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gods-wrathNot but one week into Spring Training, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella was all too eager to name youngster Esmailin Caridad his right-handed setup pitcher.

Flash forward to the season and Caridad struggled with control, struggled with the long ball, and then, apparently, struggled with his arm. He was placed on the disabled list almost three weeks ago, and few have given him much of a thought since. But he’s still rehabbing, and hoping to come back soon.

Rookie pitcher Esmailin Caridad will throw one inning in a Minor League game Saturday in Mesa, Ariz., his first game action since going on the disabled list.

Caridad has been sidelined since April 12 with a strained right forearm. He was rehabbing at the Cubs’ extended spring camp.

The right-hander, who was projected as the Cubs’ main setup pitcher this season, was about 10 days away from being able to rejoin the Major League team.

Caridad had appeared in four games before he was hurt, and had given up four runs on three hits and three walks over 2 2/3 innings. cubs.com.

Caridad will, at some point, become a good part of the Cubs’ bullpen, but it may take some time. Lou’s quick annointing probably did him no favors, nor did a certain Drew Stubbs grand slam.

Hopefully his ineffectiveness was somewhat related to the forearm issues he’s now dealing with, and once those are cleared up, he can help the Cubs out in an area they desperately need it.

Also, how’s his BA with RISP?

  • KB

    You know, how did I end up a Cub fan? My dad was from the South Side…why the Cubs?
    Not that I have Sox envy, but I sure as hell would like the Cubs to occasionally have a positive outcome in their dealings.

    I really liked Caridad. Just like I liked Guzman, and Juan Cruz, and Farnsworth, and Prior. WTF? Did you read the Jorge Posada interview, where he discussed all the pitchers he’s caught? Said Farns was the hardest thrower he’d ever seen, by a good amount. This is a guy who has caught Randy Johnson, a roided-up Roger Clemens, Mo Rivera, David Cone, Sabathia. Talk about million-dollar arm/ten-cent head.

    OK, where was I? Oh yeah…one of these days, it’ll all come together. 2008 had all the markings of it being THE year. 2010 doesn’t seem to have that sheen, eh?

    • Bric

      I just remember thinking that 2008 reminded me at the time of the 2001 Mariners. They beat the crap out of a bunch of lesser teams and coasted into the playoffs. Then they couldn’t get the job done. The other thing I remember was the one team I didn’t want the Cubs to play in the playoffs was the Dodgers. Lou took the last three games off, The Mets were put out, the Brewers got in, and the Cubs ended up playing the Dodgers anyway. Last painful memory… the only lead in that series was a homerun by DeRosa. We shoulda known that was a red light that he wouldn’t be back. Hendry has a bad habit of doing that. IMO

    • Ace

      If 2010 is THE year, none of us will see it coming.

      • jstraw

        Nobody sees it coming but if we’re withing three games of first at the break, we’ll all decide this team is for real. If we’re ever in first place after the break, we’ll get our hearts ripped out again…or win the World Series.

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