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Month: March 2010

Angel Guzman Had His Shoulder Surgery

Chicago Cubs reliever Angel Guzman finally underwent shoulder surgery on Tuesday to repair a relatively serious tear. The surgery was a success, though Guzman is still out for the year. Cubs reliever Angel Guzman has had arthroscopic surgery to repair a career-threatening injury to his right shoulder. The procedure performed Tuesday by noted orthopedist Dr. […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 24, 2010

The Cubs mollywhopped the Rangers today 12-1, behind a strong effort from… Sean freaking Marshall. He threw four innings without giving up an earned run, striking out five, walking one, and giving up three hits. As I said yesterday, if this guy does not land a rotation spot, he never had an actual chance to […]

Cubs’ Rotation and Bench Rumors

While we still have no official word from Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella on the final makeup of the rotation and the bench (much less the bullpen), we do have a pretty good idea of how things are trending at this point. Paul Sullivan has offered his thoughts: Carlos Silva and Tom Gorzelanny appear to […]

Aramis Ramirez Hits Well in Return, But as DH

Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez still isn’t quite over his triceps injury. He finally got into some game action yesterday, but just as a DH. Playing third base will have to wait – but he might be ready by Friday. “I felt pretty good out there today,” Ramirez said. He has been sidelined because […]


Ted Lilly Will Not Pitch in Spring Training Game

Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly, recovering from shoulder surgery, had hoped to make it into a Spring Training game this year, but it looks like it won’t happen. Cubs manager Lou Piniella said Lilly will throw in minor-league games starting on March 27. With Cactus League starters progressing to five and six innings, the team […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 23, 2010

The Cubs lost to the Royals 5-5 today (yes, that’s a tie … but it’s the Royals), behind a mediocre outing from Ryan Dempster. On to the battles yo… Two young relievers who are on thin ice – Marcos Mateo and John Gaub – probably shouldn’t have worn their Timberlands for this one. Each blew […]

Carlos Silva is OK, Aramis Ramirez is Starting to Scare Me

The Chicago Cubs, like most teams, are dealing with a few injury issues at this late Spring stage, but most are expected to abate early in the regular season at the latest. Or sooner, in the case of pitcher Carlos Silva, who left his last start a little early with thigh issues. The Cubs’ Carlos […]

One Lefty and One Righty Will Win Rotation Spots

Chicago Cubs pitchers Carlos Silva, Jeff Samardzija, Tom Gorzelanny and Sean Marshall are competing for two spots in the rotation (at least while Ted Lilly is out), and until now, it was unclear whether their handedness would impact the decision on who gets the call. But now, it looks like it’s going to be a […]

Ted Lilly: Junk Thrower

Everything is still going according to plan for recovering Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly, who threw 35 pitches to hitters – including all of the pitches in his repertoire – in a simulated game yesterday. “I felt good,” Lilly said. “I was able to throw some curveballs, sliders and a few changeups. For the most […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 22, 2010

The Chicago Cubs got stomped by the Cleveland Indians 9-2 yesterday, and unfortunately, the Cubs’ lineup was the one featuring most of the regulars. Oopsie doodle. But, hey, it’s all about the battles… Jeff Samardzija tried to impress in what is almost certainly his last Spring outing before Lou Piniella makes his rotation decision. Unfortunately, […]

The Cubs and Blue Jays Continue to Talk Trade

With a youthful bullpen, light on solid options at the end of the game, the Chicago Cubs continue to consider options for adding a veteran right-hander. To that end, Blue Jays reliever Jason Frasor is still on the table. The Toronto Blue Jays continue to scout all of the Cubs’ spring training games, and the […]

Cubs Bench Situation is Crowded and Cloudy

The Chicago Cubs will be making a final decision on who will be making the team very soon, but before they can do so, they’ve got to decide which mix of players they want on the bench. With Lou Piniella having confirmed that the team will go with seven pitchers in the bullpen, there are […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 21, 2010

The Chicago Cubs worked a 1-1 Bud Selig special with the Cincinnati Reds today. Very few regulars in the lineup today is what we’ll blame for the lack of offense… Carlos Silva pitched two innings, giving up a solo homer and a walk, and striking out two. He was pulled for his at bat in […]


God’s, Um, Wrath Watch? Carlos Silva Leaves with Leg Issue

I really don’t know what to make of today’s news that Carlos Silva had to leave his Spring outing a bit early with leg issues. Is that the product of a vengeful God, or a benevolent one? You know, a broken road kind of deal? Carlos Silva left his start two innings with what was […]

One More Bullpen Spot Up for Grabs

The Chicago Cubs will indeed carry seven pitchers in the bullpen, manager Lou Piniella confirmed yesterday. And six of those seven are already known, with four guys trying to win that last spot. Lou Piniella said there are four pitchers competing for one spot and that group includes John Gaub, James Russell, Marcus Mateo and […]

The Fourth Cut is the Prospectiest: Starlin Castro Gets Axed

The Chicago Cubs clipped two more guys from the Spring roster, and although Starlin Castro will get all the headlines, it was the other guy who actually had a shot to make the big club. The Cubs trimmed two more players Saturday and sent highly touted shortstop Starlin Castro and outfielder Brad Snyder to the Minor […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 20, 2010

Half the Cubs took down the Royals, while the other half lost to Ben Sheets and the A’s. Wouldn’t you know it, Sheets had been God-awful all Spring until he faced the Cubs. Just keep reminding yourself, it’s just Spring Training… Jeff Baker, in what is a perfectly recurring theme, played third base and went […]

The Third Cut is the Unsurprisingest: Cubs Cut Eight

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs made their third set of Spring Training roster cuts, and although it included a few guys who had legitimate shots to make the team, none was a huge surprise. The Cubs trimmed eight players from the spring camp roster, including 2008 No. 1 Draft pick Andrew Cashner. Cashner, who was on […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 19, 2010

The Chicago Cubs were homer happy yesterday against the White Sox, but all of those homers came from guys who are certain to make the team. And we don’t care about that in this space… Chad Tracy and Kevin Millar each got just one at bat, coming into the game late, and neither did anything. […]