Cub Notes, Quotes

OF Todd Hollandsworth suffered a season-ending injury when he damaged nerves in his right shin on May 11, 2001. He suffered a similar injury in the same region when he fouled a pitch off the shin against the White Sox on June 27, and Cubs manager Dusty Baker said he didn't figure the reserve outfielder would be "back anytime soon."

There is speculation that this could be another season-ending injury for the often-injured Hollandsworth, but Baker is not ready to predict that.

"I don't think so," Baker said. "I can't say that. But he's a ways away. And that nerve damage heals very slowly."

--The Cubs are hoping for a little deja vu from Greg Maddux.

The veteran was 7-7 with a 4.51 ERA before the All-Star break, which was somewhat of a disappointment.

But the 38-year-old had a pre-break record of 7-8 with a 4.63 ERA for Atlanta in 2003. After the break, he went 9-3 with a 3.03 ERA and the Cubs are hoping he can post those kinds of numbers again in 2004.

In his first start after the break, Maddux threw his first complete game and shutout of the season in a 5-0 victory over Milwaukee on Saturday (July 17).

--LHP Andy Pratt, who was on the 25-man roster with the parent squad at the beginning of the season before running into bouts of wildness, was removed from the disabled list (groin injury) and assigned to Class A Lansing.

Pratt had made a few rehab stints at Class A Daytona and, although opponents were hitting him, his control was much better.

BY THE NUMBERS: 10 1/2 -- Games the 1935 Cubs were out of first place before winning a pennant, representing the largest deficit the team has faced before finishing in first place.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "You can't get anymore worried than sick to your stomach." -- Cubs manager Dusty Baker after Mark Prior came out of the Thursday (July 15) game in the second inning with soreness in his elbow.

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