'I'm very surprised, to be honest'
July 31: Greg Maddux is disappointed to be leaving Chicago but looking forward to playing with the Dodgers.
Hendry said he would not rule out re-signing Maddux for next season, even though he was just 38-37 in his return to the Cubs in 90 starts.
“There is no such thing as counting him out. You’ll never hear me say he’s done or in decline,” Hendry said. “He’s already done things that are unbelievable and certainly almost impossible. Nothing he could ever do would surprise me.”
Izturis was a Gold Glove winner in 2004 and an All-Star last year, then had season-ending elbow surgery in September. The 26-year-old was activated June 20 and is hitting .252 with seven doubles and 12 RBIs in 32 games.
“I feel good. Every day it feels better and stronger,” Izturis said. “I want to play every day. I can’t wait to get there.”
Dodgers GM Ned Colletti credited Izturis for his flexibility in moving from shortstop to third base to second.
“I admire how he handled the situation and how hard he played,” Colletti said. “I’m glad I could place him in a place where he’ll have a chance to do what he wants to do.”
“Right now I can throw any ball from shortstop,” Izturis said. “Hopefully, I will stay healthy and play for many years to come.”
As Maddux said his goodbyes Monday, his son was at his side. They often played catch at Wrigley Field. It was one of the perks manager Dusty Baker allows his players.
“I enjoyed playing here and part of me will always be a Cub,” Maddux said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Yankees fans showed Don Mattingly the love from the moment he took the lineup card to home plate Wednesday. Hiroki Kuroda, though, wasn't feeling nostalgic when facing his old team.
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