Orlando Cabrera, after making two defensive mistakes yesterday:
I suck. I don’t even know how to describe it. I suck. For real. I’m
getting old, maybe. Maybe a day off is what I need. I’ll take it if
there’s a spot they want me to do that.
Normally I’d say that Cabrera is being overly hard on himself, but
that’s a tough argument to make for someone who’s hitting
.234/.285/.295 with 11 errors and an Ultimate Zone Rating of -5.2 runs
in 65 games.
And yes, maybe he is just getting old. Not many shortstops have
remained Gold Glove-caliber defenders in their mid-30s and he’ll be 35
years old in November. Luckily he has hugs from Jason Giambi to lighten
The Cubs’ bullpen got into trouble in the ninth inning on Tuesday afternoon during the first game of a doubleheader. Justin Wilson started the inning with the Cubs leading 3-2, normally a situation for closer Brandon Morrow. Wilson issued a leadoff walk to Austin Barnes, then gave up a single to Justin Turner. Morrow wasn’t warming up, curiously. Wilson ended up giving up a go-ahead two-run double to pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer and the Cubs went on to lose 4-3.
We now know why Morrow wasn’t available. He says his back tightened up taking off his pants early Monday morning, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports. Morrow said, “It’s frustrating any time you can’t get out there, especially when you can’t go for something as stupid as taking your pants off.”
Morrow, 33, has been terrific in the closer’s role this season for the Cubs. He owns a 1.59 ERA with a 25/9 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. He is also not available for the back end of Tuesday’s doubleheader, but it sounds like he won’t need to go on the disabled list.