Notes: Cubs to rely on core, not trades

Notes: Cubs to rely on core, not trades

CHICAGO -- On the eve of the trading deadline, the Cubs are looking forward to getting a new reliever, and they won't have to deal anyone for the fresh arm, especially Felix Pie.

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said he didn't expect the team to make any major move on Tuesday, but will wait for the return of Kerry Wood, who will make his final rehab outing for Double-A Tennessee and be activated this weekend.

Hendry also denied any conversations had taken place with teams regarding highly prized outfielder Pie.

"Felix Pie is not going anywhere and has never been talked about," Hendry said. "It's really unfair to the young man to have to hear that on television or read about it in the paper that he's being shopped around. It couldn't be farther from the truth. It's not good journalism, to be honest with you. There's not one club we've talked to in any deal about Felix Pie."

The Cubs got a head start in terms of deals by acquiring catcher Jason Kendall from Oakland and by dealing shortstop Cesar Izturis to Pittsburgh.

"I don't foresee anything large happening for us," Hendry said. "I'm very happy by the way we're playing and have a lot of faith in the guys we have."

The Cubs have climbed within a half-game of the Milwaukee Brewers in the Central Division after being as much as 8 1/2 games back on June 23.

"We're in a good spot," Hendry said. "All we needed was for Derrek Lee to start hitting the ball out of the ballpark a little more. I'm hopeful Cliff [Floyd] will do the same thing. We've got a good lineup when Cliff hits five and [Mark] DeRosa hits sixth. Angel Pagan has done a terrific job in a part-time role. Jacque [Jones] has played well the last month.

"A lot of good things are going on," Hendry said. "At the same time, if we can do something that can help us, we'll do it."

Cubs manager Lou Piniella wasn't demanding any changes.

"We've got good chemistry here and the kids are grinding and playing hard," Piniella said. "We've got some nice talent. It's a nice combination of things. Jim's not going to tinker just to tinker."

Hangover: Alfonso Soriano wasn't upset that a potential home run was taken away Sunday. Third-base umpire Joe West ruled that fans reached over and interfered with Soriano's ball to right at Great American Ball Park, and gave him a double. Replays were inconclusive.

"Did it make me mad? No," Soriano said Monday. "There's nothing you can do about it. Those guys are like the police. I don't mess with those guys.

"If they saw a replay, they might call it back," he said. "But they didn't see a replay. There's nothing you can do."

What did West tell Soriano?

"He said a fan pulled his hand back," Soriano said. "I saw on the replay that it hit him in the chest. At least I got a double. It's not like foul ball or fair.

"We won the game, and that's more important. If that homer affected us winning the game, that's when I'm mad."

Did you know: Carlos Zambrano had three hits Sunday, but gave up only two against the Cincinnati Reds. He is the first Cubs starting pitcher to collect more hits than allowed since April 9, 2005. In that game, Zambrano had two hits and gave up one over 7 1/3 innings against Milwaukee. Chad Fox and LaTroy Hawkins threw 1 2/3 hitless innings, and the Brewers finished the game with one hit.

Blanco on the mend: Hendry also watched catcher Henry Blanco, who is rehabbing in Peoria from a herniated disk in his neck.

"I'm hopeful Henry can come back and help us down the stretch," Hendry said. "It's a slow process."

Blanco was back in Chicago on Monday night, and will be re-examined on Tuesday. He's bothered now by a sore left shoulder.

"It's a little sore," Blanco said. "We'll see in a couple days. Let's hope it's nothing serious."

Extra bases Ryan Theriot has hit safely in 20 of his last 24 games, batting .352 with two of his three homers in that stretch. ... The Cubs are continuing negotiations with first-round pick Josh Vitters, the third selection overall. ... Both Sunday's game against the Mets and the Aug. 19 game against the St. Louis Cardinals have been picked up by ESPN and will begin at 7:05 p.m. CT.

Minor matters: Sean Gallagher gave up two hits over five scoreless innings in Triple-A Iowa's 6-1 victory over Salt Lake. Gallagher struck out seven. Jake Fox homered, a solo shot. ... Mike Nannini gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits over five innings in Double-A Tennessee's 9-7 win over West Tenn. ... Greg Reinhard gave up one run on five hits over five innings and struck out six in Class A Daytona's 9-1 win over Jupiter. ... Class A Peoria scored four runs in the bottom of the 10th to beat Dayton, 6-5. Blanco homered, a two-out solo shot in the sixth. ... Chris Huseby gave up one run on four hits over five innings in Class A Boise's 7-3 loss to Vancouver.

On deck: Jason Marquis will start Game 2 of a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on WCIU.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.