Results tagged ‘ Alan Trammell ’

8/2 Silva placed on 15-day DL

Carlos Silva, removed from Sunday’s game because of an abnormal heart rate, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday so he can be evaluated by a cardiologist.  Silva said this isn’t the first time he’s experienced a quick heart rate but thought the problem was simply game-related adrenaline.

“There needs to be some evaluation and tests done instead of putting some sort of quick timetable and everyone saying, ‘When is he going to pitch?'” acting manager Alan Trammell said Monday. “At no time was he ever in any life-threatening situation.”

Silva, 31, remained in Denver overnight Sunday and flew back to Chicago Monday afternoon. He will be examined by specialists, including Chicago cardiologist Mark Upton.

What happened at Coors Field on Sunday?

“When I was throwing my bullpen, I was feeling like my heart was beating very fast,” Silva said.

Assistant athletic trainer Ed Halbur went to the mound after Silva faced two batters but the pitcher stayed in the game. After giving up hits to the next two batters, Cubs catcher Geovany Soto signaled to the dugout and head trainer Mark O’Neal went to the mound and Silva was pulled.

“That’s the last thing you want to do is come out of the game,” Silva said, trying to spare the overworked bullpen from another long day. “Before, when that happened, I’d take deep breaths and try to calm down and that’s what I had in my mind is if I did that, I’d be fine. It kept getting worse and worse.”

The Cubs medical staff was unaware Silva had heart issues before but it could be because Silva never mentioned it and was able to get it under control. He’s also experienced the increased heart rate in non-game situations.

“I always thought it was something like adrenaline or being anxious being in the game,” he said. “The thing was it always went away.”

Now, the Cubs want to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“It was a very scary moment,” Silva said. “I was feeling bad but when they put me in the ambulance, I think it was the first time I ever put my family before baseball. The only thing I could think of was my kids, my family. It’s very tough to be in that situation.”

— Carrie Muskat

8/1 Carlos Silva update

Carlos Silva was pulled from Sunday’s game in the first inning because of an abnormal heart rate and he was taken to a local hospital where he will remain overnight for evaluation.

Dexter Fowler flew out to center to start the Rockies’ first and Silva then walked Jonathan Herrera. Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild and assistant athletic trainer Ed Halbur went to the mound to check on the right-hander, but he stayed in the game.

“They thought it was just the altitude,” Cubs acting manager Alan Trammell said.

Silva initially complained about having difficulty breathing.

Carlos Gonzalez then singled and Troy Tulowitski hit a ground-rule RBI double, and catcher Geovany Soto signaled to the Cubs’ dugout. Rothschild and head athletic trainer Mark O’Neal then went to the mound and Silva was pulled.

“I went out to him and said, ‘Are you all right?'” Soto said. “He said, ‘Yes, my heart’s racing a little bit.’ He was making funny faces and I went back and said, ‘What’s wrong?’ He said, ‘My heart’s racing.’ I called down [to the dugout].

“[Silva] said, ‘I don’t want to come out of this game,'” Soto said. “But that’s not a finger or a muscle. You’ve got to take care of that. It’s the ticker. You’ve got to be careful.”

Silva had an extremely high pulse and paramedics diagnosed it as PSVT (paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia), which is an abnormal heart rate. It was corrected as the right-hander was taken to the St. Jospeph’s Hospital, where he will remain overnight.

— Carrie Muskat

8/1 Big Z ready but Cubs wait

Carlos Zambrano may be in the Cubs bullpen now but the right-hander has made it clear he wants to start again. Alan Trammell understands that.

“I know where his heart is and how can you fault him for that?” said Trammell, the Cubs’ acting manager. “Who’s to say what might happen? We’ll see what’s best for the team.”

As of now, Zambrano is a reliever, and he made his first appearance since being activated from the restricted list on Saturday, pitching two-thirds of an inning. The Cubs plan on calling up right-hander Thomas Diamond from Triple-A Iowa for Tuesday’s game to take Ted Lilly’s spot in the rotation.

Zambrano was available to pitch Sunday out of the pen in the Cubs’ series finale against the Rockies. He also volunteered to start Tuesday.

“We’ll have to sit down when we get back [to Chicago] and see where we are,” pitching coach Larry Rothschild said of Zambrano’s desire to start.

Trammell said he did not feel Zambrano has thrown enough pitches to start. Zambrano’s longest Minor League outing was two innings.

— Carrie Muskat

8/1 DeWitt ready to go

The Cubs didn’t waste any time getting new second baseman Blake DeWitt in the lineup. He was batting eighth and starting at second on Sunday. Acquired Saturday from the Dodgers for Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot, DeWitt said the trade came as a surprise.

“It was definitely a shock,” DeWitt said Sunday. “I’ve been with the [Dodgers] organization for a while. Like everybody told me, the first time being traded is always the toughest. You grow close to your teammates but I really couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity. It’s a great organization, a great city and great baseball.”

DeWitt did give up some ground in the standings by switching from the Dodgers to the Cubs.

“It’s an organization that’s definitely committed to winning and definitely has a bright future,” DeWitt said. “I can’t wait to get out on the field.”

He’ll get some extra time on Monday. Acting manager Alan Trammell had wanted to give DeWitt a day to get used to his new teammates but instead had the infielder starting at second. Aramis Ramirez’s left thumb flared up again. On Monday, Trammell and DeWitt and the other middle infielders will be on the field to get some extra work in.

Former Cubs outfielder Reed Johnson, now with the Dodgers, did give DeWitt a few pointers about Chicago and the team, including how to handle day games. Growing up in Missouri, DeWitt was a Cardinals fan.

“I haven’t been a Cardinals fan for a long time,” he said. “It’s an easy transition for me.”

— Carrie Muskat

8/1 Lineup, Ramirez & DeWitt

Blake DeWitt joined the Cubs Sunday and was in the lineup for the series finale vs. the Rockies, batting eighth. Acting manager Alan Trammell said he wanted to give DeWitt a day but Aramis Ramirez was not available because he aggravated his left thumb. Here’s the lineup:

RF Colvin

SS Castro

1B Lee

C Soto

CF Byrd

LF Soriano

3B Baker

2B DeWitt

P Silva

— Carrie Muskat

7/31 Z says he's ready to start

Carlos Zambrano is ready to start. Now. Not next season, but now.

Alan Trammell, subbing for Lou Piniella, who was attending the funeral of his uncle in Tampa, Fla., was able to get Zambrano back in action for the first time since he was reinstated from the restricted list on Saturday night.

“I was trying to pick the right spot,” Trammell said. “He got himself in a little bit of trouble but got out of it which was nice to see. Hopefully, that will gie him some confidence and get him back into the team.”

Zambrano entered in the seventh. Carlos Gonzalez had hit a sacrifice fly to give the Rockies a 5-2 lead and there was one on and one out. Zambrano walked Troy Tulowitzki, then gave up a single to Melvin Mora to load the bases. Zambrano struck out Seth Smith and got Brad Hawpe to pop up and end the inning.

“It’s just another game for me,” Zambrano said. “I just want to get hitters out.”

He’d also like to be considered for the Cubs rotation. There’s a vacancy following the trade of Ted Lilly.

“I’m ready,” Zambrano said. “I’m ready to pitch Tuesday, Thursday.”

We’ll wait until Piniella comes back to make that call. As of now, Thomas Diamond is scheduled to start Tuesday in Lilly’s spot and make his Major League debut.

— Carrie Muskat

7/30 Lou to miss games

Lou Piniella will fly back to Tampa, Fla., on Saturday and miss three games so he can attend the funeral of his uncle, Joseph Magadan, who is former big league infielder Dave Magadan’s father. Joseph Magadan was 92 and passed away Thursday. He was Piniella’s mother’s brother and very close to the Cubs manager.

Bench coach Alan Trammell will be the Cubs interim manager and special assistant Matt Sinatro will take over as bench coach for the three games, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Wrigley Field when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

— Carrie Muskat

7/21 Trammell on Cubs job

Bench coach Alan Trammell said now is not the time to think about possibly replacing Lou Piniella as manager but does want to be considered.

“It’s been a great four years with Lou,” Trammell said Wednesday. “I can’t express enough how much I appreciate the opportunity working with Lou and being with him. That being said, we still have over two months to go. There’s an appropriate time. There’s a time and a place for things. [General manager Jim Hendry] is going to go through the process, and we’ll see what happens down the road here.”

Trammell managed the Detroit Tigers from 2003-05 and compiled a 186-300 record. It was a challenge.

“I would say so,” Trammell said. “You lose 119 games and you’re almost part of baseball history in a negative way, that certainly tests you in a lot ways. The three years there, I enjoyed it. And I enjoyed coaching. Looking back, it was good experience.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/2 Congrats to Gibson

Cubs bench coach Alan Trammell awoke to the news that his former teammate, Kirk Gibson, was the new manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“He’s wants to do this,” Trammell said of Gibson, who takes over for A.J. Hinch. “Hopefully, it works out well for him. There’s a lot on his plate. He gets to sit on that seat — and I’m smiling, I know. Any manager who has ever done it before knows it’s totally different when you’re the man in charge.

“That being said, I don’t know anybody I’ve been around, played with, coached with, who has more energy or the intensity level that he brings, which I think is good,” Trammell said. “I do believe he’s prepared now. He’s coached long enough that he’s prepared. There’s a lot going on but he’s not afraid to make decisions. That’s one thing he’s very good at. I wish him the best of luck — except for next week when we play them.”

Trammell and the Cubs face the D-backs for a three-game series starting Monday in Phoenix.

— Carrie Muskat

5/16 Welcome back & congrats

Bench coach Alan Trammell was back with the Cubs after flying to Tucson to attend his daughter Jade’s graduation ceremony on Saturday from the University of Arizona. Jade is his youngest daughter.

— Carrie Muskat