3/6 Cubs still on lookout for 'pen help

Losing Angel Guzman for the start of the season creates another opening in the Cubs bullpen. It doesn’t change GM Jim Hendry’s approach. He’s already been on the lookout for an experienced right-handed pitcher.

“It’s been well documented that from [the Winter Meetings] on we’ve talked about adding one more piece,” Hendry said Saturday. “That was the same plan before this.”

Guzman has a tear in his right shoulder and was considering whether to have surgery or try a more conservative approach.

“First of all, you have to see how guys here in camp pitch,” Hendry said. “We’ve got seven or eight guys who we think can be in the rotation in the five spot. Those people who don’t break in the rotation are capable of going to the pen.”

Carlos Silva, Jeff Samardzija, Tom Gorzelanny and Sean Marshall all are vying for the two rotation spots. That means the other two could end up in the bullpen.

“We have some good young arms here,” Lou Piniella said, “but inexperienced.”

– Carrie Muskat

2 Comments

I caught the game today and tuned in for the 3rd inning and I told my wife, that is either Soto on first base or some rookie who looks just like him… and sure enough that was Soto…… so I have to say WOW !!!!……..Soto really took getting into shape seriously… the guy looks 10 years younger and fast….. From a cub fan, please tell Mr. Soto thanks for taking the team serious and putting in the work on the offseason… He looks great and I think I will start working out again too..

“First of all, you have to see how guys here in camp pitch,”

That DOES sound like a change in approach for Hendry, must be the “new” Jim Hendry, you know, the one that doesn’t have any money left to rush out and spend it on the first well known free agent available because HE GAVE ALL THE MONEY TO SORIANO, FUKODOME, BRADLEY, ZAMBRANO AND NOW SILVA….quite the investment portfolio.
And just becuase he MAY have been “told” to go out and spend like a drunken sailor HE still had the choice of WHO
to spend it on…

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