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Postby ironman » Thu Jan 08, 2004 1:38 pm

...eventually.

CHICAGO -- Pitcher Angel Guzman is tuning up for the future this winter in Mesa, Ariz.
Guzman, 22, was throwing at the Chicago Cubs' Spring Training facility as part of his rehab from shoulder surgery July 8. The right-handed Venezuelan pitcher will be in the Cubs' camp this spring and even though he was not likely to appear in any Cactus League games, he could be part of the rotation before long.

Guzman is 24-9 with a 2.33 ERA in four seasons in the Cubs' minor league system. Last March, he won the first Ron Santo/Billy williams Rookie of the Spring award after compiling a 1.13 ERA in five Cactus League outings.

In 2003, Guzman was 3-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 15 starts for Double-A West Tenn. before being sidelined with a sore right shoulder. Dr. James Andrews performed arthroscopic surgery on July 8 to repair a small tear in the back of his labrum.

"Guzman is coming along fine," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. "We think he will be a quality rotation guy, and hopefully it's sometime this year (in 2004). He would've been in the big leagues in August (2003) if he hadn't gotten hurt. I don't want to do anything about him except get him ready."

In his five starts before his injury, Guzman was 3-1 with a 1.01 ERA, giving up four earned runs over 35 2/3 innings. He struck out 37 in that stretch. On April 21, Guzman struck out 12 against Chattanooga and fanned 11 May 29 at Greenville.
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Postby Madison » Fri Jan 09, 2004 12:55 am

Looks good so far. ;-D Definitely have to keep an eye out for him when he gets to the show. :-)
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Fri Jan 09, 2004 1:07 am

I think Guzman has the better future.....but I think the Cubbies should either move Cruz for a position player....or give him his shot....They have up and down him for to long now..... :-/
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Postby wrveres » Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:25 am

DieHardCubbie wrote:I think Guzman has the better future.....but I think the Cubbies should either move Cruz for a position player....or give him his shot....They have up and down him for to long now..... :-/


Hmmm.. :-?

So the '05 rotation should look like this ..

Zambrano
Clement
Guzman
Wellemeyer
Cruz

Not bad at all my friends .. Looks like the Cubbies have a solid staff for many years ;-D B-)
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Fri Jan 09, 2004 7:56 am

wrveres wrote:
DieHardCubbie wrote:I think Guzman has the better future.....but I think the Cubbies should either move Cruz for a position player....or give him his shot....They have up and down him for to long now..... :-/


Hmmm.. :-?

So the '05 rotation should look like this ..

Prior
Wood
Zambrano
Clement
Guzman


Not bad at all my friends .. Looks like the Cubbies have a soid staff for many years ;-D B-)


Looks good to me... ;-D
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Postby Madison » Fri Jan 09, 2004 11:23 am

I like Wrvere's list. That way Wood can come to Texas. :-)
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Postby wrveres » Fri Jan 09, 2004 12:19 pm

DieHardCubbie wrote:
wrveres wrote:
DieHardCubbie wrote:I think Guzman has the better future.....but I think the Cubbies should either move Cruz for a position player....or give him his shot....They have up and down him for to long now..... :-/


Hmmm.. :-?

So the '05 rotation should look like this ..

Prior
Wood
Zambrano
Clement
Guzman


Not bad at all my friends .. Looks like the Cubbies have a soid staff for many years ;-D B-)


Looks good to me... ;-D


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