Results tagged ‘ David Patton ’

Relief work

There are five relievers batting for two spots with five games to go, and the Cubs may not make the final roster decisions until this weekend in New York. The list includes Angel Guzman, David Patton, Chad Fox, Chad Gaudin and Jeff Samardzija — all right-handers. Guzman is out of options. Patton is a Rule 5 pick who has complicated matters because he’s pitched so well, and has one of the best curveballs this spring. The Cubs were not expected to put either on waivers, which means they will either keep them or trade them.

Samardzija has options and could go to Triple-A Iowa. Fox, whose career has been interrupted by elbow problems, also could go to the Minors as insurance. What do to with Gaudin? He hasn’t looked sharp — he has a 10.54 ERA this spring and has given up 20 hits and walked nine in 13 2/3 innings. And he’s owed $2 million.

— Carrie Muskat

3/29 Patton, Gaudin, Lee and Reed

Rule 5 Draft pick David Patton wants a big league job. He pitched the eighth on Sunday against Cleveland, and struck out two of the three batters he faced. The right-hander has a 0.84 ERA so far, and will pitch again Tuesday.

“He’s not stumbling,” Lou Piniella said of Patton, who has not pitched above Class A ball. “He keeps throwing strikes. He’s showing that good curveball. He’s pitching like he wants a job. I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen. I can tell you this, the kid’s hungry and he’s looking for a Major League job. He’s made it very difficult. Good for him.”

Chad Gaudin did not fair as well. He now has a 10.54 ERA after giving up three runs on three hits and one walk Sunday.

“He’s not pitching aggressively,” Piniella said. “He’s getting behind on the hitters.”

Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild has worked with Gaudin on the backfield in an attempt to get the right-hander to stay on top of the ball, but he cant seem to take that into games.

  • Derrek Lee was lifted from the game after hitting a single in the fifth because his right quad is still tender. He may need more rest, although Lee said it wasn’t a problem.
  • Reed Johnson delivered a pinch-hit, two-run homer on Sunday. “He didn’t come here this spring to share a job,” Piniella said. “He came here to take a job. I’m telling you, he’s doing his part.”

— Carrie Muskat


Reality check

There are two weeks to go in Spring Training, and David Patton, the red-headed right-hander, is still in the Cubs camp and still impressing Lou Piniella. The Rule 5 pick has given up two runs in 8 2/3 innings this spring, including one run to Team Japan in an exhibition game. He has a chance at one of the two openings in the bullpen.

“I can’t really look ahead,” Patton said Saturday. “I came in not looking ahead to anything. I was coming in a Rule 5 draft pick that nobody knew and nobody heard about. I came in and showed what I’m capable of doing and my ability. Things have gone well but I’m not done yet. I’ve got some more innings to pitch down here and some more things I’d like to do. I just want to leave a good impression on Lou and the organization.”

One thing Piniella likes about Patton is that he has “no fear.” Patton can’t put a finger on that.

“I go out there with conviction,” Patton said. “I try as hard as I can to do the objective, which is to get outs, and get outs quick, and get my guys off the field.”

— Carrie Muskat

3/17 Quick hits

Can the Cubs run more this year? “It depends on Soriano,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said of Alfonso Soriano. “It starts with the leadoff spot. [Milton] Bradley can run a little bit. We just have to be careful with him. [Ryan] Theriot can run. [Mike] Fontenot can steal an occasional base. [Kosuke] Fukudome occasionally.

“We’re probably more of a first to third team than we are a stolen base team it seems,” Piniella said. “That was one of the reasons for trying to add speed with [Joey] Gathright on the bench.

“Are we going to lead the National League in stolen bases?” Piniella said. “I hardly think so — unless we steal them before and after the game.”

  • The Cubs have been impressed with right-hander David Patton, who was acquired in the Rule 5 Draft. Patton has not pitched above the Class A level. “He’s not intimidated,” Piniella said. “He’s got pretty good stuff. His best chance is to continue to throw strikes.”
  • Expect Corey Koskie to start every other day at third if he has no setbacks. “We’re going to take a good look at him over the next few weeks,” Piniella said. Koskie made his first start at third Tuesday since suffering a concussion in 2006.
  • Piniella razzed pitching coach Larry Rothschild about not scheduling Jeff Samardzija or Aaron Heilman to pitch on St. Patrick’s Day. They’re not Irish, but Fighting Irish. Both attended Notre Dame.

— Carrie Muskat