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Guzman and Marmol to open Little Cubs Field


The big leagues go little league: Angel Guzman and Carlos Marmol will be on hand tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. to open Little Cubs Field in the Chicago neighborhood of Humboldt Park. Come check out the beautiful $2 million field, which incorporates several iconic features from Wrigley Field and a field-turf surface that will allow area kids to use it throughout the spring, summer and fall.

Also on hand will be Cubs chairman Crane Kenney, to speak about the organization’s initiative to reach out to Spanish speakers, as well as our new Spanish-language radio broadcasters, Elio Benitez and Hector Fabregas.

WHEN: Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Little Cubs Field
              Humboldt Park’s Field Six

              (On Luis Munoz Marin Drive — just east of Kedzie, between North and Division)

WHO: Alderman Billy Ocasio
          Cubs Chairman Crane Kenney
          Cubs players Angel Guzman and Carlos Marmol
          Elio Benitez, WRTO Radio
          Hector Fabregas, WRTO Radio

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

Happy Labor Day

… and welcome, September call-ups! Sept. 1 marks the expansion of the major-league roster limit to 40 players. The Cubs expect to add far less than the 15 they are allowed and so far have added hitters Micah Hoffpauir, Koyie Hill and Casey McGehee and pitcher Michael Wuertz from Triple-A Iowa. Pitchers Jon Lieber and Angel Guzman were activated from the disabled list.

Both Koyie and Angel seemed especially happy to be back in the Cubs clubhouse, with plenty of pats on the back and smiles to go around. Both those players have faced some fairly traumatic injuries in the past year:

Koyie severed two fingers on his right hand in a carpentry accident during the off-season. But immediate surgery reattached the digits, and he came back to hit .275 with 17 homers and a .350 on-base percentage in 113 games with Iowa.

Angel had a great April and May in Chicago last season but ultimately went down with a right-elbow injury that necessitated reconstructive surgery Sept. 6, 2007. He had a 1.59 ERA in 17 innings over seven rehab appearances this year before finding his nameplate right next to Carlos Zambrano’s this morning.

Who will it be?

The winner of the Ultimate Seventh-Inning Stretch competition will be presented before today’s game and lead the crowd in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” this afternoon.

Impact players

Cubs players and coaches will be making special visits to several area schools and hospitals tomorrow morning. Ryan Dempster, Neal Cotts, and Mark DeRosa and Jason Marquis will be opening up three different elementary school.

Rich Harden, Jon Lieber, Daryle Ward, Larry Rothschild, Geovany Soto, Henry Blanco, Mike Quade, and WGN-Radio’s Cory Provus will be visiting Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Children’s Memorial Hospital.

— Sean Ahmed

Down on the Farm: Angel Guzman

guzmancrop.jpgAfter a move to the bullpen last year, Angel Guzman started to look like a key piece for the Cubs as they began their playoff push. Guzman had 26 strikeouts and only nine walks in 30.1 innings. He seemed to be thriving in his new role, holding righties to a .218 batting average. But on June 6, the Cubs were forced to place Guzman on the DL with a right elbow strain. Unfortunately, test revealed that the Venezuelan would require Tommy John surgery to fix the rupture in his right ulnar collateral ligament.

After the surgery and months of rehab, Guzman is back in the minors, currently pitching for the Tennessee Smokies, the Cubs Double-A affiliate. The 26-year-old is pitching well (stats below) and hopes to be healthy enough to make it back to Chicago for September call-ups. If so, the Cubs will have another weapon to use late in games in an already deep ‘pen.

                                                             —Zach Martin

Tennessee Smokies (AA): 25-26 Overall
smokies.gifNorth Division 2nd Place (-8.0)

Tennessee relinquished an early six-run lead and fell to Birmingham, 10-8.

RHP Angel Guzman (ND 0-0, 0.00) 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

HOMERS – Jake Fox (20)

? Starting pitcher Angel Guzman pitched 3.0 scoreless innings in his first major league rehabilitation start for Tennessee … he allowed three hits and struck out two, throwing 43 pitches, 32 for strikes.
? 1B Jake Fox hit a three-run homer in the first inning and finished the evening 1-for-3 with two walks, the homer, a run scored and four RBI … his 20 roundtrippers lead the team.
? CF Sam Fuld was 2-for-4 with two walks, a run scored and two RBI … his is 6-for-8 with three  walks, two runs scored and three RBI over his last two games, raising his average from .232 to .248.
? SS Matt Camp went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI … the four knocks are a season high.