While the spring roster moves are not official, the Cubs cut another player from the spring roster on Wednesday. The Cubs informed Cory Wade that he is no longer in the mix for the last spot in the bullpen. Even with the addition of Guillermo Moscoso, Hisanori Takahashi is considered the favorite to land the last job in the pen with Steve Clevenger expected to break camp on the active roster. Of course, it could all change if the Cubs make another waiver wire claim.
According to a report from Carrie Muskat, the Cubs will not see Guillermo Moscoso pitch in the final exhibition games. Moscoso is not guaranteed a spot on the Opening Day roster.
The Cubs have not announced the last three spring roster cuts, and the team is monitoring the waiver wire.
In order to add Moscoso to the 40-man roster, the Cubs placed Arodys Vizcaino on the 60-day DL. This move was expected. Jason McLeod indicated on Sunday that Vizcaino is throwing off a mound and his rehab from Tommy John surgery last March is progressing well. Look for the Cubs to place Scott Baker on the 60-day DL in order to create a spot for Brent Lillibridge to be added to the 40-man roster prior to Sunday’s deadline.
The equipment truck left Mesa for Chicago on Wednesday and camp breaks following Thursday afternoon’s finale at HoHoKam Park.
Brett Jackson played in a minor league game on Wednesday and is expected to play four or five innings in Thursday’s Cactus League finale. Jackson will start the year with the I-Cubs and should be optioned down in the very near future.
According to the Tribune, Brett Jackson is plotting his return and he is confident he’ll make an impact in the majors.
Juan Carlos Paniagua
According to Baseball America, a visa issue has kept Juan Carlos Paniagua from reporting to Spring Training. Ben Badler reported that one of the issues “is that the U.S. Consulate wanted to see more paperwork from his younger siblings, who were not declared in the Dominican Republic.”
Paniagua received his visa in July after signing with the Cubs.
Badler explained that every few years the U.S. Consulates throughout the world rotate personnel, and this is the first Spring Training with the new personnel in the Dominican Republic. Paniagua’s past issues has likely raised red flags. The Consulate has likely asked for additional paperwork before granting a visa.
This is just seen as a delay. Cardinals’ right-hander, Carlos Martinez, is having the same problem.
Dale Sveum is not worried about Carlos Marmol according to the Sun-Times. Sveum liked what he saw in the four previous outings from Marmol prior to Tuesday night. Sveum added that “anybody can lose their job during the regular season, but you don’t get caught up in what’s going on in Spring Training.”
Ian Stewart is expected to take batting practice on Friday, and is able to take ground balls again. Stewart will remain in Arizona for Extended Spring Training.
Alfonso Soriano thinks the most important thing for the Cubs moving forward is more night games at Wrigley Field. Soriano thinks the improved facilities will help, but adding more night games is not only important to Soriano but to other players.