The CCO Radio returns just three days before the exhibition season gets underway for the Cubs in Arizona. Once again Brian and Shaun discuss a variety of Cubs topics from Harry Caray to the latest revelations from Lou Piniella on his lineup to Brian Roberts and Jose Ceda to the centerfield competition to a heated discussion over Kerry Wood.
Ted Lilly was announced as the starter for the 4th game of the Cactus League schedule against the Giants at HoHoKam. Read on for the latest from Mesa, including updates on Mark DeRosa and Jose Ascanio and the rest of the news from Day 12 of Camp Lou….
“Who’s In Third and What’s on the Mound – Installment 4”
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The Latest from Mesa
Mark DeRosa was released from the hospital on Sunday afternoon according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. DeRosa’s irregular heartbeat was described as an atrial dysrhythmia. The report in the Tribune indicated DeRosa has had similar problems in the past. Cubs’ physician Stephen Adams said they need to review the tests before determining how long DeRosa will be out but Dr. Adams did not “anticipate it will be an extended period.”
In yet another strange incident this spring, Jose Ascanio was attacked at a Scottsdale convenience store on Saturday night. A report in the Chicago Sun-Times indicated it was a “one-sided fistfight.” Ascanio’s left eye was closed and his face was swollen. He was sent to the hospital on Sunday to have the injuries examined.
Piniella said on Sunday he expects Ascanio to be back on the field Monday.
Other News from Day 12 of Camp Lou
Felix Pie missed “a workout to have an unusual, but minor, medical procedure in his Australian region (think down under)” according to a report in the Sun-Times. Pie was back on the field on Saturday.
This year’s outfield defense could end up being one of the best in the team’s history according to a report in the Sun-Times.
Noah Lowry will start for the Giants in the Cactus League opener on Thursday, followed by Kevin Correia. Jonathan Sanchez has been announced as the starter against Carlos Zambrano at HoHoKam on Friday and Matt Cain will take the hill on Sunday against Ted Lilly.
The Cubs will not play an intrasquad game this spring and will move camp down the street to HoHoKam Park after Tuesday’s practice according to a report on Cubs.com.
Eric Patterson has spent most of his time with the outfielders this spring.
Ronny Cedeno has split time in the infield and outfield.
Tyler Colvin did not hit on Sunday according to a report on Cubs.com for precautionary reasons….his elbow tightened up on him.
Chad Fox does not blame Dusty Baker for what appeared to be a career ending injury in 2005 according to a report in the Daily Herald.
Lou Piniella has been very complimentary about Matt Murton’s swing over the past two days.
Enjoy the podcast and as always….Stay Classy Cubs Fans!