3/24 Wells, Ramy & Nady updates

Randy Wells struck out seven and gave up three hits over six innings in a Minor League game Wednesday at Fitch Park. At one point, the right-hander retired 13 in a row. He started there to get on schedule for the regular season. Aramis Ramirez, still nursing a sore right tricep, got five at-bats and hit a solo homer over the left center field fence. He was projected to start at third base on Friday when the Cubs are at HoHoKam. Xavier Nady played outfield for the first time this spring and hit a RBI double. He also was hit in the right hand but it was not serious, just a bruise.

The Cubs also got good news on Angel Guzman’s surgery, which was done Tuesday by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. Guzman underwent a shoulder stabilization procedure done arthroscopically. The right-hander will miss all of this season.

– Carrie Muskat

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You said, “The Cubs also got good news on Angel Guzman’s surgery.” So is the good news the fact that “The right-hander will miss all of this season.?”

Considering Angel’s injury was career threatening, yes it is good news. It’s too bad he’ll miss the entire season though, he was one of the very few reliable arms last year. Extremely underrated, underappreciated, but extremely solid pitcher.

To the fact that Dr. Andrews did not go in there and tell Angel that his shoulder is fixed but his career is over…I’m thinking that the general consesus was that this would be the end…and God forbid still might but the fact that he only had arthroscopy surgey means that at least he has a chance to comeback. Good Luck and a speedy, total recovery Angel!!

That did sound weird — the good news is that the procedure was arthroscopic, and didn’t require major makeover (see Mark Prior). Guzman’s chances of coming back and pitching are good, but not until 2011.

I’ve been watching the MLB Network’s 30 clubs in 30 days; it amazes me how all the analysts think the cards are all that. I don’t see it with guys like schumaker, rasmus and whoever they put at third. Seems that have a lot of “what-ifs” in their lineup– seems the cubbies are a lot more consistent up and down.

It continues to sadden me to see all the hardship that Guzman is going through. I had a major shoulder operation done 4 years ago and I was able to get back to doing the things I love – including throwing runners out from behind the plate :) – so what I’m saying is that I know Guzman is one tough kid and will prevail. I certainly hope that includes a return trip to the mound with the Cubs. Good luck, Angel.

It continues to sadden me to see all the hardship that Guzman is going through. I had a major shoulder operation done 4 years ago and I was able to get back to doing the things I love – including throwing runners out from behind the plate :) – so what I’m saying is that I know Guzman is one tough kid and will prevail. I certainly hope that includes a return trip to the mound with the Cubs. Good luck, Angel.

It continues to sadden me to see all the hardship that Guzman is going through. I had a major shoulder operation done 4 years ago and I was able to get back to doing the things I love – including throwing runners out from behind the plate :) – so what I’m saying is that I know Guzman is one tough kid and will prevail. I certainly hope that includes a return trip to the mound with the Cubs. Good luck, Angel.

Mike is really sad

Mike is a really sad robot.
Mike is a really sad robot.
Mike is a really sad robot.

Maybe the Cubs LOVE Angel so much that they will turn him into the next Rick Ankiel and have him take over centerfield when Byrd leaves. So what if he can’t throw at 100%, it got Nady over 3 million a year!!

The Cubs have made Angel Guzman a millionaire by paying him to have major surgery on a semi-annual basis. He makes Kerry Wood look like an iron man. When are the Cubs going to wake up and jettison these constant invalids and bring in some tough ballplayers who can play the game?
( Players who can win in the clutch instead of choking and going four and out on the few times they makes the play-offs?)

The hell? Sorry for the reposts, all. Joeydafish- I agree most of the time with the sentiment due to the fact that these ballplayers are given large sums of money for being on the DL, but if you can look at it from their point of view (money aside) they are not able to do what they are good at (many of them having been taught to do nothing else in their lives but play baseball) and what they love because of injury. That’s why I feel for this kid.

mikestancubfan, I too feel sorry for Guzman and always hoped for the best from in. I wanted to only make a point about how Hendry may yet still do something insane like allowing him to be converted to YET ANOTHER OUTFIELDER as if he hasn’t gone through enough already with Soriano, Fukodome, Bradley, Byrd, Nady etc while all this time neglecting to tap into the minor leagues, bring up some kids and spend THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS on the pitching staff instead of players that belong in a DH role or underperform while under too long of a contract. I’m really all for spending some more time, effort and money on Guzman’s recovery even if the chance of him pitching at a high caliber is slim.

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