It was scary a couple of weeks ago when Tom Gorzelanny took a screaming line-drive off of his hand. At first, it looked like he had taken it to the head. Thankfully he hadn’t. He will be pitching a stimulated game, and may rejoin the Cubs next week.
Carrie Muskat has posted an article at the Cubs’ website titled “Gorzelanny could rejoin rotation next week.” Hey, I just said that, didn’t I? Seriously, I should say something about Carrie Muskat, who is a day-in and day-out reliable source of Cubs’ information. When reporting on games, I always try to watch them, and Muskat is as accurate as they come.
Interim manager Mike Quade all of a sudden has a major problem with who to use as starting pitchers. Starting on Friday against the Florida Marlins, he will use Ryan Dempster, who just got his 100th victory; Casey Coleman, who has pitched pretty well; and then Jeff Samardzija, who pitched a sizzler his last time out. Additionally, he has on his rotation the red-hot Carlos Zambrano, who has won six in a row; Randy Wells, who just whipped the Cards; and the aforementioned Gorzelanny, not to mention Carlos Silva, who will be returning to the lineup as well. The Cubs are in “pitcher-heaven.”
Another hat has been thrown into the Cubs’ managerial ring. That is the name of Bob Melvin. Currently a scout for the New York Mets, Melvin has managed the Mariners and D-backs, but actually has had a mediocre history of managing. I don’t see him getting the job.
While I at first gave Quade no chance of getting the nod to manage next year, I now think he would do a great job. However, as much as I am on the Quade bandwagon, I believe the manager will be Ryne Sandberg, who, aside from being a Hall of Famer, was the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year this season for managing the Iowa Triple-A Cubs.
The final piece of Cubs’ business is that Carlos Silva is apparently alright after a bout of tendonitis in his right elbow. He will probably get to pitch again, but not this week.
It is too bad that this isn’t the second month of the season. The new manager should be in place by November, and if it is Quade, maybe Cubs fans really would have something to look forward to next year.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Carrie Muskat, “Gorzelanny could rejoin rotation next week.”