Results tagged ‘ Shawn Camp ’

5/9 Sveum: “We’re not perfect”

Dale Sveum didn’t see Kerry Wood throw his glove and cap into the stands after Tuesday’s game but he understood why Wood did it.

“Do I care? Of course, I care,” Sveum said. “I don’t condone it or wish it to happen all the time. We all know in this game that there’s frustration that happens and sometimes we regret things we do. We’re not perfect human beings. I missed the whole thing, so I didn’t see any of that.”

The game was tied at 1 in the eighth when Wood took over and he walked two batters and gave up two hits, including a game-winning two-run single by the Braves’ Dan Uggla. Has managing the bullpen been a challenge for Sveum?

“I guess you could say that,” Sveum said. “We’re always trying to be optimistic about the team. On the other hand, we’ve had some guys step up and do a great job.”

He complimented James Russell and Shawn Camp and said rookie Rafael Dolis has done well in clutch situations.

“We’ve had a lot of bright spots, too,” Sveum said. “A month in, you’re dealing with situations and how to handle them and what roles. It’s not that cut and dry, seventh, eighth and ninth guys, that’s for sure.”

Wood was making his second appearance since coming off the disabled list with right shoulder fatigue. He’s now given up seven runs on six hits and six walks over 4 1/3 innings in six games this season.

“It’s just a matter of getting comfortable and in a rhythm and bottom line, throwing strikes and being able to use your fastball and getting back in counts,” Sveum said. “He still has to be able to use that breaking ball. There’s a lot of things to work on. Sometimes it just takes a few times on the mound.”

— Carrie Muskat

3/26 Instead of Japan, Camp comes to Mesa

The Cubs added another arm to the bullpen mix on Monday, signing right-hander Shawn Camp to a Minor League deal. He was in the Mariners camp this spring and released on March 21, right before Seattle was headed to Japan to play. Camp had his suitcase packed and was ready to go when he got the news. Last season, he appeared in 67 games with the Blue Jays and compiled a 4.21 ERA. In 2010, he had a 2.99 ERA in 70 games with Toronto. Camp has a career 4.40 ERA, and has pitched for the Royals, Rays and Blue Jays.

“I was a little surprised,” Camp said about being released. “I was having a good spring, came in on a Major League deal. They decided to go in a different direction. They decided to go with youth. For me, it was kind of a shock. To tell you the truth, it doesn’t surprise me.

“I’m glad to be here,” Camp said. “I played for Dale [Sveum] in the Minor Leagues. He’s a great manager.”

He is well aware there are openings in the Cubs bullpen.

“I’ll just come in and do what I do,” he said. “I can only worry about what I can control. The most important part is I just want to pitch.”

In seven games this spring, he’s given up two runs on eight hits and three walks over 8 1/3 innings for a 2.16 ERA with six strikeouts.

— Carrie Muskat

3/26 Cubs sign RHP Camp

The Cubs had a new reliever in spring camp on Monday, right-handed pitcher Shawn Camp. He was in the Mariners camp and about to go to Japan on their trip but released on March 21. He signed a Minor League contract with the Cubs. Last season, he appeared in 67 games with the Blue Jays, compiling a 4.21 ERA. In 2010, he had a 2.99 ERA in 70 games with Toronto. Camp has pitched for the Royals, Rays and Blue Jays and has a career 4.40 ERA.

— Carrie Muskat