August Preliminary Report: Cubs

Chicago Cubs
• The Cubs will open August by playing 17 of their first 20 games at home, and will celebrate August 14th with a Helmet Day giveaway at Wrigley Field.

• Utility infielder Mick Kelleher came off the 30-day disabled list on August 1st, but will spend two more days in rehab before being cleared to join the club in their game against the Cardinals on August 3rd. Kelleher will fill the empty 25th roster spot left vacant due to the injury to pitcher Dennis Lamp, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list the day before.

• With starters Lamp and Mike Krukow on the DL, the Cubs have moved rookie Manny Seoane into the starting rotation, which will now consist of Rick Reuschel, Ray Burris, Dave Roberts, and Seoane; of the four, three have PB ratings of 2-5. To say the Cubs are anxiously awaiting the return of Lamp and Krukow is an understatement.

• After platooning with Larry Biittner, Jerry White, and Gene Clines for most of July, Bobby Murcer, Bill Buckner, and Greg Gross will return to full-time duty, while a hot-hitting Rodney Scott (.345 this season with a team-leading 49 stolen bases) while take over at third base for a slumping Steve Ontiveros, who will only see action against left-handers.

• Murcer needs just eight more games played to reach the 1,500th of his career.

• With catcher Dave Rader on the disabled list until mid-August, backup Larry Cox will take over behind the plate until his return; Tim Blackwell was recalled from Wichita of the American Association to back up Cox.

2 responses to “August Preliminary Report: Cubs

  1. Go, Cubs Go! Can’t wait for Helmet Night! Maybe we can see Scott catch Ozzie Smith for the SB crown. Murcer, Buckner and Gross should add some offense to help make up for the absence of Lamp and Krukow, and the home-friendly schedule should help, chock-full of afternoon games! We’re not really expecting them to catch the Phillies, but it’d be fun to see them cut the gap in half.

    • I think the Cubs are in real trouble with this PB-5 starting rotation they’re stuck with…the offense will really need to come alive if they want ANY chance of catching the Phillies. I’m still waiting for a string of Philadelphia injuries to hit, but as it looks right now, it’ll be a runaway in the NL East for the Phils. And that stolen base race in the NL could get interesting: Scott is currently tied for third with Enos Cabell at 49, with Garry Templeton second with 60, and Ozzie Smith first with 66. With Scott playing full-time, who knows what might happen!

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