The Cubs Spring Training Report – 02/23/06

Good News and Pictures from Mesa

Is anyone else tired of the long cold winter? I am ready for spring and everything that comes with it. One week from today the Cubs start their 2006 exhibition season against the Oakland A’s….and I cannot wait. I looked on and it is supposed to be in the 70’s next week for the start of the Spring Training games. For the past several months we have all been talking. guessing and in my case writing about the upcoming season….and it is here.

Hopefully by the time this is on the CCO, everything will be back to normal. We have had problems with the server that kept articles from posting and changed the look of the site. Thank you to everyone that sent emails and kept logging in….now to the news….

The Associated Press had the first real bit of what I would call good news on Wednesday night. ran the article entitled, “News Is Good For Rehabbing Cubs Pitchers”. The article mentions Larry Rothschild’s plan to get Prior on the mound by the weekend and that Kerry Wood and Wade Miller played catch on Wednesday, both throwing around 120 feet. Here is what Rothschild said about Wood and Miller:

“It’s been impressive to where they are up to now,” Rothschild said. “They’re throwing the ball with pretty good force behind it. It’s not so much what they can do today, but can they feel like they can do it again tomorrow? That’s the basis we pretty much use to go forward.”

According to the AP, the Cubs are thinking as early as April for Kerry Wood and May for Wade Miller. The timetable for Wood’s return is sooner than what has been reported as of late. Wood will take today off and resume throwing on Friday and Miller should throw again today. Also the article mentions the Cubs are optimistic about Mark Prior pitching in one of the first Spring Training games.

There are pictures on Yahoo Sports from practice on Wednesday. The first page and a half are new. They include Aramis Ramirez, John Mabry, Mark Prior, Derrek Lee, Sean Marshall, Juan Pierre, Neifi Perez and Ronny Cedeno.

There was a good report in the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday about the possibility of Aramis Ramirez skipping the WBC. I like the statement he made….

“I got hurt in ’04 and ’05, and it’s about time for me to play a whole season for the Cubs,” he said. “I want to play [in the WBC] but we’ve got to take care of my health first. I want to talk to the doctors and see.”

Ramirez said he will concentrate this spring on strengthening his legs. Asked if he favored a commitment to the Cubs this spring ahead of playing for the Dominicans, he replied, “Yeah.”

According to Paul Sullivan in the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs have decided to pass on signing Juan Gonzalez to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training. reported on Wednesday that the Cubs are expecting word by the weekend on the condition of Jason Simontacchi who saw Dr. James Andrews earlier in the week. The PTBNL has yet to be completed in the Jon Leicester trade with Texas, but the deal was completed in the Jermaine Van Buren trade. The Boston Red Sox sent Minor League outfielder Matthew Ciaramella to the Cubs to complete the deal. Here are his stats from

The CCO will be in Mesa next weekend for the start of Spring Training. We have a lot of things planned, but as I learned yesterday….”The Best Laid Plans….” So for know I will keep a lid on it. I am really looking forward to seeing live baseball for the first time since October. I have been wearing out the XM and even destroyed an antenna, so give me some baseball, warm weather and our beloved Cubbies….

Check back for updates and if anything happens you will be able to read about your Cubbies here and in ‘Cubs News From The Wire’. Also, I had some 2006 pocket schedules printed, so if any of you would like a copy of the .pdf file to print out on your ownm drop me a line at [email protected]

Well that’s the news….and I’m sticking to it!!

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