The long road back


Thumbnail image for guzman2.jpgTwice Angel Guzman was looking to be a mainstay in the Cubs dugout and twice an arm injury cut the 26-year-old’s season short. In 2003, Guzman was on the verge to being called up to help the Cubs on their eventual playoff run, but a labrum injury and surgery ended Guzman’s season. Last year Guzman was showing again that he belonged in Chicago for good. Unfortunately, a torn ulnar collateral ligament and “Tommy John” surgery put Guzman back on the DL.

“It was disappointing.” Guzman said. “After all the work you do up to the season. By the time that it happened, in the middle of the season, it was kind of tough.”

Early on the Venezuelan was not sure if he could get back to the form he was at prior to the injury, but by staying optimistic he pushed himself through the uncertainty.

“I remember when I started throwing four months ago in Mesa, [Ariz.] that I had a lot of doubts in my mind on whether I was coming back this season,” he said. “But you try to stay positive and stay strong in your mind to come back as soon as you can. It’s all about being disciplined in your work, and if you do it the right way it will give you good results.”

The results have definitely been good. In 17 innings combined at Single-A Daytona, Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa, Guzman had a 1.59 ERA with 20 strikeouts, while walking only four. Guzman will try to continue his success in Chicago after being taken off the 60-day DL after the rosters expanded on Monday.

And how does the 6-3 righty feel about being back in Chicago?

“It feels great.”

Zach Martin

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