Forearm injury surprises Randy Wells
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org April 6, 2011 11:24PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Andrew Cashner’s shoulder we knew about. But Randy Wells’ forearm?
The double whammy came as a surprise to most Wednesday, particularly after Wells looked so strong in Monday’s win against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Nobody was more surprised than Wells when the forearm started bothering him during the game.
‘‘It’s just one of those freak things,” Wells said. ‘‘It’s really disappointing. It’s a big year for me.”
Wells initially had soreness in his final start of spring training, but then he said he felt great during side work between starts and in Monday’s warmup. Wells had a dominating spring to reclaim a starting job he lost after an inconsistent 2010 season.
“Obviously, I want to get off to a great start,” Wells said. “You want to be part of something that I feel is something special here. To take some time off this early in the season is a good thing [compared to an injury later], but I just want to take care of it and make sure it’s not something that’s going to linger throughout the season. On that note, it’s a positive, but it’s never good to not be out there with teammates and competing.’’
If there’s an upside to the pair of injuries, it’s that results from Tuesday’s MRI exams revealed no structural damage in either case, the Cubs said. Both players said that came as a big relief, perhaps especially for Wells, considering that forearm pain is often associated with elbow problems.
‘‘For sure,’’ Wells said. ‘‘You never want to think abut the negative, but it was obviously in my mind.’’
‘‘Anytime you go get an MRI you get nervous,’’ Cashner said. ‘‘It could have been a lot worse.’’
The Cubs said both will undergo treatment and therapy for the next two weeks without so much as throwing a ball before restarting a throwing program to build toward returns to the rotation.
The team stresses no timetable for either return, with the pair being re-evaluated after that two-week rehab stretch.
Pena on tap
Carlos Pena sat for a second straight game because of his jammed thumb, but manager Mike Quade said he expects the 2008 Gold Glove first baseman back in the lineup for Friday’s series opener at Milwaukee.
The Diamondbacks scored the first two runs Wednesday on a two-out triple in the third inning by Chris Young, with Marlon Byrd missing a would-be diving catch as the ball skipped past him into straightaway center field.
When Alfonso Soriano finally reached it backing up, he dropped the ball, allowing Young to continue around third and score on the play.
‘‘We played good. An inch here, an inch there,’’ Byrd said. ‘‘I catch that ball and it’s 0-0 instead of 2-0, and [starter Ryan] Dempster has a little comfort knowing it’s still tied up. . . . I’m always going to be aggressive. Hopefully, I can get that ball next time and make it easier on him.’’