If you’ve been waiting for some good news to come out of the Chicago Cubs front office lately, and the signing of Scott Hairston didn’t really float your boat, take heart. It appears that Matt Garza may have been serious when he yelled at Cubs fans on Twitter for speculating about his health. For behold! Today we have the first official report that Matt Garza has pitched, pain-free, from the bullpen. And it was glorious to behold.
MESA, Ariz. — The Chicago Cubs’ prospects for a solid pitching rotation were enhanced on Monday when Matt Garza threw a bullpen session for the first time since the end of July and had no complications.
Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer and pitching coach Chris Bosio watched Garza throw 30 pain-free pitches at the team’s minor league complex.
“Matty looks like he is in great shape,” Bosio said. “It looks like he worked hard in the offseason. His legs are in great shape and I believe he is ahead of where he was last year when he reported.”
Glad to hear that things are going so well for Matty. Less-glad to hear him called “Matty,” as all nicknames that are constructed by taking a player’s name and adding “y” to the end immediately transport me back to the days of Mike Quade, an event that my therapist wants me to avoid at all costs.
It appears that Punxatawney Phil didn’t see his shadow on Saturday (or maybe he did, I can’t really remember), which tells me that it’s time for our annual LOHO Predict the Lineup Contest! To win, all you have to do is correctly predict the Cubs lineup on Opening Day, in order, along with the starting rotation. Oh, and because it wouldn’t really be fair for you to have the benefit of watching the team in Spring Training, your predictions are due no later than this Friday, February 8, 2013. After that, I’ll close this thread down and we’ll lock it up with Price Waterhouse or something until the Opening Day lineup is announced.
Winner will get a copy of the the terrific book “100 Things Cubs Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die,” written by my dear friend and partner-in-crime, Jimmy Greenfield. If I’m feeling especially gracious, I might even ask him to autograph it for you.
Don’t forget that Wrigley Talk Friday returns this week on Friday, February 8, 2 pm CT. We promise to make it worth your while (wink, wink). You can find WTF over at Blog Talk Radio, or you can download later from iTunes.