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Posted on: March 1, 2011 2:00 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2011 6:12 pm

Carpenter leaves game with strained hamstring

Posted by Matt Snyder

This could quickly become the Cardinals spring training from hell. Ace pitcher Chris Carpenter has left his Grapefruit League start early, with the aid of the team's head trainer.

At just about 10 minutes until 2:00 ET, a handful of reporters on hand for the game tweeted it at nearly the same time. Joe LeMire of SI.com indicated the trainer seemed to be looking at Carpenter's "lower body." Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch later added , "Carp showed no sign of obvious distress but was removed by trainer and escorted to clubhouse. No evidence of arm issue."

More details will be added here when they become available.

It's way too early to panic, but it's certainly a situation worth monitoring, especially considering the fragile health we've seen from Carpenter at times in the past.

Plus, if they lost him for any amount of time, it would be a dagger for the Cardinals. They already lost Adam Wainwright for the season. In lesser setbacks, but still potentially negative ones, the team lost Nick Punto for an extended amount of time and there's that whole Albert Pujols contract situation lingering.

UPDATE: The official twitter feed of the Cardinals' front office (@cardsinsider ) relays the following quote from Carpenter: "Threw a pitch and felt twitch in hamstring. I don't think its very bad. Just strained a little bit."

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Posted on: March 1, 2011 10:47 am

Brewers' Counsell supports Wisconsin unions

Posted by Matt Snyder

The situation with the Wisconsin union workers is the hot-button political issue at present, so it only makes sense Craig Counsell of the Brewers would weigh in -- he's been an official in the MLB Players Association for years and has played five seasons for Milwaukee.

The veteran has released the following statement:

"As a Major League baseball player for the Milwaukee Brewers who works in Wisconsin under a union contract and whose right to bargain collectively is guaranteed under federal law, I support the thousands of public sector employees who are threatened with the loss of that right under recently-proposed state legislation. These employees are real people with real families whose livelihoods, careers and futures are being jeopardized. I urge the government of Wisconsin not to take away this most basic of union and human rights."

Normally I'm not too keen on athletes injecting themselves into political matters, but -- no matter which side of the debate you agree with -- this makes some sense. Of course a high-ranking official in one of the most powerful unions in the nation, one that uses its collective bargaining power so effectively, is going to weigh in here.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:34 am
Edited on: March 1, 2011 1:16 pm

Getting to know the Cubs

Posted by C. Trent Rosecrans

Mike Quade

KNOBLER: Cubs Camp Report -- All Smiles


MVP usually stands for Most Valuable Player -- but a player may not be the most valuable for the Cubs this season, instead the most valuable person could be manager Mike Quade. Quade didn't inherit the easiest job in the world -- the fact that it's been more than 100 years since the Cubs won the World Series is proof. Between managing the Psychiatrists' Row Rotation of Carlos Zambrano, Carlos Silva and Matt Garza and juggling a lineup full with the overpriced (Alfonso Soriano, Kosuke Fukudome), the past-their-prime (Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Pena) and the unproven (Starlin Castro), Quade's got some interesting parts, but it could just as easily spin out of control as it is to work out.

PLAYER ORACLE : Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown to Carlos Marmol

Mordecai Brown played with Bob O'Farrell for the 1916 Chicago Cubs

Bob O'Farrell played with Phil Cavarretta for the 1934 Chicago Cubs

Phil Cavarretta played with Minnie Minoso for the 1955 Chicago White Sox

Minnie Minoso played with Rich Gossage for the 1976 Chicago White Sox

Rich Gossage played with Greg Maddux for the 1988 Chicago Cubs

Greg Maddux played with Carlos Marmol for the 2006 Chicago Cubs


Whenever the Cubs win at Wrigley Field, they play a song called Go, Cubs, Go and the entire crowd sings along. The song was written in 1984 by Steve Goodman, a Chicago native and Cubs fan.

However, Go, Cubs, Go is just one of three Cubs song written by Goodman, along with A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request and When the Cubs Go Marching In . The former is his masterpiece (and that's saying something when you're talking about the guy who wrote The City of New Orleans and You Never Even Called Me By My Name ) and also the impetus for Go Cubs Go .

When then-Cubs GM Dallas Green called A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request "depressing," Goodman wrote Go, Cubs, Go out of spite. Goodman, was a realistic Cubs fan -- when he sang Take Me Out To the Ballgame he switched the lyrics to, "It's root, root, root, for the home team, if they don't win, what else is new," and A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request is written in that tone. The kicker to the song is:

The dying man's friends told him to cut it out

They said stop it that's an awful shame

He whispered, "Don't Cry, we'll meet by and by near the Heavenly Hall of Fame

He said, "I've got season's tickets to watch the Angels now,

So its just what I'm going to do

He said, "but you the living, you're stuck here with the Cubs,

So its me that feels sorry for you!"

Goodman debuted the song in 1983, and then he died of leukemia on Sept. 20, 1984. Four days later, the Cubs clinched the Eastern Division title, only to fall to the Padres in the National League Championship Series. 

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Posted on: February 28, 2011 6:42 pm

Stanton, Hart sidelined for 2 weeks

Posted by C. Trent Rosecrans

Mike StantonSpring is a time for minor injuries that could become bigger. For now, don't panic if you're a Marlins fan or Brewers fan... but don't totally dismiss spring injuries, some can linger all season. Both Marlins right fielder Mike Stanton and Brewers right fielder Corey Hart will miss the next two weeks.

Stanton suffered a strained right quad on Sunday and after the game told reporters he was out for two weeks. He told reporters on Monday that he felt better, but manager Edwin Rodriguez said the team will be very cautious with his return.

"He came in today, and he felt better," Rodriguez said, via MLB.com. "But still, it's too early to tell. The trainers are going to wait two or three more days to see how he feels. Then, he will have a better idea of how serious the injury is."

As for Hart, his injury may be more serious. Hart was hurt in a throwing drill on Saturday and will now spend the next two weeks resting a strained oblique muscle on his left side.

"[Dr. Craig Young] said we would probably push it a little harder if we were in the middle of the season, but there's no reason to push it right now," Hart said told MLB.com. "We're going to try easing in so we don't have any setbacks at all."

Oblique injuries have become more commonly diagnosed the last couple of years and have seemed to have be a lingering type thing. A big part of it is because that muscle is used in so many parts of baseball, from swinging to throwing and everything in-between. That said, it seems the Brewers are out in front of this one and hopefully it won't linger into the season.

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Posted on: February 28, 2011 5:03 pm

Wainwright has surgery

Adam WainwrightPosted by C. Trent Rosecrans

Adam Wainwright had surgery on Monday, and, in the least surprising news of the season, a Cardinals spokesman said it went "very well."

Wainwright underwent the ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery this morning in St. Louis.

Of course, it went well, the Cardinals told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. When was the last time you heard a doctor come out and say he totally ruined a $10-million arm? It's like draft day, everyone says they liked their draft and got their man. The real results will be seen much further down the line.

As for the search for Wainwright's rotation replacement, well, that didn't go well for 33-year old Raul Valdes. A long-shot to fill that spot in the first place, Valdes gave up five hits and four runs (all earned) in two innings in the Cardianls' Cactus League opener on Monday.

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