MESA, Ariz. _ Yet another eventful day here at Fitch as they all seem to be. During live batting practice today, Ryan Theriot took one off the left hand-wrist from young right-hander Rafael Dolis, who brings it at about 95 mph. Theriot went down to the ground and got looked at by one of the trainers, but he said afterward he was OK.
In other injury news, right-hander Angel Guzman, who already is coming off a knee scope, "had some discomfort in his shoulder," according to Jim Hendry and has been shut down. Jim says Guzman, who has a long history of injury problems, is not seeing a doctor, but that the Cubs would "take the precautionary path" and push him back a couple days. Trainer Mark O'Neal might have an update in the morning.
The Cubs are in big need of a right-handed reliever, and Lou said that Esmailin Caridad all but has the team made.
"Look, Caridad's on the team," Lou said. "He's almost got to pitch himself off of it."
As I mentioned in today's earlier blog, Jeff Samardzija threw live BP this morning. The Cubs are liking the way Samardzija looks this spring. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild worked with Samardzija for an extra week after last season to smooth out some mechancial issues, and the Cubs say they see enormous improvement.
Do check out the photo of Chad Tracy scooping it on this morning's blog. I may get the hange of this photo thing. More to come online today and in tomorrow's paper.