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Cubs waiting to make the decision on Garza


Cubs waiting to make the decision on Garza

LOS ANGELES While Ryan Dempster sat in the executive offices at Clark and Waveland, hearing firsthand that the Dodgers didnt have that much interest before ultimately accepting a trade to the Rangers, Matt Garza wasnt plugged in at the deadline.

Garza was at the hospital on Tuesday with his wife, who gave birth to their fourth child, a daughter they named Summer Grace. He has never seemed overly concerned by the nonstop rumors, but this time he definitely had bigger things to worry about.

I was knee deep in wait, Garza recalled on Friday. Just wait, wait, wait. Epidural, hold, wait, hold. The deadline came at three oclock and I didnt even know. (My wife) said: Hey, its 3:05. Oh, snap: I looked up to see who got moved.

The Cubs certainly listened to offers for Garza who hasnt pitched since July 21 but a right elbow injury complicated those plans.

I figured I wasnt (going to be traded), Garza said. Just because of the situation I was in I hadnt thrown for a number of days. If youre trading for me, youre kind of getting a blind pick. Thats the way people felt. Thats the way it would look. But it is what it is and Im happy to be where Im at.

The Cubs still arent quite sure when Garza will be back in the rotation. They cut short Fridays bullpen session at Dodger Stadium after Garza felt stiff, though he said that was to be expected after three days off.

Garza will try to throw another bullpen on Saturday, and hopes to start three days later in San Diego, but that is an aggressive and optimistic timeline. If Garza goes on the disabled list, Casey Coleman could be available from Triple-A Iowa as a spot starter.

One theory about a rotation now filled with question marks had the Cubs building around Garza and Jeff Samardzija. But it was revealing that team executives kept saying how the timing of the injury was unfortunate, preventing them from fully exploring the trade market.

Garza said he didnt hear about the comments made by team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer during their deadline postmortems.

Ive been go, go, go, go, Garza said. I really havent been paying much attention. Im just clearing my head a little bit.

Epstein couldnt say for certain that Garza would have been traded, though he did confirm that contract negotiations earlier this season went nowhere. Epstein indicated extension talks could be restarted in the offseason (presumably not while Garzas playing Golden Tee in the Cubs headquarters break room).

The windows always open, Garza said. Dont ever shut a window. Just leave it open, and when an opportunity arises and thats where we both see eye to eye, thats where we go.

Garza wont be a free agent until after the 2013 season, which will make him a trade target again this winter. He said an elbow scare and a growing family havent made him rethink his future or consider where he stands in the organization. Hes still open to the Cubs.

Yeah, why not? Garza said. Theres reasons why Im still here. I dont know what they are nobody does so just play it by ear and see where it goes.

Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week


Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

The White Sox have a number of highly-rated prospects performing well in the minors and some of them will be on the move within the system in a matter of days.

General manager Rick Hahn talked to reporters ahead of Monday night's White Sox game in Cleveland, a 6-2 loss, and gave the news. Well, sort of.

He didn't include names, but he did say that "there will be many" promotions after the minor league all-star games for Double-A and both Single-A teams take place on Tuesday.

Hahn added that Chris Getz, the White Sox player development director, will address the media before the White Sox host Oakland on Thursday about the moves.

If the all-star games are a reason to wait, it's safe to think some of the players involved will be playing in those games. So who could be on the move?

Double-A Birmingham has six all-stars: Eloy Jimenez, Zack Collins, Seby Zavala, Danny Mendick, Dane Dunning and Ian Hamilton. Jimenez is the name everyone wants to see on the move. He has torched the Southern League since getting off to a late start to the season due to injury. Hahn was asked about Jimenez, but didn't tip his hand as to whether he would be one of the promotions.

Dunning has been good in Double-A (2.78 ERA, 65 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings), but was already promoted this season so he may not be on the move again.

Single-A Winston-Salem has five all-stars: Dylan Cease, Luis Alexander Basabe, Joel Booker, Bernardo Flores and Matt Foster. Cease, 22, could be due for a promotion with a 2.89 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings. There's also that outfield logjam the Dash, which won the first-half division title, have had all season.

Other than Basabe and Booker, Blake Rutherford and Alex Call are also noteworthy prospects being forced to split time in the Dash's outfield. If Jimenez is moving up to Triple-A, one or two names from this group could be on the move to take his spot in Birmingham.

This would especially make sense if highly-touted outfield prospect Luis Robert, who was supposed to be in Single-A Kannapolis for a short period before joining the Dash, is ready to move up as planned. Robert is hitting .289/.360/.400 in 13 games with the Intimidators.

Birmingham, Winston-Salem and Kannapolis were all off Monday. The various all-star games will take place Tuesday and the three teams will be off again Wednesday. The promotions could be announced Thursday ahead of Getz's scheduled media availability.

A messy night at Wrigley Field ends without a pitch being thrown

A messy night at Wrigley Field ends without a pitch being thrown

The NLCS rematch will have to wait another day.

Mother Nature and the power at Wrigley Field care not for your excitement about a "big series" between the Cubs and Dodgers.

Thunderstorms rolled over the North Side of Chicago, where the Dodgers ended the Cubs' postseason run 8 months ago. 

On top of that, the power at Wrigley Field was not cooperating with the lights down the right field line going out for hours during the rain delay. 

The lights came back on at one point before again going out again roughly a half hour before Monday night's game was officially called. After a delay stretching almost three hours, word finally filtered out just before 10 p.m. the game would be postponed a day.

The Cubs and Dodgers will make the game up as part of a day-night doubleheader Tuesday at Wrigley Field with the first game starting at 12:05 p.m. and the second at the regularly scheduled time of 7:05 p.m. Tyler Chatwood will start the first game for the Cubs with Mike Montgomery slated to go Game 2.

As of 10 p.m. Monday night, the Cubs were unsure what caused the power issue at Wrigley Field but were working on fixing the problem ahead of Tuesday's scheduled doubleheader.

The evening started with the tarp being rolled onto the field by the Cubs grounds crew roughly an hour before scheduled first pitch with a forecast calling for a 100 percent chance of rain.

Only a light rain fell until a downpour began around 8:15 p.m.:

That lasted only about a half hour before the grounds crew came back out around 8:45 p.m. to partially remove the tarp and attempt to get the field ready to play.

The only issue at that point was the light and a sinister forecast.

"It takes 45 minutes to get the field ready to play," said Julian Green, Cubs director of communications. "So once you take that tarp off, you saw them putting the chalk lines down, getting ready.

"We wanted to be ready — even in the face of rain — if the lights came back on, we wanted to make sure we could play baseball, even if it was a limited window of opportunity."

As of 11 p.m., that second bout of rain had yet to materialize, but the lights issue also wasn't corrected and play on the field would've been impossible.

Fans lingered throughout the stadium for nearly three hours before an official conclusion came down. The Cubs kept the same announcement on the right field video board about the weather delay while the left field video board displayed the Brewers-Pirates and other MLB games.

This is the only trip to Chicago the Dodgers make throughout the 2018 season so the two teams and Major League Baseball did all they could to try to get a game in and avoid any issue where these two teams would have to play on a mutual off-day later in the year. 

The Cubs were in the midst of a stretch of 17 games in 17 days without a day off. They're still on that same schedule, though now with an unexpected day off Monday and a doubleheader Tuesday.

The Cubs are no stranger to postponements this season as wacky weather has continued to hamper this MLB season.

"Not only for the Chicago Cubs, but Chicago in general, this has been a really interesting spring and summer season," Green said. "We're taking our licks just like everybody else is.

"Our plan is to play baseball tomorrow and make sure we can accomodate fans as best as possible. So fans who have tickets to tonight's game will be able to use them for tomorrow."