The Cubs signed Manny Ramirez to be a player-coach at Triple-A Iowa.
A player-coach? So the Cubs minor league system can start grooming it's future attitude problems early? If Ramirez can actually teach what he knows about hitting, then this could be a great move for some of the young prospects who seem on the verge of a call-up, however, we're all going to have to brace ourselves for Javier being Javier, Kris being Kris and a whole slew of other annoyances. The player part of this arrangement for Manny seems a little far-fetched and shouldn't fool you into thinking that a resurgence is headed your way.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Bobby Parnell's velocity was up to 94-95 MPH in his rehab appearance on Thursday.
Parnell conceded eight runs in his first 6 1/3 rehab innings. He's been lights out lately, with his velocity trending in the right direction. He's on the road to recovery from Tommy John, and it often takes pitchers time before their velocity, control and feel return. Parnell's velocity had dropped substantially before the UCL tear was announced last season, so it's a nice sign that he's throwing hard once again. Analysis: Spencer Silva