Chicago Cubs’ seasons are ending for all kinds of reasons lately. For reliever Angel Guzman, it’s because of inflammation on his right side.
Cubs manager Lou Piniella said he doesn’t expect the right-hander to pitch again after an MRI on Tuesday revealed inflammation in Guzman’s right side. Guzman was examined by team orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo.
“There’s two weeks left and if a miracle happens, I’m back,” Guzman said.
In his first full Major League season, the right-hander appeared in 55 games, compiling a 2.95 ERA. His career has been slowed by elbow and shoulder injuries, and the current inflammation is located on his side, just under his armpit. cubs.com.
Guzman was a revelation for the Cubs bullpen, and was a relative picture of health. He’ll head into next season as one of the top set-up men in the pen.