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April 24, 2010

Ted Lilly Back…Down Goes Samardzija

Filed under: Media Releases — Joe Aiello @ 3:27 pm

From the Cubs Media Department:

The Chicago Cubs today activated left-handed pitcher Ted Lilly from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-handed pitcher Jeff Samardzija to Triple-A Iowa.

Lilly will make his first start of the 2010 season tonight in Milwaukee.  He was placed on the disabled list on April 4 (retroactive to March 26) to continue his recovery from a left-shoulder arthroscopic debridement procedure performed November 3 by Dr. Lewis Yocum.

A 2009 All-Star, Lilly returns to the Cubs rotation after going 12-9 with a 3.10 ERA (61 ER/177.0 IP) in 27 starts a season ago.  Since joining the Cubs prior to the 2007 campaign, Lilly leads the club with 44 wins, a .629 winning percentage and 509 strikeouts in that span.  Overall, he is 44-26 with a 3.70 ERA (242 ER/588.2 IP) in 95 starts with the Cubs.

Lilly made two minor league appearances as part of his rehab process, combining to go 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA (2 ER/11.0 IP) with 13 strikeouts and two walks.  His most recent appearance took place Monday with Single-A Peoria, when he limited Burlington to one run on three hits and one walk in 7.0 innings, fanning nine.  Lilly threw 88 pitches in that final tune-up.

Samardzija is 0-1 with an 18.90 ERA (7 ER/3.1 IP) in four relief appearances with the Cubs this season.

I’m curious to see what role Samardzija will be used in down in Iowa. If you want him to be a member of the bullpen in the Majors, give him a chance to learn that role in the minors.

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  • jswanson

    I sure hope that picture was meant to be a joke from Samardzija…if not, I’d like to see Bo Jackson wipe that idiot look off his girly face.

  • Terrelle Pryor 2

    Wooooohoooooooo!!!! Samardzija is gone!!

  • lizzie

    I’m kind of surprised Lou didn’t use him last night. We’ve seen him do that … play the guy due to be sent down just to give them one last night of ML fun. Lou must have been REALLY scared of the damage he could have done even with a 5-7 run lead!

  • Mr. David M. Beyer

    Did Samardzija graduate from ND? Maybe Iowa could use him in the marketing department. It’s tough to serve up gopherballs from a desk.

  • Terrelle Pryor 2

    We should have sent Soriano down instead. He said he would stop doing his stupid hop, but he’s done it 2x today

  • Terrelle Pryor 2

    Soriano or Grabow would have been great to send down. Grabow is making my blood pressure raise. Seymour probably wouldn’t want him gone, this guy is keeping him in business

  • Seymour Butts

    Actually, I’m on Board with sending Samardzja to Iowa. The question is what to do with him there. If he’s destined to be a reliever, that’s what he should do there. Having him start, then be in the big league pen, is not giving him the chance to succeed that could pay off in the long run.

    And feel free to eat badly at the ballpark…heart attacks don’t grow on trees you know.

  • Terrelle Pryor 2

    Seymour, I was joking. I’m glad he was sent down. Soriano and Grabow were pissing me off during the game. I agree that he should either be starting in Iowa to start for the MLB team, or be a reliever in Iowa to be a reliever for the MLB team. However, while he is down in Iowa, he needs to work his pitching. He needs to develop some other pitches. Pretty much all he is capable of doing is throwing gas. The only problem is his gas makes my butt release toxic gas.

  • Brad Brewer

    Here’s the thing about Samardzija, I feel that he was rushed…He wasn’t given adequate time to get his stuff ready. He was used in the minors as a starter (correct me if I’m wrong) but was used mainly in the majors as a reliever. There is definitely a difference in mindsets and how a player gets ready… If the Cubs org. wants him to be a reliever, he needs to be allowed to develop as that…not thrust into it while in the big leagues…I fault the Cubs organization for his bad pitching more than I blame him…He’ll be fine if given time to develop himself.

    And no way should Soriano be sent to the minors…that’s a ridiculous thing to even say… (though I agree he definitely should stop that dumb hop!)

  • Terrelle Pryor 2

    Sending him to the minors was a joke, but something that should be seriously looked at as a way to send a message more than anything. He did it in 2008, and he strained his calf because of it.

  • Terrelle Pryor 2

    And before you say that baloney that jumping could cause a strain, try hoping like he does, and you’ll see you use your calf muscle more than you think

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