06/27/2004 3:32 PM ET
Notes: Remlinger returns to DL
Reliever continues battle with shoulder tendinitis
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs shuffled their bullpen Sunday, placing Mike Remlinger on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left shoulder and calling up right-hander Michael Wuertz.
|Mike Remlinger could return for the July 9-11 series against St. Louis. (David Phillip/AP)
Remlinger was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 13 games, and last pitched June 23 against St. Louis. He was placed on the DL retroactive to June 24, which means he would be eligible to return for the July 9-11 series against the Cardinals.
"I've been sore for a couple weeks and it's something I've been trying to battle through," Remlinger said Sunday. "It got to the point where one day turned into two days and then turned into three days. I couldn't continue to leave the pen a man short. Hopefully we'll get rid of the tendinitis in there and build up some strength with the extra days off."
Remlinger started the season on the disabled list after undergoing shoulder surgery last October. He made his season debut May 25, and has pitched in back-to-back games twice since coming back.
"Hopefully, we'll get it strong enough and feeling healthy enough that come the All-Star break and the second half, everything will be great," he said.
Remlinger feels the soreness is related to his offseason surgery.
"I've had tendinitis in there on and off," he said. "It's moving around. Some days it's not so bad, other days I can't do anything with it."
He was able to play catch with son Chance at U.S. Cellular Field, but used his right arm to throw the ball.
"I think this will help him and help us," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said.
Wuertz had a 9.24 ERA in 14 games in his earlier appearances with the big league team.
Ouch: Outfielder Todd Hollandsworth had to leave Sunday's game when he fouled a pitch off his right shin in the third inning. X-rays were negative and Hollandsworth's status was day to day.
"It's a pretty severe contusion," Cubs trainer Dave Groeschner said. "The other concern is he did that two years ago in Colorado and actually fractured his tibula. This isn't the exact site, but it's close. It's nice that the X-rays were negative and we'll re-check him [Monday]."
Groeschner didn't know if Hollandsworth would have to be added to the still lengthy disabled list. The Cubs have had 13 players on the disabled list, including Remlinger twice.
"There's not much protection in that area and it could be sore for a little while," Groeschner said.
Hollandsworth was visibly limping after the game. He had tried to stay in and finish his at-bat, but was convinced to leave.
"He wanted to try," Groeschner said. "I asked him to bend down and he couldn't bend down. I said, 'If you can't bend down, you can't run to first.' He was trying to walk it off. He wanted to stay in. By the time he got up here [to the clubhouse], he figured out he couldn't go."
One of those days: Carlos Zambrano walked a season-high five batters on Saturday in his loss to the White Sox. There's nothing physically wrong with the right-hander.
"His velocity is still there," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. "He just had one bad inning."
Zambrano threw 127 pitches, and has topped 120 four times this season. After the game, Zambrano said he could throw 150 pitches. Baker didn't doubt it.
"He was as strong as a bull," Baker said.
Baker said Zambrano is motivated by trying to make a name for himself. He's often overlooked when the topic of the Cubs pitchers comes up. Usually Mark Prior and Kerry Wood get the headlines.
"He wants to do good. He wants to be a star," Baker said, adding it's not jealousy that is motivating Zambrano. "He wants to pitch his way into it."
Rivalry week: The White Sox appear to be more concerned with beating the Cubs than the Cubs show about beating their crosstown rival. Don't believe what you see.
"The players take on the personality of the manager," Baker said. "You don't have to say it to feel it and believe it. All the time I say, 'It's no big deal, it's another game, another series.' That's how I am. I like to be on the humble side. I act like it's no big deal. But if you know me, you don't believe it."
Salute: The Chicago chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America saluted Jerome Holtzman, the official historian of Major League Baseball and a contributor to MLB.com. Holtzman has been covering baseball since 1957.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.