Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011
Posted: 8:46 p.m. Updated: 10:31 p.m.
By Patrick Mooney
CSNChicago.com Cubs Insider Follow @CSNMooney
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CINCINNATI All sorts of names will pop up on the radar screen as the Cubs search for their next general manager.
It sounds like Walt Jocketty a good friend of Jim Hendry and the architect of the 2006 Cardinals team that won a World Series title isnt going anywhere. The Reds executive, whos working on an expiring contract, wouldnt be an ideal fit anyway.
But less than 24 hours after a Sun-Times report mentioned that the Cubs have discussed the extreme long-shot possibility of maybe bringing in Jocketty to run baseball operations, Reds owner Bob Castellini told The Cincinnati Enquirer on Wednesday that he will keep his management team in place next season.
That means Jocketty and manager Dusty Baker should be back in 2012. Even though the Reds (73-76) have taken a step backward this season, the defending division champs still have pieces to build around, from Joey Votto to Jay Bruce to a surplus of young pitching that would make the Cubs (65-84) jealous.
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Twenty-five-year-old Johnny Cueto who began the day ranked second in the majors in ERA (2.36) left the game in the fourth inning with a strained right lat muscle. But by then, it was already essentially over.
Trying out for the 2012 rotation, Casey Coleman bombed on Wednesday night in his latest audition. Coleman gave up six runs in 3 23 innings as the Cubs lost 7-2 at Great American Ball Park.
Coleman who went 4-2 with a 3.33 ERA in eight starts late last season hasnt capitalized on the opportunity this year. Hes now 2-8 with a 7.06 ERA and will have to impress a new administration in spring training. He says hes not feeling the pressure.
I dont try to think about it, Coleman said. Im out there just trying to give this team the best chance to win. Last year I feel like I was worry-free. I would get myself into jams and pitch my way out of it. My mentality I feel like its the same I just havent had as much luck getting out of jams. The big innings killed me.
Its been a long year for everyone.
Patrick Mooney is CSNChicago.com's Cubs beat writer. Follow Patrick on Twitter @CSNMooney for up-to-the-minute Cubs news and views.