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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  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus – RF
    Byrd – CF
    DeWitt – 2B
    Soriano – LF
    Baker – 3B
    Barney – SS
    Mather – 1B
    Castillo – C
    T.Wood – P

  • Neil

    From Jim Bowden: Sveum told me as of now bullpen will include Marmol, K.Wood, Russell, Dolis, Coleman & possibly L. Castillo, said Mateo MRI neg

    • Chadaudio

      Wow. I’m surprised about Coleman being in the pen… wonder what this means for Wells?

      • Richard Hood

        It means he could be had for the right price. With about 5 teams needing back of the rotation help Wells value is going up with every start.
        It will make me feel very foolish if they get some serviceable prospects for Wells. I was one of the guys that said he needed to be nontendered after last year.

        • Tony_Hall

          You aren’t the only one.  

      • Neil

        They are shopping Wells, there are teams scouting him. Keep in mind, Coleman has options, Wells does not. If Wells is still with the team he will be on the Opening Day roster.

        Sveum said this morning that Samardzija, Wells, Lopez and Travis Wood are still in the mix for the last spot in the rotation. Dempster, Garza, Volstad and Maholm are in.

  • Neil

    Kerry Wood hasn’t pitched since Sunday. Apparently has had back issues. Arm is fine

  • Neil

    Sveum said this morning that Mateo will obviously not be with the team when the season begins.

  • Neil
  • Neil

    The Chicago media is shooting down Bowden’s report about Volstad making the rotation and Coleman being in the pen. I heard Sveum say, “Volstad has thrown the heck out of the ball this spring and I don’t see how he does not make the rotation.” And that Samardzija, Wells, T.Wood and Lopez are competing for the last spot.

    • cubs1967

      how can Wood be in the mix for a rotation spot??
      how has he not been sent to minor league camp yet??
      just like the other moves where the salary dictates the roster; now ‘cuz wood was traded in a very bad trade; team theo is calling that shot.

      pathetic, wood should be in AA; he’s been a major bust.
      if smardz fails again, then maybe wells should be the 5th guy.
      can’t hurt to keep him; otherwise the back-ups when injuries start are lopez, coleman, and sonnastine(same as coleman-different name)………just as bad as last year.

      maine has to be in the mix for the pen too; need another lefty and he’s been good.

      • Tony_Hall

        Travis Wood is not going to get the last rotation spot.  You jump on every comment.  

        Need another lefty, read the article, that Neil posted, where Sveum talks about how some teams have gone without a lefty.  You need 7 good bullpen arms, that fill their roles, not just a lefty or 2 for the sake of being LH.  Now that would be pathetic.

  • woody34

    Two tidbits here.
    1. Madson out for year to undergo Tommy John.

    2. Our old buddies Theriot and Fontenot both being shopped by San Fran.  Guess they realized too they have a low ceiling. 

    • cubs1967

      isn’t is sad that fielder and pujos left the division, carpenter is hurt again and after 273IP last year; he may never be the same at his age and now madson is gone for the year meaning sean marshall is gonna close; OUCH; rack up those saves–the bombs away wood trade is now really gonna look bad!!
      too bad the cubs did not try this year; 5 teams make the playoffs and the division winner s/b around 85 wins…..

      theo: cubs fans should expect a winner………….really?

      • RynoTiger

        because as we saw, throwing money at the problem brough the  Cubs a championship, right?

    • RynoTiger

      too bad for the Reds and Madson.  though I don’t see Marshall as a closer.  perhaps this is where Chapman comes in to help them out. 

  • RynoTiger

    when I read some of the grumpy angry responses on this board, in my head I picture that some of the posters are like this Dana Carvey character:

    • Tony_Hall

      Sound about right.  Just remember, there are lot more Cub fans who are excited about the regime and the future of this team, then there are Grump Old Men!

  • Neil

    Travis Wood’s final line against #Padres (SS): 3R, 5H, 0BB,
    2HBP, 1K in 3.2 IP (all 3 runs scored in the 4th inning)

    • RynoTiger

      that’s a much better performance than his previous ones.  could have gotten out of the inning sooner had Castillo actually caught the ball for the out at home.

      now let me go get in my bomb bunker so I can prepare for all the negative shots i’ll get for even suggesting he did better.

      • Neil

        I’m right there with you. Wood pitched a lot better, hit his spots in the first three innings. Started falling behind in the fourth. Much better outing.

        • Tony_Hall

          Nice outing for Wood.  It’s all about making progress, and he had 3 good innings.  

          Iowa here he comes, though.

          • cubtex

            Baby steps. 3 runs. 5 hits. 2HBP and 1K in 3 plus innings……And you are saying nice outing? How about saying it was better than his last 2…….but nice???? This is what I am talking about with you. You have zero credibility because of your unobjectivity about everything Theo. Everything is great because Theo did it and everything was bad because JH did it. How about having an impartial thought.

          • Tony_Hall

            For him, it was nice.  3 innings, 0 runs.  Lost it in the 4th.    But then again, I already stated that.  I also said how he is going to Iowa instead of being a part of the rotation.  Boy these new guys missed on this one, they added him to be a part of the rotation, this year and obviously they don’t know what they are doing since he has had a bad spring.  I’m sure this means they will never get anything right…

            Also, since you were new to the site near the end of JH, I liked a lot of JH’s moves when he building the team.  But the last year or 2, you could see the motives were wrong and all of his moves were out of desperation to keep going for it with the same core.

          • cubtex

            that nice outing is a 7 plus ERA. But it is ok because Theo aquired him.

          • Tony_Hall

            No it’s not ok.  That is why he is going to Iowa.  Did you watch the game?  He did just fine for 3 innings.  That is a good next step for him getting back on track.  Trying a 4th inning after only 4.1 innings in 3 or 4 outings was probably pushing it quite a bit.

          • cubs1967

            his ERA was 7 plus for the game; how is that nice?? ‘cuz theo says so.
            he sucked.
            he sucks.

            face it; theo was not boy genius this offseason;BUT we will find out once the games begin!!

          • Neil

            T.Wood showed a lot of improvement today. He hit his spots for three innings before he slipped back to the way he has pitched this spring. It was a nice outing for Wood because of how he has pitched to this point not because anyone said it was a nice outing.

  • Neil

    Excellent leaping catch by Barney at short …

  • Neil

    Randy Wells’ final line against #Padres (SS):
    0R, 1H, 0BB, 0K in 1.2 IP

  • Neil

    Cubs lost 5-1 to Padres (SS) Saturday afternoon

    Travis Wood: 3R, 5H, 0BB, 2HBP, 1K in 3.2IP; Randy
    Wells: 0R, 1H, 0BB, 0K, 1.2IP; Cubs offense: 1R on 3H, 1BB, 1HBP; Alfonso Soriano: 1-for-3, 2B, R; Darwin Barney: RBI, BB