Theriot in the Lead … and Other Cubs Notes from Arizona

The biggest news out of Cubs camp on Monday, other than Kevin Millar’s comedy act, was Lou Piniella announcing Ryan Theriot would be the Cubs leadoff man … at least when the season starts. Piniella said he is 80 percent sure Theriot will hit at the top of his lineup with Kosuke Fukudome hitting in the two-hole.

As for the rest of the Cubs lineup … Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Marlon Byrd, Alfonso Soriano, Mike Fontenot/Jeff Baker and Geovany Soto will round out the first eight spots in the Cubs lineup.

Mike Fontenot is leading the battle for the Cubs’ starting second baseman’s job. Piniella would like to begin the season with a left-handed hitter in the second and seventh spots in his lineup against right-handed pitchers.

According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs plan to make a smaller amount of roster cuts by Tuesday. Here’s the rest …

Notes from Mesa

Rudy Jaramillo on Hitting

Keith Law on Jeff Samardzija

Well, there is the update from Mesa … and I’m sticking to it!

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