Shaver's Rehab Coming Along

DAYTONA BEACH — As Cubs pitching prospect Chris Shaver continues his rehab from minor offseason elbow surgery, the 6-foot-7 left-hander has the right attitude when asked about the seemingly inevitable call-up to Double-A, where he was an All-Star a season ago.

"I don't expect anything to be given to me," Shaver said following his most recent start with Class High-A Daytona over the past weekend.

"I'll have to work my way back up just like anybody else. I just think I need to get consistent. My pitch count is up, so I'm just working on repeating the same motion every time and throwing more strikes."

Shaver's final line on Saturday against the Dunedin Blue Jays pretty much told the story for the night. He went 4.2 innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits. He also walked four and threw a wild pitch.

Three of the four Dunedin batters he walked ended up scoring.

"I gave up four walks, which is more than I have in a long time," Shaver said.

But Daytona manager Jody Davis was optimistic about Shaver's first start since the southpaw was moved up from Class Low-A Peoria, where he made three starts and gave up two earned runs in 13.2 innings.

"I thought he threw the ball well," Davis said. "It was nice to see a guy that could change speeds. I'm excited to have him here and I hope that he can help us out while he is here."

How long Shaver will be with Daytona is uncertain. A season ago, he was 7-10 with a 2.99 ERA in 150 innings at Double-A.

If not for surgery last October to remove bone spurs in his left elbow, Shaver would have began 2007 either back in Double-A or possibly even Triple-A.

Late in minor league spring training, he suffered a setback that caused him to remain in Extended Spring Training in Arizona until his first start at Peoria on May 16.

"When I was breaking camp, I had some minor shoulder flare-ups," Shaver said. "Getting around that has been the biggest thing for me. My elbow feels really good and once I get 100 percent healthy, I'll really be ready to go."

"He just has to get healthy and we have to stretch him out," Davis agreed. "I think he threw right at 80 pitches (on Saturday). Our biggest concern right now is just to get him healthy."

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