The Cubs held fast as the 3 p.m. nonwaiver deadline passed without another deal. Yesterday, the Cubs got reliever John Grabow and lefty Tom Gorzelanny from the Pirates for Kevin Hart, Jose Ascanio and Josh Harrison.
As I speculated in today’s newspaper story (also online), Gorzelanny likely will come up from Class AAA Iowa and start Tuesday at Cincinnati. Word out of Florida, where the Cubs open a three-game series tonight, appears to confirm that.
I’m waiting for Jim Hendry to give me a call after what I’m sure was a busy day.
In other news:
--B.J. Ryan made his second relief appearance for Iowa last night. Ryan, the former Blue Jays closer and a left-handed reliever, worked 1.2 innings, with a walk and a strikeout. The minor-league people I talked with today said Ryan was “OK.” Apparently, he’s not major-league ready yet.
--Speaking of the minor leagues, the Cubs have promoted pitcher Chris Carpenter Class AA Tennessee, and he’ll start for the Smokies tonight.
“He’s got really good, dominant, stuff,” farm director Oneri Fleita told me this afternoon.
--Because some have been wondering, the Cubs demoted pitcher Jay Jackson from Tennessee to Class A Daytona because of disciplinary reasons. “Failure to comply with club policy,” is how Oneri described it. Jackson went out and pitched well for Daytona last night. He worked 5.2 innings, giving up 4 hits and 1 unearned runs. Jackson walked one and struck out nine.
--Center fielder Brett Jackson, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick this year, has been promoted from Boise (A) to Peoria (A). Jackson had a line of .330/.443/.398 for an OPS of .841 in 24 games at Boise to go along with 1 homer and 15 RBI.
As far as the big-league club goes:
--The Cubs are 18-8 in July and have outscored their opponents by 39 runs this month. The last Cubs team to win 18 in July was the 1998 wild-card winner.
--Cubs batters have drawn 51 walks in their last 8 games, good for 6.4 per game.
--Milton Bradley has 22 walks in July, the most by a Cub in July since Sammy Sosa drew 23 walks in July 2001. Bradley has an OBP of .456 in July, third best in the NL.
Let’s look at a couple of lines.
Bradley: .250/.385/.391 for an OPS of .776.
Jake Fox: .313/.348/.576 for an OPS of .924.
OK, we’re looking at a small sample size here, but Fox has 6 homers and 24 RBI in 99 at-bats. Bradley has 8 homers and 26 RBI in 248 at-bats.
Ryan Theriot has a line of .292/.348/.411 for an OPS of .759. He’s got 19 doubles, 7 triples, 7 homers and 41 RBI. Theriot’s ISO power (slugging minus BA) is .119, still well ahead of last year’s .052, when he was pretty much a singles hitter.
Aramis Ramirez should be back in the lineup tonight. He has an OPS of 1.006.