Thursday, March 10, 2011

Catching Up Quick Hits: Santo's Day, Levine's Latest, and More

It is Ron Santo day in Mesa, Arizona today as the Cubs take on the Indians!

A lot of news and notes to catch up on from this week in Cubs camp, so let's jump right in.
  • According to Carrie Muskat, John Grabow has not pitched in a Cactus League game since the opener on Feb. 27 due to some shoulder tightness.
  • Mike Quade has not decided who will get the bulk of the playing time at first base.
  • Todd Wellemyer has a soar right hip.
  • Bruce Levine reports that the Cubs will have to eat a lot of Carlos Silva's $12M contract in order to trade him.
  • Levine is not worried about Matt Garza despite his early struggles.
  • Bruce says that Jeff Samardzija is "on the team." There is very little chance that he will not make the roster since he has a big contract and is out of options.
  • Carlos Marmol has impressed Levine the most so far this year. He has continued to look unhittable.
  • Mike Quade has locked Starlin Castro into the two hole and Aramis Ramirez into the cleanup spot. The rest of the batting order has yet to be determined.
  • Geovany Soto could move up to No. 5 or No. 6 in the lineup, but most likely he will not hit as high as three.
  • The Cubs like Koyie Hill because of his defense and relationship with pitchers.
  • Levine believes that the Cubs can win 80-85 games.
  • Bruce expects Brett Jackson to be the biggest surprise this season.

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

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