Cubs notebook: How much more can DeRosa's hand take?

Jeff Vorva

Assistant general manager Randy Bush almost refused to shake hands with Cubs second baseman Mark DeRosa in the clubhouse Tuesday.

“Can I shake your hand without you getting hurt?” Bush joked.

Yes, the two shook hands. And yes, DeRosa started in Tuesday’s game. But the way things have gone for DeRosa lately, there’s not much more his poor left arm can take. He was hit by a pitch on the left wrist Saturday and was hit on the left elbow Monday.

The Cubs won both games, so DeRosa doesn’t mind.

“I’ll get hit every day if it guarantees us a win,” DeRosa said.

Manager Lou Piniella wasn’t sure if DeRosa would play Sunday and Tuesday, but each time, the latter answered the bell.

“You’re always scared, especially on a travel day, that when you’re flying, it’s going to blow up on you,” DeRosa said of the elbow. “But we were able to ice it pretty good on the plane. I woke up today, and the trainers did an excellent job. They were right on top of everything. It’s a little sore, but I have full range of motion, so it shouldn’t be a problem.”

A close shave

Piniella’s week-plus growth of white whiskers is gone. He got a shave in Houston on Tuesday.

“I went to a place called Red’s Barber Shop,” Piniella said. “I got a good shave and a trim, so I’m ready to go.”

Piniella said Monday he might get a Mohawk, but that didn’t happen.

Hill looking for No. 9

Left-handed pitcher Rich Hill is hoping to capture his ninth victory of the season tonight against the Astros.

Hill is 1-0 with a 3.77 ERA in four games against the Astros for his career, but is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA against them in two starts this year.

Hill (8-8) gave up six runs in six innings against Pittsburgh in a 6-1 loss Friday.

Long stretch of rest

Sean Marshall’s last start was Aug. 31. His next start is scheduled for Saturday in the nightcap of a day-night doubleheader in St. Louis.

In between, he made just one relief appearance (Sunday against Pittsburgh), pitching 1 1/3 innings.

“We’ll just get him a nice little throw date,” Piniella said. “We won’t be able to use him in a game between now and Saturday.”

Smokies eliminated

Double-A Tennessee, the last team in the Cubs’ minor league system that was still standing in the playoffs, was eliminated from the Southern League Divisional playoffs Monday when it suffered an 8-7 setback to Huntsville in the fifth game of the best-of-5 series.

Tyler Colvin’s RBI double in the ninth brought home Eric Patterson to cut the deficit to a run, but it wasn’t enough. Casey McGehee hit his second homer of the series - a three-run shot - in the third inning for the Smokies.

Short hops

Shortstop Ryan Theriot likely will be rested tonight. Ronny Cedeno is penciled in to get the start. ... The Cubs drew 40,358 for Monday’s makeup game against St. Louis at Wrigley Field. That pushed them over the 3-million mark for attendance for the fourth season in a row. The Cubs reached the 3-million mark in the 75th game of the season, the fastest in franchise history. ... Heading into Tuesday, the Cubs were 16-4-3 in series after winning the first game and 4-18-2 when they lost the series opener.