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UPDATE: Guzman has ligament tear in shoulder

Mar 7, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

UPDATE: Muskat says that Guzman is leaning toward having surgery on the shoulder, which would surely sideline the right-hander for most — if not all — of the 2010 season.

SATURDAY, 2:40pm: Paul Sulli3819-1.jpgvan of the Chicago Tribune confirms that shoulder surgery could be career-threatening. As such, Guzman is currently mulling his options. If he rehabs the injury, it would take anywhere from four-to-six weeks before even knowing if he’ll be able to pitch.

SATURDAY, 1:50 PM: Big blow to the Chicago bullpen. Carrie Muskat of writes that Guzman has a torn ligament in his right shoulder. Obviously, he won’t be ready for Opening Day. Muskat writes that the Cubs haven’t decided whether he will have surgery. Interestingly, Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that surgery could be “career threatening.”

FRIDAY, 8:34 PM: Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago passes along a quote from Lou Pinella regarding right-hander Angel Guzman, who underwent surgery on his left knee in early February, and more recently hit the shelf with a sore right shoulder:

“He comes into spring training and before you know it, first the knee
and after that it’s the shoulder,” Piniella said. “It seems like the
kid is jinxed…”

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune goes a step further, writing that Guzman “may be cooked” for 2010 with the injury. It sounds like speculation for now, but the Cubs are currently awaiting results of an MRI on the 28-year-old.

Guzman posted a a 2.95 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 55 appearances last season. He was expected to be a critical bridge to closer Carlos Marmol. If Guzman is sidelined for any significant period of time, the Cubs may have to juggle some arms they were considering for their rotation (Sean Marshall and Jeff Samardzija, among others).

  1. Old Gator - Mar 6, 2010 at 1:27 AM

    It’s that prion that causes Der Vloek van der Geitbok again. Unless Guzman has been eating human brains in Indonesia lately, it seems to take no more than one partial season’s exposure to it in the Cubs’ locker room to bring on the infection. I think it was George Will who observed that teams with too many ex-Cubs on them had a tendency to tank when it counted; he understood that there was a contagion, but being a reactionary he probably didn’t have the necessary modern diagnostic equipment on hand to understand the problem in detail. Still, props to him for recognizing there was a pattern there.

  2. willmose - Mar 6, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Earth to Lou, the Cubs are jinxed.

  3. jwb - Mar 6, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    “I think it was George Will who observed that teams with too many ex-Cubs on them had a tendency to tank when it counted”
    Mike Royko, actually. A much better writer.

  4. sven-erik - Mar 7, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Yup, it’s called the Ex Cubs Factor. The team with the most Ex Cubs WILL loose.

  5. KingofZed - Mar 8, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    Well thank god for the Cubs it happened last year is he close to full strength?
    UPDATE: …..right-hander for most — if not all — of the ***2009*** season.

  6. Omega in Colorado - Mar 8, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    This is their year! I just know it, I can feel it!
    I just know it…. this is it, this is it, this is their year….

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