Game Twenty-Two: Cubs 6 Mariners (ss) 1
Updated: 5:28pm C.S.T. with Roster Moves
Updated: 8:06pm C.S.T. with an Update on the Todd Walker Trade
Derrek Lee returned to the lineup for the Cubs on Thursday and for the first time since March 2nd, both Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez were in the lineup. For the Cubs to be successful in the upcoming season they have to have Lee and Ramirez in the lineup and healthy on a daily basis….and even in Spring Training, their presence was felt. D-Lee went 1 for 2 with 2 runs scored on Thursday against the Mariners. Lee was hit by a pitch and scored on a double by Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez pounded out 2 more hits, going 2 for 2 with 2 RBI’s, both doubles.
Glendon Rusch had his best outing of the spring, even against a Mariners’ split squad that only consisted of one regular starter….Raul Ibanez. All accounts from the game are indicating that Rusch looked great, hit his spots and was comfortable on the mound for the first time in 2006. More from the game…. Rusch finished the game allowing only 1 run on 1 hit in 5 innings of work. Rusch struck out 4 and walked 3. The bullpen continued its success on Thursday….led by newcomer Scott Eyre. Eyre pitched 1 2/3 innings and did not allow a run and struck out 4. Eyre has not allowed a run all spring. Scott Williamson threw a perfect 1/3 of an inning and Bobby Howry, Will Ohman and Ryan Dempster all joined in the fun. Dempster pitched in back-to-back games for the first time this spring.
Neifi Perez hit his second home run of the spring….it was a solo shot. Jerry Hairston was in the leadoff spot and went 1 for 4. Matt Murton went 1 for 2 with a walk and 2 RBI’s and John Mabry had a 2-hit day that included a double.
Friday – The Texas Rangers in Surprise, 8:05pm C.S.T. – XM Channel 179
Carlos Zambrano vs. R.A. Dickey
Zambrano makes his third start of the spring and hopefully the Opening Day lineup will be previewed soon. Who will be at second on Friday under the lights? The Cubs have one more night game left on the Cactus League schedule, next Friday night in Las Vegas.
Sean Marshall and Jerome Williams will start the split squad games on Saturday.
Updated – 5:28pm C.S.T. – Roster Moves
Juan Mateo was returned to the Cubs from the Cardinals after he was lost in the Rule 5 Draft back in December. Mateo will report to the Minor League camp.
The Cubs reduced their roster to 41 on Thursday afternoon. The Cubs sent Geovany Soto to Iowa (AAA), Jose Reyes and Brian Dopirak to West Tenn (AA) and assigned Casey McGehee and Augie Ojeda to the Minor League camp. The Cubs now have 23 pitchers, 3 catchers, 6 infielders and 9 outfielders left in camp….6 are non-roster invitees.
Update on the Todd Walker Trade Possibilities
Here is an update on Todd Walker from the Baltimore Sun:
“Matos-Walker deal off?
After serious talks for several weeks about a potential Todd Walker for Luis Matos deal, the trade talks between the Chicago Cubs and Orioles have cooled significantly in recent days, according to an industry source. The Orioles wanted the Cubs to pay the difference of the two players’ salaries – the Chicago second baseman makes approximately $900,000 more than the Orioles center fielder – but the clubs have yet to agree on the monetary amount and have not made any progress toward getting the deal done. With Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts looking like he will be ready for Opening Day after offseason shoulder surgery, club officials also are concerned with how they were going to be able to get Walker, a .305 hitter last season, enough at-bats. The Orioles are still having trade dialogue with several teams, with a corner outfielder, a left-handed relief pitcher and a backup catcher atop their wish list.”
Well that’s the news….and I’m sticking to it!!