The Cubs lost two practice games Saturday due to heavy rains in the Phoenix area. The game against the Giants at Cubs Park (2:05pm CST) was cancelled after it was determined the field could not be played on. And the nightcap at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (8:10pm CST) was cancelled due to heavy rains. The Cubs players never got out of the bus in Scottsdale.
Travis Wood was scheduled to face the Giants and was able to get his work in via a simulated game at the Cubs’ complex. Edwin Jackson and Carlos Villanueva were scheduled to pitch against the Diamondbacks and the team has not released information on when they will pitch to keep both pitchers on schedule.
The Cubs announced they will play a ‘B’ game on Monday morning against the Angels in Tempe to make up some of the innings pitchers lost on Saturday. But the team has not said if Edwin Jackson and Carlos Villanueva will be pushed until Monday or if they will throw simulated games Sunday.
Jason Hammel was scheduled to face the Royals on Sunday at Cubs Park. According to reports, Hammel will still start Sunday’s exhibition game.
Neither game rained out on Saturday will be made up. Cactus League games are cancelled, not postponed. The Cubs will have to rearrange the players’ schedules due to losing a full day of practice.
Up next for the Cubs … Jason Hammel is scheduled to face the Royals on Sunday afternoon at Cubs Park in what will now be the team’s third game of the spring.