Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Angels – 03/14/10

Spring Training Game Twelve: Cubs (7-4) vs. Angels (2-6-2)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: XM Radio Channel 176
Location – Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe

Randy Wells (1-0, 0.00/0.20) vs. Joel Pineiro (0-0, 4.50/2.00)

Updated – 11:08am CDTCubs announced first round of cuts on Sunday morning. Nine players removed from Spring Training roster … two optioned and seven assigned to minor league camp.

Mitch Atkins was optioned to Triple-A Iowa and David Patton was optioned to Double-A Tennessee. Steve Clevenger, Blake Lalli, Jeff Kennard, Josh Vitters, Matt Camp, Brett Jackson and Vince Perkins assigned to minor league camp.

The Cubs travel to Tempe for the first time this afternoon to face the Angels … one of two games for the Cubs against the defending AL West Champions in the Cactus League this year. The Cubs will send Randy Wells to the mound against the ex-Cardinal, Joel Pineiro.

Aramis Ramirez left Saturday’s game against the Reds in the third inning with soreness in his right triceps. Ramirez is listed as day-to-day. The Cubs have downplayed the injury … he is expected back in the lineup in a couple of days.

After X-rays showed no damage in Derrek Lee’s left foot, the Cubs said he would be out for a couple of more days with a bruised left foot. Lee is not expected back until Tuesday.

The Cubs are expected to announce their first round of cuts following today’s game

With three weeks and 21 games remaining on their spring schedule (22 games counting Sunday’s match-up with the Angels), the Cubs have several decisions to make with their roster.

Players such as Tyler Colvin and Starlin Castro are reportedly making the Cubs think twice this spring. Players that appeared as locks before the games began might have slipped a little on the Cubs’ depth chart.

Randy Wells will make his third start of the spring. Wells has allowed no runs and only one hit in five innings without a walk and four strikeouts. For the Cubs to prove the experts wrong this season, they will need a big year out of Randy Wells.

Joel Pineiro missed his last start because of emergency dental work. Pineiro last pitched on March 4 and gave up a run on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts in two innings of work.

Anthony Ortega, Michael Kohn and Andrew Taylor also scheduled to pitch for the Angels.

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