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Thursday, March 4, 2010
Cubs' Gray, Guzman still recovering

By Bruce Levine

Neither right-handed pitchers Jeff Gray or Angel Guzman are ready to throw off the mound yet and return to their throwing programs.

Gray, recovering from a strained groin, may be ready to throw some time next week, according to pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

Guzman, however, is still not ready to start throwing off a mound. The righty, who is recovering from surgery to repair his meniscus and an achy shoulder, was supposed to start throwing off a mound next Tuesday or Wednesday. That seems optimistic right now.

Jetsetters: Cub team owner Tom Ricketts and team president Crane Kenney will fly into Mesa on Friday to watch the team play their second exhibition game and then return to Chicago Friday night.

He's no Ricky Vaughn: After starting the exhibition season opener, Randy Wells talked about being prescribed glasses after a general eye test detected a deficiency in his vision. The problem is for Wells’ seeing distances and seeing at night. The Cub second year pitcher isn’t sure whether he’ll wear glasses during games.

“I’m not going to wear them until I throw a couple of bullpens [with them on] and see if it helps,” Wells said. “I can see fine. [The media is] making a bigger deal out of it than it really is.”