Results tagged ‘ Angel Guzman ’

2/28 Cactus League start

Randy Wells will get things started for the Cubs when they open Cactus League play Thursday against Oakland at HoHoKam Park. Lou Piniella said Wells will be followed by Sean Marshall, J.R. Mathes, Mike Parisi and Esmailin Caridad.

* Angel Guzman threw 25 to 30 pitches from 45 feet on Sunday in the batting cage and felt good. If there’s no discomfort in his shoulder, he will throw on the mound Monday. “His shoulder felt a lot better,” Piniella said.

* Sunday’s workout was cut short because of the rain. John Grabow faced some hitters for a live BP session and that was it. “If we were going to lose a day of work, today was the day,” Piniella said.

— Carrie Muskat

2/28 Rainy Sunday schedule

The Cubs had an abbreviated workout Sunday because of the rain. No live BP was scheduled. Angel Guzman was to throw in the batting cage for the first time since sidelined with some discomfort in his shoulder. The shortened time was welcomed by the Canadian players on the roster who want to watch the Olympic gold medal hockey game between the U.S. and Canada. Vince Perkins made sure his Canada T-shirt was visible in his locker.

Monday is photo day for the Cubs, which means players will be a little late getting onto the field at Fitch Park.

— Carrie Muskat

2/27 Cubs Saturday notebook

Angel Guzman, sidelined because of discomfort in his right shoulder, will try to test his arm on Sunday with a throwing session. Guzman already was slowed this spring following arthroscopic knee surgery in January.

* Ted Lilly did some running and played catch in the outfield Saturday. He missed five days because of the flu and a 103-degree temperature.

* Xavier Nady continued his throwing program with pitching coach Larry Rothschild. The outfielder is working on his mechanics after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last July. Nady isn’t sure if he’ll be ready Opening Day.

“I have no idea,” Nady said. “I couldn’t tell you. The way I look at it, you have five or six weeks left. … Right now, who knows how I’ll feel [by Opening Day]? Hopefully, I don’t experience any setbacks. We’ll see.”

* Aramis Ramirez chose to sit out the live BP session vs. Carlos Marmol on Saturday. Starlin Castro took his turn and got plunked in the backside by one of Marmol’s sliders.

“He didn’t leave — he stood there, to his credit,” Lou Piniella said of Castro.

Ramirez doesn’t like live BP, preferring to hit in the cages or off the coaches.

“I’ll find a way to get ready,” he said.

— Carrie Muskat


2/26 Friday pitching update

Among the pitchers scheduled to throw live BP on Friday at Fitch Park are: Jeff Stevens, David Patton, Casey Coleman, Mitch Atkins, J.R. Mathes, Blake Parker, Jeff Kennard, James Russell, Thomas Diamond, and Marcus Mateo.

* Carlos Zambrano will likely be the Opening Day starter April 5 vs. Atlanta. “Good,” Zambrano said Friday. “It’s an honor and a privilege.”

* Told that pitching coach Larry Rothschild felt Jeff Samardzija looked more like a big league pitcher than a football player this spring, the former Notre Dame wide receiver laughed.

“That’s a good start, I guess,” Samardzija said. “That’s been the plan since Day One. We knew it would be somewhat of a learning curve.”

* Angel Guzman said the soreness in his shoulder wasn’t severe but they decided to shut him down as a precautionary measure.

— Carrie Muskat

2/21 Leadoff man & Sunday notebook

Both Ryan Theriot and Kosuke Fukudome have said they’d like to be the Cubs’ leadoff man. Lou Piniella said Sunday he’ll rotate both in the top spot this spring. He’d like to tab one player for the job.

“One thing for sure, we don’t have anybody here who will steal 40 bases,” Piniella said. “If Theriot develops a nice swing where he’s staying inside the ball good and hitting the ball behind the runner, that’s a nice option in the two-hole. … We’ll see. We’ll see who’s taking more pitches, who’s more selective, what the on-base percentages are.

“There are so many variables to this thing it gets a little too complicated,” he said. “We’ll try to simplify it and get as constant as we can with it. Spring Training will let us know.”

* Sunday’s rain prompted the Cubs pitchers to get their throwing work done indoors — sort of. They stayed on schedule by throwing in the partially covered batting cages. Some of the fastballs sure sounded good because of the echo in the metal-roof covered cage.

“I would pay a catcher to make that mitt pop as much as possible, I can tell you that,” Piniella said. “We’ve got some nice arms there. Inside, boy, that sound — it makes your fastball look about three or four miles an hour faster.”

* Ted Lilly is continuing his rehab and switching to more bike work than running to avoid aggravating his right knee.

“We’ve just got to be careful with him and bring him along slowly and not rush him and that’s exactly what we’re going to do,” Piniella said of the lefty.

* Angel Guzman is a few weeks away from actually throwing. He’s slowed following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last month.

“He’s a big piece of our bullpen right now, too,” Piniella said.

* Monday is reporting date and the first full squad workout will be Tuesday at Fitch Park. Only four position players are missing: Derrek Lee, Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez and Starlin Castro. Owner Tom Ricketts was expected in camp as well on Tuesday.

* Belated congrats to Hiro Aoyama, Kosuke Fukudome’s interpreter, who ran in the Chicago Marathon last October and finished in 3 hours 24 minutes 41 seconds. He finished 3,151st. Next year, though, Aoyama doesn’t want to run in the Chicago race.

“If I’m running in the Chicago marathon [this year], that’s a bad thing for the Chicago Cubs because we’re supposed to be in the playoffs then,” he said.

— Carrie Muskat


2/17 Injury bug: Guzman, Gray sidelined

Cubs pitchers and catchers have their first workout on Thursday at Fitch Park but already have two players who will miss practice. Angel Guzman injured a knee during a workout in Venezuela and had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus two weeks ago. The procedure was done in Arizona. He was expected to be ready by Opening Day. Jeff Gray, whom the Cubs acquired from Oakland, has a moderate groin strain, injured during drills in Mesa. The right-hander will take it easy over the first few weeks of camp.

The only other pitcher who won’t be able to throw on Thursday is starter Ted Lilly, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in early November. Lilly could be ready by mid April, but in the meantime, the Cubs will be auditioning starter candidates to sub for the lefty as well as fill the fifth spot. The contenders include Carlos Silva, Jeff Samardzija, Sean Marshall and Tom Gorzelanny.

“We’ve got enough people to look at,” Lou Piniella said Wednesday.

The Cubs are still in the market for a veteran right-handed reliever to help set-up closer Carlos Marmol, and could add someone via trade.

Another pitcher who reported to work on Wednesday was Greg Maddux, who has been added as a special assistant to GM Jim Hendry.

“We’ll have Greg do a lot of everything,” Hendry said of the four-time Cy Young winner, who won his first with the Cubs in 1992.

Maddux will work with pitching coach Larry Rothschild and Minor League pitching coordinator Mark Riggins as well as go to games with Hendry and assistant general manager Randy Bush to learn how to evaluate players.

“We’ll try to give him a little bit of everything in the first year,” Hendry said. “We’d be foolish to think he couldn’t help the players on the field.”

“All the young pitching talent we have, he’ll be invaluable,” Piniella said.

— Carrie Muskat

2/16 Options posted a list of players out of options who have less than five years of Major League service. The Cubs have six: Jeff Baker, Andres Blanco, Tom Gorzelanny, Angel Guzman, Koyie Hill and Geovany Soto. Those players would have to clear waivers before they could be sent to the Minors.

— Carrie Muskat

1/19/10 Cubs sign five arb-eligible

The Cubs Tuesday signed five of their arbitration-eligible players: Jeff Baker, Mike Fontenot, Koyie Hill, Angel Guzman and Tom Gorzelanny. The three other arb eligible players are Ryan Theriot, Carlos Marmol and Sean Marshall. Tuesday was the deadline for players and teams to exchange figures. The Cubs have not gone to an arbitration hearing since 1993.

Baker signed for $975,000; Fontenot signed for $1 million; Hill $700,000; Guzman $825,000; and Gorzelanny $800,000.

The Cubs and Theriot, Marmol and Marshall can all continue to negotiate before the hearings, which are scheduled for Feb. 1-21.

— Carrie Muskat

1/17/10 Deadline for arb players

The Cubs could reach contract agreements with half of their eight arbitration-eligible players before the two sides exchange salary figures on Tuesday. The players who filed include Ryan Theriot, Jeff Baker, Mike Fontenot, Koyie Hill, Carlos Marmol, Tom Gorzelanny, Angel Guzman, and Sean Marshall. A club official said he expected at least four of the players to have their deals done on Monday. Hearings will be held Feb. 1-21. The Cubs have not gone to arbitration since 1993.

— Carrie Muskat


12/11 Arbitration deadline

Saturday is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players, and the Cubs are expected to do so for eight of the nine players who qualify. Only Neal Cotts was not expected to be tendered a contract, but the lefty will likely re-sign with the team. Cotts began the 2009 season on the Cubs’ roster but was optioned to Triple-A Iowa after 19 games. He underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow July 2, and has been rehabbing in Arizona.

The others who will be tendered include IF Jeff Baker, 2B Mike Fontenot, LHP Tom Gorzelanny, RHP Angel Guzman, RHP Carlos Marmol, LHP Sean Marshall, C Koyie Hill and SS Ryan Theriot.

— Carrie Muskat