Chicago Cubs Injury Update: Good News for Fans

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The Chicago Cubs have their share of injured players, but things look brighter for them as we get closer to the 2013 Spring Training and regular season. Here is an update on key players that the Cubs and their fans are counting on to help the team move closer to contention.

The Cubs signed right-hander Scott Baker on November 12 to a one-year, $5.5 million contract even though he missed the entire 2012 season due to Tommy John surgery in April. Team President Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer are confident that Baker will return during Spring Training, which would mean Baker would be available for the starting rotation. Baker is 63-48 with a 4.15 ERA for his career, all with the Minnesota Twins from 2005-2011.

Matt Garza last pitched in July, 2012. He missed most of the second half with a right elbow stress reaction. He resumed throwing in early December, and reports show that he’ll likely return for Spring Training. Garza was one of the Cubs’ best in 2011 and the first half of 2012 before his injury, and he looks to be the Cubs’ No. 2 starter in 2013. He is 57-61, 3.84 ERA, for his career and 15-17, 3.52 ERA over parts of two seasons as a Cub.

Third baseman Ian Stewart went down for the season in mid-June with a bone spur in his wrist. He had surgery to remove the spur in July. He played in only 55 games and hit .201. All indications are that he is healthy and ready to begin on the first day of Spring Training. He is working with hitting great Rod Carew in two-week stints in preparation. The left-handed hitter’s last full season was 2009 when he hit 25 home runs for the Colorado Rockies.

The Cubs and their fans are hoping that Arodys Vizcaino can live up to the hype that he earned as an Atlanta Braves’ farmhand. After all, the Cubs traded Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson to get him. Vizcaino had Tommy John surgery in March and missed all of 2012. He may be ready soon after the season begins, but he will most likely start in the minors. Vizcaino is 19-15, 2.91, in 65 Minor League games and 1-1, 4.67, in 17.1 Major League innings.

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One Response to Chicago Cubs Injury Update: Good News for Fans

  1. The Cubs need ALL of these guys healthy, especially the pitchers. The Cubs will not out-slug anyone, so the pitching had better be healthy and do its job.


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