3/9 Silva makes adjustments
Three of the four pitchers being considered for the two openings in the Cubs rotation pitched on Monday. The other one is Carlos Silva, who apparently has changed his approach. Lou Piniella said Tuesday that Silva has moved to the right side of the rubber to create a different angle. They also have the right-hander working on elevating the ball from time to time to change the eye level of the hitter. One thing Piniella noticed in Silva’s first start was that every pitch seemed to be thigh-high.
“One thing about Silva is he’s nice and healthy,” Piniella said. “It’s just a question of getting him to the point where he feels comfortable and gets people out with the consistency he should.”
As for the other candidates — Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija and Tom Gorzelanny — Piniella said they all did well against the Athletics on Monday.
“I don’t think we need to make any decisions at all until about the third week of March,” Piniella said. “That’s when we have to put the rotation together for the start of the season. There’s still about two more turns apiece before we get to the point where decisions have to be made.”
— Carrie Muskat