The Cubs expect to make a decision on Mike “dead man walking” Quade within a week

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Theo Epstein met with manager Mike Quade on Friday to discuss Quade’s future [cough!] lack thereof [cough!] with the Cubs. No word since then, but this afternoon Epstein was asked and he said that they had “a productive conversation” and that they hope to have a decision on Quade within a week.

I’ve mentioned before that, when I was in Mesa, Arizona during spring training last year, I observed a bunch of Rush memorabilia in Quade’s office.  As such, he would no doubt understand the concept which goes “if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.”  That’s more about free will (duh) than inevitability, but it’s close enough.  If the Cubs thought Quade was their huckleberry, they would have said so by now.

Quade is under contract for 2012, of course, so it would behoove him to wait to be fired rather than quit.  But man, you know damn well that he’d love to just up and quit right now.

Braves shutting down Mike Soroka for 4-5 days due to shoulder problems

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Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Braves starter Mike Soroka will be shut down for the next 4-5 days due to renewed soreness in his right shoulder.

Soroka is not presently listed in the top five of the Braves depth chart at starter, but is nonetheless an enormously talented pitcher who, at some point this season, was likely to figure into their plans. He was supposed to figure in more largely than he did last season, but after an impressive debut he missed the entire second half with shoulder problems, making only five starts.

There will no doubt be a reevaluation of him in the next few days, but this is could bad news for the Braves’ pitching depth.