Results tagged ‘ Angel Guzman ’

11/18 Spring Training invites

The Cubs added infielder Scott Moore to the list of players who have signed Minor League contracts and who will be in Spring Training as non-roster invitees. The list also includes pitcher Angel Guzman, outfielder Jim Adduci, infielder Bobby Scales and left-handed pitcher Scott Rice.

— Carrie Muskat

11/4 Ramirez exercises option

As expected, Aramis Ramirez exercised his option for 2011 and the Cubs don’t have to worry about finding a third baseman. The Cubs also announced Thursday that pitcher Angel Guzman was outrighted off the 40-man roster. He cleared waivers and became a free agent. However, Guzman and the Cubs have agreed to a Minor League contract for 2011 with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. The Cubs’ 40-man roster is now at 37.

Ramirez will be paid $14.6 million next year, boosting the total the Cubs are already committed to in player salaries for 2011 to $103 million.

Guzman is coming off surgery in March to repair a significant tear in a ligament in his right shoulder. He started playing catch three times a week in mid October.

— Carrie Muskat

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

6/29 Rookie relief

The Cubs now have four rookies in the bullpen in James Russell, Andrew Cashner, Jeff Stevens and Brian Schlitter. They used seven rookie relievers in 2006: Rich Hill, Juan Mateo, Angel Guzman, Carlos Marmol, Les Walrond, Jae Kuk Ryu, and David Aardsma.

Entering this season, the last time four rookies pitched out of the ‘pen in a game for
the Cubs was Sept. 30, 2006 when Ryu, Aardsma, Guzman and Walrond all appeared in relief. Those four were among 10 Cubs pitchers in an 11-9 loss to the Rockies. Mateo started that game.

According to baseball historian Ed Hartig, the last time four rookies pitched out of the ‘pen in the same game for the Cubs in a non-September expanded roster period was June 7, 1971. 
Ray Newman, Bill Bonham, Earl Stephenson and Ron Tompkins pitched in relief against the Pirates in an 11-6 loss at Wrigley Field.

— Carrie Muskat

4/1 Guzman aims for 2011

Angel Guzman was wearing a large sling designed to stabilize his right shoulder on Thursday. He began rehab a few days ago. The Cubs pitcher underwent arthroscopic surgery March 23 to repair a torn ligament.

“The pain is gone and I actually started therapy two days ago,” Guzman said. “At least my shoulder is still attached to my body.”

He expected to start throwing in six months.

“I’ll be ready for next season,” Guzman said.

— Carrie Muskat

4/1 Lou: "I like our team"

The Cubs wrap up the Mesa portion of their Cactus League schedule on Thursday when they face the Rockies. They’ll play two more games against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field Friday night and Saturday.

“I like our team,” Lou Piniella said. “I said that coming into Spring Training.”

The Cubs only had a couple setbacks this spring. They lost Angel Guzman for the season following arthroscopic shoulder surgery and Jeff Gray wasn’t able to throw full speed because of a sore groin.

The bullpen is young, there isn’t much speed. The Cubs do need to hit, Piniella said. The team has more options on the bench and more depth at the Minor Leagues, he said.

— Carrie Muskat

3/26 Roster moves

The Cubs sent seven players to the Minor League camp on Friday to reduce the spring roster to 33 players. Right-handed pitchers Jeff Gray and Marcos Mateo, lefty John Gaub and outfielder Jim Adduci were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Infielders Darwin Barney and Bobby Scales and catcher Robinson Chirinos were assigned to the Minor League camp.

The roster is now at 33, including 15 pitchers, three catchers, nine infielders, and six outfielders. Both Ted Lilly and Angel Guzman will open the season on the disabled list.

— Carrie Muskat

3/24 Angel Guzman update

The Cubs 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. That’s good news for the right-hander, who will miss all of this season.

— Carrie Muskat

3/21 Cubs Sunday notebook

Mike Fontenot started the second straight game at shortstop on Sunday. If he can play there, the Cubs may be more inclined to keep Kevin Millar or Chad Tracy on the bench than a defensive player like Andres Blanco. Millar started in left and had no problems. Expect to see Xavier Nady in the outfield and first base in the final two weeks of Cactus League play.

“You have to get a little game ready, get some balls off the bat, get your legs in shape, get out there running around,” Lou Piniella said. “It’s a lot different than just DH-ing. We have to give him some time.”

* Aramis Ramirez stayed at HoHoKam on Sunday to hit with coach Rudy Jaramillo and the regulars. There’s no time line for when Ramirez, nursing a sore tricep, will get in a game.

* Blanco, who has been out since March 6 with a strained right knee, played shortstop in the Minor League camp on Sunday.

* Pitcher Brian Schlitter survived a liner off his right calf by Ryan Hanigan in the fifth inning Sunday.

* In the 10th inning Sunday, the Cubs had players from Korea (Hak-Ju Lee), Italy (Alex Maestri), Canada (Chris Robinson), the Dominican Republic (Jose Valdez) and the U.S. on the field.

* Angel Guzman will undergo surgery on Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala. Dr. James Andrews will do the procedure.

— Carrie Muskat

3/21 Roster games

One of the favorite games in Spring Training is trying to decide the final 25-man roster. Lou Piniella has asked the beat writers for their picks. Now, it’s your turn. With Starlin Castro and Brad Snyder headed to the Minor Leagues, that leaves 40 players in camp. Two of those — Angel Guzman and Ted Lilly — are expected to open the season on the disabled list. Right now, 11 position players are set. There are 13 openings. Here’s a breakdown on who’s on the final 25-man roster and who’s still competing for a spot:

Catchers (2): Geovany Soto and Koyie Hill. Still in camp: Robinson Chirinos and Chris Robinson. Chirinos, converted from an infielder to a catcher prior to the 2009 season, has made great strides.

Infielders (5): Jeff Baker, Mike Fontenot, Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Theriot. Still in camp: Darwin Barney, Andres Blanco, Micah Hoffpauir, Kevin Millar, Bobby Scales and Chad Tracy. Do the Cubs keep Blanco, who is a defensive specialist? Or do they keep Millar or Tracy, who provide experience off the bench and can make spot starts?

Outfielders (4): Marlon Byrd, Kosuke Fukudome, Xavier Nady, Alfonso Soriano. Still in camp: Jim Adduci, Tyler Colvin and Sam Fuld. Nady is expected to be able to play in the outfield a couple games a week but won’t be able to throw full force until June. The Cubs want someone who can play all three outfield spots and Adduci, Colvin and Fuld can all do that. If Colvin can get three starts a week plus at-bats as a sub, he would be on the Opening Day roster. The Cubs don’t want him sitting.

Starting pitchers (3): Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells. Still in camp: Tom Gorzelanny, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija and Carlos Silva. Silva makes his fourth start on Sunday and has shown progress each time out. Gorzelanny went 3 2/3 innings vs. the Athletics on Saturday, giving up two runs, both unearned, on four hits and five walks. Samardzija is slated to start Monday and Marshall will go Wednesday, and a decision was expected on the two who make the rotation after that.

Relief pitchers (4): Carlos Marmol, John Grabow, Esmailin Caridad, Justin Berg. Still in camp: John Gaub, Jeff Gray, Marcos Mateo, Mike Parisi, James Russell. Two of the starter candidates slide into the pen. That leaves one opening. Gray has been slowed by a groin strain and has yet to pitch in a game. Parisi, a Rule 5 Draft pickup, has given up five hits and three earned runs in his last 3 2/3 innings. Gaub and Russell are lefties. Russell has not given up an earned run in five appearances (seven innings). Gaub has had one bad outing vs. Dodgers.

— Carrie Muskat