Day 13 of Camp Lou IV was rather quiet as the Cubs prepare to move down the street to HoHoKam Park. The Cubs last practice at Fitch Park is on Tuesday.
Lou Piniella announced his starting pitchers for the first six exhibition games. Randy Wells will start the opener (followed by Sean Marshall, J.R. Mathes, Mike Parisi and Esmailin Caridad). Carlos Zambrano will take the ball on Friday against the D’Backs.
As for the remainder of the first weekend, Carlos Silva will start against the White Sox on Saturday … the first televised game of the spring. Tom Gorzelanny and Jeff Samardzija will start the split-squad games against the Sox and Dodgers on Sunday … and Ryan Dempster will face the A’s on Monday. As usual for a pitcher’s first spring outing, look for each starter to throw two innings.
Piniella also announced Starlin Castro will likely start Thursday’s opener against the A’s and leadoff the game … while Alfonso Soriano will not make his spring debut until Sunday, likely in the game against the Dodgers at HoHoKam.
Monday was also photo day for the Chicago Cubs. Here’s the rest from day 13 of Camp Lou IV … with just two full days before the games begin. Notes from Mesa
- Angel Guzman did not throw off a mound as expected on Monday. Guzman played long toss on flat ground and is not expected to throw off a mound until early next week. Piniella said Guzman felt good following his workout on Monday.
- Xavier Nady will be the Cubs’ DH when the games begin. Teams asked the Cubs if they could use a designated hitter while at their park, Piniella agreed … apparently as a way to get Nady at bats while he continues to work on his new throwing mechanics with Larry Rothschild.
- Geovany Soto missed Monday’s practice with the flu.
- Jeff Gray is expected to throw off a mound after the team moves to HoHoKam Park
- Thomas Diamond hit Alfonso Soriano on the left side during Monday’s live BP session.
- Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee are expected to start Thursday’s opener against the A’s.
Quotes from Lou
“I’m anxious to see the kid myself. He handles himself very professionally for a young kid out here, he really does. He’s calm. He’s not awed by being here. He’s relaxed. He’s not starry-eyed. If you didn’t know he was 19 years old, you couldn’t guess he was 19.”
“I’ll be honest with you, there are open spots here on our pitching staff. We’re going to have to take some young pitching out of here. It doesn’t really matter who it is, whoever wants it, go out and compete. They’re going to get opportunities, whether it’s Cashner or whomever. There’s distinct possibilities for anyone who wants a job.”
“You tend to stay with your more veteran guys like [Sean] Marshall, [Carlos] Silva, [Jeff] Samardzija, [Tom] Gorzelanny, [Mike] Parisi. How about if Cashner is lights out and we put him in the bullpen? I’m just talking out loud.”
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Includes photos of Xavier Nady and Marlon Byrd … just to name a few.
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