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3/1 Lineup vs Giants

Opening Day starter Ryan Dempster makes his first spring start Tuesday vs. the Giants in Scottsdale. Here’s the rest of the lineup:

RF Fukudome
SS Castro
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
C Soto
2B DeWitt
LF Johnson
1B LaHair
P Dempster

Carlos Silva is slated to start Wednesday. We’ll see if rest of lineups are posted early when clubhouse opens.

— Carrie Muskat

2/28 Looking ahead

Here’s the early lineup for the Cubs’ game Wednesday vs. the Brewers. It will be Carlos Silva’s first spring start:

RF Fukudome
SS Castro
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Pena
LF Soriano
2B DeWitt
C Hill
P Silva

— Carrie Muskat

2/14 Cubs notebook – UPDATED

Here’s an updated notebook:

* Angel Guzman threw off the mound for the third time Monday since undergoing surgery on his right shoulder. Guzman, who has a 3.15 career ERA in 74 relief appearances, will hopefully be able to pitch in a simulated game by mid March.

“It’s a long shot,” manager Mike Quade said. “He’s here, he’ll work, you know he’ll do that, and modern medicine is unbelievable. A quick Tommy John, and you’re throwing 94 to 98 [mph]. If he gets involved in this sometime, someday, it’ll be great. Right now, it’s a long way off.”

* Carlos Silva went home Monday with a 103-degree fever. It’s early. He was slated to throw off the mound on Tuesday at Fitch Park. Others scheduled to throw include Braden Looper, Casey Coleman, Trey McNutt, Thomas Diamond, Todd Wellemeyer, Randy Wells, Andrew Cashner, Kerry Wood, Justin Berg, Jay Jackson and Marcos Mateo.

* Quade made sure to talk to Tyler Colvin on Monday. On Sunday, Quade said the Cubs want to see Colvin at first base, but hadn’t talked to the youngster first. “It’ll be more than just a glimpse,” Quade said of Colvin’s playing time at first this spring. “He’ll play some games over there.” Carlos Pena is the everyday first baseman but the Cubs need to find out whether they can count on Colvin as a backup at first if necessary. Jeff Baker is the only backup.

* James Russell threw off the mound Monday. He’s a candidate for the rotation, and if he made it, would be the only lefty. If it doesn’t work, Russell can easily be inserted back in the bullpen. Pitching coach Mark Riggins has pitchers throwing in groups of four, and is having the sessions filmed for review. Quade stayed away.

“I don’t want to be around when these guys are throwing sides right out of the chute,” Quade said. “You ask guys to come to camp, take their time, get ready to compete for the games. You’re not going to make the club today. [You might think] ‘You know what, the skipper’s around, he’s watching on the side,’ and they don’t need that. The veteran guys, it probably doesn’t affect.”

* When Quade was managing the Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa team, he could tell how the big league team was doing by listening to Ron Santo on the radio. Quade didn’t need to know the score, but could tell by Santo’s tone.

“We’ll miss him and let’s win one for him, and I’m not talking about Opening Day,” Quade said.

* Quade made a new friend when he tossed a ball to a woman walking a dog near the Fitch Park facility.

— Carrie Muskat

12/17 Mets interested in Gorzelanny?

The New York Post reports the Mets have inquired about Cubs pitcher Tom
Gorzelanny. The lefty made $800,000 last year, and will receive a raise
through arbitration but would still be a fairly economical addition.
Gorzelanny was 7-9 with a 4.09 ERA in 29 games (23 starts) last season
with Chicago. You can never have enough pitching, but the Cubs do have a
surplus with Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, Carlos Silva,
plus up and coming youngsters such as Casey Coleman, Chris Carpenter,
Chris Archer and Thomas Diamond.

— Carrie Muskat

9/23 Silva runs out of time

Carlos Silva’s season is most likely over. The right-hander has not pitched since Sept. 7, and missed his next scheduled start five days later because of right elbow strain. He’s simply running out of time.

“The thought of him getting built up in time for the last series — you never rule anything out, but it would be very tough,” manager Mike Quade said. “My way of thinking is to just monitor him carefully. To rush somebody back for no apparent reason as opposed to getting him completely healthy would not make much sense to me. We’ll continue his throwing program.”

Silva has not thrown a side session since Sept. 12.

“He’s been around long enough and he’s smart enough to know what you want and what you’re capable of are two different things,” Quade said. “In the next six, seven days of work, it’ll tell him what he’s capable of doing. If he’s healthy, I’m sure he’d like to pitch. It’s not time for me to get involved until we see a healthy side and maybe a simulated game.”

Silva (10-6, 4.22 ERA in 21 starts) would need time to build up to 70, 80 pitches if he were to start. The Cubs have 11 games remaining.

— Carrie Muskat

9/21 Rotation for final home series

Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny will return to the Cubs rotation Friday for the first time since Sept. 1 while Carlos Silva threw a bullpen session Tuesday in hopes of getting one more start this year. Gorzelanny (7-8, 3.90 ERA) has been sidelined after taking a line drive off his left hand on Sept. 1. Silva (10-6, 4.22 ERA) has not pitched since Sept. 7. He was scratched from his last scheduled start Sept. 13 because of a right shoulder strain.

“We’ll have to see how quickly [Silva] comes back,” Cubs manager Mike Quade said.

The Cubs’ rotation for the final home series against the Cardinals will be Gorzelanny on Friday, Casey Coleman (2-2, 5.02 ERA) on Saturday and Jeff Samardzija (2-1, 6.00 ERA) on Sunday.

— Carrie Muskat

9/14 Gorzelanny, Silva updates

Tom Gorzelanny, out since Sept. 1 when he took a line drive off his left hand, will throw a five inning simulated game on Friday in Florida. Gorzelanny was available out of the Cubs bullpen if needed in long relief. The lefty will throw a five inning sim game in Florida in hopes of making another start this year.

As for Carlos Silva, he rejoined the Cubs on Tuesday in St. Louis and will continue to take treatment for tendinitis in his right elbow. He will be evaluated in one week, but has not been shutdown for the season.

— Carrie Muskat

9/13 Castro's out, Ramy's back, & Silva's OK

Rookie shortstop Starlin Castro was scratched from Monday’s lineup because of a bruised left hip. Castro, who ranks fifth in the National League with a .312 average, was hurt last Wednesday in a collision at first base with Houston’s Brett Wallace in the fourth inning. He went 2-for-12 in the just completed three-game series against the Brewers.

Aramis Ramirez returned to the lineup Monday. He was batting .243 with 22 homers and 73 RBIs and back in action for the first time since Sept. 5. He’s been bothered by a sore right quad.

The Cubs got good news on Carlos Silva, who returned to Chicago Monday to be examined by orthopedic specialist, Dr. Stephen Gryzlo. Silva (10-6, 4.22 ERA) has tendinitis in his right elbow and was to rejoin the Cubs in St. Louis Tuesday. Athletic trainer Mark O’Neal and pitching coach Larry Rothschild will then meet with Silva to discuss the next step.

Mike Quade said Rothschild will decide the next step for pitcher Tom Gorzelanny, who has been sidelined since Sept. 1 after he was hit on the left hand by a line drive. Gorzelanny had a small fracture on his left pinkie. He threw 40 pitches in a side session on Sunday.

— Carrie Muskat

9/12 Silva scratched; Samardzija to start

Carlos Silva was scratched from Monday’s scheduled start against the Cardinals because of a right elbow strain and Jeff Samardzija will make his first big league start of the season in his place. Silva (10-6, 4.22 ERA) reported the soreness during batting practice on Sunday. He was to return to Chicago to be examined by the Cubs orthopedic specialist, Dr. Stephen Gryzlo.

Samardzija (0-1, 18.90 ERA) was penciled in for next Saturday against the Marlins. He began this season with the Cubs but was then sent down to Triple-A Iowa after four outings. In 35 games with Iowa, including 15 starts, he was 11-3 with a 4.37 ERA.

“It sounds good, I’m ready to go and my arm feels good,” Samardzija said Sunday.

He has not thrown in a game since he was called up from Iowa last Tuesday.

“I’ll just get out there and just really attack,” Samardzija said. “I don’t think there’s anything to change or anything to look at.”

He did make two starts last season with the Cubs among the 20 games he appeared in, and gave up 10 earned runs in 8 1/3 innings in those games. Samardzija has been looking forward to getting another chance.

“It’s definitely been something that’s been on my mind for a long time,” Samardzija said. “They use the term, ‘You get hungry,’ or whatever, whatever you want to say. When you spend the whole year down there in Triple-A, this is definitely something you look forward to and get excited about it for sure.”

He was watching the NFL games in the clubhouse before and after the game. Does the former Notre Dame All-America wide receiver ever think about playing football?

“Nope,” he said.

* Cubs left-hander Tom Gorzelanny threw 40 pitches in his second bullpen session Sunday at Miller Park but no word as to when that would be. Gorzelanny has been rehabbing since being hit on the left hand by a line drive Sept. 1.

— Carrie Muskat

9/12 Extra bases

The Cubs have shutout the Brewers in back to back games for the first time in franchise history. That’s a span of 484 games, and includes the Milwaukee Braves and Brewers teams (both American League and National League versions). The Cubs and Brewers have played 198 games since Milwaukee rejoined the NL in 1998.

* Ryan Dempster now is 15-3 against the Brewers after Saturday’s win. That’s an .833 winning percentage, the highest for any pitcher against the Brewers who has at least 15 decisions against them, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Eleven of Dempster’s wins over the Brewers have come since 2008, which is the most for any pitcher against any team over that span. Honorable mention goes to Jon Lester, who has 10 wins over the Orioles since 2008. Dempster’s career record now is 100-100. Only one ctive pitcher was 100-100 in his first 200 games and that was Javier Vazquez.

* Carlos Marmol notched his 30th save Saturday night. He’s the 10th Cubs pitcher to reach that mark and first since Kerry Wood saved 34 games in 2008.

* Marlon Byrd collected his 900th career hit and also No. 156 of the season. His previous single-season high was 155, set last season with the Rangers. Byrd is batting .371 against lefties. In the last 35 years, the only Cubs players with a better mark against left-hnders was Bill Buckner, who hit .389 in 1978 and Jose Cardinal, who hit .379 in 1975.

* Looking ahead to the St. Louis series, the Cubs will start Carlos Silva on Monday vs. lefty Jaime Garcia; Randy Wells on Tuesday vs. Adam Wainwright; and Carlos Zambrano on Wednesday vs. Chris Carpenter.

— Carrie Muskat