MESA, Ariz. _ Lefty Ted Lilly pitched from flat ground today and said he felt great. That was the good news for the Cubs. The possible bad news is that he's headed to the doc to have his right knee checked. An MRI is likely for Lilly, who reported the knee being "some" sore.
Last season, Lilly had the left knee scoped while on the DL for shoulder inflammation. The shoulder ended up being scoped in November.
"Today I ran on it," Ted said. "It's not something I'm going to make a big deal out of. What I'm going to do today is just have it looked at. (An MRI) might be a good idea."
Lilly threw with some authority today, using a pitching motion and doing more than just playing catch.
Check out our earlier blog from today, with a photo of Big Z throwing:
Other developments and notes from today, with more coming later and in the paper tomorrow:
--Lou said that the Cubs need to get pitcher Carlos Silva in better shape. Even though Silva had all winter to do that, Lou said he was not disappointed that the pitcher isn't in better physical condition. Silva came to the Cubs from Seattle in the Milton Bradley trade. "I'm not disappointed about anything," Lou said. "We need to work on getting him a little better conditioning, and he's going to work hard."
--Righty Andrew Cashner, the top pick from 2008 is here. When asked what Cashner's role might be down the road, Lou said: "The consensus is that this kid here is going to be a 1, 2 or 3 starter at the big-league level in the fairly foreseeable future. I think the answer to your question is starter."
--Outfielder Xavier Nady is here, and he was hitting. Nady is coming off the second Tommy John surgery of his career. He said his days to throw are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so we'll look for that tomorrow. He also said they used his Achilles' tendon for the first TJS, back in 2001. This time, they used the hamstring. So Nady is running out of parts.