Busy morning already. The Cubs put reliever Esmailin Caridad on the DL (retro to April 12) with a right-forearm strain and recalled reliever Jeff Gray from Iowa. GM Jim Hendry said trainer Mark O’Neal told him after Monday’s home opener that Caridad had felt a little “uncomfortable.”
At Iowa, Gray tossed 4 scoreless innings over 3 appearances. He’ll wear Kerry Wood’s old No. 34. Caridad was 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in 4 games, with 3 walks in 2.2 innings.
“One thing I notice about Gray, and we didn’t see him much in spring training, one thing I did notice is that he throws the ball over the plate,” Lou said. “He’s got a good arm, too, and he’s got some experience at the big-league level.”
Lou says Tyler Colvin will play tomorrow and that all of his outfielders understand that he needs to rotate both Nady and Colvin into games.
“I talked to all of them,” he said. “They know that from time to time, they’re going to get a little time off. I think it’s good for them. I think that getting Byrd a day off once in awhile, Fukudome, Soriano, it’s good for all of them. It will keep them strong. It’ll keep them more productive. At the same time, I have to play Nady, and I have to play Colvin. Colvin will play tomorrow, and we’ll give one of outfielders a rest.”
Soriano has had a tough time in left field, but Lou stood by him.
“Sori’s doing the best he possibly can,” Lou said. “This young man takes a lot of pride in what he does. He works hard. He wants to do good. Nobody wants to drop a flyball. (Coach Mike) Quade works with him every day. If you look out there, look at him, he’s working. That’s all you can expect. He’ll get better. I love this guy to death, I really do. I still take him out for defense with leads. I want to see Sori do good. He’s a good young man. He works hard. He’s had such a great career.”
In other news, Ted Lilly pitches tonight for Class AAA Iowa, going 60-65 pitches. He’ll likely start next week for Class AA Tennessee, going 80-90 pitches. If all that goes well, he could start in Milwaukee next weekend or on the next homestand.
D-Lee is out today with thumb inflammation. Both Lou and Jim said he’ll likely play tomorrow.
Another great day here at Wrigley. The Brewers toss Dave Bush, a righty, at the Cubs. Fukudome is 8-for-17 with a homer and 4 walks against Bush. Ramirez is 9-for-30 with 3 homers. Soriano is 9-for-30 with a homer.