Results tagged ‘ Jake Peavy ’

7/31 Soto's rehab, Gorzelanny update & more

Geovany Soto will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Tennessee on Monday in hopes of returning for the Cubs’ series next weekend in Colorado. Sidelined with a strained left oblique, Soto was to be the DH on Saturday in Mesa, Ariz., then travel on Sunday to join the Minor League team. He was to play Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The Cubs have an off day Thursday when Soto could travel to Denver.

* Newly acquired left-hander Tom Gorzelanny will join the Cubs on Saturday in Florida and throw a bullpen session. Gorzelanny is scheduled to make his debut Tuesday, starting Game 2 of the three-game series at Cincinnati. Adding Gorzelanny gives Ted Lilly a little more cushion as far as his rehab goes.

“The one thing with Ted is we don’t want to rush this situation,” Lou Piniella said of Lilly, sidelined with inflammation in his left shoulder. “We want to make sure he’s properly healed. If we have to send [Lilly] out for rehab, we can do that, too. With [Ryan] Dempster, we didn’t have that opportunity.”

* John Grabow joined the Cubs Friday, and was given No. 43. He wore No. 34 with the Pirates. The Cubs apparently didn’t want to give him No. 34, last worn by Kerry Wood.

“It gives us another lefty, and it gives us an experienced pitcher at the end of the ballgame,” Piniella said of the newest addition. “Grabow gets right-handed hitters out very well, also. He’s got a real nice changeup. It gives us another dependable, reliable pitcher with experience at the end of the ballgame and we don’t have to go to our guys three days in a row like we have had to.”

* Alfonso Soriano got Friday off, part of Piniella’s grand plan to rest his regulars. The one player he’d like to give a breather to is shortstop Ryan Theriot, who leads the team in games played with 99.

* Sam Fuld was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs had optioned right-hander Mitch Atkins to the Minor League team after Thursday’s game.

* Piniella heard about the White Sox getting Jake Peavy. The Cubs had been in hot pursuit of the right-hander this offseason.

“That’s a nice acquisition for the White Sox,” Piniella said. “I think he’ll be ready for the stretch run for them. They’re in the pennant race and they’re a couple games out of first place. It’s good to have that guy added to your arsenal toward the tail end of the baseball season.”

What if Peavy is ready on Sept. 3 when the Cubs and White Sox play a makeup Interleague game?

“Let’s not look that far ahead,” Piniella said.

— Carrie Muskat

Peavy update #1

Looks like Jake Peavy will be starting Friday night against the Cubs, and not pitching for the White Sox. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, a Peavy-to-White Sox deal is not imminent. The right-hander’s next start is scheduled for Friday night vs. Carlos Zambrano and the Cubs in San Diego.

The Padres and White Sox reportedly discussed a 4-for-1 deal, and needed Peavy’s consent to complete the deal. The Union-Tribune said the process had not gotten to that point.

White Sox pitcher Scott Linebrink told Chicago reporters Thursday he had spoken with Peavy on Wednesday about a possible trade. Peavy’s agent, Barry Axelrod, told that the pitcher has a “strong preference” to stay in the National League.

“If I had to make a bet on it, I would guess that Jake would say he’s not ready to take that step today,” Axelrod said. “But he wouldn’t necessarily preclude it at any time in the future.

“We aren’t hiding anything from anybody,” Axelrod said told “Jake has a strong preference to stay in the National League. He has a comfort zone there, he’s been successful, and he’s won a Cy Young Award. I don’t know that on May 21, that preference has eroded very much. From our point of view, we may say, ‘Let’s give [the Padres] more time and see if a National League team might step up over the next six weeks.”

— Carrie Muskat


Peavy to Chicago?

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports a Chicago team is interested in Jake Peavy but it’s not the Cubs. It’s the White Sox. According to the report, Peavy met with Padres manager Bud Black late Wednesday to discuss a possible trade to the White Sox. The 2007 Cy Young award winner has a no-trade clause, and would have to give his consent.

The Cubs and Padres discussed a deal for Peavy in December, but Cubs GM Jim Hendry decided to end talks when he determined the price, in terms of personnel, was too high. Peavy’s contract will pay him $11 million this year, and he’s owed $15 million in 2010, $16 million in 2011, and $17 million in 2012. There is a $22 million option for 2013, with a $4 million buyout.

Peavy is 3-5 with a 3.82 ERA this year for the Padres. Starting pitching hasn’t been the Cubs problem; it’s been inconsistent hitting.

— Carrie Muskat

Pitching probables

Carlos Zambrano had an early workout Thursday against hitters at HoHoKam Park, and was penciled in to start Monday for the Cubs against Arizona. Ryan Dempster is scheduled to start Sunday against San Diego in Peoria. And the Padres could counter with Jake Peavy.

Newcomer Aaron Heilman will start Saturday against the White Sox.

Thursday’s Cubs lineup: CF Joey Gathright, 2B Aaron Miles, RF Milton Bradley, 3B Aramis Ramirez, LF Micah Hoffpauir, 1B Jake Fox, C Paul Bako, SS Darwin Barney and P Sean Marshall.

— Carrie Muskat