Word on the Street: Ozzie wants to know his future

Word on the Street: Ozzie wants to know his future

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011
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Ozzie wants to know his future

White Sox coach Ozzie Guillen and his wife are going on a vacation to Spain two days after the regular season is over. There has been talk about Guillen being traded to the Marlins. Guillen wants to know his stance with the Sox so he can enjoy his vacation but the only people who know his future is Jerry Reinsdorf and God, said Guillen. (Hardball Talk)

FOX fabricates Cutler headlines

During the Sept. 11 Bears-Falcons game, FOX Sports displayed three headlines across the screen questioning Jay Cutler's toughness:

Cutler Leaves With InjuryCutler Lacks CourageCutlers No Leader

Thenannouncer Daryl Johnston said those were actual newspaper headlinesfrom local Chicago papers. The Tribune looked through Illinoisnewspapers and found no headline of that sort in Illinois or in theU.S. FOX Sports spokesman Dan Bell admitted the headlines werefabrications. (Chicago Tribune)

Former Notre Dame coordinator Brown's psychological tests

Former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown's hearing about the charges of confinement and domestic battery from him striking his wife and holding her against the wall were put on hold. Brown is hospitalized and undergoing psychological testing at the University of Michigan Hospital. (Chicago Tribune)

Wood down for the count...forever?

Over the weekend Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood tore a meniscus in his left knee and his season is over. Wood says the surgery could have him ready for the spring but will Wood pitch again? He said he doesn't want to be anywhere else and if the Cubs need him back then he'll be back. (Bleacher Nation)

Fantasy Football: Week 3

Injuries already? Jamaal Charles and Jordan Shipley are out for the year with ACL injuries. Michael Vick and Tony Romo's head and rib injuries leave a few question marks. A few more are inactive and their futures are a toss up include, Aaron Hernandez, Mario Manningham and Steven Jackson. (Chicago Tribune)

With Ben Zobrist sidelined by sore wrist, Cubs move Ian Happ to second base

With Ben Zobrist sidelined by sore wrist, Cubs move Ian Happ to second base

LOS ANGELES – The Cubs drafted and developed Ian Happ with the idea of turning him into a Ben Zobrist-type player who would move quickly through the farm system and surface as a versatile big-league contributor and/or legitimate trade chip.

With Zobrist sidelined because of a sore left wrist, the Cubs got their first look at Happ playing second base in The Show during Saturday’s 5-0 loss at Dodger Stadium. That kind of depth – plugging in a 2015 first-round pick while a World Series MVP rests – should ultimately propel the Cubs over the course of a 162-game season.

Even as the Cubs stutter-step through a 25-23 start, there are enough choices for the best defensive second baseman on the team and a National League Championship Series co-MVP (Javier Baez) to sit on the bench.

“We know that the talent’s there,” Zobrist said. “It’s not like having any one or two guys out of the lineup is a big drop-off for us because of the talent that’s there. And we know that just because we have a lot of young players doesn’t mean that they’re not extremely capable of doing the job as well.”

Zobrist – who’s reached base in 23 straight games and emerged as a new leadoff option with Kyle Schwarber struggling – felt something on an awkward swing in the first inning of Friday’s 4-0 loss to the Dodgers. Zobrist played through it that night and called it a “day-to-day thing” that didn’t require an MRI.

[MORE: Is Joe Maddon turning Kyle Schwarber into a platoon player?

Facing Clayton Kershaw on Sunday after back-to-back shutouts will be a game-time decision.

“It’s tough,” Zobrist said. “We just haven’t strung together enough quality at-bats to score runs the last two games. It’s not just because of us. They’ve pitched well. Their pitchers are pretty hot right now. They’ve spotted up. They’ve gotten early strikes where they needed to and then gone to work pretty well on us.

“The task doesn’t get any easier tomorrow with Kershaw. We just got to keep trying to chip away.”

Morning Update: White Sox officially announce signing of Luis Robert, split doubleheader

Morning Update: White Sox officially announce signing of Luis Robert, split doubleheader

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Saturday: 

Preview: Cubs look to avoid getting swept by Dodgers today on CSN

Preview: Knights look to bounce back tonight on CSN

White Sox courting of Luis Robert leads to 'Christmas in May'

Cubs blanked again by Dodgers

Tyler Danish gets win in first big league start as White Sox beat Tigers in first game of doubleheader

After getting shut down by Buck Farmer, White Sox ninth-inning rally falls short

Scott Boras fires back at Jake Arrieta’s critics and makes another Max Scherzer comparison

Blackhawks sign defenseman Michal Kempny to extension

Luis Robert will start journey through White Sox organization in Dominican Summer League

With Ben Zobrist sidelined by sore wrist, Cubs move Ian Happ to second base