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Tom Gorzelanny: The Answer for the Chicago Cubs?

BRADENTON, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Tom Gorzelanny #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses during photo day at the Pirates spring training complex on February 22, 2009 in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
Ben CallowayContributor IAugust 4, 2009

Many people thought of Tom Gorzelanny as a "throw-in" in the recent trade between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is trying to prove otherwise.

Most of the focus was on John Grabow when he and Gorzelanny were traded to Chicago. Grabow went straight to the major league team while Gorzelanny was sent to the triple-Aclub. It wasn't long until Gorzelanny was added to the Major League squad.

Tom Gorzelanny was the starting pitcher for the Cubs on Tuesday night. He wasn't anything short of brilliant. He went seven-and-a-third innings, giving up only three hits and one run.

Sean Marshall was actually pitching when Gorzelanny's earned run crossed the plate. Marshall came in with runners on first and second.

Gorzelanny made the start in place of the injured Ted Lilly. Lilly is only expected to miss a couple more starts, so where do you put Gorzelanny after that? The No. 5 starter is Randy Wells, but he has been spectacular. Wells looks like he'll be staying in the rotation for a while.

How about the bullpen? That could be a possibility, but it's already a little crowded down there, and he would likely have to take a spot away from someone like Jeff Stevens, a young player with potential. Plus, Gorzelanny has always been the starter-type throughout his career.

Gorzelanny will likely be given his next chance to shine Monday against the Rockies.

Let's see what he can do. He might make future roster decisions interesting.

 

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