Izturis Likely Done for the Year

Cubs shortstop Cesar Izturis returned to the club in Cincinnati on Friday, but doesn't figure to play any more this season because of a strained right hamstring that has plagued him all season.

INSIDE PITCH

Izturis came to the Cubs in a trading-deadline deal with Los Angeles for Greg Maddux, and hasn't been much of a factor this season. In 22 games, he hit .233 with six RBIs and hasn't been on the field consistently enough to show off his heralded defensive skill except for a few glimpses.

"I have a strained muscle, and there is a big bruise back there," he said. "They tried to take all the blood out of there. I don't think I will be playing any more this year. I just want to get healthy for next year."

He feels that with some rest, the hamstring will heal and it should not bother him next year.

"It's just a strain," he said. "I think it's going to be fine. It's a little disappointing. I want to help the team, but it's a part of the game."

REPLAY: Rich Hill gave up three home runs in three innings and the Cubs dropped a 4-2 contest to Cincinnati in a five-inning game shortened by rain Friday.

Even though he picked up the loss, Hill was credited with a complete game. He also threw one last Saturday against the Reds, becoming the first Cubs pitcher since Greg Maddux (July 17 and July 22, 2004) to register consecutive complete games.

The Cubs fell to 62-92.

NOTES, QUOTES

--CF Juan Pierre stole his 54th base of the season in Friday night, which is the most by a Cubs player since Eric Young stole as many in 2000.

--LHP Rich Hill, who was 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA in four starts in September, gave up four runs in five innings on Friday night against Cincinnati and suffered his first loss since Aug. 21.

--RHP Juan Mateo, who pitched three no-hit innings on Sept. 15 before leaving with back spasms, will make his first start since then on Sunday against Cincinnati.

--LHP Sean Marshall, who hasn't been able to go at least five innings in his past three starts, will start on Tuesday against Milwaukee rather than Sunday against Cincinnati.

--RHP Carlos Zambrano, who is still hoping for Cy Young Award consideration, will get the nod Saturday against Cincinnati. In his first game back after missing two starts with back spasms, Zambrano threw seven shutout innings against the Reds on Sept. 17.

BY THE NUMBERS: 8 -- Number of stolen bases for Ronny Cedeno in his first 142 games this season.

8 -- Number of times Cedeno has been caught stealing in his first 142 games this season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's caught Hall of Famers and he's caught rookies. His knowledge of the game is a plus." --Cubs manager Dusty Baker on Henry Blanco, a backup catcher who has been pressed into starting duty in September because of a groin injury to Michael Barrett.


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