Hendry says Maddux plans to stay with Cubs
Ex-Cy winner sought by D-backs GM Towers as coach
CHICAGO -- Greg Maddux will be back with the Cubs in 2011 in the same capacity as an assistant to general manager Jim Hendry and be involved in scouting, coaching and player evaluation.
New D-backs general manager Kevin Towers told USA Today he'd like to hire the four-time Cy Young winner as Arizona's next bench coach or pitching coach. Hendry said Thursday he spent part of the last two days with Maddux at Fitch Park in Mesa, Ariz., where he's helping with the instructional league.
"Greg's intent is to stay with the Cubs for 2011 and do exactly what he's doing now," Hendry said.
The two have had numerous conversations since Cubs manager Lou Piniella left, including discussions about Maddux joining the big league staff.
"[Towers' comments] didn't bother me because I knew what Greg was going to do," Hendry said. "I don't blame anybody for wanting Greg Maddux."
The former Cubs pitcher has not expressed a desire to get back in uniform.
"He could probably do any job in the game that he chooses to down the road," Hendry said. "He made the commitment to his family to work this way. When he wants to come back, if he wants to be in uniform, I'll always try to accommodate him. He made it real clear to me and we talked about it then, looking ahead. We already knew Lou wasn't coming back and that he was going to retire. I said, 'Hey, there are going to be some changes,' and he said, 'I'd prefer to be doing what I'm doing for another year.'"
Cubs GM Hendry concludes Sandberg talks
CHICAGO -- Cubs general manager Jim Hendry met with Ryne Sandberg this week in Arizona to discuss the team's manager vacancy.
"The process is continuing the way I said it would," said Hendry, who was back in Chicago on Thursday.
Hendry and Sandberg had dinner Tuesday night, and they continued discussions on Wednesday.
Sandberg is the second person to be formally interviewed for the Cubs job. Hendry also has talked to former Indians manager Eric Wedge and was expected to interview others, including Nationals coach Pat Listach and former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu.
Sandberg may be a popular candidate for other teams also looking for a manager. The former Cubs second baseman and Hall of Famer was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year this season after guiding the Triple-A Iowa Cubs to an 82-62 record. However, teams must contact the Cubs first to get permission to interview Sandberg, and so far, no team has made a request.
When Lou Piniella retired after the Aug. 22 game, third base coach Mike Quade took over and led the Cubs to an 18-8 record. Quade, who has managed 17 seasons in the Minor Leagues, also is a candidate for the job in 2011.
"I'm very pleased with how he's run the club and handled himself," Hendry said of Quade. "The players are playing hard for him. It's a really positive environment going on in our locker room and it's a very solid blend of using the veterans properly and getting the kids the development we need to see toward the end of the season. It's very positive. He's doing an outstanding job."
Hendry said he can see players fighting for jobs next season and also sees a lot of confidence.
"I see nothing but positives," he said. "Let's not forget, we traded quite a few players and now we've got a couple significant guys injured and we're not playing any different and Mike hasn't skipped a beat and given everybody a fair chance to earn their stripes.
"Hopefully we can finish it off and continue to get out of the development part of it and the knowledge that [assistant GM] Randy Bush and I need going into the offseason," Hendry said.
Season for Cubs starter Silva likely over
CHICAGO -- Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva's season is most likely over.
The right-hander has not pitched since Sept. 7 and missed his next scheduled start five days later because of a right elbow strain. He's simply running out of time.
"The thought of him getting built up in time for the last series -- you never rule anything out -- but it would be very tough," Cubs manager Mike Quade said Thursday. "My way of thinking is to just monitor him carefully. To rush somebody back for no apparent reason as opposed to getting him completely healthy would not make much sense to me. We'll continue his throwing program."
Silva has not thrown a side session since Sept. 12. He would need time to build up to 70, 80 pitches and the Cubs have 11 games remaining.
"He's been around long enough and he's smart enough to know what you want and what you're capable of are two different things," Quade said. "In the next six, seven days of work, it'll tell him what he's capable of doing. If he's healthy, I'm sure he'd like to pitch. It's not time for me to get involved until we see a healthy side and maybe a simulated game."
If he's done, Silva finishes 10-6 with a 4.22 ERA in 21 starts, an improvement over his two previous seasons with the Mariners when he was a combined 5-18 in 36 games, including 34 starts.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.