Fed up with losing, Lou Piniella says he expects his Chicago Cubs to live up to their reputations and salaries.
“Don’t let names fool you,” he said. “Production wins.”
And winning is the only thing that matters to Piniella, whose team has the third-highest payroll in the major leagues ($146.6 million) but is 16-22 after rallying to beat Pittsburgh, 4-3, on Sunday.
Asked before the game if young outfielder Tyler Colvin might be better off playing every day in the minors instead of serving as Chicago’s late-inning defensive replacement, Piniella raised his voice and changed the subject – to winning.
“He needs to play? What we need to do is win,” Piniella said. “We keep talking about at-bats for people. We talk about people needing to play. We talk about everything but winning baseball games. That’s what the hell I want to talk about ... period.
“Outside of that, I’d like to see people get hot and stay hot and win games, and everything will take care of itself. I wouldn’t be getting asked these questions day in and day out, OK? And having to make excuses and everything else, OK? So, if we start doing the things that we’re capable of doing, I won’t have to answer these questions all the time.”
DAVIS HAS HEART INFLAMMATION
Having already been through one significant scare, Milwaukee pitcher Doug Davis was rightly concerned when he woke up Saturday and felt as if he might be having a heart attack.
Fortunately for Davis, doctors instead diagnosed him with pericarditis, an inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart.
It appears to be a fairly mild case, and Davis – who missed part of the 2008 season while he was being treated for thyroid cancer – hopes to be back within two weeks.
Oakland put right-hander Justin Duchscherer back on the 15-day disabled list, one day after his scheduled start was scratched because of recurring inflammation in his left hip. The A’s also optioned backup catcher Josh Donaldson to Triple-A Sacramento and reinstated catcher Kurt Suzuki from the DL after he missed 19 games because of a strain in his ribcage. ... Right fielder Nick Swisher was held out of the starting lineup for the Yankees’ game against the Minnesota Twins. ... The Texas Rangers activated infielder Joaquin Arias off the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Pedro Strop to Triple-A Oklahoma City. ... The Baltimore Orioles recalled Alberto Castillo from Triple-A Norfolk to fill out a bullpen in need of a left-hander. ... The Washington Nationals designated outfielder Willy Taveras for assignment and reinstated Mike Morse from the disabled list. They also designated right-hander reliever Brian Bruney for assignment and purchased the contract of reliever Drew Storen. ... The Braves activated left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes and optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett. ... Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese re-injured his right hamstring and will return to New York for evaluation, further muddling the outlook for a rotation that already had one vacancy.