Wrigley Ballhawks Rejoice As Cubs Reacquire Bob Howry

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Carrie Muskat confirms Patton, Berg moves as related to Howry signing.

David Patton has indeed been DFA’d and Justin Berg optioned to Iowa, per Carrie Muskat on Twitter.
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Carrie Muskat confirms Howry signing via Twitter.

See Carrie’s tweet here. MLB Trade Rumors is also reporting that RHP David Patton has been designated for assignment.

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Howry Signing Will Officially Occur On Friday

Per Bruce Levine:

The Chicago Cubs will sign veteran relief pitcher Bob Howry to a contract on Friday before they take the field against the Texas Rangers for a three-game series, according to a source close to Howry.

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Howry Not Sure He Can Handle Eyre-Less Bullpen

Sports Nation Chicago caught up with Bob Howry as he was on his way to find his old friend and former teammate Scott Eyre. When asked if he was looking forward to rejoining the Cubs, Howry said, “Without Scotty Poo, I’m not sure I can handle this. He was my rock. When I was called into a game, I could always see him warming up — that’s what he did, warm up. Who does that now?”

Howry also voiced concern about how fans would react to his first appearance after being booed out of town. “I just hope security is better than it was when I was with the Cubs before. I really don’t think I can handle another deranged fan rushing the mound.”

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Ballhawk Ken delays retirement

When contacted about Howry’s impending return to the Chicago Cubs, Ken Vangeloff, known as @Ballhawk_Ken on Twitter and “the Crafty Lefty” by his fellow ballhawks, said the move will keep him on Waveland for the forseeable future.

“To be honest,” Ken said. “I’ve been thinking about putting away my glove and just hangin’ with Al in the bleachers. But this changes everything. Having Howry on the mound every eighth inning increases my odds of further building up my home run ball collection exponentially.”

When asked about possible injuries from scrambling to catch the many long balls that Howry will surely surrender, Vangeloff scoffed. “Oh, come on. This guy pitched for the Cubs for three full seasons. I know what he throws as much as the hitters do, and I know exactly where those taters will land. Now could you get out of my living room? How did you get in here anyway?”

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Wrigley Ballhawks Rejoice As Cubs Reacquire Bob Howry

Former Cub reliever Bob Howry, who had two pretty good years for the team before a bad year in 2008 led the Cubs to allow him to leave via free agency, has been re-signed by the team, according to this CSN Chicago report.

Howry had a good year for the Giants in 2009 (although the photo attached to this story shows him hanging his head in shame after allowing a walkoff to the Pirates in the 14th inning), but his ERA was north of 10 this year with the Diamondbacks and many Cub fans are wondering how many HR balls the Wrigley ballhawks on Waveland will be catching when he is in the game.

More details on the Howry signing to come.

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