Cubs Change Plans on Garza’s Rehab and Other News and Notes

Matt Garza’s rehab start in Geneva on Friday night has been cancelled. The Cubs announced on Thursday that due to the weather and concerns with field conditions, Garza will not pitch for the Kane County Cougars but will instead make the trip to Milwaukee and throw a simulated game. If all goes as expected on Friday, Garza will make a rehab start with Double-A Tennessee.

Garza is expected to throw two innings in Friday’s sim game. Dale Sveum mentioned that Garza would throw around 35 pitches.

Alfonso Soriano

Alfonso Soriano is not thinking about leaving the Chicago Cubs. According to a report from the Tribune, the Cubs’ left fielder has not given up on this season despite the team’s rough start. Soriano reiterated he does not want to play on a bad team this year but feels it is still early and there is time to change things around.

Soriano admitted that he has not been able to fully concentrate at the plate due to the weather.

Jonathan Gray

Jonathan Gray figures to be selected within the top five picks in June’s draft. Gray, the University of Oklahoma flamethrower, is 6-1 with a 1.19 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP (38 hits, 13 walks and 81 strikeouts in 68 1/3 innings) this season and is ranked a long side of Mark Appel as the top pitchers in the upcoming draft. Gray can hit triple digits with his fastball.

The Cubs are among the teams that will be selecting in the top of the draft that has been watching Gray. According to reports, the 6-foot-4, 239 pound right hander has made a lot of improvement over the last two years,

Ian Stewart

The weather has also delayed Ian Stewart’s rehab with the Iowa Cubs. After playing Sunday and Monday and going 0-for-7 with a walk and a RBI, Ian Stewart was scheduled to play nine innings on Wednesday and Thursday. But rain forced the postponement of Wednesday and Thursday’s game.

Stewart is scheduled to spend a couple of weeks with Iowa as he recovers from the quad injury that sidelined him on February 22.

News Bits

According to a report from ESPN Chicago, Shawn Camp’s struggles could be tied to the 80 appearances he made out of the Cubs’ pen last season. Shawn Camp said he feels fine. The Cubs and Camp both believe that it is a mechanical issue and not a hangover from last season.

Hisanori Takahashi cleared waivers on Thursday and was sent to Triple-A Iowa. There were not any updates on Brent Lillibridge. The Cubs designated Takahashi and Lillibridge for assignment on Tuesday.

Jorge Soler returned to the D-Cubs on Thursday. The Cubs decided to hold Soler out for two additional games so he would miss the end of the series with Clearwater. Soler went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his return while Javier Baez (2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored) collected his second straight multi-hit game.

Hayden Simpson signed with the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League.

Carlos Zambrano stopped by Wrigley Field on Wednesday, but he was just visiting and not looking for a job. According to the Tribune, the Cubs have no interest in re-signing Zambrano.

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