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The Cubs are watching Jeff Samardzija’s workload

Aug 15, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

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Jeff Samardzija has had his ups and downs this year, but on the whole his conversion into a starting pitcher has been a nice one for the Cubs. He’s shown he can do the job and looks to be an important part of the rotation for 2013.

But his time in the rotation in 2012 may be drawing to a close due to workload concerns:

President of baseball operations Theo Epstein is watching the innings mount up but has not put a shutdown date for Samardzija yet.

“We’re monitoring things and talking about it, but it is not something we have engaged him on,” Epstein said. “We have just let him go, but we have (the whole staff) talking about it. We will do what is best for him long term.”

How his Cubs teammates will take to seeing him on the bench during the stretch drive and playoffs is an open question.

Oh, wait.

  1. lazlosother - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    “How his Cubs teammates will take to seeing him on the bench during the stretch drive and playoffs is an open question.”

    “Oh, wait”

    Ouch.

    • kkolchak - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      Kind of highlights the fact that shutting down young pitchers to try and save their arms is only controversial when a team is winning.

      • alang3131982 - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        Yeah because there is only a reward if the team is winning….no reward for finishing 14 games back instead of 15.

    • kkingprior - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      Ya, that’s a low blow to us die hard Cubs fans. Haven’t we suffered enough this year? Or the last 104 years?

      • kkolchak - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:03 PM

        No. You can take more.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Aug 15, 2012 at 1:24 PM

  2. heyblueyoustink - Aug 15, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    That’ll be fine, more time for swashbuckling.

  3. Transparent Speaker - Aug 15, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Reblogged this on Transparent Speaker.

  4. snowbirdgothic - Aug 15, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    More time for him to work on that mulletriffic reboot of Eastbound and Down he seems to want to star in.

  5. El Bravo - Aug 15, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Last night was the shortest visit to Wrigley I’ve ever had. 1.1 innings….enough time for a polish, a beer, and four more runs (they were up 4-0 when we arrived) by the Stros…

  6. beefstroginoff - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    say they cut him off at 160 IP this year, next year they are making a playoff run (I know too funny) and he is at 180 in July, do they shut him down again?
    I understand the Strasburg situation with the surgery, but this is just tomfoolery. Is Hawk Harrelson running the Cubs? You have go to be bleepin me?!

    • ezwriter69 - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      180 in July? Verlander’s at 175 to lead the Majors presently… 163 leads the NL, in mid-August. You figure the Cubs are going to a four man rotation and Sam’s going to turn into Cy Young or Nolan Ryan and pitch 9 every time out?

  7. Alex K - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    That sweet T top Camaro with an eagle painted on the hood ain’t gonna drive itself, you know.

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