‘Clarification’ on Petrick
Billy Petrick (AP/GREEN)
Billy Petrick (AP/GREEN)

Posted Sep 24, 2008


Right-hander Billy Petrick was sidelined for much of the 2008 season with what the Chicago Cubs termed a shoulder problem. Then he mysteriously was listed as “suspended.”

Actually, that latter part is kind of open-ended. Petrick was and still is shown as suspended on the Daytona Cubs roster provided by MiLB.com, but the Cubs claim that is a misnomer and essentially is the result of a paperwork error.

“That was kind of a mess-up on our part,” said Cubs Vice President of Player Personnel Oneri Fleita. “I think it was just something that went in one way and came out differently.”

Just to clarify: Petrick is not on the suspended list and never was?

“No, he’s on the DL,” Fleita said.

Petrick was a third-round Cubs draft pick from Morris High School near Chicago in 2002. He entered 2005 ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the Cubs’ system by Baseball America, then underwent season-ending shoulder surgery later that year.

In his first full year back from surgery, in 2007, Petrick began the year at Class Advanced-A Daytona and ran roughshod through the farm system early on, advancing to Class AA Tennessee and then Chicago for his first big league call-up.

Petrick finished up at Class AAA Iowa, but did not rejoin the big league club in September, largely due to fatigue. He threw just over 60 innings.

This spring, Petrick made one appearance in big league camp, pitching to just one batter before he was optioned to the minor leagues. His velocity was down and he spent the first month of the season in Arizona rehabbing a sore shoulder before making eight appearances at Daytona in May. He had a 4.09 ERA and seven strikeouts in 11 innings. Petrick last pitched on May 25.

“He just had some discomfort and we had been through a whole lot in the last year, so we thought the best thing was rest,” said Fleita.

Fleita said that Petrick was “not far away from maybe doing something” and added that he could play winter ball somewhere this off-season.

“We’ll get him back on the mound,” he said. “He’s had a lot of up and down time the last couple of years, and sometimes the answer to everything is rest.”


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