Posted by Ginger Russ Thursday at Thursday, July 30, 2009
It's a bad day to be a starting pitcher if you played in Wrigley Field today.
ESPN Chicago (and now Cubs.com) is reporting that John Grabow, the LOOGY the Cubs need to help out Marshall in the pen, is on his way to Chicago (or Florida actually). According to the story, the Cubs have sent Kevin Hart, Jose Ascanio and Single-A infielder Josh Harrison to the Pirates for left-handed pitchers John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny.
Kevin Hart started today's game and received the win, his third on the season. He will now languish in Pissburgh for at least the remainder of the season. Hart was known for his unfortunate photo which made him look like a serial racist/killer.
The news was a little more harsh for Russ Ortiz though, Houston's starting pitcher for Thursday. After the game he was unconditionally released by the club. According to Alyson Footer, a Houston reported via twitter, Ortiz wasn't surprised by the decision and said, "I told them I understood. This is an important time of year. Obviously, they didn't feel like they can send me out there."
The Cubs take on a red-hot Florida team (how do we keep running into teams that are on winning streaks lately?) tomorrow. Let's hope L.A. starts being L.A. so we can get back in first...pitching to Pujols...ridiculous.
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