Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 03/24/12

Spring Training Game Twenty-Four: Cubs (10-12-1) vs. Padres (SS) (13-9)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN
Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa

Travis Wood (1-1, 25.07/4.07) vs. Anthony Bass (1-0, 2.00/1.00)

Updated 11:35am CDT – The Cubs announced Marcos Mateo will be shutdown for at least 10 days, then re-examined. Mateo had MRI on right elbow and said soreness same as last year. The MRI showed the injury was similar to the one he had last year that cost him the second half of his season.

The Cubs will play their first full squad home game in over week this afternoon when they host Jed Hoyer’s old team, the San Diego Padres.

Starlin Castro turns 22 today and will celebrate his birthday with a day off. Darwin Barney will make his second start at short in the last three games … and is looking for a better day in the field than the one he had Thursday.

The Cubs will have wall-to-wall coverage today. Not only is the game on WGN TV with Len Kasper and Bob Brenly but Pat Hughes and Keith Moreland will call the game on 720 WGN.

MLB Network Radio will be in Cubs’ camp today as a part of the network’s 30 in 30 Spring Training Tour. Casey Stern and Jim Bowden will talk all things Cubs on XM Channel 89 beginning at 12:00pm CDT.

The Cubs decided to let Travis Wood start today’s spring game. Randy Wells is expected to follow Wood and Chris Volstad will get his work in at Fitch Park in a minor league game.

Today’s exhibition game all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood has been horrible this spring and there was talk that he would pitch on the side or in a minor league game today and not in a big league game. Wood is not slowing the game down and is rushing his pitches this spring. Wood has pitched his way to Iowa to begin the season, regardless of how he performs today.

Travis Wood has allowed an astonishing 14 runs, 13 earned on 13 hits in 4 2/3 innings this spring. Wood has walked six and struck out four in 4 2/3 innings. In his last outing, Wood allowed seven runs on seven hits (three home runs) with two walks and two strikeouts in two innings to the Mariners.

Along with Randy Wells, James Russell is on the Cubs’ pitching schedule for Saturday … and Darwin Barney is expected to start at shortstop this afternoon.

Anthony Bass makes his fifth appearance, second start, of the spring this afternoon. Bass has performed quite well in just nine innings. Bass has allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Bass tossed two innings of shutout ball against the Giants in his last spring outing.

The other half of the Padres roster will host the Reds in Peoria this afternoon.

News and Notes

The Cubs have not updated the status of Marcos Mateo. Mateo left Thursday’s game with an apparent arm injury and had a MRI Thursday night. Mateo said the pain he felt Thursday was similar to the pain he felt in his elbow last year that cost him the second half of the season.

Rodrigo Lopez will start Sunday’s game in Goodyear against the Indians and Ryan Dempster will get his work in at Fitch Park in a minor league game.

Paul Maholm and Jay Jackson are scheduled to start Monday’s split squad games against San Diego and Arizona. Maholm will take the ball against the Padres in Mesa while Jay Jackson will make his first start of the spring in Scottsdale against the D’Backs.

According to a report from ESPN Chicago, Rafael Dolis appears to be a lock to make the Cubs Opening Day roster.

And it appears the Lakeview Baseball Club may not put back the ‘AC’ sign back on the rooftop beyond the right field wall … but ‘Eamus Catuli!‘ will return once the repairs to the roof are completed.

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