Gorzelanny expected to make next start

Updated: April 17, 2010, 5:13 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Tom Gorzelanny doesn't expect to miss his next start after taking a line drive off his left upper arm in the third inning of the Cubs' 4-3 loss to the Houston Astros on Saturday.

With one out in the third inning, Gorzelanny was hit just below his shoulder. The ball ricocheted toward first baseman Derrek Lee, who stepped on the bag for the out. Gorzelanny stayed in the game after the line drive following a couple of warmup pitches and then recorded the last out of the inning.

Cubs manager Lou Piniella and trainer Mark O'Neil told Gorzelanny that it would be wise to come out of the game and start treatment on the deltoid muscle in his upper left arm.

"I felt like I could stay in, and I tried to," Gorzelanny said. "I pleaded my case, but Lou wasn't having any of that. I met with Mark O'Neil and in the heat of the moment I got a little upset. I got time to think about it, and [coming out of the game] was definitely the right decision. O'Neil had a good point. I could have gone out there with it sore and change my mechanics, and then I would have put the rest of my arm in danger."

As soon as Gorzelanny came out of the game the medical staff began treatment on the bruised deltoid muscle using ice and stimulation treatments.

"That's probably the closest I've ever been to getting hit in the face," Gorzelanny said. "Thinking about it now, it doesn't feel like that big of a deal. It doesn't feel like it hurts that much.

He is expected to make his next start Thursday against the New York Mets.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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