Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 03/29/12

Spring Training Game Thirty: Cubs (14-14-1) vs. Padres (17-12)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com
Location – Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria

Chris Volstad (1-0, 0.90/0.70) vs. Clayton Richard (0-1, 5.59/1.34)

Updated 11:23am CDTCubs announced several roster moves and spring cuts Thursday morning. Randy Wells, Welington Castillo, Dave Sappelt, Travis Wood, Scott Maine and Casey Coleman were optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Steve Clevenger will begin the season as the Cubs’ back-up catcher.

Jeff Samardzija and Chris Volstad will join Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza and Paul Maholm in the Cubs’ Opening Day rotation.

Blake DeWitt and Joe Mather made the Cubs’ Opening Day roster … and Matt Tolbert, Blake Parker, Blake Lalli and Edgar Gonzalez were assigned to minor league camp.
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The Cubs open the 2012 Season one week from today …

Dale Sveum’s team will spend their final Thursday of Spring Training with the San Diego Padres in Peoria. The Cubs should be pretty familiar with the Friars by now, today is the third time they have faced Jed Hoyer’s old team since Saturday.

Beginning with today’s game, Dale Sveum is expected to start using players in the roles they will begin the season. Sveum has said he would like to use the last five to six games as a true tune-up for the season. Counting today’s exhibition, the Cubs have only six games remaining on their Cactus League schedule.

The Cubs leave for Chicago following Tuesday’s game with the Brewers and will have an on-field workout Wednesday at Wrigley prior to the opener next Thursday against the Washington Nationals.

Today’s exhibition game all starts with Chris Volstad

Chris Volstad quietly put together a very good spring that landed him a spot in the Cubs’ Opening Day rotation. Volstad’s line is better than any other pitcher on Dale Sveum’s staff. Volstad has allowed just one earned run on seven hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in three Cactus League starts (10 innings).

In his last Cactus League outing, Volstad allowed one runs on four hits in four innings to the Rangers with three strikeouts. Volstad got his work in five days ago in a minor league game and threw 85 pitches over six innings.

Kerry Wood and Casey Coleman are on the pitching schedule for this afternoon. Wood’s return to the Cactus League was bumped up a couple of days after a successful side session Tuesday. If Wood pitches this afternoon it will be his first game action since March 18.

Dale Sveum’s offense draws the tough task of facing Clayton Richard this afternoon. The southpaw, and former Southsider, has struggled once again this spring to the tune of eight runs, six earned, on 12 hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings (three starts). Richard last pitched in the Cactus League on March 24 and allowed three runs on seven hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings to the Reds.

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