The Cubs say Ted Lilly’s arthroscopic surgery on his left knee went fine today and that Teddy Ballgame will be back at the park tomorrow to continue working on his shoulder rehab as well as having the knee mend.
Against lefty Wandy Rodriguez tonight, the Cubs go this way:
Lou says he likes the way the lineup is working, with the lefty-righty combo of Johnson and Fukudome for the leadoff spot. Soriano is riding a nine-game hitting streak, during which he’s gone 16-for-36 (.444), and I don’t see him moving back to leadoff any time this year.
Lou referred all trade talk to Jim Hendry. From talking with several people with the Cubs, I look for the Cubs to look for bullpen help first. Two lefties may be of interest: Joe Beimel of Washington and John Grabow of Pittsburgh. Grabow has a 1.51 WHIP and a 3-0 record this year. Lefties are hitting .275 against Grabow, with righties hitting .243.
Beimel, pitching for a really bad Nats team, has a 1.35 WHIP to go along with a record of 1-5, an ERA of 3.43 and 1 save. Lefties bat .233 vs. Beimel, with righties going .270.
Grabow’s salary is $2.3 million. Beimel is making $2 mil.
I’m not sure now much flexibility the Cubs have. But let’s remember back to the winter meetings, when chairman Crane Kenney said the Cubs would be able to add by July 31. Those type of salary don’t seem out of line.
Hendry doesn’t talk names when trades come up, but he did say players could change teams well after the July 31 nonwaiver deadline. He pointed to ’03, when the Cubs added Randall Simon and Doug Glanville after July 31.
We shall see.