Some Cubs are hurt. Who are they?
Matt Garza was recently placed on the disabled list with an elbow contusion, which I believe is another word for bone bruise. His DL stint will be backdated, meaning he'll only need to miss one additional start beyond his scheduled appearance this Saturday. But with this team who knows how long he'll be out.
His Saturday start will be taken over by Randy Wells, who is scheduled to come off the DL, where he has been since April 5. Doug Davis will continue to fill in the spot Wells used to occupy, until Garza returns to full health.
Jeff Baker is apparently "OK," according to the Twitters, but is not starting in tonight's game, even though the Cubs are facing the Mets' Jonathan Niese, a left-handed starting pitcher. Baker is available to pinch hit, though, apparently.
Marlon Byrd has multiple facial fractures, and will be out for an indefinite period of time. Reed Johnson took over in center field this evening, and the Cubs added former first-round pick Lou Montanez to add outfield depth at the major league level. What's more, Montanez is starting against Jon Niese tonight, due to his greater-than-.500 batting average against LHP at Iowa.
Andrew Cashner is back to square one with his shoulder rehab, and the earliest he'll be up is in July. Casey Coleman is the Cubs' fifth starter while Cashner is out.
Geovany Soto is slated to begin rehabbing in AA this week, and is expected to be reactivated on Saturday.
Brian Schiltter has been moved to the 60-Day DL. Who cares? Well, the move was necessary to make room on the 40-man roster for Montanez. If you don't understand how the 25- and 40-man rosters work for major league teams and want to know more, please comment on this post and I'll do my best to explain in my response.
Here's a question: Is it fair to blame Jim Hendry for how terrible this team is based on how straight-up unlucky we've been on the injury front? Again, let us know in the comments.
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