Cubs' Byrd shows his big heart

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Cubs' Byrd shows his big heart

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and while everybody else will be focused on football, one Atlanta family will likely still be giving thanks to Marlon Byrd.

Byrd contributes a blog through Cubs.com entitled "The Byrd's Nest," something Cubs fans may not have known. His latest entry is heart-warming tale of dealing with something called compartment syndrome.

Byrd has suffered with compartment syndrome, described as a "serious condition that involved increased pressure in a muscle compartment. It can lead to muscle and nerve damage and problems with blood flow."

Brett D., a young man from Atlanta, suffers from the same disorder and was having a tough time coming out of three surgeries. His family wrote to Byrd and the Cubs outfielder responded in kind, meeting up with Brett in Atlanta in August while the Cubs were playing the Braves.

Byrd goes on to recount his story with the disease, during which he almost had his leg amputated.

It's a good read and a warm story. Go ahead and give it a look.

Cubs in holding pattern with Jorge Soler

Cubs in holding pattern with Jorge Soler

PITTSBURGH — The Cubs are downplaying the discomfort Jorge Soler has been feeling on his right side, saying the injury-prone outfielder should be cleared by this weekend and for what they hope will be a long run into October.

Soler stayed back in Chicago for another MRI and didn’t travel with the team to Pittsburgh, where the Cubs are trying to find the right balance between keeping players rested and sharp with a division title and the National League’s No. 1 seed already clinched.

“Nothing horrible,” manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday at PNC Park. “Nothing to be highly concerned about. But we kept him back for the test.”

Soler — who had already gotten an initial scan — didn’t play in five consecutive games (Sept. 17-21). He then pinch-hit against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday and started in right field the next day at Wrigley Field.

“The side bothers him,” Maddon said. “It wasn’t bad. I know that.”

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A series of injuries have stalled Soler’s career — he missed almost two months this season with a strained left hamstring — but there is no denying his immense talent, right-handed power and age-24 potential.

Built like an NFL linebacker, Soler is hitting .240 with 12 homers, 31 RBIs and a .773 OPS in 85 games, making him a physical presence in the lineup that opponents have to respect.

Whether or not you believe in the concept of clutch hitting, Soler played a big role in knocking the Cardinals out of last year’s playoffs, setting a new major-league record by getting on base in his first nine career postseason plate appearances and launching two homers in four games.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Cubs reach 100 wins for first time since 1935

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Cubs reach 100 wins for first time since 1935

CSN's David Kaplan hosts a discussion with today's panel: Ravi Baichwal from ABC 7, David Haugh lead columnist from the Chicago Tribune, and Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun Times. The group discusses the Cubs reaching 100 wins on the season, talk Jay Cutler's future as Bears QB, and Scott Paddock stops by to talk NASCAR.

Listen to the SportsTalk Live Podcast below: