April 4, 1990 |
Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe is heading back to Chicago for tests on an inflamed right shoulder, which may put him out of action for his scheduled start in the third game of the regular season next week. The right-hander was slated to pitch Tuesday's exhibition game against the San Francisco Giants but was sidelined when he was unable to do much more than lob the ball during warm-ups. General Manager Jim Frey said Sutcliffe probably will be placed on the disabled list.
April 3, 1990 |
Cubs' pitcher Rick Sutcliffe is being bothered by a soreness in his right shoulder again, threatening his job in Chicago's starting rotation. "Obviously, I'm concerned," Sutcliffe said Monday at Mesa, Ariz. The ailing shoulder is the same condition that drained the big right-hander of his effectiveness during the second half of last season. "I'll warm up before the game (today) and, if it's still not right, I won't pitch," he said. "I just don't know much about it yet.
October 9, 1989 |
With no hard feelings between the opposing teams--the managers send each other Christmas cards, for goodness sakes--the National League playoffs took a different twist before Sunday's game. It matched Chicago Cub vs. Chicago Cub. Along one foul line was pitcher Rick Sutcliffe, reiterating that the pulled muscle in his left leg felt fine, and that he was ready to pitch Game 6 Wednesday night in Chicago, if the series goes that far.
October 6, 1989 |
The discovery, like most things in Rick Sutcliffe's career, has not come easy. There has been pain and wondering and desperation because a part of his body suddenly didn't work. There has been conflict with his pride, then conflict with his manager. But ultimately, as he hopes fans will see Saturday in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, there has been acceptance. Rick Sutcliffe, at 33, has realized he is growing old.
September 22, 1989 |
Cubs ace pitcher Rick Sutcliffe has an ailing right shoulder and probably will miss his next start, Manager Don Zimmer says. Sutcliffe, who pitched just 12/3 Wednesday for his shortest outing in four years, could be questionable for the playoffs if the Cubs qualify and his condition doesn't improve. "He's got a sore shoulder," Zimmer said. "I don't want to pitch a guy when he's hurt." Sutcliffe, who has just two wins in his last six starts, is reluctant to discuss his condition.
June 23, 1989 |
The Chicago Cubs completed their first three-game sweep in Pittsburgh since 1957, beating the Pirates, 8-0, Thursday night on Rick Sutcliffe's five-hitter. Chicago earned its fifth consecutive victory, all on the road, and extended Pittsburgh's scoreless streak to 23 innings. Sutcliffe (9-4), walked one, struck out four and retired 14 consecutive batters until Dann Bilardello singled to start the sixth. Randy Kramer (1-4), was the losing pitcher. The Cubs had not won a three-game series in Pittsburgh since the Pirates played at Forbes Field.
February 23, 1989 |
Rick Sutcliffe will be the starting pitcher when the Chicago Cubs open their season April 4 at Wrigley Field against the Philadelphia Phillies. When the word came down Wednesday from Cubs manager Don Zimmer, Sutcliffe expressed some surprise that he had been tapped. He had thought that Zimmer might choose Greg Maddux--whom Sutcliffe calls "The Kid"--because Maddux led the Cubs' pitching staff last year with a record of 18-8.
July 4, 1988 |
When pitcher Rick Sutcliffe of the Chicago Cubs used to "Think Blue," as the Dodgers' latest promotional gimmick urges people, he sometimes saw red. Such as the time in 1981 when Sutcliffe trashed Manager Tom Lasorda's office after learning he was not included on the club's playoff roster.
June 12, 1988 |
Rick Sutcliffe, activated Saturday after being on the disabled list since May 21 with a strained rib cage muscle, retired the first nine batters and allowed only two hits in six innings as the Chicago Cubs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-0, at St. Louis Saturday night. And he was miffed when Cub Manager Don Zimmer decided he had worked enough. "Yeah, I was mad when they took me out," Sutcliffe said.
November 24, 1987
Chicago Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe is the 33rd winner of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award from Phi Delta Theta national collegiate fraternity. The award is given annually to a major league player who best fits the image and character of Gehrig, who was a member of the fraternity while at Columbia University.