MESA, Ariz. _ Lou was enjoying a cold one after this afternoon's 6-4 loss to the Angels before 12,861 at HoHoKam. He said he particularly needed one in the seventh inning. That's when the Angels scored 4 runs against reliever Angel Guzman to rally for a 5-4 lead. Guzman suffered the loss and a blown save. His ERA now is at 14.40 for the spring. He's given up 8 hits and 8 runs in 5 innings in the Cactus League.
Guzman, a onetime prospect who is trying to come back from years of injury woes, is out of minor-league options. He's unlikely at this point to make the team, and the Cubs risk losing him on waivers if they try to send him to the minor leagues at the end of camp.
"Guzman's had a tough spring, a tough spring," Lou said. "No consistency."
Lou also didn't want to be forced into making a decision on the closer. Kevin Gregg said flat-out that he wants the job. He worked a 1-2-3 fourth today, while Carlos Marmol hit a pair and struck out two in 1 inning. Lou was apprised of Gregg's comments.
"Oh, I know he does, and Marmol has told you all that he wants the job," Lou said. "Right? I don't blame (Gregg). He's thrown the ball well. He's had success in that role. We're not going to make that decision for a little while yet. Last year, I think the right decision was made when we let guys compete, when we put people in their slots. We'll do the same thing this year. I'm comfortable with either of them closing, I'll be honest with you. There's going to be opportunities for both of them to close. Let's just not make a decision today."
Lefty Neal Cotts finished with a scoreless ninth, keeping his ERA at 0.00 over 3 2-3 innings this spring.