.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    Wow that's terrible

  • The one area the FO needs to spend money next year is the bullpen. It won't help us win 90 games next year, but will get us close to 80 while other things slowly improve.

    Camp has been as bad or worse than Marmol. If Marmol is launched, people will start noticing Camp a little bit more.

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    In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    Theo and co have said there's no point trying to win 80 games instead of 70, or 70 instead of 60, etc.. Either your going to win enough games to get into the playoffs(which is usually 85-90+) or you might as well lose 90 games and get that high draft pick. The middle ground doesn't achieve anything. GM's(including Hoyer) feel the bullpen is the last thing you put together on your team, when your ready to compete, not before.

    And I agree with that. If your not going to the playoffs the next best thing is the highest draft pick. No point in having a loaded pen at that point.

    Agree on Camp though. He's been worse than Marmol. At least Carlos has shown flashes like today. Camp is done for imo. Time to get a young guys like Dolis or Parker some experience for next year and beyond.

  • Looks like Sappelt is going to AAA and Sweeney coming to Chicago. Who comes off the 40 man to make room ??

    RT @TommyBirch It's official: C.R., native and #IowaCubs OF Ryan Sweeney is headed to Chicago. #Cubs #PCL about 6 mins ago
    RT @SappySappelt6: See ya later Chicago going to the trenches about 35 mins ago

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    In reply to SouthsideB:

    Interesting. I wonder what's going to happen with the platoon situation. We now have 4 LH-hitting outfielders on the roster.

    Dejesus trade in the works?

  • K. Loe also going down too ????

    RT @CarrieMuskat: Besides adding OF Ryan Sweeney, #Cubs could be sending OF Dave Sappelt and P Kameron Loe to Iowa. We'll know more Monday about 1 min ago

  • Supposedly, Kameron loe and Dave Sappelt are headed to Iowa. Fuji might be close to returning as well. ( He did pitch today at Iowa....)

  • In reply to felzz:

    Who gets cut off the 40 man to make room for Sweeney ? .......Stewart ?

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