Ted Lilly is continuing to make positive progress from his winter left shoulder surgery. This is great news for the Chicago Cubs pitching staff who has had to deal with injuries to Angel Guzman and Jeff Gray and poor performances from Carlos Silva, Jeff Stevens and John Gaub.
Lilly threw 30 pitches off of the mound on Sunday – the 2nd time that he has tested his arm off of a mound this spring. Lilly is still not expected to be ready by opening day, but if he continues at this pace with no further setbacks, he should be ready to go by the 3rd or 4th week of the 2010 MLB season.
Pitching Coach Larry Rothschild had this to say about Lilly’s progress since recovering from a nasty flu at the start of spring training — “So far, no bumps in the road and we’ll just keep progressing… You always look for any bumps in the road that might come up and hopefully limit the time if there are any. He’s already had the virus so hopefully that’s all behind him.”
It looks like Angel Guzman has a torn ligament in his right throwing arm and Carlos Silva was miserable in his 1st appearance this spring against the White Sox on Saturday. Silva gave up 6 ER on 7 hits in just 2 innings of work, including 2 home runs to White Sox slugger Carlos Quentin. Ouch. Looks like Silva might not be ready for the starting rotation after all. Too bad the Cubs had to take on his $26 million over the next 2 years simply to unload Milton Bradley to the Seattle Mariners this winter. That could be a major disaster if the Silva doesn’t show enough to even make the Cubs roster at the end of the month. It would be really hard to waive a player owed that much money and even if the Cubs were able to trade him to a team that desperately needed a starting pitcher, the Cubs would likely have to take on a good chunk of that salary to make the deal work. Nice work, Jim (Hendry)!
We’ll keep you posted – with the Sunday rainouts against the White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers in split squad action, let’s hope the Cubs can get back on track in today’s game against the Oakland A’s.