We’re doing this without everybody right now, too, and that’s the even better part, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. We have part of our bullpen but not everybody. I give these guys a lot of credit. During this little stretch they’ve been above and beyond.
Cubs: RHP Yu Darvish (right triceps tendinitis) threw a bullpen session that didn’t go well when he experienced pain. He will return to Chicago to be re-evaluated and RHP Tyler Chatwood will start in his place on Saturday. Chatwood was activated from the paternity list. … INF Kris Bryant (shoulder) has yet to be cleared for baseball activities, although it’s hoped he will come off the DL next week. … RHP Carl Edwards Jr. (right shoulder inflammation) will pitch for Triple-A Iowa on Friday and if it goes well, he could rejoin the rotation.
Dodgers: RHP Josh Fields (right shoulder inflammation) went on the DL.
Unfortunately, that free agent also happened to be the franchise center for Lamoriello’s new team, the New York Islanders. John Tavares’ leaving rips the heart of the current incarnation of the Islanders. The draw of his childhood team was far more powerful than that of Lamoriello, coach Barry Trotz, the Islanders’ frequent also-ran status and arena uncertainty. A petty statement about Tavares having achieved great individual success on the ice was the capper for one of the most brutal days in the history of the Islanders.
Tavares joins Brendan Shanahan, Scott Gomez, Scott Niedermayer and Zach Parise as elite talents who left Lamoriello’s teams as free agents.
Plenty of teams felt jilted by the Tavares decision — compounded by the elongated and secretive process.
The Islanders, of course, were most scorned by Tavares; they drafted the center No. 1 overall in 2009, courted him over the past 12 months and tried to appeal to him with a new GM and coach (who have both won Stanley Cups) … then watched their captain walk away without recouping anything. Lamoriello released a curt, 56-word statement congratulating Tavares on his individual success. Zing.