2/14 Cubs notebook – UPDATED
Here’s an updated notebook:
* Angel Guzman threw off the mound for the third time Monday since undergoing surgery on his right shoulder. Guzman, who has a 3.15 career ERA in 74 relief appearances, will hopefully be able to pitch in a simulated game by mid March.
“It’s a long shot,” manager Mike Quade said. “He’s here, he’ll work, you know he’ll do that, and modern medicine is unbelievable. A quick Tommy John, and you’re throwing 94 to 98 [mph]. If he gets involved in this sometime, someday, it’ll be great. Right now, it’s a long way off.”
* Carlos Silva went home Monday with a 103-degree fever. It’s early. He was slated to throw off the mound on Tuesday at Fitch Park. Others scheduled to throw include Braden Looper, Casey Coleman, Trey McNutt, Thomas Diamond, Todd Wellemeyer, Randy Wells, Andrew Cashner, Kerry Wood, Justin Berg, Jay Jackson and Marcos Mateo.
* Quade made sure to talk to Tyler Colvin on Monday. On Sunday, Quade said the Cubs want to see Colvin at first base, but hadn’t talked to the youngster first. “It’ll be more than just a glimpse,” Quade said of Colvin’s playing time at first this spring. “He’ll play some games over there.” Carlos Pena is the everyday first baseman but the Cubs need to find out whether they can count on Colvin as a backup at first if necessary. Jeff Baker is the only backup.
* James Russell threw off the mound Monday. He’s a candidate for the rotation, and if he made it, would be the only lefty. If it doesn’t work, Russell can easily be inserted back in the bullpen. Pitching coach Mark Riggins has pitchers throwing in groups of four, and is having the sessions filmed for review. Quade stayed away.
“I don’t want to be around when these guys are throwing sides right out of the chute,” Quade said. “You ask guys to come to camp, take their time, get ready to compete for the games. You’re not going to make the club today. [You might think] ‘You know what, the skipper’s around, he’s watching on the side,’ and they don’t need that. The veteran guys, it probably doesn’t affect.”
* When Quade was managing the Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa team, he could tell how the big league team was doing by listening to Ron Santo on the radio. Quade didn’t need to know the score, but could tell by Santo’s tone.
“We’ll miss him and let’s win one for him, and I’m not talking about Opening Day,” Quade said.
* Quade made a new friend when he tossed a ball to a woman walking a dog near the Fitch Park facility.
— Carrie Muskat