The Cubs ‘officially’ got to work on Day Two of Camp Lou IV. The rest of the pitchers, and a few notable position players, joined the early arrivals to camp for the first full day of workouts at Fitch Park.
Single-game tickets for Cubs’ home games go on sale Friday morning at 10:00am CST … and the Ricketts family will be on hand serving coffee and donuts to “some of the people in line and also expressing thanks for their loyalty.” Tom Ricketts will also be in Mesa next week to spend a few days around the team.
Ryan Theriot’s arbitration hearing is scheduled for Friday in St. Petersburg, Fla. The decision will be announced within 24 hours. Theriot will earn either $3.4 million in 2010 or the $2.6 million the Cubs’ offered.
Here are the updates from the second day of Camp Lou IV …
- Greg Maddux joined the team on the field Thursday … and dusted off his old number 31.
- Xavier Nady reported to camp and took batting practice. Nady is throwing three times a week right now from 120-130 feet.
- Esmailin Caridad is the front-runner to serve as the right-handed setup man … if Angel Guzman’s health problems continue.
- Justin Berg, Jeff Stevens and John Gaub are in the mix for late inning relief jobs.
- Carlos Zambrano has dropped his cut fastball because he had trouble controlling it. Zambrano will use his sinker, split-finger fastball and fastball.
- Zambrano was asked about the trade rumors over the off-season. Zambrano said he would not have waived his no-trade clause. Zambrano wants to finish his career with the Cubs.
- Carlos Marmol worked on the command of his fastball all winter … and is looking forward to not having any competition this spring for the closer’s job.
- Jeff Samardzija wants to be in the Cubs’ starting rotation … not the bullpen.
Boys of Spring
- Sheridan realizes it is early, but he is getting a “very good feeling about Marlon Byrd.”
- Rudy Jaramillo discussed his 5 Steps to Effective Hitting with all of the position players in attendance on Thursday.
Gary Hughes on XM Radio
Special assistant to Jim Hendry, Gary Hughes, joined Jody McDonald and Jim Bowden during the Show (XM Radio) on Thursday afternoon.
Hughes talked about the Cubs’ off-season moves with one of his former bosses, Jim Bowden. Hughes dropped a couple of interesting tidbits …
- According to Hughes, Lou Piniella has told Sam Fuld he will make the team out of Spring Training.
- Hughes said Xavier Nady was brought in to “battle for a starting spot” in the outfield.
- Hughes is very high on Starlin Castro. During an organization meeting there was a discussion and a vote on where Castro should begin the 2010 season. The choices were Double-A or Triple-A … Hughes did not vote. When asked why, he said the choice where he feels Castro should start the season was not given as an option.
After their preview of the NL Central, Jody McDonald and Jim Bowden made their predictions for the 2010 season. Bowden sees the Cardinals winning the division followed by the Brewers, Cubs, Reds, Astros and Pirates. McDonald agreed the Cardinals would win the central followed by the Cubs, Brewers, Astros, Reds and Pirates. McDonald sees the Cardinals running away with the division.
A scout told Jody McDonald that if Starlin Castro is in the Major Leagues this year he would be one of the top five fielding shortstops in the big leagues. The only problem is if he will be able to hit enough. Jim Bowden has heard Castro has the tools to be a gold glove shortstop in the majors.
According to multiple reports, Carlos Silva reported to camp out of shape. The Cubs said they have to get him in better condition. Lou Piniella added he was not disappointed in the way Silva reported, but …
“I’m not disappointed about anything. We need to work on getting him a little better conditioning, and he’s going to work hard.”
Video from Day Two of Camp Lou IV
Well, there’s the update … and I am sticking to it!
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