Cubs reliever Angel Guzman, who was shut down the past three days because of shoulder soreness, threw 25-30 ``pitches'' from 45 feet today and fared well.
``He said the shoulder felt better, and that's good news. That's encouraging,'' manager Lou Piniella said. ``Tomorrow he'll get on a mound and let it go.''
Guzman, the Cubs' best reliever last season, also has been working back from knee surgery about four weeks ago and has made good progress.
Other items on a short Sunday of work:
-- Randy Wells gets the Cubs' first starting assignment of the spring when the Cubs' open the exhibition season Thursday against Oakland. Other pitchers scheduled to throw that day include Sean Marshall, J.R. Mathes, Mike Parisi and Esmailin Caridad.
--Piniella said Sunday already was scheduled to be a short work day. And with Guzman able to throw, along with John Grabow, whose scheduled day was Sunday, the Cubs didn't lose any important practice time. ``If wwe were going to lose a day of work, today is as good a day as any,'' he said.