Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. White Sox – 03/06/10

Spring Training Game Three: Cubs (2-0) vs. White Sox (ss) (0-1-1)
Game Time – 2:05pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: WGN TV/MLB Network – Radio: 720 WGN
Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa

Carlos Silva (0-0, -.–/-.–) vs. Daniel Hudson (0-0, -.–/-.–)

The Cubs and White Sox face off for the first time in 2010 this afternoon. Spring Training or not, this is the Cubs versus the Sox.

The Cubs will travel to Camelback Ranch in Glendale on Sunday (weather permitting) to play the South Side … then the two teams play a pair of games next weekend in Las Vegas (both split squad games). Lou Piniella’s crew will see Ozzie Guillen’s bunch one more time in Arizona on March 19 in Glendale.

Xavier Nady (designated hitter) and Alfonso Soriano (left field) are expected to make their spring debuts this afternoon … along with Carlos Silva.

Silva’s conditioning has been a big story for the Cubs this spring. Silva insists that he is ready to compete and this afternoon will be his first chance to prove it.

This afternoon’s game is the first telecast of the spring for the Cubs. The game can be seen on WGN TV and the MLB Network … Pat Hughes and Ron Santo will have the play-by-play on the radio.

Continue reading for more on Angel Guzman and other notes from Mesa …

Angel Guzman went for an MRI on his shoulder Friday … and there is talk the Cubs’ could lose Guzman for the season. Regardless of the results from Friday’s MRI, Guzman will start the season on the DL.

Jeff Gray is not making much progress and could not be ready for Opening Day as well. Gray suffered a groin strain during the first week of Spring Training. He has not been able to throw off a mound. Gray is still feeling the injury when he throws.

Jim Hendry is looking to make an addition to a very thin bullpen.

Mike Fontenot is out with a sore shoulder until at least Sunday according to a report from Fontenot has a strain in his shoulder and the Cubs were a little concerned on Friday. Fontenot suffered the injury during Thursday’s game against the A’s when he took an awkward slide into third base.

Lou Piniella will not make the trip to Las Vegas next weekend. Piniella will stay in Arizona and skip the two split squad games against the White Sox. Alan Trammell will manage the Cubs for the two games in Vegas.

Andrew Cashner, Jeff Kennard, James Russell, John Grabow and Carlos Marmol are on the Cubs’ pitching schedule for this afternoon’s ballgame.

Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …

Quote of the Day

"People who write about Spring Training not being necessary have never tried to throw a baseball." – Sandy Koufax