Today the Cubs announced that Glendon Rusch will begin treatment for a blood clot in his lung; Rusch was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday after he began experiencing chest pains. The treatment regimen is scheduled to last 3-6 months and his baseball future is uncertain. I am going to put aside my opinions about Glendon’s baseball ability and future with the Cubs to wish him Godspeed and hope that he fully recuperates.
That having been said, Angel Guzman lowered his record to 0-6 and increased his ERA to 7.81 tonight as the Cubs got drummed by Nomar and the Dodgers. As has often been the case, Guzman looked as though he was throwing BP and was out of there after 4 innings. He reminds me a lot of a pitcher the Mets and Cubs had named Anthony Young; Anthony looked like he had all the tools but the one tool he lacked was the one that he needed to win ballgames. Other highlights from tonights game: Nomar went 2-5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs, Furcal went 3-5 with a homer and 3 runs scored, Izturis made another bad play at short and Ryu pitched an effective ninth inning of relief.
The good part of this year has been the opportunity we’ve gotten to see the young pitchers from the AA and AAA levels. Hill looks like he might be ready to join the rotation; Marshall and Mateo are question marks and each will have about three more starts to show us what they have. I think both Ryu and Marmol will start out at Iowa and benefit from some more seasoning at the minor league level; look for Chris Shaver to promote to Iowa and he’ll be knocking on the door as well.