Results tagged ‘ Tom Gorzelanny ’

9/24 Cubs lineup vs Cardinals

Kosuke Fukudome and Alfonso Soriano are not in the Cubs’ starting lineup for Friday’s series opener against the Cardinals. Instead, Sam Fuld will be in left and Brad Snyder in right. It’s a blustery day at Wrigley Field. Hang onto your hats. Here’s the lineup:

LF Fuld
SS Castro
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Nady
2B DeWitt
RF Snyder
C Hill
P Gorzelanny

– Carrie Muskat

9/22 Probable pitchers

Carlos Zambrano’s next start will be Monday in San Diego, and Tuesday was his last game at Wrigley Field. The Cubs now have a six-man rotation with Tom Gorzelanny inserted into the mix on Friday against the Cardinals. He’ll be followed by Casey Coleman and Jeff Samardzija Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Zambrano will open the series in San Diego on Monday and be followed by Randy Wells and Ryan Dempster. No word on whether Carlos Silva will get another start this year.

– Carrie Muskat

9/21 Rotation for final home series

Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny will return to the Cubs rotation Friday for the first time since Sept. 1 while Carlos Silva threw a bullpen session Tuesday in hopes of getting one more start this year. Gorzelanny (7-8, 3.90 ERA) has been sidelined after taking a line drive off his left hand on Sept. 1. Silva (10-6, 4.22 ERA) has not pitched since Sept. 7. He was scratched from his last scheduled start Sept. 13 because of a right shoulder strain.

“We’ll have to see how quickly [Silva] comes back,” Cubs manager Mike Quade said.

The Cubs’ rotation for the final home series against the Cardinals will be Gorzelanny on Friday, Casey Coleman (2-2, 5.02 ERA) on Saturday and Jeff Samardzija (2-1, 6.00 ERA) on Sunday.

– Carrie Muskat

9/15 Pitching probables

The Cubs have their rotation set for the weekend series against the Marlins but may make some adjustments for the final homestand, which begins Sept. 21 against the Giants. Tom Gorzelanny (7-8, 3.90 ERA), who has not pitched since Sept. 1 after taking a line drive off his left hand, will throw a five-inning simulated game Friday and could be inserted into the rotation Sept. 22. However, Randy Wells (7-13, 4.46 ERA) may start that day and Gorzelanny could get an extra day on the side. It all depends on whether the lefty needs more time.

Manager Mike Quade is looking ahead to the upcoming series against the Giants and Padres, whom the Cubs play Sept. 27-30.

“You want to put the best club out there against contenders,” Quade said of the two National League West teams. “If there’s a distinct matchup, maybe we’ll lean that way.”

– Carrie Muskat

9/14 Six-man rotation

As of now, the Cubs have a six-man rotation. Tom Gorzelanny will return next week, possibly as early as Wednesday against the Giants. It’ll be Ryan Dempster, Casey Coleman and Jeff Samardzija this weekend in Miami, and then an off day Monday. Either Carlos Zambrano or Randy Wells will start Tuesday against the Giants. Mike Quade said there’s a chance one of the pitchers will be skipped to get an extra day of rest.

– Carrie Muskat

9/14 Gorzelanny, Silva updates

Tom Gorzelanny, out since Sept. 1 when he took a line drive off his left hand, will throw a five inning simulated game on Friday in Florida. Gorzelanny was available out of the Cubs bullpen if needed in long relief. The lefty will throw a five inning sim game in Florida in hopes of making another start this year.

As for Carlos Silva, he rejoined the Cubs on Tuesday in St. Louis and will continue to take treatment for tendinitis in his right elbow. He will be evaluated in one week, but has not been shutdown for the season.

– Carrie Muskat

9/13 Castro's out, Ramy's back, & Silva's OK

Rookie shortstop Starlin Castro was scratched from Monday’s lineup because of a bruised left hip. Castro, who ranks fifth in the National League with a .312 average, was hurt last Wednesday in a collision at first base with Houston’s Brett Wallace in the fourth inning. He went 2-for-12 in the just completed three-game series against the Brewers.

Aramis Ramirez returned to the lineup Monday. He was batting .243 with 22 homers and 73 RBIs and back in action for the first time since Sept. 5. He’s been bothered by a sore right quad.

The Cubs got good news on Carlos Silva, who returned to Chicago Monday to be examined by orthopedic specialist, Dr. Stephen Gryzlo. Silva (10-6, 4.22 ERA) has tendinitis in his right elbow and was to rejoin the Cubs in St. Louis Tuesday. Athletic trainer Mark O’Neal and pitching coach Larry Rothschild will then meet with Silva to discuss the next step.

Mike Quade said Rothschild will decide the next step for pitcher Tom Gorzelanny, who has been sidelined since Sept. 1 after he was hit on the left hand by a line drive. Gorzelanny had a small fracture on his left pinkie. He threw 40 pitches in a side session on Sunday.

– Carrie Muskat

9/12 Silva scratched; Samardzija to start

Carlos Silva was scratched from Monday’s scheduled start against the Cardinals because of a right elbow strain and Jeff Samardzija will make his first big league start of the season in his place. Silva (10-6, 4.22 ERA) reported the soreness during batting practice on Sunday. He was to return to Chicago to be examined by the Cubs orthopedic specialist, Dr. Stephen Gryzlo.

Samardzija (0-1, 18.90 ERA) was penciled in for next Saturday against the Marlins. He began this season with the Cubs but was then sent down to Triple-A Iowa after four outings. In 35 games with Iowa, including 15 starts, he was 11-3 with a 4.37 ERA.

“It sounds good, I’m ready to go and my arm feels good,” Samardzija said Sunday.

He has not thrown in a game since he was called up from Iowa last Tuesday.

“I’ll just get out there and just really attack,” Samardzija said. “I don’t think there’s anything to change or anything to look at.”

He did make two starts last season with the Cubs among the 20 games he appeared in, and gave up 10 earned runs in 8 1/3 innings in those games. Samardzija has been looking forward to getting another chance.

“It’s definitely been something that’s been on my mind for a long time,” Samardzija said. “They use the term, ‘You get hungry,’ or whatever, whatever you want to say. When you spend the whole year down there in Triple-A, this is definitely something you look forward to and get excited about it for sure.”

He was watching the NFL games in the clubhouse before and after the game. Does the former Notre Dame All-America wide receiver ever think about playing football?

“Nope,” he said.

* Cubs left-hander Tom Gorzelanny threw 40 pitches in his second bullpen session Sunday at Miller Park but no word as to when that would be. Gorzelanny has been rehabbing since being hit on the left hand by a line drive Sept. 1.

– Carrie Muskat

9/12 Pitching probables

Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny had his second bullpen session Sunday at Miller Park and could be close to returning to the rotation. The only question is when. Mike Quade said Jeff Samardzija will start Sept. 18 in Florida, his first Major League start of the season. That will give the Cubs a six-man rotation. Do they go with seven when Gorzelanny is ready? He’s rehabbing after being hit on the left hand by a line drive Sept. 1. Quade said he would meet with pitching coach Larry Rothschild on Monday to discuss their options.

Rookie Casey Coleman started Sunday in the series finale against the Brewers but Quade wouldn’t say this is the right-hander’s last start.

“It’s not on my radar that this is his last start by any means but I can’t say how the rotation sets up coming out of St. Louis and going into Florida for the last 10, 11 games,” Quade said.

– Carrie Muskat

9/10 Gorzelanny throws; Samardzija to start

Tom Gorzelanny threw a bullpen session Friday and will have one more Sunday before the Cubs decide when to insert him back into the rotation. He’s been sidelined since taking a line drive off his left pinkie finger on Sept. 1.

Manager Mike Quade said Friday they hope to insert Jeff Samardzija into the rotation for the Sept. 18 game in Florida, although cautioned that it’s not “set in stone.” Samardzija was called up Tuesday after Triple-A Iowa’s season ended. Samardzija was available in the Cubs bullpen Friday. The right-hander has been willing to do whatever the team needs.

“He showed up here and said, ‘Q, I’m ready to go however you need me and you appreciate that,” Quade said.

If Samardzija starts, then who is bumped?

“I’m not prepared to answer that,” Quade said, “because it could be seven if Gorzelanny is ready.”

Looking ahead to the St. Louis series, it will be Carlos Silva, Randy Wells and Carlos Zambrano.

– Carrie Muskat

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