Saturday, March 6, 2010

Saturday Pregame Notes

The Cubs received some very bad news today. Angel Guzman has a significant tear in a ligament in his right shoulder. Whether or not he will have surgery has yet to be determined. This injury could be career threatening. The Cubs bullpen already lacks depth, and now it would seem like Jim Hendy needs to add several solid arms to the mix before Opening Day if he wants the Cubs to have a chance. Relief pitching is always an important aspect of a ballclub. Now if Marmol were to struggle or go down, there is really no plan "B". John Grabow and Esmalin Caridad are expected to serve as primary set-up men, but beyond that it will be up to all young guys to try to win jobs, unless Hendy can make a move.

Today's game against te White Sox will be broadcast on WGN TV and Radio. Carlos Silva will be on the hill for his first outing in a Cub uniform. Here is there rest of the Cubs' lineup:

Theriot, SS
Kosuke, RF
Lee, 1B
Ramirez, 3B
Byrd, RF
Soriano, LF
Hoffpauir, DH
Soto, C
Scales, 2B

Alfonso Soriano will be making his spring debut. Xavier Nady was expected to be the DH today, but he has been pushed back a day to tomorrow's game against the Dodgers. Daniel Hudson will be the Sox starting pitcher.

Although it's only Spring Training, when it's a game against the White Sox bragging rights are always on the line. Marmol, Grabow, and Cashner are among the other pitchers that will get into today's game.

Mike Fontenot took ground balls today and could play in tomorrow's game.

"I don't care who wins, as long as it's the Cubs."

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