Results tagged ‘ Bob Howry ’

2/27 Bob Howry retires

When reliever Andrew Cashner was first called up to the Cubs on May 31 in Pittsburgh, his locker was next to veteran Bob Howry.

“I was real quiet when I first came up,” Cashner said Sunday, “and [Howry] was talking to me and the first thing he said was that he liked my boots and it kind of went from there.”

On Saturday night, Cashner was among several players who went to a surprise party for Howry, 37, who has retired after 13 seasons in the big leagues. The right-hander started in 1998 with the White Sox, and pitched for the Red Sox, Indians, Cubs, Giants, and Diamondbacks.

“He worked hard and I just tried to listen and watch and see what he does,” Cashner said. “He’s been in the game long enough to stay in it. He had a lot of advice and a lot of wise words and he was a good friend.”

Howry’s last game was July 28 at Houston with the Cubs. He finishes with a career 3.84 ERA, 66 saves and 787 2/3 innings over 769 games. Cashner and Cubs reliever James Russell bought a pair of boots as a present for Howry.

“He was nothing but nice to all of us,” Cashner said.

— Carrie Muskat

7/30 Cubs release Howry

The Cubs have reinstated Carlos Zambrano from the restricted list and released right-handed reliever Bob Howry. Howry, who turns 37 on Aug. 4, was 1-3 with a 7.71 ERA in 38 games and scuffled in July, posting a 12.46 ERA in 10 games. He gave up 12 earned runs on 19 hits over 8 2/3 innings this month. He was released by the Diamondbacks on May 17 and signed with the Cubs on May 21 for his second stint with the team. He also pitched for the Cubs in 2006-08.

Zambrano has not pitched for the Cubs since June 25 when he threw a tantrum in the dugout at U.S. Cellular Field. He was suspended for three days then placed on the restricted list to undergo treatment for anger issues. Zambrano was to meet with the Cubs Friday.

— Carrie Muskat

6/10 Sloppy, sloppy play

Mistakes cost the Cubs on Thursday. With the game tied at 4 in the Milwaukee 10th, Bob Howry walked Carlos Gomez. Craig Counsell then bunted and third baseman Chad Tracy threw to first for the force. Gomez kept running. Xavier Nady threw to catcher Koyie Hill, who was covering at third, and missed everyone. Gomez scored on the error.

“I just tried to make a perfect throw and it sailed on me,” Nady said.

“It was a perfect situation for the Brewers,” Hill said. “They had a guy up there at the plate [in Counsell] who takes a lot of pride in what he does and he practices those situations so when it does come up, he gets the bunt down to the right side of the field. They have the perfect guy on first base [in Gomez] who is one of the fastest guys in the league and they had one of the worst fundamental teams on the field, so it was a perfect situation for them.”

With Hill covering at third, nobody was protecting home if the Cubs did try to get Gomez at home.

“I looked a little bit to home plate and I saw Counsell drop a bunt so I wasn’t stopping,” Gomez said. “They had no chance to throw me out at third because the catcher had to run to third.”

“It was great baserunning,” Counsell said. “I think [Gomez] basically had it in his head that he was going to third and he never slowed down. They weren’t going to get him, even with a good throw.”

— Carrie Muskat

5/21 Howry: I can still pitch

Bob Howry says the Cubs called him shortly after he was designated for assignment by the D-backs to see if the right-hander still wanted to pitch and still thought he could be effective.

“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think I could [still pitch],” Howry said. “It’s not a situation where you’re doing it to make a paycheck. If I didn’t think I could pitch, I wouldn’t come back.”

What happened in Arizona?

“You can’t blame it on velocity,” Howry said. “Almost every year at the beginning of the season, my velocity is down. If you execute your pitches and hit locations, then you can still be successful. Unfortunately, I didn’t hit my spots as well as I needed to and just kind of steamrolled.”

— Carrie Muskat

5/21 More on Howry

To make room on the 25-man roster for Bob Howry, rookie Justin Berg was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. To open a spot on the 40-man, right-handed reliever David Patton was designated for assignment.

— Carrie Muskat

5/21 Howry back with Cubs

Bob Howry is back with the Cubs. The veteran reliever has reportedly signed a one-year contract with the team and was expected to join the Cubs Friday when they open a three-game Interleague series against the Texas Rangers. An official announcement was expected later Friday.

Howry, 36, was designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday after posting a 10.67 ERA in 14 games. In 14 1/3 innings, he gave up 17 runs on 18 hits and six walks, and served up six home runs.

This would be Howry’s second stint with the Cubs. He was part of the bullpen in 2006-08, and posted a 17-17 record and 3.90 ERA in 234 games. He struggled in ’08 with a 5.35 ERA.

The Cubs have been looking for right-handed help in the bullpen since the offseason and moved Opening Day starter Carlos Zambrano to a set-up role April 22 in an effort to bridge the gap to closer Carlos Marmol. That didn’t work, and Zambrano will return to the rotation once he builds up arm strength.

— Carrie Muskat