Results tagged ‘ Angel Guzman ’

3/18 Guzman to have surgery Tuesday

Angel Guzman says he’ll have surgery on his right shoulder. Guzman met with Dr. James Andrews, who has done the elbow and shoulder procedures on the pitcher. Guzman has a torn ligament in his shoulder, near his armpit, which was revealed in an MRI March 5.

“[Andrews] said, ‘Angel, listen, this happened because it’s the same problem that you had last year,'” Guzman said Thursday. “[He said], ‘You stopped throwing in September. You rehab for 4 1/2 months and you start throwing again and it comes back. It makes no sense to rehab again. The only way is to get the surgery done.'”

The other alternative to surgery was to take a conservative approach and rehab for four to six weeks. Lou Piniella said Guzman will have surgery on Tuesday. Guzman, 28, who was shutdown last September because of discomfort in his shoulder, did not throw off the mound this spring.

There’s no timetable for his return.

“I don’t know how long it’s going to take,” Guzman said. “At least [Andrews] gave me hope. He said a lot of pitchers have had that surgery done before and have come back good.”

— Carrie Muskat

3/11 Injury updates

Xavier Nady had no unusual soreness in his right elbow after playing in Wednesday’s game, his first Cactus League action. Nady is coming off his second Tommy John procedure, which he had in July. He’s not expected to be allowed to “start firing away” from the outfield without restrictions until June but says that won’t keep him from playing.

“Hopefully, you drive in more than you throw out,” Nady said.

* Andres Blanco has a new, lighter brace on his right knee and is making progress. He sprained his knee in a play at second and was to be sidelined 10 to 14 days.

* Angel Guzman may see Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday. Guzman has a torn ligament in his right shoulder, near the arm pit, and is considering surgery. He’s already had elbow and shoulder procedures done, both by Andrews.

— Carrie Muskat

3/8 Guzman to get 2nd opinion

The Cubs were to send Angel Guzman’s MRI results to orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews on Monday so the pitcher can get a second opinion on his right shoulder. Guzman has a torn ligament in his shoulder, near the arm pit. He can take a conservative approach and try to rehab for four to six weeks. Or, he can have surgery, although athletes who have had the procedure done have not had much success coming back.

— Carrie Muskat


3/7 Guzman considering surgery

Angel Guzman is considering surgery on his right shoulder to repair the torn ligament rather than take a conservative approach and rehab. An MRI revealed a severe tear in a ligament in his shoulder near his armpit. The Cubs pitcher said Sunday he will get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.

“Let’s see if the third one can finally get it done,” Guzman said.

Andrews did both Guzman’s shoulder surgery in July 2003 and elbow surgery in September 2007. The orthopedic specialist told Guzman before the elbow procedure that he could see in the pitcher’s eyes that he wasn’t done trying to make it in the big leagues.

“It’s going to be tough,” Guzman said. “By doing [the surgery], I have a small chance, but there is a chance.”

He hasn’t fully committed to another surgery.

“I’m thinking about (surgery),” Guzman said. “I’ll consult my family, my agent, all of them and get the people who are close to me involved in my decision. I’ve got a lot of family to support. I think it’s a good idea to talk to them.”

He was frustrated by the pain after spending the winter strengthening his arm.

“I don’t think there’s a chance to get it fixed without the surgery,” he said. “By doing rehab, it won’t do anything. I spent four months here working out and I felt as strong as ever and there’s still pain. I think that’s the only way to get it fixed.”

The rehab isn’t the hard part, he said.

“The hard part is establishing yourself in the big leagues,” Guzman said. “That’s the hard part. I did some of that last year and my goal this year coming to Spring Training was to get my job done and get the outs that I need to get done and do what’s best for the team. It’s disappointing, sadness, and I just have to go through it.”

Guzman has been a highly touted prospect in the Cubs system since he began his pro career in 2000 but last year was the first extended action in the big leagues. He appeared in 55 games, posting a 2.95 ERA. This year, the Cubs were considering him for the late inning relief duties. On Saturday, Lou Piniella said it seems as if Guzman is jinxed.

“Lou and all the guys have been really supportive and I appreciate it,” Guzman said. “You get to know yourself more and I know all these guys have my back.”

He may take some time off to visit family. It’s been a difficult few months for Guzman, who lost his brother, Daniel, Jan. 11 in a shooting in Caracas. He injured his knee running in Venezuela prior to the incident, and had arthroscopic surgery.

“I would love to [take time off],” Guzman said. “For the last two months, I’ve been through some issues. Maybe going home, I can clear my mind and get me more fresh and fight for my goal, for what I want.”

The news of the ligament damage came as a surprise to Guzman.

“It’s very sad but what can I do? I’m still breathing,” he said.

And he hasn’t given up.

“I love pitching,” Guzman said. “I’ve been pitching since I was 4-years-old. I’m still 28, I know that’s young. I think 28 is a good age to keep pushing it.”

— Carrie Muskat

3/6 Cubs still on lookout for 'pen help

Losing Angel Guzman for the start of the season creates another opening in the Cubs bullpen. It doesn’t change GM Jim Hendry’s approach. He’s already been on the lookout for an experienced right-handed pitcher.

“It’s been well documented that from [the Winter Meetings] on we’ve talked about adding one more piece,” Hendry said Saturday. “That was the same plan before this.”

Guzman has a tear in his right shoulder and was considering whether to have surgery or try a more conservative approach.

“First of all, you have to see how guys here in camp pitch,” Hendry said. “We’ve got seven or eight guys who we think can be in the rotation in the five spot. Those people who don’t break in the rotation are capable of going to the pen.”

Carlos Silva, Jeff Samardzija, Tom Gorzelanny and Sean Marshall all are vying for the two rotation spots. That means the other two could end up in the bullpen.

“We have some good young arms here,” Lou Piniella said, “but inexperienced.”

— Carrie Muskat

3/6 Guzman out with torn ligament

Angel Guzman has a significant tear in a ligament in his right shoulder and will not be ready Opening Day. Whether he’ll undergo surgery is yet to be determined.

“He has a very unstable shoulder,” GM Jim Hendry said Saturday. “There’s no timeframe of anywhere soon that he’ll be pitching. Obviously, it wasn’t good news.”

It’s been a difficult few months for Guzman, who injured his right knee running in Venezuela then lost his brother five days later when he was shot to death in Caracas on Jan. 11. Guzman had yet to throw off the mound this spring.

“You just feel terrible for the kid,” Hendry said. “Right when he has success and has great stuff, something has gone wrong. We were very pleased with his throwing in January. It’s a shame.

“At one time, this guy was as good a prospect as [Carlos Zambrano] in the system,” Hendry said of Guzman, 28, whose career has been slowed by shoulder and elbow injuries. “It just seems like it’s been one thing after another. He’s had some success the last couple years with well above average stuff and was capable of pitching at any point in the game for you.”

Guzman is trying to decide his options. The surgical approach is unpredictable. Guzman could take a more conservative route of treatment to strengthen the shoulder, and that would require four to six weeks of exercises. Then, he’d have to start all over again.

This injury is related to the soreness he had at the end of last season near his right armpit, which prompted the Cubs to shut Guzman down Sept. 22.

Guzman was projected to handle late inning relief this season and was a candidate for the set-up job. Last year was his best as he appeared in a career high 55 games, compiling a 2.95 ERA.

— Carrie Muskat

3/6 Cubs injury updates

Don’t expect Xavier Nady in Sunday’s lineup. Nady, coming back from Tommy John surgery, was expected to DH but Lou Piniella said Saturday that he’ll be held back. There’s plenty of time to get ready.

“How many at-bats does a player really need?” Piniella said. “And quite frankly, if he needs more at-bats, we can always send him down to the Minor Leagues to get 10 or 12 [at-bats]. I’m not concerned, no.”

* Mike Fontenot was able to take grounders at second base during batting practice. He will not play Saturday but could be in the lineup Sunday in Mesa if his shoulder passes all the tests. He was injured when he took a tumble at third on Thursday.

“If he feels fine, we’ll put him out there to play,” Piniella said.

— Carrie Muskat

3/6 Cubs lineup vs. White Sox

Alfonso Soriano makes his first Cactus League start of 2010 on Saturday when the Cubs play host to the White Sox. Xavier Nady is not in the starting lineup but was expected to DH on Sunday when the Cubs play host to the Dodgers. Carlos Silva is starting, his first Cactus League game for the Cubs. Saturday’s game will be broadcast on WGN Radio and WGN TV. Here’s the lineup:

SS Theriot

RF Fukudome

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Byrd

LF Soriano

DH Hoffpauir

C Soto

2B Scales

* No word yet on Angel Guzman’s MRI.

3/5 Guzman, Gray doubtful for Opening Day

The Cubs may have more openings in their bullpen than they originally thought. Angel Guzman was to undergo an MRI on his right shoulder Friday. He’s not expected to be ready Opening Day. Guzman has been slowed because of discomfort in his shoulder. Jeff Gray also has been held back because of a lingering groin strain.

“Gray, he still feels it when he throws,” Lou Piniella said Friday. “We’re being precautious with him. I thought that by now we could have him throwing off the mound. He’s a little bit away yet.”

Guzman was projected as a possible right-handed set-up option for the Cubs. He hasn’t been close to throwing off a mound. Could he be ready by Opening Day?

“Not at all,” Piniella said. “Gray is starting to get on the ‘doubtful’ list — not doubtful, let’s call it the ‘borderline’ list.”

The leading candidate for the set-up job is Esmailin Caridad but GM Jim Hendry is looking.

“We’re doing no different than we always do,” Hendry said. “If there’s [a trade] to be made, we will.”

— Carrie Muskat

3/1 Injury updates

Angel Guzman threw 30 pitches from about 60 feet on Monday, but won’t be throwing off a mound until next week. He’s been slowed by discomfort in his right shoulder. “We’ll keep our fingers crossed with him,” Lou Piniella said of the right-hander.

* Geovany Soto missed Monday’s workout. He’s sick with the flu.

* The Cubs move to HoHoKam after Tuesday’s practice. Expect Jeff Gray, sidelined with a groin injury, to throw off the mound when the team switches camps.

— Carrie Muskat