4/19 Probable pitchers
Tom Gorzelanny threw on the side Monday, the first time he’s tested his arm since taking a line drive off it on Saturday. The left-hander said he felt good and he’s on track to start Thursday in the series finale in New York.
After that, it gets a little complicated. Ryan Dempster will open the series against the Brewers on Friday. But who will go Saturday has yet to be determined. Ted Lilly makes a Minor League rehab start Monday night in Peoria for the Class A team. If all goes well, the lefty could start Saturday in Milwaukee. If that’s the case, someone in the rotation will be bumped. But who?
“These last starts that these guys are getting are not a competition for who’s going to stay in the rotation,” Lou Piniella said Monday. “We feel good about all our starters. We’re fortunate in that regard. Unfortunately, somebody is going to have to go into the bullpen. We’ll have some news for you later on this week.”
The assumption has been that either Gorzelanny or Carlos Silva will be bumped. Could it be any of the other starters?
“All I said is somebody has to leave the rotation to go into the bullpen,” Piniella said. “We have not made definite decisions. We’ll see how Lilly is and once we find out how Lilly is, then we can put our thoughts to the other issue. If Lilly’s not ready, there’s no sense addressing something like that.”
Lilly threw 51 pitches in his last Minor League start, and the Cubs would like to see him go deeper in the game. He’s coming off arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder and has been slowed because of back problems.
– Carrie Muskat