It takes more than radiation and chemotherapy treatments to keep Schererville’s Bill Bryk away from the ballpark.
A special assistant to Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers, longtime scout Bryk continued to watch games at Minute Maid Park while undergoing the treatments after surgery for salivary-gland cancer at a Houston hospital. He completed the treatments July 12, then flew home and drove to South Bend the next day to scout players at the Silver Hawks Midwest League Game.
“Watching baseball has kept me going,” said Bryk, who was at U.S. Cellular Field last week to gather trade-deadline information. He’ll be on the road this week in Tampa for more deadline scouting.
“The doctor said things are going well,” said Bryk, who sported a bandage totally around his neck to soothe the effects of radiation.
Granderson back for Sox series?: Lynwood’s Curtis Granderson may be in the lineup by the time the Yankees hit U.S. Cellular Field next Monday.
The center fielder, a T.F. South alum, fractured his left pinkie May 24. Granderson has played in eight games this season after a fractured forearm cut short spring training.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters Granderson could return by a series in San Diego this weekend.
Sox stylemasters: General manager Rick Hahn is not a chip off predecessor Kenny Williams in discussing the trade deadline.
Although Williams could be combative with the media, he regularly made himself available in the weeks up to past July 31 deadlines. He often would speak before the first games of homestands or individual three-game series. Although Williams never tipped his hand, he at least would address the pace and trends of trade talks while stating his trading philosophy at the time.
But Hahn last talked to the media before a game with the Cleveland Indians on June 30. He then retreated to his inner sanctum except for scattered clubhouse visits. Hahn said he would not appear to address every trade rumor.
Soriano deal no steal: The Cubs signed Alfonso Soriano to his eight-year, $136 million deal in November 2006 partially on his 40-40 season with the Nationals — 46 homers, 41 steals.
But his value as a multifaceted leadoff man who could ignite the lineup with his legs was dashed in his first Cubs season in 2007. Soriano was disabled twice by leg injuries. Worse yet, he seemed to obsess verbally over the condition of his legs once he was re-activated. The worry in his voice over re-injuring himself was palpable.
Soriano only stole 19 bases in each of his first two Cubs seasons. He finished with 70 steals in Chicago.