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Mooney: Cubs being careful with Pena

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Mooney: Cubs being careful with Pena

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Posted: 12:52 p.m.

By Patrick Mooney
CSNChicago.com

Carlos Pena emerged from the training room on Tuesday with his right hand bandaged, keeping it compressed so his thumb doesnt swell up.

The pain isnt overwhelming, but the Cubs are being cautious with their first baseman. Pena is listed as day-to-day with a mild sprain of his right thumb, though manager Mike Quade could use him as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

I told Q, 'If you need me, let me know, because Im ready to go,' Pena said.

In place of the Gold Glove defender, Tyler Colvin will bat fifth and make his first start at first base.

Pena thinks he injured his thumb during the seventh inning of Mondays 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks. After fielding the ball and tossing it to pitcher Sean Marshall, who was covering first base, Pena braced for the fall and landed awkwardly on his glove hand, bending his thumb back.

Pena wants to play Wednesday in the series finale, but with an off-day scheduled for Thursday, it could make more sense to give him some extra time to heal.

PatrickMooney is CSNChicago.com's Cubs beat writer. FollowPatrick on Twitter @CSNMooneyfor up-to-the-minute Cubs news and views.

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.