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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 […]

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 […]

Ted Lilly Could Miss Just Two Starts

As we guessed a couple days ago, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella has confirmed that if pitcher Ted Lilly sticks to his current schedule, he’d miss just two starts in April. Lilly, recovering from off-season shoulder surgery (and a knee-pain setback, and a viral setback), will throw to live batters for the first time on […]

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Ted Lilly is Still a Recovery Machine

Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly, who just welcomed his first child into the world, is somehow ahead of his recovery schedule from shoulder surgery, despite a viral setback a couple weeks ago. “We want to keep him under the radar gun and not talk much about it,” Piniella said of Lilly’s progress. “He’s coming along […]

Lou Piniella Considering Going with 11 Pitchers in April

Two relatively big pieces of information, buried in Carrie Muskat’s blog, from Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella: The Cubs do need five starters when they open the season. Sometimes with off days, a team can get by with four. The way it’s projected, the Cubs’ fifth starter would make four starts in April. “I asked […]

Mini Ted Lilly Update

Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly threw 35 pitches off the mound this week and is still feeling good. The left-hander, coming off arthroscopic surgery in November, will have another throwing session Saturday and was expected to throw 40 pitches. He’s still hopeful to get into a Cactus League game. “I think he’ll surprise people with […]

Why the 2010 Milwaukee Brewers Will Suck

Editor’s Note: Yes, it’s that time of year again – the time for us to settle back into our protective bubble where the Chicago Cubs are destined for greatness, and every other team in the National League Central is bound for spectacular failure. If you’d care to check out last year’s fare:St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati […]

Ted Lilly is a Recovery Machine

Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly is recovering from shoulder surgery, and despite the team throwing up yield signs, Lilly is showing no signs of slowing down in his recovery. After throwing 30 pitches off the mound on Sunday, Lilly is ready to throw 35 today. He’s feeling so good, he says he wants to get […]

Ted Lilly is Throwing off the Mound

Finally some good news on the player injury front. Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly, coming back from offseason shoulder surgery, and delayed by a stomach bug, threw 30 pitches off the mound yesterday.  He’d actually thrown once before off the mound in Mesa, but this time, he threw with “intensity.” Which is awesome. “So far, […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Ted Lilly is Sick

Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly is just waiting for the plague of frogs. It’s been a rough offseason for Lilly, who is recovering from knee and shoulder issues, has been sick all week. Everyone hoped it wouldn’t actually be a set back, given that Lilly was largely resting anyway, but Lilly himself said it’s been […]

Exhale: MRI Reveals No Serious Problems for Ted Lilly

We learned on Thursday that Ted Lilly had experienced pain in his right knee when trying to start throwing in Spring camp. He went for an MRI yesterday, and we all felt unsettled. Whew. You can unclench. An MRI of Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly’s right knee showed nothing but “normal wear and tear,” so the […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Ted Lilly’s Knee Feeling Owwy

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly had knee surgery last summer to clear up some minor issues. So the fact that, when he threw for the first time in several months this week, he had some pain in his knee is no surprise. Except, his prior surgery was on his left knee. This pain is […]

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Ted Lilly Wants to Be Back By Opening Day

Chicago Cubs Manager Lou Piniella expects pitcher Ted Lilly to be back from shoulder surgery by May 1. Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry expects pitcher Ted Lilly to be back from shoulder surgery by April 15. Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly expects to be back from shoulder surgery by Opening Day. “I don’t know […]

Jeff Samardzija Really Wants to Start for the Cubs

Jeff Samardzija came to the Chicago Cubs on a major league contract when he was drafted a few years ago. That means that he came with big expectations. And although he’s performed well in his way up the minor league chain, and was great in a brief stop with the Cubs in relief at the […]

Spring Training Participants

Here’s a helpful recap of the players participating in Spring Training with the Chicago Cubs this year – pitchers and catchers report this week. Thanks to Bruce Miles for putting this together. Pitchers: Mitch Atkins, Justin Berg, Esmailin Caridad, Ryan Dempster, Rafael Dolis, John Gaub, Tom Gorzelanny, John Grabow, Jeff Gray, Angel Guzman, Ted Lilly, Carlos […]

Could Ted Lilly Be Back Sooner Than Expected?

Started two months ago, all we’ve heard about Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly is that he won’t be ready to go until May, at the earliest. Lilly had shoulder surgery just after the end of the 2009 season, and information about his recovery has been hard to come by. Still, that May return timeline […]

Carlos Zambrano is in Shape, and in Arizona

Pitchers and catchers report to Mesa, Arizona in 10 days, but that doesn’t stop them from showing up early if they’re so inclined. And Carlos Zambrano is so inclined. And I am so inclined to say that is so awesome. “We did it quietly,” general manager Jim Hendry said. “I don’t think he wanted any […]

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