Bradley Set to Return

Milton Bradley will be back in the Cubs’ lineup as the team’s DH against the Indians Wednesday in Goodyear according to a report on Cubs.com. With a split squad game on Thursday in Las Vegas against the White Sox, Bradley will get the day off and is expected to play right field against the Dodgers at HoHoKam on Friday.

Here are a few updates including Lou Piniella on Jake Peavy, Jim Hendry on Curt Shilling and a guess on which players could be on the Cubs’ Opening Day roster from the Tribune….

News and Notes

Bruce Levine Podcasts

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  • Lou Piniella on Jake Peavy
  • Carlos Zambrano following his first start of the spring

Lou Piniella gave two different responses when he was recently asked about Jake Peavy. Piniella first said there was nothing to report. Then added, “Anything is possible, but I don’t talk about it.” Piniella said the Cubs are preparing their staff right now and if something happens down the line fine…

Jim Hendry on Sports Central

The Cubs GM joined Dave Kaplan on Monday night and discussed a variety of topics from Curt Schilling to Jake Peavy to Ted Lilly in the WBC to Corey Koskie to Carlos Zambrano’s first start of the spring.

Hendry said he has not talked to Curt Schilling or his agents about pitching for the Cubs. He added it was nice that a guy like that “if he does play would like to play for us.

Kaplan asked about Jake Peavy. Hendry responded with he cannot talk about Peavy because he is another team’s property but he appreciates the comments he made about the Cubs’ front office.

Aramis Ramirez is in the best reporting shape of his career according to Hendry.

Carlos Zambrano’s start on Monday against the Diamondbacks was discussed and Hendry admitted he did not know what to expect from Zambrano. Hendry called his first two innings of the spring an “exceptional outing“. He pointed out Zambrano had good pop on his fastball with very good command.

Link to Podcast of Jim Hendry on Sports Central

Phil Rogers’ Guess at the Cubs Opening Day Roster

Rotation

  • Carlos Zambrano
  • Ryan Dempster
  • Ted Lilly
  • Rich Harden
  • Sean Marshall

Bullpen

  • Carlos Marmol
  • Kevin Gregg
  • Aaron Heilman
  • Neal Cotts
  • Chad Gaudin
  • Kevin Hart
  • Mike Stanton

Catchers

  • Geovany Soto
  • Paul Bako

Infielders

  • Derrek Lee
  • Mike Fontenot
  • Ryan Theriot
  • Aramis Ramirez
  • Aaron Miles
  • Luis Rivas

Outfielders

  • Alfonso Soriano
  • Milton Bradley
  • Reed Johnson
  • Kosuke Fukudome
  • Micah Hoffpauir

What happened to Joey Gathright?

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

Quote of the Day

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