Gorzelanny injury a scary sight

Watching Tom Gorzelanny take a line drive off his pitching hand was frightening for the Cubs and, in particular, catcher Koyie Hill.

“You worry,” Hill said. “It didn’t hit his face and got him on his hand. It’s tough because he was going out there doing a good job. You just hate to see that happen.”

After the injury, Gorzelanny, at first, wanted to try to stay in the game. However, the Cubs’ training staff convinced Gorzelanny it was time to come out and get the injury treated.

“Everything speeds up so much in those situations,” Hill said. “You know, I think he wanted to have a chance to see how he was, but it was his pitching hand. Even if it was just OK, over a while, it’s going to get to you. He might have had another hitter, but after that, there’s no use in risking it.”

According to a team official, X-rays on Gorzelanny’s hand concluded there was no displaced fracture in the pitchers’ pinky finger. However, doctors ordered a CT scan on the tip of the finger, which is scheduled for Thursday at Northwestern Hospital.


Thomas Diamond won his first big league game in relief of Gorzelanny.

• How does interim manager Mike Quade spend a valuable day off at home?

“I’m going to cook [on Thursday] and have some staff and some friends over. I have some family in tomorrow (Quade’s parents are visiting from Naples, Fla.). We’re going to cook and actually watch college football. And if I have a minute or two, maybe I find a racetrack or something. Every so often I go down that road.”

Kosuke Fukudome is hitting .364 with 12 extra-base hits and 13 RBIs since the All-Star break. Fukudome has been playing sporadically due to the glut of outfielders on the Cubs’ roster. The veteran outfielder, through his interpreter, talked about dealing with his part-time play.

“It is difficult to sit for a couple days and try to get back into it,” Fukudome said. “The only thing I can do is do the best I can, and, if I get good results, that’s great. That’s just the way it is.”

Fukudome’s average is up to .281 on the season. His 12 home runs are the most he’s hit in any major league season so far. The Cubs have one year left to pay Fukudome on his original four-year deal. His final year is for $13 million.

I asked Fukudome about trade rumors and whether he expects to be back for the Cubs in 2011.

“Any kind of rumor doesn’t change the fact that I’m actually still playing as a member of the Chicago Cubs,” Fukudome said. “So it doesn’t bother me, just because I don’t have any influence into it. And it is not my decision to make.