Lilly lands on DL (STAFF PHOTO/PAM DAVIS)
The Cubs got another dose of bad injury news Friday. Lefty Ted Lilly, their only All-Star this season, underwent an MRI arthrogram after experiencing what the club said was soreness in his left shoulder.
Lilly's last start was pushed back two days because of inflammation in his left knee.
The medical procedure on the shoulder involves shooting dye into the area, and early Saturday Lilly was placed on the 15-day DL. RHP Justin Berg was recalled from Class AAA Iowa. Berg was 4-1 with a 2.00 ERA in 36 innings.
Lilly was supposed to start Saturday against the Reds, but manager Lou Piniella had to juggle things. Kevin Hart moves from Sunday to Saturday, and Rich Harden moves from Monday night to Sunday. Harden has had most of his success at night, and the Cubs were hoping to schedule him so that his next few starts would be under the lights.
Lilly is 9-7 with a 3.59 ERA, and he's been the Cubs most consistent pitcher all season. The club said it would know the results of the test Saturday. Lilly spent two stints on the DL in 2005 while with Toronto with tendinitis in the shoulder.
CUBS 8, REDS 5: The Cubs got homers from Mike Fontenot, Aramis Ramirez, Jeff Baker and Derrek Lee. Ramirez's solo shot put the Cubs ahead 4-3 in the sixth, and they tacked on four in the eighth. RHP Randy Wells worked six innings and improved to 6-4.
--RHP Ryan Dempster likely will come off the disabled list and start next Tuesday at home against Houston. The Cubs had toyed with starting Dempster Sunday, but they amended that to Thursday or Friday of next week. On Friday, Piniella revised things again to say Tuesday, what with Lilly headed for the DL. Dempster has been on the DL since July 7 with a broken right big toe.
--Wells picked up his ninth quality start, tossing six innings and giving up seven hits and three runs. Wells has won six of his last seven starts and is 6-0 when getting four or more runs of support.
--Ramirez notched career RBIs 900 and 901 with a two-run double against the Phillies on Wednesday. Ramirez also walked twice and singled once.
--CF Kosuke Fukudome extended his hitting streak to seven games, matching his season best. In 12 games as the Cubs' leadoff hitter, Fukudome is 15-for-45 (.333).
--Ramirez tied his personal best with a four-hit game, which included a homer, a single and two doubles.
"Obviously, we've got some players that are really capable of getting hot and carrying you," said Piniella, referring chiefly to Ramirez, who missed two months with a dislocated left shoulder.
--Baker hit a pinch homer to start the eighth inning. It was his first home run since last Sept. 24 with Colorado, and it was his first pinch-hit homer since April 21, 2007.
--LF Alfonso Soriano extended his hitting streak to seven games with a sixth-inning single. Soriano is 11-for-28 in the streak. --The Sports XChange
ALBUQUERQUE 16, IOWA 8 (CLASS AAA)
At Albuquerque, N.M., the Isotopes set a franchise record with 24 hits Friday. Iowa (51-48) collected 15 hits in the loss. LF Jason Dubois (3-for-5) hit his 11th home run and Sam Fuld (1-6) hit his second. Dubois and 1B Bobby Scales (3-4) led the offense with three hits apiece. RHP Mitch Atkins’ (6-10) disappointing season continued as he allowed five runs and eight hits in three innings.
MISSISSIPPI 10, TENNESSEE 0 (CLASS AA)
At Sevierville, Tenn., the Smokies (45-54 overall, 13-16 second half) collected eight hits in the loss Friday. LF Ty Wright (3-4) hit his 14th double and led the offense in hits. Wright has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games and is batting .367 in July and .297 overall. RHP Jay Jackson (5-5) started and suffered the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) and five hits in 2 2/3 innings — his shortest outing of the season.
DAYTONA 16, PALM BEACH 10 (CLASS HIGH-A)
At Daytona Beach, the Cubs (48-46, 14-13) collected a season-high 16 hits in the victory Friday. 2B Josh Harrison (4-5, walk) drove in four runs and reached base five times. CF Brandon Guyer (2-5), SS Marwin Gonzalez (2-5), 3B Josh Vitters (2-4) and RF Jonathan Wyatt (2-3) all added two hits apiece. LHP Luke Sommer (2-3) picked up the win with two perfect innings in relief of LHP James Leverton, who started and allowed three runs and five hits in five innings for a no-decision.
PEORIA 7, LANSING 6 (CLASS-A)
At Peoria, the Chiefs (50-46, 12-15) collected 12 hits in the victory Friday. 1B Rebel Ridling (3-5) hit his 10th home run and tied a season high with four RBI. SS Ryan Flaherty (2-3) and RF Kyler Burke (2-4) added two hits apiece. RHP Chris Huseby (2-5) got the win in relief with a perfect ninth inning. RHP Chris Archer started and received a no-decision, allowing two runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings.
EUGENE 5, BOISE 1 (CLASS LOW-A)
At Eugene, Ore., the Emeralds scored five first-inning runs to down the Hawks (14-20) Friday. Both teams were held to four hits apiece with SS Hak-Ju Lee (2-4) hitting his ninth double to pace the Hawks’ offense. Lee also stole his 14th base in 17 tries. RHP Tarlandus Mitchell (0-1) started and was charged with all five Eugene runs after walking five batters, hitting one and throwing two wild pitches. He failed to make it out of the first inning.
CUBS 4, BREWERS 1 (ARIZONA ROOKIE LEAGUE)
At Mesa, the Cubs (16-12) won for the eighth time in nine games Friday, collecting eight hits in the victory. DH D. J. LeMahieu, the Cubs’ 2009 second-round draft pick from LSU, made his professional debut and was 2-4 with a triple, RBI and run scored. 1B Charles Thomas (2-4, RBI) and CF Kevin Soto (2-3, RBI) added two hits apiece. The Cubs used seven pitchers with RHP Julio Pena (2-1) earning the win with two scoreless innings in relief.