Q&A with Angel Guzman

If nothing else, Angel Guzman will remember 2006 as the year he made his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs after three straight years of on-going injury problems. The right-hander has been back in Triple-A for the last month, where he is 3-4 with a 4.31 ERA in 12 starts this season.

Q: You left a start early last week after only three-plus innings. We understand you had some cramps?

A: I had some cramps in my forearm and neck. I didn't drink enough water before the game or the day before. I feel good now. I think everyone was concerned about it because of all the injuries I've had in the past.

Q: What did your coaches say?

A: At this point in my career, I know when I'm hurting. They told me they wanted to get me out of there before I hurt myself. I told them OK. I told the manager and trainer that I didn't think I had a choice but to come out.

Q: You had a close call earlier this year in Sacramento, correct?

A: Yeah, a line drive came at me. It went straight to my head. I saw the line drive come to me and my first reaction was not to try and catch it, but to get out of the way. I think that was a pretty smart move.

Q: How do you like playing for Bobby Dickerson with Mike Quade in Chicago?

A: He's a great guy, Bobby is. He's a competitive guy. Every time that you go out, he expects 100 percent from you. Sometimes everyone loses their focus, so he stays on you about that.

Q: How frustrating was it with the major league club when you didn't get many innings that second time up?

A: I've got no answer for that. I pitched twice out of the bullpen and thought I did a pretty good job. I don't like to think they didn't need me.

Q: What have you been working on since you got back here?

A: I've just tried to throw quality strikes and go from there.

Q: How fast have you been throwing in that time?

A: About 93, 94.

Q: Do you feel any added pressure with Carlos Marmol and Sean Marshall having a little success at the big league level?

A: I'm pretty happy for them. That's the goal of every guy, to play baseball in the major leagues. I don't feel any pressure. I know the Cubs only want the best for me.


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