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3/8 Ted Lilly update

Ted Lilly, coming back from arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder, threw 30 pitches off the mound Sunday. It was his second time off a mound but first time with some intensity.

“So far, no bumps in the road and we’ll just keep progressing,” pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Monday.

The Cubs aren’t sure if Lilly will be able to pitch in a Cactus League game. He is not expected to be ready by Opening Day but perhaps the middle of April or early May.

“You always look for any bumps in the road that might come up and hopefully limit the time if there are any,” Rothschild said. “He’s already had the virus so hopefully that’s all behind him.”

— Carrie Muskat


3/7 Nady still at least three days away

Xavier Nady, rehabbing from his second Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, is still at least three days away from getting into a game.

“Obviously, I want to get at-bats but I don’t want to take at-bats where I might be a little sore from throwing and have that in the back of my mind,” Nady said Sunday. “I’d like to take my first at-bat when everything is on a positive side.”

Nady had the second procedure done on his right elbow July 8. This spring, he’s been working with pitching coach Larry Rothschild on his throwing mechanics.

“It’s helped so far,” Nady said. “I’m happy he’s volunteered his time to help me out. It’s a work in progress. I think I created a lot of bad habits when I went from the infield to the outfield. All of a sudden, I tried to throw it as hard as I could.”

He’s been throwing three days a week and was being held back from hitting so he could give his arm time to rest and recover.

“It’s felt good,” Nady said of his arm. “It’s the second reconstructive surgery. I want to be smart and not hurt the team or everything.”

— Carrie Muskat

2/26 Friday pitching update

Among the pitchers scheduled to throw live BP on Friday at Fitch Park are: Jeff Stevens, David Patton, Casey Coleman, Mitch Atkins, J.R. Mathes, Blake Parker, Jeff Kennard, James Russell, Thomas Diamond, and Marcus Mateo.

* Carlos Zambrano will likely be the Opening Day starter April 5 vs. Atlanta. “Good,” Zambrano said Friday. “It’s an honor and a privilege.”

* Told that pitching coach Larry Rothschild felt Jeff Samardzija looked more like a big league pitcher than a football player this spring, the former Notre Dame wide receiver laughed.

“That’s a good start, I guess,” Samardzija said. “That’s been the plan since Day One. We knew it would be somewhat of a learning curve.”

* Angel Guzman said the soreness in his shoulder wasn’t severe but they decided to shut him down as a precautionary measure.

— Carrie Muskat

1/13/10 Ted Lilly update

Ted Lilly, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder, has started throwing and could throw Friday while in Chicago for the Cubs’ annual fan fest. Lilly had the debridement done on Nov. 3, deciding to do so when pain in his shoulder did not go away. He was expected to miss the first month of the regular season. Athletic trainer Mark O’Neal was able to check on Lilly recently, and pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Wednesday he hoped to have Lilly test his arm while they were in town for the Cubs Convention.

The Convention is sold out, and kicks off Friday at the Chicago Hilton.

— Carrie Muskat

1/11/10 Lessons learned

Ask any pitcher who was Greg Maddux’s teammate, and he will tell you how much he learned from being around the 300-game winner. Maddux likes to give credit to the many pitching coaches he’s had, including the Cubs’ Larry Rothschild.

“Larry actually taught me how to scout hitters in a way that I had never looked at in the past,” Maddux said Monday when he was named an assistant to the Cubs’ GM. “Mechanically, he was very simple and didn’t really change a whole lot [in Maddux’s delivery].”

Most of their discussion focused on hitters and how to set them up and finish them off. Could Maddux help hitters and their approach to pitchers?

“I think you can help hitters with how a pitcher is trying to get them out,” Maddux said. “As far as messing with their swings and stuff like that, I think there’s a few more people who should be talking to them than me. Every now and then a hitter will have questions about pitch selection and patterns and stuff like that. Maybe I could have an idea what that pitcher might throw in a certain spot.”

— Carrie Muskat

1/6/10 Cubs Caravan update

Lou Piniella, new hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, pitchers Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, Tom Gorzelanny and Jeff Samardzija will take part in the two-day Cubs Caravan next week.

The caravan consists of two tours of Cubs players, coaches and front office staff who will visit seven cities, six elementary schools, two Boys and Girls Clubs, Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a charity luncheon benefitting Chicago Cubs Charities. The tour also will include stops at the Lincoln Library in Springfield, Ill., the USO of Illinois, and the Class A Peoria Chiefs’ charity fan fest.

On Jan. 13, Piniella and Jaramillo will join Cubs TV broadcaster Bob Brenly, player development director Oneri Fleita, bench coach Alan Trammell, plus players Koyie Hill, Micah Hoffpauir, Andres Blanco, James Adduci, Welington Castillo, Brett Jackson, Elio Benitez and Hector Fabregas for a visit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

After a charity luncheon at Harry Caray’s restaurant in Chicago, all but Piniella and Brenly will then stop at De Duprey/Von Humboldt Schools in Chicago and the Elgin Boys & Girls Club.

The second group on Jan. 13 will include assistant general manager Randy Bush, pitching coach Larry Rothschild, third base coach Mike Quade, bullpen coach Lester Strode, Samardzija, Wells, Justin Berg, Esmailin Caridad, Andrew Cashner and TV broadcaster Len Kasper.

They will stop at Alexander Hamilton Elementary School in Chicago; the Uplift Community High School in Chicago; Harry Caray’s for the charity luncheon; Crispus Attucks Elementary School in chicago, and the Northwest Indiana Boys & Girls Club in Gary, Ind.

On Jan. 14, the first group will include Bush, Fleita, Jaramillo, Quade, Strode, Hill, Hoffpauir, Wells, Berg, Blanco, Adduci, Cashner and television broadcaster Dave Otto. They will travel downstate to the Lincoln Library and Museum in Springfield and attend the Peoria fan fest. Tickets for the Chiefs’ event may be purchased in advance at O’Brien Field or various outlets in the Peoria area.

The second group on the second day of the caravan will include Piniella for the morning session, plus Rothschild, Trammell, Ryan Dempster, Tom Gorzelanny, Jeff Gray, Caridad, Castillo, Jackson and WGN Radio broadcaster Pat Hughes. They will visit James Blaine Elementary School in Chicago; Hawthorne Scholastic Academy in Chicago; Waukegan (Ill.) School District; and and a private event for the USO at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center.

— Carrie Muskat

7/21 Dempster close to returning

Ryan Dempster will have an X-ray taken Thursday of his right foot, and if he is still making progress, he could return to the Cubs rotation next week.

Dempster, who broke a bone in his right big toe on July 5, could start as early as July 30 in the makeup game vs. Houston.

“Larry [Rothschild, pitching coach] seems to think that if Dempster’s X-ray is good on Thursday, he can throw a simulated game over the weekend of 50, 60 pitches,” Piniella said, “and he could be in the rotation any time from Thursday on. That’s how he feels. If the X-rays show the bone hasn’t fused, then we have to wait a little longer. We’ll know Thursday.”

For the Cubs’ upcoming series vs. the Reds, it’ll be Randy Wells on Friday, Ted Lilly on Saturday and Kevin Hart on Sunday.

— Carrie Muskat

6/20 Arms update

Rich Harden wasn’t sharp on Friday in his second start since coming off the disabled list. He lasted five innings, and had trouble with his command.

“He didn’t have very good location with his fastball and that’s where he got hurt,” Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Saturday. “He couldn’t locate his fastball even in the strike zone. The first home run was a missed pitch with the fastball and so was the second. It wasn’t only the walks, it was missing the strike zone that hurt him.”

Rothschild felt Harden was throwing better before he was sidelined with low back pain and wasn’t sure what happened Friday.

“He certainly wasn’t himself yesterday,” Rothschild said.

What about Carlos Marmol? He also hasn’t been as untouchable.

“He’ll be sharp and then he’ll throw a couple bad pitches and it’ll leak into a couple more,” Rothschild said. “Instead of stopping it, he’s letting it go on. In the past, even when he’s gotten behind, he’s been able to come back. I think it’s more location with the breaking ball than anything else.”

Is the problem a little lapse in concentration?

“I think a little bit,” Rothschild said. “The aggressiveness with him has always been something that he brings to the table all the time. He’s got to get back to that.”

One pitcher who had an impressive outing Friday was Rule 5 Draft pick David Patton, who threw two scoreless innings. He mixed in a couple changeups, a pitch he’s been working on. Patton needs a third pitch.

“He’s worked hard and he’ll keep working hard,” Rothschild said.

— Carrie Muskat

5/30 Lineup & quick hits

Saturday’s lineup vs. the Dodgers will be LF Soriano, SS Theriot, RF Bradley, 1B Lee, CF Johnson, C Soto, 2B Scales, 3B Fontenot and P Dempster.

* Expect Mike Fontenot to handle most of the playing time at third base until Aramis Ramirez returns. On Friday, Bobby Scales started at third, but Lou Piniella said Saturday that he’ll lean toward using Fontenot primarily at third. Ramirez is not expected back until the first week in July. Andres Blanco can start at second against right-handers and backup Ryan Theriot at shortstop as well.

* Rich Harden, on the DL with a mid back sprain, will throw long toss on Sunday and try to air it out a little, pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. Harden has played catch two days in a row, and had no problems. If he passes Sunday’s test, he could do a bullpen session. There’s no timetable, but Piniella said there was a chance Harden could be activated during the next road trip, most likely late in the upcoming three-city junket to Atlanta, Cincinnati and Houston.

* Carlos Zambrano, who is serving a six-game suspension, did throw in the bullpen on Saturday to stay on track for his next start which will be Thursday in Atlanta.

— Carrie Muskat

Fighting words

Ted Lilly was ejected from Monday’s game before the Chicago half of the fifth inning for arguing with home plate umpire Bob Davidson. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster appeared upset at some of the calls during his four innings against the Pirates and when Jose Ascanio took over in the fifth, the TV replays seemed to side with the Cubs pitcher, not Davidson, in terms of his calls. Lilly apparently said something from the dugout, and came onto the field to argue with Davidson between innings. Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild and manager Lou Piniella had to separate the pitcher from Davidson.

— Carrie Muskat