Ex-Cub Report No. 1

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Some are sorely missed. Others have happily exited the Wrigley Field stage.

With four weeks of the baseball season complete, it's an ideal time to check on how some prominent former Cubs are faring with other teams throughout the majors, minors, and Japan.

Mark DeRosa, San Francisco Giants: DeRosa is hitting just .214 with one homer (it came on Opening Day) and seven RBI in 70 at-bats. He has started 16 games in left field and four at second base.

Kerry Wood, Cleveland Indians: Wood, recovering from a back strain below his right shoulder, made his first minor-league rehab appearance at Class AA Akron on Monday night and fared poorly. In a game against Trenton, the 32-year-old right-hander allowed six runs on four hits with two walks. His minor-league ERA is 81.00.

Mark Prior, free agent: Prior has yet to pitch in the majors since his final Cubs outing on Aug. 10, 2006. His whereabouts are unknown since he was released last August from a minor-league contract with the San Diego Padres. The last word on the 29-year-old right-hander was that he was planning to audition for scouts.

Milton Bradley, Seattle Mariners: Bradley is hitting .224 with two homers (none since April 13) and 12 RBI in 77 at-bats. He missed nearly a week in late April with a sore calf.

Rich Harden, Texas Rangers: Harden, who signed a one-year, $6.5 million deal last with Texas last offseason, says he "feels like his old self" after a slow start. Harden (2-1, 3.52 ERA in six starts) earned the win in the Rangers' 4-2 victory at Oakland on Monday, allowing just two hits and no walks over seven innings while striking out nine.

Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Dodgers: The 33-year-old Johnson is 13-for-44 in part-time duty. He has seen action at all three outfield positions and his playing time increased after the Dodgers placed Manny Ramirez on the disabled list April 16.

Kevin Gregg, Toronto Blue Jays: Gregg has impressed so far in Toronto, allowing just one run in 12 innings of work. He has six saves in as many opportunities, has issued just two walks, and has struck out 15.

Jim Edmonds, Milwaukee Brewers: The 39-year-old veteran is hitting .298 with a homer and five RBI in 17 games, but has been plagued by a sore back.

David Aardsma, Seattle Mariners: The hard-throwing 28-year-old right-hander leads the American League with eight saves. Aardsma (0-1, 3.38 ERA in 11 games) blew just his second save opportunity of the season against Texas on Sunday.

Jamie Moyer, Philadelphia Phillies: The 47-year-old left-hander has won 233 major league games since the Cubs traded him to the Texas Rangers on Dec. 5, 1988. Moyer is 3-2 with a 5.70 ERA in five starts this season.

Felix Pie, Baltimore Orioles: The 25-year-old Pie got off to a fast start with Baltimore this season (8-for-20, HR, RBI), but was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an upper back muscle strain. He is expected to miss three months.

Jason Marquis, Washington Nationals: The 31-year-old right-hander has played on a team that has reached the postseason in each of his 10 major league campaigns, but that streak is clearly in jeopardy. Marquis struggled badly in three starts (0-3, 20.52 ERA) before landing on the 15-day disabled list on April 21 with bone chips in his right elbow. On April 18, Marquis became the first starting pitcher in Washington Nationals history to not record an out in a game when he exited an 11-7 loss to Milwaukee after throwing 28 pitches (just 13 for strikes) and allowing seven runs - all earned.

Bob Howry, Arizona Diamondbacks: The 36-year-old right-hander (1-0, 7.59 ERA) has been part of an awful Arizona bullpen. He served up a homer to Alfonso Soriano in the Diamondbacks' 7-5 loss to the Cubs on Saturday. It was the fifth homer allowed by Howry, who has been torched for nine earned runs in 10 2/3 innings.

Aaron Heilman, Arizona Diamondbacks: The right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in 12 appearances.

LaTroy Hawkins, Milwaukee Brewers: Hawkins (0-2, 6.97 ERA), in a setup role with Milwaukee, has a deceivingly bad stat line. He has allowed eight earned runs in 10 1/3 innings, but seven of those runs came in back-to-back outings against the Cubs on April 14 and Washington on April 16.

Jason Kendall, Kansas City Royals: The 36-year-old veteran has been a workhorse behind the plate, starting in 26 of the Royals' first 27 games and catching in 227 of the team's first 243 innings (93 percent). Kendall is hitting .289 and has thrown out eight of the 26 baserunners (31 percent) who have attempted to steal against him.

Corey Patterson, Triple-A Norfolk: The 30-year-old Patterson signed a minor-league deal with the Baltimore Orioles affiliate on April 21 after spending spring training with the Seattle Mariners. He has nine hits in 27 at-bats in seven games.

Ronny Cedeno, Pittsburgh Pirates: Cedeno has contributed to Pittsburgh's struggling offense, hitting just .203 with two homers and six RBI in 79 at-bats.

Henry Blanco, New York Mets: Hank White, in his customary backup role, is hitting .227 in 27 at-bats. He has become the personal catcher for Mike Pelfrey (4-1, 2.40 ERA).

Kevin Hart, Pittsburgh Pirates: The 27-year-old right-hander was scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder. He did not appear in a game this season.

Rich Hill, Triple-A Memphis: The 30-year-old left-hander is 1-2 with a 5.16 ERA in four starts with the St. Louis Cardinals affiliate.

Kyle Farnsworth, Kansas City Royals: The 34-year-old right-handed reliever battled shoulder tightness the first week of the season, but has rebounded to post a 1-0 mark and 3.65 ERA in 10 games.

Mark Grudzielanek, Cleveland Indians: The 39-year-old veteran is hitting .231 in a part-time role.

Will Ohman, Baltimore Orioles: The veteran left-hander has not allowed an earned run and just six hits in 13 appearances and 8 1/3 innings of work.

Jerry Hairston Jr., San Diego Padres: Hairston has played four positions, started at three of them and is hitting .215 in 23 games.

Juan Pierre, Chicago White Sox: Pierre is hitting a disappointing .204 and has drawn just six walks in 109 plate appearances. He was demoted by manager Ozzie Guillen from the leadoff spot to the No. 9 slot.

Sean Gallagher, San Diego Padres: The 24-year-old right-hander (0-0, 6.92 ERA in 9 appearances) was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a sprained toe on his left foot.

Todd Wellemeyer, San Francisco Giants: The 31-year-old right-hander has struggled, going 1-3 with a 5.55 ERA. After earning his only victory in four starts on April 27, Wellemeyer was demoted to the bullpen.

Cesar Izturis, Baltimore Orioles: The 30-year-old veteran is hitting .236 in 24 games.

Matt Murton, Hanshin Tigers: The 28-year-old Murton was leading the Japanese Central League in hitting with a .343 average in 99 at-bats.

Matt Stairs, San Diego Padres: The 42-year-old veteran is playing in his 18th big-league season and is tied with Mike Morgan for the major league record of playing for 12 different teams. Stairs, primarily a pinch hitter, is 3-for-17 in 2010.

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