Results tagged ‘ Randy Bush ’

2/19 Lilly update

Ted Lilly got good news. The MRI on his right knee showed normal wear and tear, and he was able to continue his rehab work Friday and throw. Assistant GM Randy Bush said the test result had nothing but good news. “There’s nothing to worry about,” Bush said.

— Carrie Muskat

2/9/10 Geaux Saints

GM Jim Hendry had a great time at the Super Bowl in Miami even though his team, the Colts, lost to the Saints, who are the favorite team of assistant GM Randy Bush.

“We didn’t really bet anything,” Hendry said. “I bought a coat with ‘Super Bowl’ and both [teams’] helmets on it. I bought it Saturday. If I won, I was going to keep the coat. If the Colts lost, I was going to give it to Randy. I dropped it off on his desk this morning.”

— Carrie Muskat

8/3 Lou to Soto: Hurry back

Geovany Soto begins a rehab assignment Monday night for Double-A Tennessee, and if all goes well, Lou Piniella wouldn’t mind having the catcher back with the big league team sooner rather than later. Soto has been sidelined since July 7 with a mild left oblique strain, and the plan was to have him play three days for the Minor League team before joining the Cubs in Colorado this weekend. Piniella wants to speed things up to give Koyie Hill a well-deserved breather. GM Jim Hendry was in Tennessee to watch Soto and check on his progress.

“Wednesday wouldn’t be soon enough for me,” Piniella said.

Hill has caught 207 innings since Soto was hurt. That’s nearly three games more — 27 innings — than any other catcher in baseball. The Dodgers’ Russell Martin is next at 181 2/3 innings.

“I would think if [Soto] catches well tonight, and doesn’t feel any after effects tomorrow and can DH tomorrow, whether he catches in Tennessee on Wednesday or catches here, I don’t see any difference,” Piniella said. “It gives us a chance to rest Hill on Thursday and he’ll have from Tuesday to Friday [off], and then maybe we can alternate them so both can catch.”

Ask Hill and he’ll tell you he can catch every inning from now until the end of the season.

“I believe it,” Piniella said. “He’s done a nice job. Give him credit.”

* B.J. Ryan has made three appearances for Triple-A Iowa but Piniella hasn’t gotten much info as far as how the left-hander is doing. Assistant GM Randy Bush was to watch the Iowa club in New Orleans. Infielder Aaron Miles, who also is playing for Iowa, is swinging the bat better and could re-join the Cubs soon.

— Carrie Muskat

7/16 Cubs sign B.J. Ryan to Minor League deal

The Cubs signed left-handed pitcher B.J. Ryan to a Minor League deal on Thursday, and he will report to the team’s facility in Mesa, Ariz. Ryan was 1-1 with a 6.53 ERA in 25 games with the Toronto Blue Jays before he was released on July 8. The Blue Jays owe Ryan $15 million, but the Cubs only have to pay a prorated share of the Major League minimum.

Cubs assistant general manager Randy Bush said Ryan will report to Mesa on Sunday, and when he’s ready, he’ll go to Triple-A Iowa. There’s no timetable.

“What’s great is that he wants to do it the right way — he wants to go to Mesa, he wants to work on his delivery,” Bush said. “He wants to get back to where he feels good about where he’s at. When he’s ready to go, that’s when he’ll go to Iowa.”

The Cubs have one left-hander in the bullpen in Sean Marshall, and if Ryan could regain his form, it would help the team down the road. In 2004, Ryan struck out 122 in 87 innings for the Orioles.

— Carrie Muskat

Balls and strikes

Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild was ejected from Friday’s split-squad game in Tempe by home plate umpire Kerwin Danley. When Lou Piniella was told that Chad Gaudin had walked four in 1 2/3 innings, he quipped: “That probably didn’t make Larry feel too good.”

The Cubs were also playing the Seattle Mariners at HoHoKam Stadium on Friday.

“I told [assistant general manager] Randy Bush, ‘Let’s get [Rothschild] over here and he can get kicked out of this one, and we’ll set a Cactus League record’ — two in one day,” Piniella said.

— Carrie Muskat