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Julie and Carl attend their first Spring Training game
Tribune photo by Phil Velasquez


Fear struck the hearts of Cubs fans everywhere yesterday when Carlos Silva left yesterday's game early. Fear not, for I have glad tidings of great joy: it was just a cramp. Maybe.

If the Cubs and Carlos Silva are right about the severity of the quadriceps tightness that forced him out of the game Sunday, the team's opening pitching staff falls into place smoothly with Silva likely in the rotation.


But if it's more than just the ''cramp'' Silva said it felt like, then the injury could have ramifications felt all the way through an already young bullpen -- opening up another job battle in the short term and adding urgency to their search for bullpen help.

''Oh, yeah,'' Silva said when asked whether he'd be able to make his next scheduled start late in the week. ''The only thing I was feeling was really a cramp. I don't think I pulled anything.''

On the other hand, the soreness in his right leg began during his pregame bullpen session, and he said, ''I was feeling it the whole game, and late in the second inning it was like I couldn't really push off.''

Despite yesterday's setback, Silva is in grand spirits, as his mother got a visa and is coming to see him.

Silva calls his mom his best friend and calls or texts her before and after every start, even in the spring.

''I'm very excited to see my mom,'' he said, suggesting she might even hold the cure for his sore quad. ''I'm going to be 31 years old in April, but it's hard for me to be away from my mom.

''You're not going to believe this but the last year my mother [spent] here was 2007, and after that I had brutal years. Now she has the visa back so good stuff's going to happen.''

Speaking of new Cubs, Marlon Byrd has some fans around the clubhouse.

On Saturday, Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano said he has enjoyed watching new teammates like Xavier Nady and Byrd.

"I like Marlon Byrd a lot and the way he goes about his business," Zambrano said. "He just cares about playing baseball. He came here on a mission. People count more on [Derrek Lee] and Aramis [Ramirez] to drive this team but he's there. He wants to be part of those three dangerous hitters, 3-4-5. That's a good thing."


And Byrd assures us that he is indeed here:

"Yes," Byrd said. "I'm here. I'm here to win. I'm not here to replace anybody or anything or all that, I'm here to help this team win. They came and got me not because they needed a good clubhouse guy but because they needed somebody to play center field and do it well and I know I can do that. I'm getting myself ready to go out there and play as many games as possible."


Watch out, Major League scouting departments. The Cubs' scouting became infinitely better yesterday, if only for a day.


On Saturday, Greg Maddux tried on a scout's cap. The four-time Cy Young winner, who is an assistant on GM Jim Hendry's staff, joined Randy Bush and Gary Hughes to get a scouts' view of the game. He was in Phoenix to watch the Cubs' game against the A's.

"He said that's the first time he's sat in the stands and watched a game since he was 10 years old," said Bush, the Cubs' assistant general manager.

Scouts like to joke that there are some unwritten rules such as not missing a press room meal, not missing the first pitch, and making sure they turn in expense reports on time. But Maddux taught Bush and Hughes a few things about what to watch for with pitchers.

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Max Power said:

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You don't often hear baseball players say that they like the way a teammate "goes about his business."

gravedigger said:

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And you kind of don't want to, either.

gravedigger said:

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Silva misses his mommy, Silva misses his mommy.

Teebob2000 said:

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Mock if you must, I think it's an admirable quality.

Now -- if he's SINGLE and misses his mommy, that's a different story.

gravedigger said:

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Ah I'm not really mocking. I think its cute.

canopygrl said:

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Silva is turning 31? Now I'm confused, who is the kid that is turning 20? See how much info I am retaining.....

gravedigger said:

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I think Starlin Castro. I have not been paying attention, really. When does the season start?

plamorte said:

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So Silva is basically saying he pitches better when his Mom is around, though he probably just missed her cooking but you couldn't tell that by the looks of him. Anyway, I guess it's better than some Turk Wendell superstitions.

Dmband said:

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Dear Oney Guillen-

Shut your mouth. Regardless of whether or not you should have been repremanded for your "tweets" (I believe thats the correct term) the fact remains that the White Sox dont owe you anything. Not a damn thing.

Thanks.

JulieDiCaro said:

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So help me, if Ozzie tweets become comprehensible and grammatically correct, I'll never forgive Kenny Williams.

Doc said:

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Why would you ever forgive him in the first place?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Good point.

Eric From The Dugs said:

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As long as "Yesssssssssss" doesn't go away. Picturing Ozzie Guillen standing next to a grill going "Yessssssssss" made me laugh for about 2 weeks straight.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Today's game against the Indians (minus Kerry Wood) is on Comcast and mlbtv.com at 3:05 CT.

Wooo!

Doc said:

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Ok...now that the NCAA tournament is over, I can completely focus on baseball.

And don't tell me that it's not over. It's over. When Villanova lost, followed shortly by Kansas losing...it all ended.

JulieDiCaro said:

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It can end now (while I'm in 1st place in one of my brackets).

Doc said:

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If Greg Maddux is training our scouts on how to scout...then it is time for some new scouts.

gravedigger said:

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Seriously. I've given this some thought, and I've decided the Cubs' new slogan should be "You're doing it wrong"

Doc said:

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That reminds of me an ACB post a few weeks ago! LOL....

ACB Story...lol

JulieDiCaro said:

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Hey--that's my "Mr Mom" quote. Let's give credit to awesome 80s movies where credit is due.

gravedigger said:

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Heh, see, it IS appropriate.

AndCounting said:

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Really? Maddux might know more about pitching than anyone ever. If he ISN'T teaching them anything, then they're doing it wrong.

Doc said:

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I suppose...but I'm always looking at ways to bitch about the Cubs scouting system...I've had issues with them for a long time.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Two weeks from today is opening day!

Doc said:

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Who's all going to opening day at Wrigley on the 12th?

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Would love to be there on opening day. I won't be up until May 15 (Pirates). Celebrating graduation!!

flyball said:

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ugh, I just realized I booked a school thing for that night, no WGN opening day for me :(

AndCounting said:

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Carl, I haven't been around much to comment, but your latest posts have been exceptionally stellar. I know you're already highly touted, but for today's photo alone, you deserve to be much, much touted-er.

Teebob2000 said:

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I've moved him up to 2nd round in my fantasy baseball bloggers pre-draft rankings.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Aw, shucks. Thanks guys.

Doc said:

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Let me just say...it appears posting comments here has gotten faster. Good job, ChicagoNow people...now fix the other 2054 bugs that are in the system.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I've gotta go run some errands--can someone put up the game thread 2:30-ish?

secdelahc said:

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Today's lessons learned in class: "Companies should choose which software system to implement based on how much money they are willing to spend."

Yep. That's just one of many pearls of wisdom from my IT Management class.

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