According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun Times, Lou Piniella has taken every opportunity to "rest" Milton Bradley on days the Cubs face a hard-throwing righthander with good offspeed stuff. Although Lou denies that he is platooning Bradley with Jake Fox, it might behoove him to do just that. Bradley is hitting only .207 against righthanders this year, while Jake is hitting .325. I say go to a straight platoon and, if Fox shows the ability to hit lefthanders, go with Fox full time!
In minor league news, the Cubs released B.J. Ryan today. Ryan's velocity was not up to par and with the acquisitions of John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny, the Cubs now have a few more options for lefty relief.
With Geovanny Soto schedule to return to the Cubs lineup on Friday, Koyie Hill is finally going to get some rest. Hill has started the last 26 games for the Cubs, a grueling task for any catcher, let alone one who is normally a backup. During that stretch, Hill hit .194 (18 for 93) with only 7 rbi's. The Cubs will be thankfull to get Soto back.