Did anybody believe it wasn't a big deal when Carlos Zambrano was scratched from Sunday's game?
It's fair now to wonder if Zambrano will be able to pitch, at least effectively, the rest of this season.
And if he doesn't, what does that mean to the Cubs' chances of overcoming 100 years of futility?
As Gordon Wittenmyer points out it's no coincidence that the Cubs' last four-game skid was when Zambrano was injured and missed his turn in the rotation.
You can still count on Dempster, but what about Harden? Is he healthy? The injury-prone right-hander also skipped a start and has pitched a ton - for him - this season.
Is this the beginning of the end? Cubs fans are entitled to wonder.