10/13 Angel Guzman update
Cubs pitcher Angel Guzman, who has undergone two surgeries on his right shoulder and Tommy John procedure on his elbow, started playing catch this week in Mesa, Ariz. It’s the first time he’s been allowed to throw since having a procedure on his shoulder in March. When he began the workout, Guzman didn’t hesitate for fear of pain in his shoulder.
“I’m not scared of throwing,” Guzman said. “I’ve been throwing a baseball my entire life.”
The only problem may be holding him back. After his session Monday, Guzman said he felt as if he could have thrown harder and longer.
“That’s my 15 minutes of happiness,” he said as he came off the field from the light session at Fitch Park.
In early March, Guzman, 28, was diagnosed with a significant tear in a ligament in his right shoulder. He had not thrown off the mound all spring after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The right-hander was finally healthy in 2009, and appeared in a career high 55 games, compiling a 2.95 ERA. This season, he was projected to handle late inning relief for the Cubs. He remained optimistic.
“By [Spring Training], my goal is at least be throwing off the mound,” Guzman said.
— Carrie Muskat