Results tagged ‘ Corey Koskie ’

Corey Koskie to retire

Saying it wasn’t worth the risk, Corey Koskie announced Saturday he is retiring from baseball. Koskie was trying to make a comeback after spending the last 2 1/2 years in what he called his “personal jail” because of a concussion suffered in July 2006. The third baseman, who played for the Twins, Blue Jays and Brewers, had signed a Minor League contract with the Cubs this spring.

“You get caught up in what if I came back — it’d be a great story,” he said. “The big story is I had the opportunity to play. But is it really worth it to play?”

Koskie has three young children, ages 8, 6 and 3, that he wants to be able to spend time with.

“Look at the facts — I’m 35,” he said. “I still can play. But if I play, I want to be 100 percent. I don’t want the ‘what if I dive, what if I do this.’ Really, what am I trying to do to squeeze out two more years?”

— Carrie Muskat

3/19 Corey Koskie update

Third baseman Corey Koskie left Thursday’s Cubs game after three innings because he wasn’t feeling well. Koskie, 35, is trying to get back to the big leagues after being sidelined with a concussion since July 2006. He handled back to back groundouts in the first inning in Peoria against the Mariners, and grounded out in his at-bats in the second and third innings. Koskie had played four innings in Florida in an exhibition game for Team Canada and was in the lineup for six innings in Glendale for the Cubs, but did not have a ball hit to him in any of the previous innings.

— Carrie Muskat 

3/19 Lineup

Corey Koskie is starting at third base for the Cubs on Thursday vs. the Mariners in Peoria. Here’s the lineup: 2B Aaron Miles, SS Nate Spears, DH Micah Hoffpauir, 1B Jake Fox, 3B Koskie, RF Reed Johnson, LF Ty Wright, C Koyie Hill, CF Joey Gathright. Aaron Heilman is starting, and Neal Cotts, Chad Fox, Mike Stanton and Randy Wells also could pitch.

— Carrie Muskat

3/18 Quick hits

Don’t expect to see Derrek Lee back in the Cubs’ lineup until Friday. Lee has been sidelined with a sore right quad, and Cubs manager Lou Piniella said expectations are that the first baseman will be OK for the game against the Padres at HoHoKam Park.

Remember: Friday’s game is a day game, starting at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time, and will be broadcast on WGN Radio and WGN TV. It was listed on some schedules as a night game.

Other notes:

  • Milton Bradley did not report to the ballpark Wednesday. He has the flu, and his wife is in labor.
  • Corey Koskie will start at third base on Thursday when the Cubs travel to Peoria to play the Mariners. “This guy was a good player,” Piniella said. “Let’s see what these next 2 1/2, three weeks lead us with him.”
  • Kevin Hart has not given up a hit or a run in his last three outings, striking out eight over 3 1/3 innings. He fanned two on Wednesday in one inning. Jose Ascanio, on the other hand, has given up eight runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings in his last two games.
  • Jeff Samardzija will continue to start, taking Ted Lilly’s spot in the spring rotation until the lefty returns from the World Baseball Classic. Lilly and Team USA advanced to the semifinals but he is not expected to pitch again.
  • Speaking of the World Baseball Classic, Geovany Soto and Ivan DeJesus were both expected back in Cubs camp on Thursday after Puerto Rico was eliminated.

— Carrie Muskat

3/17 St. Pat's lineup

Corey Koskie is in the Cubs’ starting lineup for Tuesday’s game vs. the Dodgers as is Aaron Miles. Koskie is coming back from a concussion suffered in 2006; he has not played in the big leagues since then. Miles has been sidelined one week with a bruised shoulder.

Here’s the Cubs’ order: LF Alfonso Soriano, 2B Miles, CF Reed Johnson, 1B Derrek Lee, RF So Taguchi, 3B Koskie, C Koyie Hill, SS Andres Blanco, P Carlos Zambrano.

— Carrie Muskat

Team Canada vs. Blackhawks

How about this for an intracity challenge: the Cubs players vs. the Blackhawks in both a hockey game and a baseball game and see who wins. “It’d be a good reality show — ‘Crossover Athletes,'” Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster said.

The Cubs nearly have enough Canadians in the organization to field their own hockey team. Dempster has played right wing, Corey Koskie could be the left wing, Rich Harden was a defenseman, and Vince Perkins was a center. All they’d have to do is recruit Carlos Zambrano to be the goalie.

— Carrie Muskat

3/15 Quick hits

Corey Koskie worked out with the Cubs regulars in Mesa on Sunday, and was then expected to go over to the Minor League camp and join in their drills. Koskie, trying to make a comeback after suffering a concussion in July 2006, could get in a Cactus League game as early as Tuesday.

Infielder Aaron Miles, who has a bruised right shoulder, also worked out Sunday in Mesa and could get back in a game on Tuesday. The Cubs will keep Miles at second base when he returns to avoid aggravating his shoulder on throws from short or third.

As the Cubs weigh what type of extra player to carry — infielder? outfielder? — Lou Piniella suggested teams expand their rosters.

“I was telling our general manager [Jim Hendry] the other day we need a 26-man roster and then we’d be covered in all areas,” Piniella said, “and he started to laugh.”

If given 26 players, most managers would want 27.

Sunday’s lineup is CF Joey Gathright, SS Ryan Theriot, LF Micah Hoffpauir, 1B Jake Fox, 2B Mike Fontenot, RF Doug Deeds, 3B Esteban German, C Koyie Hill and P Rich Harden.

Looking ahead, Jeff Samardzija will start Monday for the Cubs against the Brewers in Maryvale and Carlos Zambrano is slated to go Tuesday against the Dodgers in Glendale.

— Carrie Muskat

All systems go

Corey Koskie passed his physical, and began workouts on Saturday with the Cubs. The third baseman, who played for the Twins, Blue Jays and Brewers, has not played in the Major Leagues since he suffered a concussion in 2006.

— Carrie Muskat

3/14 Quick hits

Infielder Corey Koskie worked out with Cubs strength and conditioning coach Tim Buss and athletic trainer Mark O’Neal early Saturday. Once cleared, Koskie will get a look at third base.

In other news:

  • Ryan Dempster threw a simulated game early Saturday. He’s on schedule to be the Cubs’ No. 2 starter, following Carlos Zambrano.
  • Carlos Marmol and Kevin Gregg, both competing for the closer’s job, will both pitch on Saturday. Lou Piniella cautioned not to read anything into who goes first.
  • Rich Harden will start Sunday in Tucson, and was expected to go at least three innings.
  • Piniella likes Aaron Heilman in the role of seventh inning set-up pitcher. Heilman was to go three innings on Saturday. He’s throwing on three days rest.

— Carrie Muskat

3/13 Quick hits

The Cubs are keeping their options open regarding a backup infielder, and Friday added Esteban German, who was released by the Royals. German, 31, is a career .277 hitter and has played with Oakland, Texas and Kansas City. He was in camp on Friday.

Corey Koskie was undergoing his physical on Friday, and once given the go-ahead, he’ll also be thrown into the mix. Koskie has not played in the big leagues since 2006 when he suffered a concussion.

Other news and notes:

  • Five players were sent to the Minor League camp, including OF Richie Robnett, RHP Brian Schlitter, LHPs J.R. Mathes and Matt Smith, and C Steve Clevenger.
  • Carlos Marmol will make his first appearance since the World Baseball Classic on Saturday when the Cubs play host to the Angels in Mesa.
  • Cubs Minor League games begin on March 19.
  • And, here’s Friday’s lineup in Mesa: LF Alfonso Soriano, CF Sam Fuld, 1B Derrek Lee, 3B Aramis Ramirez, 2B Mike Fontenot, RF Reed Johnson, C Koyie Hill, SS Andres Blanco and P Sean Marshall. It’s a split squad, and among the players headed to Tempe to play the Angels are Ryan Theriot, Micah Hoffpauir, Milton Bradley and Mark Johnson.
  • On March 20 at HoHoKam, the Cubs wives will be collecting canned goods and donations as part of their annual spring food drive.

— Carrie Muskat