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Cubs Headlines for Sunday/Game Thread Cubs vs. Sox (2:05 PM Central)






One fun part of the Cubs playing the Sox is that we get an opportunity to read Ozzie's quotes. Here's Ozzie on Lou managing beyond this year:

'Noooo,'' said Guillen, who alluded to a rejuvenating effect after the hassles of '09 and battles with a certain right fielder. ''I don't see why he wouldn't come back. Lou can handle everything. One of his biggest headaches left. That makes his life a little easier.''

Headache?

''You know who I'm talking about,'' Guillen said. ''It's easy when you're managing the players that you want to manage and you can handle. It's not easy when you come to work and every day it's something different. It gets old. That happened to Lou the last couple of years. You have stuff like that and sometimes you don't want to come to work.

''We need people like Lou in the game. I think he's a great, great baseball ambassador. I feel sorry for whoever comes behind Lou. Because it was Dusty [Baker], then Lou. Whoever comes next has big shoes to fill up.''




Carlos Silva's debut was the stuff of which dreams are made. That is, if your dream is never to see Carlos Silva pitch from the mound at Wrigley this or any year.

So much for first impressions. The struggling pitcher the Cubs got from Seattle in the Milton Bradley trade, Carlos Silva, got rocked in his first two spring innings as a Cub, giving up six runs - five on a pair of Carlos Quentin homers.

Despite his inability to pitch well, Lou's not too worried.

"This is spring training ... first time out. I'm not too concerned about it," said manager Lou Piniella, especially in reference to Silva's rough outing. "I can see where he gets hit a lot. He throw a lot of strikes."

Piniella suggested Silva needs to vary his location more.

"That's something we can work on during his next throwing session," Piniella said.


I suppose the first week of games in Spring Training isn't the time to be worrying about pitching, except when you've lost a key component of your bullpen.


Angel Guzman could be facing the toughest comeback of his hard-luck pitching career after an MRI exam revealed a significant ligament tear and instability in his pitching shoulder.

The Cubs' top reliever from 2009 is expected to see a specialist for a second opinion, but even in a best-case scenario, he's facing a long therapy and rehabilitation process that could sideline him most or all of the season.

And it's possible his once-promising major-league career could be over. Guzman, 28, already has had shoulder surgery and reconstructive elbow surgery in his career.

''It's just a shame. Your heart goes out for the kid,'' general manager Jim Hendry said. ''At one time, this guy was as good a prospect as [Carlos Zambrano] on the way up in the system. It just seems like it's been one thing after another.''


As bad as I feel about the Cubs' bullpen, I feel worse for Angel Guzman. He finally got over the hump last year, then his career is over. Though to his credit, despite the diagnosis, he's not quite ready to give up.


Angel Guzman is considering surgery on his right shoulder to repair the torn ligament rather than take a conservative approach and rehab. An MRI revealed a severe tear in a ligament in his shoulder near his armpit. The Cubs pitcher said Sunday he will get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.

"Let's see if the third one can finally get it done," Guzman said.

Andrews did both Guzman's shoulder surgery in July 2003 and elbow surgery in September 2007. The orthopedic specialist told Guzman before the elbow procedure that he could see in the pitcher's eyes that he wasn't done trying to make it in the big leagues.

"It's going to be tough," Guzman said. "By doing [the surgery], I have a small chance, but there is a chance."


Another injury will sideline Andres Blanco for a week.


Andres Blanco underwent an MRI on his right knee after suffering a Grade 2 sprain in the sixth inning Saturday. He's expected to be out seven to 10 days. He apparently got his spikes locked in the infield dirt at HoHoKam Park when he made a play at second base on the White Sox's Jason Botts. Blanco tried to turn and his cleats locked. Expect more playing time for Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro at shortstop.


There's a pair of split squad games today, one group at the Sox and the other hosting the Dodgers. Both games are at 2:05 Central. The game with the Sox will be broadcast on WGN.

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berselius said:

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Cubs-Sox game was rained out, but the non-televised game in Mesa is still on

JulieDiCaro said:

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I bet we don't get to see it. Booooo.

jarowcliffe said:

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so no broadcast today?

JulieDiCaro said:

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I'm not sure yet.

Mlb.com is showing the Cubs game as PPD and the other games in the area as "cancelled," so I'm not sure what that means.

You can listen to the away feed for the Dodgers game on mlb audio.

jarowcliffe said:

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Damn this was the first game I was gonna be able to watch...about Guzman...I agree I feel horrible for him...I was more worried about the bullpen then the rotation going into this year anyhow now I am really worried we have nothing from the right side before Marmol that is proven to be effective

jarowcliffe said:

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mlb.com has a final for cubs/sox

JulieDiCaro said:

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Lou says Darlin' Starlin Castro will start the season at AAA-Iowa.

Um. . . why?

jarowcliffe said:

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I gotta agree with this move...I really dont want to see him rushed

JulieDiCaro said:

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I know. It's the right thing to do. After 3 games, I so had my heart set on seeing Theriot somewhere OTHER than SS.

They did the same with Pie and brought him up inside a month or so a few years back. Let's hope they handle Castro better.

Proggy said:

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I'd rather to see Theriot as your friendly neighborhood Spiderman than anywhere on the Cubs roster.

jarowcliffe said:

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Although I dont think Theriot is a championship caliber SS...and not my favorite choice at leadoff...I like him at 2nd where his range can be less of a liability and I like his attitude at the plate...he does a lot of little things that dont show up on a stats sheet...hitting behind the runner, sacrifice flys, plus led the team in avg the last 2 yrs...last year lee, lilly and Theriot were the only thing consistent about this team

JulieDiCaro said:

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Hooray!!!!!!

MillsChC said:

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Yahoo says that the Cubs/Dodgers game is on WGN.... The Hawks are imploding.

berselius said:

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Both games are now cancelled

JulieDiCaro said:

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Arg.

Teebob2000 said:

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Oh well. Red Sox & O's on MLB... :(

ricos said:

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that sucks, was looking forward to it.

JulieDiCaro said:

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me too. i'm babysitting and it was going to keep me sane.

Edelweiss said:

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Nascar is a nice diversion

ricos said:

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lousy Smarch weather

JulieDiCaro said:

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isn't this the reason we play in AZ? we could get rained out up here. . .

Teebob2000 said:

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I recall something about the temps being warmer there, too...

JulieDiCaro said:

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Do we want an Oscar thread tonight? Will anyone be around?

LostinFla said:

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I probably won’t be watching past the opening sketch, but the time of the Oscars does lend itself to a tangential discussion of the best baseball movies of all-time. And, no, Rookie of the Year does not qualify simply because of its Cub connection.

I’ll start: Overblown, manipulative, preposterous at times, but without question the ONLY baseball movie I will watch part of at anytime: The Natural.

Best hidden gem: The Sandlot

JulieDiCaro said:

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Love 'The Sandlot.'

Best baseball movie is 'Bull Durham.' 'Eight Men Out' is a close second.

jarowcliffe said:

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The Sandlot is awesome, I also enjoyed The Babe, I think its called, with John Goodman

Bull Durham was great and cant leave out Field of Dreams...Costner so much talent but so little to show for it

LostinFla said:

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Of the Costner movies, I prefer Field of Dreams to Bull Durham. I've always had a fundamental problem with Bull Durham because Kevin Costner just doesn't look like Bull Durham. :)

MillsChC said:

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Not the best, but I liked the movie that this site is sorta named after for two reasons: 1)They lost the World Series at the end.. and 2)I had a major crush on the Lori Petty of that era.

baturkey said:

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I have Cablevision.

Gzeeb said:

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It's El Nino that is the blame for the rain out....I wouldn't be surprised if more games in Arizona aren't rain outs this spring.....

DustyBaylor said:

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The Sandlot...Lol..I still say "you're killing me Smalls.." all the time.

Bull Durham...who the hell coached Tim Robbins on how to throw? HE's a candidate for the "Run, Throw, and Catch like a girl " Olympics...geez..

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