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Season-ending surgery for Floyd

Posted by scotgreg on Mon, 05/06/2013 - 13:45

The bad news keeps piling up for the White Sox.
Buried in last place in the AL Central and still stinging from a tough 10-inning loss at Kansas City Sunday, the Sox announced right-handed starting pitcher Gavin Floyd will undergo season-ending surgery tomorrow in New York City to repair the ulnar collateral ligament and a torn flexor muscle in his elbow.
Dr. David Altchek will repair Floyd’s elbow at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Expected recovery time for Floyd, 30, is approximately 14-19 months.
Floyd was 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA in 5 starts with the White Sox this season.
In his last start, at home against Tampa Bay on April 27, Floyd came out of the game with two outs in the third inning with elbow discomfort.

Sunday brunch blog: Talking Marmol the day after

Posted by Bruce on Sun, 05/05/2013 - 12:51

The topic everybody wanted to know about this morning was Carlos Marmol. After yesterday’s brutal outing, the question was what the Cubs were going to do with Marmol and how he will be used.

“We’re really in no different situation than we were yesterday,” said manager Dale Sveum.” Obviously he had a bad outing and couldn’t throw strikes. But nothing’s changed in that fashion right now. Like I said he’s one of the seven guys, and he’s got to pitch, and we’ll get him back out there in some fashion. You can’t hide people. They have to pitch.”

We also had a chance to visit with pitching coach Chris Bosio. He tied Marmol’s woes to a couple of factors.

Sveum talks adjustments, Stewart, Barney

Posted by Bruce on Sat, 05/04/2013 - 11:52

The weather has improved greatly at Wrigley Field for today’s noon matchup with the Reds. Jeff Samardzija takes on lefty Tony Cingrani, whom Cubs manager Dale Sveum says has a “super-live fastball.” The Cubs will go with their right-handed hitting lineup, with Jeff Samardzija on the mound:

Sappelt, CF
Ransom, 3B
Rizzo, 1B
Soriano, LF
Castro, SS
Castillo, C
Hairston, RF
Barney, 2B
Samardzija P

As much as Sveum liked the plate appearances the Cubs had in yesterday’s ninth-inning rally that fell short against Aroldis Chapman, he wants to see those kinds of adjustments during the whole game.

Bad weather postpones Sox-Royals

Posted by scotgreg on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 15:37

This time, it looks like the White Sox are going to benefit from the latest round of lousy weather.
Friday night’s game at Kansas City has been postponed due to rain, snow, sleet and whatever else is falling in the “City of Fountains.”
Considering the Sox are down to three healthy starters – Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and Dylan Axelrod – another break in the schedule is not all bad.
Jake Peavy was scratched from Thursday’s start at Texas with back spasms, but he might be able to go on Monday afternoon, when the White Sox and Royals are scheduled to make up tonight’s game.
Gavin Floyd could be done for the season after being diagnosed with a tear in the flexor muscle in his right elbow and an unstable ulnar collateral ligament.

Cubs try to bounce back; minor-leaguers honored

Posted by Bruce on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 12:36

The Friday weather at Wrigley Field is iffy as morning rain washed out batting practice. The Cubs and Reds are scheduled to get it under way at 1:20. We’ll get to a few things. Check out the minor-league roundup below as we’ll have more on Kane County Cougars infielder Rock Shoulders and Northwestern product Eric Jokisch being named the Cubs’ minor-league player and pitcher of the month for April.

Peavy scratched with back spasms

Posted by scotgreg on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 14:29

Another day, another injury for the White Sox.
The Sox announced Jake Peavy is going to miss his scheduled start against the Rangers tonight due to back spasms.
Hector Santiago, who was pulled out of the bullpen to replace injured starter Gavin Floyd (flexor strain in right arm), will pitch for the White Sox tonight in place of Peavy.
Floyd, Gordon Beckham (fractured hamate bone), Dayan Viciedo (oblique), John Danks (shoulder), Angel Sanchez (back) and Leyson Septimo (shoulder) are on the disabled list.
Danks starts his rehab assignment tonight with Class AA Birmingham.
There is yet another Sox injury to report.
Top prospect Courtney Hawkins strained his left shoulder diving for a ball Wednesday night and is scheduled to have an MRI.

Sveum's 31 flavors: no vanilla today

Posted by Bruce on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 12:02

As of noon today, nobody has made any threats about moving or anything else around the ballpark. It’s a much cooler day at Wrigley Field, with the wind coming straight in off the lake. We talked a little bit about lineups today with Cubs manager Dale Sveum, whose team takes on the Padres and left-hander Eric Stults.

Starlin Castro again is in the fifth spot, as Sveum is going with his right-handed hitting lineup. Don’t get too used to Castro hitting fifth.

“In our normal lineup, he’s going to hit second,” Sveum said. “I don’t really want to get away from our normal lineup.”

Today’s lineup looks like this:

Sappelt, CF
Ransom, 3B
Rizzo, 1B
Soriano, LF
Castro, SS
Castillo, C
Hairston, RF
Barney, 2B
Wood, P

A 'non-threatening' Cubs blog

Posted by Bruce on Wed, 05/01/2013 - 18:10

It’s been a busy couple of days on all Cubs fronts. For my “take” in tomorrow’s paper, I’ll get to some of the things regarding the Wrigley Field situation and Tom Ricketts’ threat/non-threat to move if the Cubs don’t get the signage they want in a renovated, er, “restored,” ballpark. My quick take here is that it was an odd time to be playing that card. Should have been done subtly months or even shortly after Ricketts bought the team, and it could have been done without making Ricketts look like a heavy. Speaking of odd things with this group, I also felt the “concourse” press conference a couple weeks back was awkward, too.

Sveum says Barney making difference on 'D'

Posted by Bruce on Tue, 04/30/2013 - 15:31

It will be slightly warmer tonight at Wrigley Field with the wind blowing out hard as the Cubs and Edwin Jackson take on Edinson Volquez and the Padres. Hang with us tonight even as you flip between the Cubs and Blackhawks. Let’s do a few leftovers from last night and get to our minor-league report below.

Manager Dale Sveum said last night the infield defense is indeed better with Gold Glove second baseman Darwin Barney back in there.

Cubs phenom Soler benched for one game at Daytona

Posted by Bruce on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 15:23

We’ll update things as we go today, as the Cubs return home to face the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field. It’s a warm afternoon with the wind blowing out. On the field today, closer Kyuji Fujikawa was getting set to throw a bullpen session. He is due to come off the disabled list today, but he’ll need a couple of rehab appearances before being activated.

In the minor leagues, Class A Daytona manager Dave Keller benched phenom Jorge Soler for Sunday’s game after Soler twice failed to run hard Saturday.