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Bob Howry 'will be in a Cubs uniform very soon'

May 20, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune “indications are that Bob Howry will be in a Cubs uniform very soon” after being released earlier this week by the Diamondbacks.
Howry pitched for Lou Piniella and the Cubs from 2006-2008, going 17-17 with 14 saves and a 3.90 ERA in 228.2 innings before signing with the Giants. “If it happens, it will give us some experience in the bullpen from the right side,” Piniella said. “When he was with us, he was a rock in the clubhouse and great with the young pitchers.”
He was very solid during his one season in San Francisco, posting a 3.39 ERA in 63.2 innings, but coughed up 17 runs in 14.2 innings with Arizona being getting cut and turns 37 years old in a couple months. His average fastball velocity clocked in at 89.8 miles per hour compared to 92.4 mph last season and 91.8 mph for his career, so Howry may not much anything left in the tank to help the Cubs.

  1. Don - May 20, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    By all means he should be a big help to the cubs! He couldn’t get ANYONE out with the Diamondbacks. Of course that was just another brilliant Josh Byrnes decision.

  2. B R S - May 20, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Why why why in the world would the Cubs want to get worse in their bullpen. Heck, Rollie Fingers is available too, so why don’t they sign him?? Howry stunk as a Cub and hasn’t helped anyone since. Why do they think he will help them? This will just add to a cruddy bullpen, not help.

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