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Cubs news and notes: March 6

  • MESA, Ariz. -- The injury bug continues to haunt Cubs' camp this spring.

    Right-hander Angel Guzman’s MRI detected a tear in his right shoulder ligament. He more than likely will get a second opinion on the injured shoulder. If nothing changes in the second opinion, Guzman’s options are to rehab the shoulder through rest and conditioning, or have surgery.

    If he chooses to rehab, the initial prognosis is for him to rest 4-6 weeks before starting a conditioning program. The other option of surgery could mean that Guzman’s career would be in jeopardy. According to some Major League sources, shoulder ligament surgery has been successful in only a very few cases in the past. Guzman had previously gone through shoulder surgery and reconstructive elbow surgery.

    “It’s just a shame, your heart goes out to the kid,” Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. “At one time, this guys was as good a prospect as Carlos Zambrano.”

  • Right-handed pitcher Carlos Silva’s debut as a Cub was less than stellar, giving up a 2- and 3-run home run to White Sox designated hitter Carlos Quentin in the first and second innings.

    “What are you going to do?” Manager Lou Piniella said. “These guys have to get in shape, but we would like to see some improvement the next time out.”

  • Piniella said backup shortstop Andres Blanco will miss a week with a strained right knee.

    “He’ll probably miss a week or 10 days,” Piniella said. “He has a Grade 2 sprain of the right knee.”

    Blanco had to leave the game on Saturday when his spikes got locked up in a pivot play. According to Piniella, Blanco did go for an MRI. Results were unknown as of Saturday evening.