Monday, February 22, 2010

Quick Hits: Sori Reports, Rain in Mesa, & More

  • Alfonso Soriano reported to Mesa, Arizona today. Sori is coming off of knee surgery and says he's ready to test that knee at full speed. He is fully expected to be running 100% by Opening Day.
  • Jeff Stevens, who the Cubs got in the Mark DeRosa trade in December of 2008, is vying for a spot in the bullpen. Today he worked with Cubs legend Greg Maddux as he tossed on the side.
  • Angel Guzman, another member of the Cubs pen, plans to use the murder of his brother as motivation rather than something that would have a negative effect on his performance according to
  • The Cubs have made two new front office hires. Click for details.
  • Xavier Nady has been working on his throwing mechanics. He worked with Larry Rothschild this weekend. Nady is coming off of his second Tommy John sugury.
  • Rule 5 Pick Mike Parisi is hoping to win a job with the Cubs in any role. Parasi does have some big league experience with St. Louis under his belt, so he is unlike David Patton who had never pitched higher than Class A when the Cubs drafted him last year.
  • Patton, by the way, will try to make the Cubs bullpen, but no longer has to have a spot on the roster. He can now be sent down to AA or AAA without the Cubs losing him since he spent a full season on the big league roster.
  • Rain has forced the Cubs indoors and/or cancel practices this weekend. Saturday practice at Fitch Park was cut short when a rain storm came, and Sunday the Cubs did even take the field, hitting in batting cages only. The weather forced practice to take place indoors once again.
  • Bruce Miles confirmes that the Cubs did have some interest in Chan Ho Park before he inked with the Yankees today.
  • The only player left missing from Cub camp are Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, and Starlin Castro. They are expected to be spotted at Fitch Park tomorrow during the first full squad work out of the year.
  • Randy Wells has found out that he needs glasses. Maybe this could lead to even bigger and better things from Randy. Paul Sullivan says that Wells looks like "The Wild Thing".
  • Former Cub Cliff Floyd is now doing some broadcasting for the Marlins.
  • Lou Piniella has been impressed with some of the "young kids" in camp so far including Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters.

Thanks to everyone who voted on our last poll which was:

Who will be the most improved Cub in 2010?

1. Soto (10 votes)

2. Soriano (4 votes)

3. Zambrano (3 votes)

Be sure to check out the new question on the right sidebar:

Who will become the Cubs' fifth starter?

A) Jeff Samardzija

B) Tom Gorzelanny

C) Sean Marshall

D) Carlos Silva

E) Other

Please cast you vote over on the right sidebar and feel free to discuss in the comments! Remember you can email at!

That's it for now, but I'll keep you posted!

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