Back upstairs and down the right-field line at the Comiskey Park press box. This would be a great spot to watch a football game. As far as the Cubs go, they designated Chad Tracy for assignment as they activated Aramis Ramirez. My colleague Scot Gregor posted the lineups. Scroll down for that and to see our minor-league blog from this morning. We’ll see if we make it a three-blog night.
Jim Hendry returned from a trip to watch the Iowa Cubs. I asked him whether it’s time to decide on being a buyer or a seller or if he stays away from that terminology. He stayed away from it.
“That really doesn’t apply to us,” he said. “What we’ll always do is analyze where we’re going now this year and always keep in mind what you’re going to do in the future. We certainly are showing enough core group of young people from the system now that they’ll be here next year and another wave will be coming from Double- and Triple-A soon, too. I don’t really worry about that. If we find ourselves out of the race, which we’re still not thinking that’s a done deal, if we do some things in July in that situation, we’d always have an eye for the future.”
In other words, if the time comes to sell, it sounds like the Cubs would be targeting prospects. Talked to a few Cubs people today and came away with the impression that all that breathless talk about the Cubs furiously trying to move Fukudome is somewhat overblown. Sure, they’re trying to trade him, but there’s not much action right now.
In any of these things, you have to take into consideration: What other teams would want a player, how much you’re going to have to eat on contract and what you’re going to get back
On other things, Jim said this about Jeff Samardzija: “Samardzija was better. His softer game was better. Slider and split, he softened them up a little bit and commanded them well. He could still command his fastball better than the other night but has been, but there was improvement in the split and the slider.”
I don’t see Samardzija coming back soon, as the Cubs try to get him as many minor-league outings, starting or relief, as possible. Jim said Brian Schlitter is a guy who could be up sometime this year to help the pen. Schlitter is from Park Ridge.
I also asked about a possible promotion from Daytona to Tennessee for Brett Jackson. Jim deferred to farm boss Oneri Fleita.
“Fleit probably will; I’ll leave that up to him,” Jim said of moving Jackson up. “He’s played terrific. He’s really looking like a fast-track kid. I’m sure you see him in the near-future move on up. He’s a kid one year out of the draft looking like a guy that we can count on to move quickly.”
Lou said there was nothing untoward going on with giving Starlin Castro a second day off in a row as far as starting goes.
“Just a day off,” Lou said. “Look, he’s been playing just about every day since May 7 and we gave him a day off yesterday in Seattle, and as it was, he came in to pinch run and played 4-5 innings, so today we give him a day off again. We’ll get him back in there this weekend.”
Finally, Jim was asked if he would address the club, given its inability to put a streak together. Doesn’t appear likely.
“I’m certainly capable of it,” he said. “I speak to them in spring training and I have on a few other times. If I did, I probably wouldn’t make it public. It’s not something I came to the park thinking about today.”