Three games down and 31 to go on the Cubs’ Cactus League schedule …
The biggest news from the first three exhibition games is the Cubs inability to catch and throw a baseball. Following the Cubs’ third three-error game of the spring, Mike Quade said it’s too early to blow his top over miscues. But his Opening Day starter was told of other plans.
Ryan Dempster addressed the Cubs nine errors following Tuesday’s game in Scottsdale. Dempster indicated he spoke with Quade about the problem. According to Dempster, Quade’s solution is going to be to cut off fingers, one at a time, for every error a player commits. The media thought Dempster was joking.
Here’s the update that includes video from game three against the Giants …
According to a report from Carrie Muskat, Tyler Colvin will get a start at first base Friday when the Cubs travel to Surprise to face the Royals.
According to multiple reports, Fernando Perez will miss a couple of days due to a bruised shoulder. Perez made a diving/tumbling catch on a ball in the ninth inning Monday afternoon and landed awkwardly on his shoulder. The Cubs thought he had re-injured the left wrist he had surgery on in 2009.
Carlos Zambrano will start Thursday’s game against the Rangers. Zambrano was very good in his first outing Sunday.
Matt Garza will get his first start of the spring Friday against the Royals. Garza struggled in his debut Sunday.
Mike Quade is targeting March 16 for the first round of cuts. The Cubs only off day of the spring is March 16 and they play all four of their split-squad games before Quade’s target date.
Video from Game Three
Starlin Castro against Tim Lincecum
Josh Vitters and Max Ramirez
Well, there’s the update … and the Cubs just committed another error.