Cubs Organization Report

Rocky roads




CHICAGO—Don't worry. Rocky Roquet is OK.

In what was otherwise a dream season for the Cubs righthanded reliever, Roquet needed a hernia operation and missed the final few weeks of the Arizona Fall League.

But Roquet said he is ready to go in 2008.

"It was nothing too serious, but something that needed to be taken care of," he said. "I tried working through it for the most part. I worked through it in August and September. It was no problem. After a month in the fall league it was acting up and it wasn't worth risking further injury. I had surgery the first week in November and I'm back fully now. Everything is working out."

The 25-year-old is in a much different position than he was in 2001, when he graduated high school and headed to college as an outfielder. He attended Florida State, Santa Ana (Calif.) Community College, Northeast Texas Community College and Cal Poly. He switched to pitching before joining the Cubs in 2006 as a nondrafted free agent.

After 19 appearances and a 5.49 ERA at short-season Boise in 2006, he had a banner year in 2007, when he posted a 2.29 ERA in 50 appearances, totaling 18 saves between his stints at low Class A Peoria, high Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee.

"I've only been pitching four or five years and never pitched this many innings in a season," Roquet said. "I learned what you had to do to be a reliever on a consistent basis."

CUBBYHOLE

• Dave Bialas will return as minor league field coordinator for the sixth straight season. Bobby Dickerson will be the infield and bunting coordinator. Bob Dernier will be the baserunning coordinator. Dave Keller will be the hitting coordinator. Casey Kopitzke will be the catching coordinator. Carmelo Martinez will be the Latin American field coordinator. Mark Riggins will be the pitching coordinator.

• The Cubs promoted area scouts Jose Serra, Rolando Pino and Hector Ortega. They also added Charlie Aliano as a regional supervisor for the East.