A Little ‘Dis and ‘Dat from the Cubs’ Day Off

The Chicago Cubs spent their second day off of the season in Miami after a rough weekend in St. Louis. Dale Sveum’s team figures to be in the middle of a media explosion Tuesday night at Marlins Park. With Ozzie Guillen returning from his five-game suspension, it figures to be nothing short of a circus for the next few days.

Marlon Byrd and Geovany Soto have been hot topics of conversation over the first ten games of the season. Byrd and Soto are not hitting and are not really making solid contact when they do put the bat on the ball. Byrd has been the subject of trade speculation but the concern is that Byrd has not been the same since he was beaned last May in Boston.

As for Soto, if he cannot start producing Steve Clevenger might push Soto for playing time, especially against right-handed pitching according to ESPN Chicago.

Here’s the update …

Carlos Marmol
Chris Bosio insists that Carlos Marmol is just fine according to a report from ESPN Chicago. Marmol has not given up any hits or runs in his last two outings but neither one was in a save situation. The Cubs would like their pitchers to get early outs and keep the ball on the ground. Bosio explained to ESPN Chicago that a couple of those groundballs snuck through the infield and that is going to happen.

Carlos Zambrano
The players that remain from the previous regime will see a very familiar face in the home dugout for the next three days … Carlos Zambrano.

Zambrano will not face the Cubs during the series but he figures to spend a lot of time catching up with his old teammates according to the Tribune.

Marlon Byrd
The Sun-Times speculated Saturday that the Red Sox might be a taker for Marlon Byrd. Reports out of Boston on both Sunday and Monday insist that the Red Sox are not looking outside of the organization for a replacement for the injured Jacoby Ellsbury.

The Sun-Times thinks Boston could turn to the Cubs for help filling in their vacated spot in centerfield. The Sun-Times said the Cubs are monitoring the situation but Jed Hoyer declined to comment.

News and Notes
According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs “continue to look for ways to acquire pitching, particularly proven, durable relief pitching.” Jed Hoyer acknowledged that they traded out relievers in order to acquire starting pitching depth in the off-season. The Cubs would like to replenish some of the depth they lost throughout the summer.

Javier Baez, Dan Vogelbach, Jeimer Candelario, Gioskar Amaya, Shawon Dunston Jr., Trevor Gretzky and Gerardo Concepcion are among the players participating in Extended Spring Training in Mesa.

Monday marked the 40th Anniversary of Burt Hooton’s no hitter against the Phillies. Hooton’s no-no came in just his fourth career start. The Cubs beat Philly 7-0 in ‘Happy’ Hooton’s first start of the ’72 season.

Well, there’s the update … and I’m sticking to it.

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Quote of the Day

"People who write about Spring Training not being necessary have never tried to throw a baseball." – Sandy Koufax