Samardzija to stay; whither Lieber and Eyre?

Samardzija to stay; whither Lieber and Eyre?

Posted by Bruce on Sun, 07/27/2008 - 16:57
That wasn't hard to figure, was it? A few minutes after Jeff Samardzija earned a 2-inning save today, Lou was talking about how "impressive" he was and how the Cubs may have "found" the bullpen arm they've been looking for. If nothing else, Lou loves, just loves, "power arms" in his bullpen. Samardzija is certainly that even though he's rough around the edges. As long as he's up with the Cubs, there will be times he struggles, and there will be times when he has trouble throwing strikes. But with Lou, first impressions are everything, and Samardzija has made a good one. In 4 innings, he has no walks, 5 strikeouts, 1 save and 1 blown save. That brings us to Scott Eyre, whom Lou called "Stevie Ire" much of last season, when Eyre made anything but a good first impression. Eyre has been off the DL for a few days now, but Lou hasn't turned to him, instead going with rookie Samardzija in game situations and Sean Marshall and Neal Cotts from the left side. One wonders how long Eyre and little-used long man Jon Lieber have with the Cubs. Lieber is still on the DL, but as with Eyre, the Cubs are in no hurry to put him back on the active roster. With Chad Gaudin, who came over from Oakland in the Rich Harden trade, pitching well, it's possible Eyre and Lieber could be dealt or released.
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