Cubs likely to reconcile with Ryne Sandberg
By gordon wittenmyer firstname.lastname@example.org September 27, 2011 1:02AM
CLEARWATER, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Spring instructor Ryne Sandberg #23 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws to hitters during a spring training workout February 19, 2011 the Carpenter Complex at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ryne Sandberg
Updated: January 8, 2012 1:15AM
SAN DIEGO — Sources within the team expect the Cubs and estranged icon Ryne Sandberg to reconcile before next season, possibly with him as the Cubs’ next manager.
But as of Monday, the Philadelphia Phillies hadn’t been asked permission by any team to talk to Sandberg, who led their Class AAA Lehigh Valley affiliate to its first winning record and the International League playoffs in his first year back with his original organization, according to the Phillies’ website.
Sandberg, a favorite of the Ricketts ownership, is open to a return to the Cubs because general manager Jim Hendry — who hired Mike Quade over Sandberg last fall — was fired, according to a source close to Sandberg.
Whatever the Cubs’ timeline on having a new GM in place, they might need to act quickly on Sandberg, who is finishing the season on the Phillies’ big-league staff.
Some loose speculation even had him linked recently to the White Sox before Ozzie Guillen’s exit.
“I thought he was fantastic,’’ Phillies GM Ruben Amaro told mlb.com. “He should get an opportunity to be in the big leagues as a coach or manager. I’m certain he has the ability to do that. For his sake, I hope people come calling for him. For our sake, I hope they don’t because we’d love to have him in our organization.’’
Casey delivers — at bat
Casey Coleman looked good in his final audition for 2012 until he legged out a triple in the sixth inning of a scoreless game, then got hit around for two runs in the bottom of the inning.
Coleman, whose triple was the first of only two hits for the kids-day Cubs’ lineup, didn’t make it out of the sixth in a 2-0 loss to the San Diego Padres. He finished the season 3-9 with a 6.40 ERA in 18 games, including 16 starts (3-8, 6.18). He went 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA in his final two starts against the Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres.
Aramis Ramirez (quad), who hasn’t played since Tuesday, has been available to pinch-hit since Sunday. His status for Tuesday night’s lineup is expected to be a near-game-time decision.
◆ Monday’s lineup included the major-league debuts for catcher Steve Clevenger, who started, and reliever Rafael Dolis.