Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs Split Squad Day – 03/26/12

Spring Training Game Twenty-Six: Cubs (SS) (11-13-1) vs. Padres (15-10)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com
Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa

Paul Maholm (0-1, 1.80/1.20) vs. Tim Stauffer (1-1, 6.39/1.89)

Spring Training Game Twenty-Seven: Cubs (SS) (11-13-1) vs. Diamondbacks (8-14)
Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Diamondbacks.com
Location – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale

Jay Jackson (1-0, 1.00/1.00) vs. Ian Kennedy (1-2, 5.40/1.00)

Updated 3:08pm CDT – According to multiple reports, the Cubs released LHP Trever Miller

Updated 12:35pm CDTCubs Inked Reliever Shawn Camp to a Minor League Deal
Shawn Camp reported Monday to HoHoKam Park after signing with the Cubs on Sunday. Camp will compete for a spot in the Cubs’ bullpen over the last nine days of Spring Training.

The final leg of Spring Training begins today for the Cubs with their fifth and final split squad day of the spring. After this afternoon’s games, the Cubs have only eight exhibition games remaining, they leave for Chicago a week from tomorrow.

The Cubs still have 40 players on their spring roster and more cuts should be announced following today’s games against the Padres and Diamondbacks.

In other news Ryan Dempster had a rough outing at Fitch Park on Sunday afternoon. The Cubs’ Opening Day starter gave up six runs on eight hits with a walk and four strikeouts on 88 pitches over five innings.

Today’s exhibition games all begin with Paul Maholm and Jay Jackson

Cubs vs. Padres – HoHoKam Park
Paul Maholm last pitched Wednesday at a minor league game at Fitch Park while a majority of his teammates had a day off. Maholm struck out seven over five innings while giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Maholm suited up for the Daytona Cubs and retired 15 of the 18 batters he faced.

In the Cactus League, Maholm has allowed four runs, one earned, on four hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts in five innings (two starts). Today will be Maholm’s third start in the Cactus League and fourth overall after being slowed by the flu early in camp.

Since Paul Maholm last pitched he was named the Cubs’ fifth starter by Dale Sveum.

Carlos Marmol is expected to make his first appearance today since leaving last Tuesday’s game with a cramp in his right hand.

Bryan LaHair, Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro are expected to be in the starting lineup against the Padres.

Tim Stauffer makes his fifth Cactus League start this afternoon. Stauffer has allowed nine runs on 21 hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings. Last time out was by far his best outing. Stauffer tossed six innings of shutout ball against the Dodgers and surrendered only three hits with no walks while striking out two.

Cubs vs. Diamondbacks – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Jay Jackson has pitched in just three games this spring and has totaled only nine innings. Jackson will spend the day with the big league club after being assigned to minor league camp last Friday. Jackson was in camp on a non-roster invite and will begin the season in Iowa’s rotation.

Jay Jackson has thrown the ball rather well this spring and tossed four innings of shutout ball in his last outing against the Mariners on March 19.

David DeJesus, Marlon Byrd and Dave Sappelt are expected to be in the starting lineup against Arizona.

Ian Kennedy has been good and not-so-good this spring. Kennedy has allowed five runs on 14 hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings. In his last Cactus League appearance, Kennedy shut the Cubs down. Dale Sveum’s offense managed just five hits and a walk over four innings … and did not score a run.

News and Notes
Andy Sonnanstine is no longer in the Cubs’ organization. The Cubs outrighted Sonnanstine to Triple-A Iowa last week and the announcement was made Sunday that Sonnanstine chose to become a free agent and will try to sign with another organization.

Kerry Wood has been sidelined since last Sunday with a back strain and was expected to return to the mound in one of Monday’s split squad games. Wood’s possible return has been pushed back to Thursday.

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