Angel Guzman is going to sit out practice for a little while, due to a sore shoulder, he has yet to throw off the mound. He had knee surgery earlier this winter, and the Cubs are hoping he will be ready by opening day.
Ted Lilly was back to work on friday after missing a couple of days with the flu, he had shoulder surgery earlier this winter, and is expected to miss atleast the first month of the season. Lily also had some pain in his knee, an MRI showed no significant damage,just normal wear and tear. The cubs have adjusted his workout, they are having him run less, and ride the excersise bike more to relieve any unneeded stress on the knee.
Mike Fontenot and Jeff Baker are competing for the starting job at second base, according to Lou Pinella the man with the best offensive spring will win the job. Fontenot will also get some time at shortstop this spring to see if he can be a viable backup for Ryan Theriot, and give him a rest every now and then. If Theriot were to get hurt the cubs would call up Starlin Castro and give him the job.
Andres Blanco is a natural SS, but has yet to impress at the plate. He is also out of options, so if he doesn't make the team he would be released. According to Bruce Levine Fontenot has until March 12th or 15th to prove he can play shortstop, otherwise Blanco is the top option. Pinella is hoping that Fontenot can assume the role so the cubs can free up a roster spot to carry another bat off the bench. Brad Snyder, Kevin Millar, Chad Tracy, Bryan LaHair, and Micah Hoffpauir are competing for that spot. Starlin Castro will likely start the year off at double, or triple A to get some more seasoning.
With the injury concerns of Guzman the Cubs search for a right handed veteran reliever might intensify. Levine mentioned Luke Gregersen, Jeff Frasor, and Heath Bell are options for the Cubs to trade for. Heath Bell's salary, and the Cubs lack of funds make him an unlikely candidate, but the Cubs have shown interest in all three.
According to Paul Sullivan, Larry Rothschild had this to say about Jeff Samardijza.
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