Notes: Borowski throws simulated game

Notes: Borowski throws simulated game

CHICAGO -- Joe Borowski threw 35 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday and the Chicago Cubs will meet to decide the next phase of the reliever's rehab.

Borowski, sidelined since March 21 with a non-displaced fracture in his right wrist, felt no discomfort in the session at Wrigley Field.

"I'm very happy with everything," Borowski said. "Everything felt good coming out. I didn't have to hold back on anything at all. Everything passed the test."

"For the first time out, he looked pretty good," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "It's been a long time since he's been on the mound against a hitter. His slider looked good. His fastball and location was fair, unless he tried to do too much and then he opened up sometimes.

"The main thing was that he felt good physically and didn't feel anything where the fracture was," Baker said. "That's a very positive sign. He has a way to go. He's starting all over almost from Spring Training."

Borowski admitted his control wasn't what he'd like.

"It's not as good as it could be or as it will be," he said, "but for the first time facing hitters in such a long time, it's definitely something you can build on."

If it was up to Borowski, he'd be in the bullpen for the Cubs, ready to go.

"Your first instinct is, you want to go right back out there," he said. "I could try to kid myself and say I'm ready to go out there tomorrow and pitch. The reality is, it's the first time I've faced hitters in more than a month. You want to get out there as quick as possible and you have to get out there a couple times facing hitters."

Roster move: The Cubs tweaked their bullpen again on Wednesday, calling up right-hander Roberto Novoa and optioning right-hander Jon Leicester to Triple-A Iowa.

Novoa, 25, acquired from Detroit in the Kyle Farnsworth trade, had a 2.08 ERA and two saves in nine games for Iowa. Opponents were batting .239 against him in 13 innings. Leicester was 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA in five relief appearances.

"[Novoa] was impressive in Spring Training," Baker said. "They tell me he was very impressive in Triple-A. We think he has the stomach and the stuff to be a late-inning guy. He does have some big league experience with Detroit. One thing I know, he has a good arm and he's not afraid to throw the ball."

Novoa appeared in 16 games for the Tigers last year, and was 1-1 with a 5.57 ERA.

On Tuesday, the Cubs called up left-hander Will Ohman to take Chad Fox's spot on the roster. Fox had to leave Monday's game after injuring his right elbow.

   Chad Fox  /   P
Born: 09/03/70
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 210 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R

Family matters: Fox will accompany the Cubs to his hometown of Houston this weekend. He is trying to line up an appointment with orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews early next week in Birmingham, Ala. Andrews performed all three operations on Fox's right elbow, and the right-hander may need a fourth. He was in obvious pain when he came off the mound on Monday.

Cubs athletic trainer Mark O'Neal said the MRI was inconclusive, mainly because of all the hardware in Fox's elbow. This weekend will give Fox a chance to be with his family.

"To be honest, he wants some time to think," O'Neal said.

Anger management: Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano has been ejected twice in his five starts so far, which is not a good trend.

"I talked to him about it," Baker said. "We're addressing it. He knows. He doesn't like it. Sometimes his emotions get away from him."

Zambrano was tossed in the season opener April 4 after telling umpire Dale Scott he needed glasses. The right-hander was ejected on Tuesday after hitting Cincinnati's Austin Kearns in the at-bat after Adam Dunn homered.

"He's better than he was," Baker said of Zambrano. "That's one positive thing. We just have to keep stressing it, that's all."

Southpaws: Tuesday's game marked only the second time since 1969 the Cubs used four left-handed relievers in the same game. The other game was May 11, 2000, which featured five lefties -- including starter Scott Downs. In that game, a 14-8 Milwaukee win over the Cubs, Downs pitched three innings, Daniel Garibay two innings, right-hander Brian Williams one inning, Andrew Lorraine one inning, Mark Guthrie one inning and Felix Heredia one inning.

Extra bases: Third baseman Aramis Ramirez was not in the starting lineup as a precautionary move. He has a tender groin, and the Cubs wanted to give him a day off. ... The injury bug is spreading. "I even saw one of the grounds crew guys, and he was limping," Baker said. "He said he still had to go to work. They don't have a [disabled list] for the grounds crew." ... Want to interact with new Cubs broadcasters Len Kasper and Bob Brenly? You can check in with the pair at

Minor matters: John Koronka gave up three runs -- two earned -- on five hits and three walks over five innings in Triple-A Iowa's 5-0 loss to Nashville on Tuesday. The Cubs collected three singles in the game. ... Carmen Pignatiello gave up three runs on three hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings for the win in Double-A West Tenn's 5-3 victory over Montgomery. ... Single-A Daytona's game against St. Lucie was suspended because of rain in the fourth inning. The Cubs were leading, 1-0.

On deck: Friday's game will be an historic matchup. Greg Maddux is scheduled to start against Roger Clemens, and it marks the first time two 300-game winners will square off since August 4, 1987, when California's Don Sutton faced Minnesota's Steve Carlton.

Kerry Wood is on schedule to start Saturday against the Astros in the second game, while Mark Prior will close the series on Sunday against Roy Oswalt.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.