Results tagged ‘ Tom Gorzelanny ’

6/4 Big Z's night

Carlos Zambrano gave up three runs on six hits and three walks over 4 1/3 innings while striking out three Friday in his first start since April 20. He was pulled after 84 pitches.

Thirty-four of those pitches came in the Astros first. Michael Bourn singled and scored one out later on Lance Berkman’s single. Berkman tried to stretch his hit and was caught in a 7-4-3-4-1 rundown. Carlos Lee doubled and Zambrano walked the next two batters to load the bases before Pedro Feliz flew out. Of his total pitches that inning, 15 were for strikes, and his fastball was around 90 mph.

Bourn singled with one out in the Houston fifth for his third hit, stole second, and scored on Jeff Keppinger’s single. Zambrano then exited, and Tom Gorzelanny entered, his first relief appearance since trading places with Zambrano. Berkman doubled off the lefty’s first pitch to drive in Keppinger and make it 3-1.

“I felt good today,” Zambrano said. “The most important thing was my fastball was good today, my sinker was good today. That’s the important thing for me.”

“He’s been tough on us,” Berkman said of Zambrano. “I don’t care what his record is against the rest of the league, but against us he’s the best pitcher alive. So he was tough again tonight. I don’t know why he was in the bullpen, but I didn’t notice any difference in the way he was throwing the ball. He looked really good.”

Zambrano admitted to feeling a little rushed in the first inning and pitching coach Larry Rothschild tried to get him to slow down. Zambrano was more efficient in the second, third and fourth innings.

“My last outing as a reliever was against St. Louis last Saturday,” Zambrano said. “It’s a little tough to be consistent with the strike zone [after a layoff]. … Not even [Carlos] Silva, who is a strike machine, or Greg Maddux. If Maddux went to the bullpen and tried to pitch in seven, eight days, I think he would have some location problems.”

— Carrie Muskat

5/31 Left-hander notes

The Cubs now have four left-handers in the bullpen in Sean Marshall, John Grabow, James Russell and Tom Gorzelanny. According to Cubs historian Ed Hartig: The last time the Cubs used four lefties out of the pen:

Sept. 9, 2007: The Cubs used eight pitchers, including four lefties, in a 10-5 loss in
Pittsburgh. The lefties were Carmen Pignatiello, Sean Marshall, Scott Eyre and Will Ohman.

But that was in September when rosters expand. The last time the Cubs used four lefties out of the pen (and before rosters expanded) was April 26, 2005, in an 11-9 loss to the Reds. The Cubs used seven pitchers, including southpaws Glendon Rusch, Mike Remlinger, Will Ohman and Cliff Bartosh.

* Only once in the last 60 years did the Cubs use five lefties in the same game.  On May 11, 2000, the Cubs lost to the Mets 14-8 at Wrigley going through six pitchers (Scott Downs, Daniel Garibay, Brian Williams, Andrew Lorraine, Mark Guthrie and Felix Heredia). Brian Williams was the right-handed pitcher for the Cubs in the game.

— Carrie Muskat

5/30 Gorzelanny: "I'm here to do my job"

Tom Gorzelanny was in the Cubs’ bullpen on Sunday in case he was needed. He found out before the game that he was switching roles, moving from the rotation to the ‘pen.

“It is what it is,” Gorzelanny said. “I’ll do my job there and see what happens.”

The Cubs need to make room for Carlos Zambrano who returns to the rotation on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. Gorzelanny was 2-5 with a 3.66 ERA in nine starts, and has primarily been a starter in his career. He made it clear after his last game that he didn’t want to go to the bullpen.

“We didn’t expect [Gorzelanny] to be happy about it and he wasn’t,” Lou Piniella said. “At the same time, we impressed upon him that he can be very helpful to us. [Sean] Marshall is a perfect example of that.”

Piniella’s right. The lefty wasn’t pleased at the news. Does he still want to be a starter?

“That’s what I am,” Gorzelanny said. “This is a decision they made. I’m here to do my job, whatever it is. Put me in the pen. That’s fine.”

— Carrie Muskat

5/30 Cashner update

Andrew Cashner will join the Cubs this week but not Monday in Pittsburgh. Lou Piniella was correct in saying Cashner will get called up this week but no date has been set. The Cubs’ 2008 No. 1 Draft pick has made two relief appearances for Triple-A Iowa and Piniella wants another right-hander to balance out the ‘pen makeup. With Tom Gorzelanny shifting from the rotation to the ‘pen, the Cubs will have four lefties in Gorzelanny, John Grabow, Sean Marshall and James Russell.

— Carrie Muskat

5/30 Z, Gorzelanny & Cashner update

It’s official. Carlos Zambrano will start on Wednesday for the Cubs against the Pirates. The other news of the day Sunday is that Andrew Cashner, the 2008 No. 1 pick, will join the team in Pittsburgh, too, and be inserted into the bullpen. That will give the Cubs an even number of right-handers and left-handers. Tom Gorzelanny is going to the bullpen to make room for Zambrano in the rotation, and that would give the Cubs four southpaws: Gorzelanny, Sean Marshall, John Grabow and James Russell. The next roster move will be made Monday.

Cashner made his second relief appearance on Saturday for Triple-A Iowa, throwing 13 pitches (10 strikes) in one inning. He gave up one hit and struck out one. He was 3-0 as a starter for the Minor League team.

— Carrie Muskat

5/30 Pre-game news & notes

The Cubs did not list their rotation for the upcoming series against the Pirates in Sunday’s game day notes. We should find out pregame from Lou Piniella. Tom Gorzelanny or Randy Wells could start Monday, followed by Ted Lilly, then Carlos Zambrano. Lou indicated post-game Saturday that Zambrano will likely go at the “tail end” of the Pirates series.

Some other tidbits:

* Aramis Ramirez was going see how his left thumb felt Sunday before deciding if he can play. He has added a donut and some padding to the handle of his bat in hopes of alleviating the discomfort.

* Carlos Silva is now 7-0 in 10 starts for the Cubs after a win over the Cardinals on Saturday.  According to Elias Sports Bureau, he’s the first pitcher in Cubs history to go 7-0 (or better) in his first 10 starts for the team. The last Major League pitcher to do that for any team was CC Sabathia for the Brewers in 2008 (8-0).

* Tyler Colvin has four game-winning RBI this season, second-most among all rookies behind Atlanta’s Jason Heyward (six). Colvin and Starlin Castro have combined to bat .307 with seven homers and 25 RBIs in 64 games.

* Rookie reliever James Russell has a 2.33 ERA in 17 relief appearances and his ERA is fifth lowest among big league rookie relievers with at least 19 innings of work.

— Carrie Muskat

5/29 Zambrano news on horizon

Lou Piniella wants to see who he needs Saturday against the Cardinals before announcing who will be bumped from the rotation to make room for Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano will be in the ‘pen Saturday, which could be his last relief appearance. The right-hander made four starts, then switched to a relief role April 22 to make room for Ted Lilly in the rotation and try to fill the set-up spot in the bullpen. But Zambrano asked to start again, and he’ll get his first game either Monday or Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

The Cubs needed the bullpen to help out Friday after starter Randy Wells was knocked out in the first inning without retiring a batter. Wells will be on call in the ‘pen Saturday for Game 2 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

“After today, we’ll have it for you,” Lou Piniella said Saturday of his rotation in Pittsburgh. “After today, it’ll sort itself out and we’ll have some word on the rotation.”

Lilly will start Tuesday. Monday would be Tom Gorzelanny’s turn in the rotation and he has appeared to be the odd man out when Zambrano returns.

— Carrie Muskat

5/26 Big Z back in 'pen this weekend

Carlos Zambrano will be back in the Cubs bullpen Thursday through Saturday before he is inserted into the rotation again. Who gets bumped has yet to be revealed.

“We have a pretty good idea of what we’re going to do,” Lou Piniella said. “We’ll use Carlos in the bullpen in the St. Louis series [this weekend] and then we’ll insert him into the rotation.”

The right-hander was the Cubs’ Opening Day starter and started four games before agreeing to switch to the bullpen April 22 to make room for Ted Lilly, who was activated from the disabled list at that time. In 11 relief appearances, Zambrano is 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA, giving up six runs on 16 hits over 11 1/3 innings. Three of those runs came in a relief outing May 14 against the Pirates. Zambrano asked to return to the rotation after that game.

Piniella was in no hurry to say who among the five current starters — Lilly, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, Carlos Silva and Tom Gorzelanny — will be reassigned.

“We don’t have to make a determination until next week,” Piniella said Wednesday. “We’ll let everybody pitch and go from there.”

It most likely won’t be Silva. He’s 6-0 and needs to be kept on a routine. When Big Z starts against the Pirates will depend on how much he’s used over the weekend against the Cardinals.

“They’ve all pitched well,” Piniella said of his starters. “The amazing thing is when Lilly came back, if we hadn’t taken Zambrano out, we were going to have to take somebody out anyway. We were in the same situation when Lilly came back from his rehab. We needed a spot for Lilly.

“We tried the Zambrano thing in the bullpen and all we’re doing now is opening a spot for Zambrano,” Piniella said. “It’s no different. We can’t pitch six. The amazing part about it is whoever comes out of the rotation can really help us in the bullpen, too.”

— Carrie Muskat

5/26 Lineup

Tyler Colvin is starting in center field Wednesday night for the Cubs against the Dodgers. Here’s the lineup:

RF Fukudome

2B Theriot

1B Lee

LF Soriano

CF Colvin

3B Fontenot

SS Castro

C Hill

P Gorzelanny

— Carrie Muskat

5/25 Rotation this week

The Cubs rotation for the rest of the week will be Tom Gorzelanny on Wednesday, followed by Ted Lilly Thursday, and Randy Wells, Carlos Silva and Ryan Dempster against the Cardinals Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Wednesday will be Gorzelanny’s first start since he was struck on the ring finger of his left hand May 20 in Philadlephia. He had returned to Chicago after that game to be examined and to be with his wife Lindsey for the birth of their first child on Friday.

“It was good timing to be able to go home,” Gorzelanny said Tuesday. “It was nice to be able to help my wife out and get her back home and give her a hand.”

On Monday, the lefty threw a side session at Wrigley and passed all the tests.

— Carrie Muskat