Jeff Samardzija has been a disappointment for the Chicago Cubs this year, getting knocked around pretty good when he wasn't being shuttled back down to Iowa.
In 17 appearances with the Cubs this year, Samardzija has compiled a 7.81 ERA. After his only start of the season last week—seven runs in three-and-one-third innings—I suggested to a friend that the former Notre Dame All-America wide receiver consider joining the Chicago Bears. Seriously, he could probably start this season.
But then I saw this (the above photo) after Saturday's game. Apparently the Cubs demoted him to the grounds crew, as he can be seen getting ready to rake the visitors' bullpen in the above shot.
At first I thought it was a pretty radical move, but hey, yard work can clear your head.
I was going to call the Cubs organization to get a comment from the club, but this being a blog, I quickly squelched any desire to practice actual journalism. Instead, I perused the team Web site and saw an announcement that Samardzija had actually been optioned back to Iowa.
Too bad...I'm thinking some time with that rake would have been as good as another start against the Portland Beavers.