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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 12, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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By Mark Shields
According to a California physi
cian, Larry Doyle, second baseman,
will not be able to play ball for the
Cubs before tbe middle of July. This
was the decision after an examina
tion of Capt Larry's ankle, broken
last fall.
'There is a conflict of opinion on
this question, for only a few days'ago
another medico said Doyle could im
mediately get into the game and do
his darnedest with the prop.
More important than the edict of
the latest physician is the attitude of
Manager Mitchell and other officials
of the North Siders. They have
made no effort to land a youngster
for the second base job, and Steve
Yerkes has been the only athlete tak
ing a whirl at the position. Steve is
a good ballplayer in some latitudes,
but not in the north during early
spring and summer, when the weath
er is .chilly.
The war correspondents say that
If Doyle is out of commission Yerkes
will play the bag until Larry is ready.
But early in the season is the very
time when Yerkes would do his poor
est playing. It is a question of Um
bering muscles with Yerkes and not
Df early stea'son pitching. His bat
ting eye is all right and Weakness in
that direction had nothing to do with
him being shaken out of the big
Doyle himself feels little anxiety
about the ankle. The fact that he
has taken part in none of the prac
tice games means nothing serious.
He is practicing daily and personally
would like to take a chance in a
game. But Manager Mitc'hell is hold
ing him back. Fred will taken no
chances of a more serious injury in
the exhibition jaunt along the coast
Without Doyle the Cubs would be
a poor team, no better than the club
wnich finished the seasou of 1916.
Doyle is needed to pep . up Chuck
Wortman and teach him some of the
finer points .of big league play. He
has it in his power to make the North
Side infielid.
From all coast reports, Dillhoefer,
the Milwaukee catcher,- has all the
mechanical requisites of -a big league
ballplayer. He can throw and his ac
tion is good. At bat he has been a
walloper against coast league pitch
ing. So far as the actual muscle work
is concerned, Manager Mitchell
opines that Dillhoefer will do. But
the big question is how the young
ster will stack up when he is pitted
against thebrains of big league play
ers. He will be a stranger to the op
posing players, will not know their
weaknesses and "must ' trust to the
judgment of his veteran pitchers. He
would be all at sea early in the- sea
son if a rookie pitcher was working
for the Cubs.
A few weeks on the bench, listen
ing to the instruction of Mitchell and
watching the alien batters, will be
the best prescription in the world
for Dillhoefer.
In beating Los, Angales yesterday
he belted two triples and a homer,
but failed to touch fire base on one
triple and lost credit fpr it. That is
an inexcusable mistake and no doubt
he heard some burning words from
the manager.
Veteran pitchers of the White Sox
are being brought along slowly at
Mineral Wells, but they will get a
taste of action beginning next Satur
day, when exhibition games against'
theJTexas league clubsbegin. In the
meantime, in practice games be
tween the first and second squads, '
youngsters are being used, and some
of them have made good impressions.
Lamars and Schellenbach have
been especially effective against the
alleged sluggers of the Sox, Joe

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