The Cubs made their third round of roster cuts Wednesday when they optioned Justin Berg and Scott Maine to Triple-A Iowa … and assigned Todd Wellemeyer and Angel Guzman to minor league camp. Wellemeyer is contemplating his future after dealing with another injury this spring.
The Cubs are expected to make another round of roster cuts Thursday. Mike Quade said the next decisions on the roster would focus on the position players. Quade also said the Cubs would set the starting rotation by Sunday.
Quade said the “plot thickened” after Silva’s performance Wednesday against the A’s. Andrew Cashner will take the hill Saturday against the Rangers in Surprise … and the Cubs final decision could be made shortly after Cashner’s next outing. Braden Looper, who is still in the mix for a roster and rotation spot, is expected to follow Matt Garza against the White Sox Thursday afternoon.
Here is the update from the desert on the day Starlin Castro turns 21 years old … Mike Quade was expecting another sleepless night Wednesday as he mulls over roster decisions with the position players. Several reports indicated position-player cuts will be made Thursday.
News and Notes
Carlos Zambrano threw 82 pitches over four innings in a minor league game against the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A team Wednesday at Fitch Park. Zambrano asked to pitch in the minor league game, which impressed Mike Quade according to Bruce Miles.
According to Bruce Miles, scouts were at HoHoKam Park to watch Carlos Silva throw Wednesday.
Max Ramirez had a MRI on his sore left wrist Wednesday. Results of the MRI have not been made public yet. Ramirez is battling for a bench job with Koyie Hill and Welington Castillo. Ramirez is out of minor league options and would likely not make it through waivers if he’s not on the Cubs’ Opening Day roster … or start the year on the DL.
With Scott Maine being optioned to Triple-A Iowa Wednesday, it appears James Russell will break camp with the Cubs … as the third lefty in the pen. The Cubs have said repeatedly all spring with an all right-handed starting rotation they would likely begin the season with three southpaws in the pen.
Braden Looper will pitch in Thursday’s game against the White Sox … in what could be his final audition of the spring.
According to a report from the Sun-Times, Bobby Scales, Blake DeWitt and Scott Moore are vying for the final spot among the position players.
Well, there’s the update … and it’s time to sleep on it again.