Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mid Week Update From Cubs Camp

The Cubs are settling in in Mesa, Arizona. Here's the latest.
  • The compensation with the Red Sox for Theo Epstein has finally been announced. Minor league reliever Chris Carpenter has been sent to Boston, along with a Player to be Named Later, which will be announced by mid-April.
  • Carrie Muskat reports that Dale Sveum has already penciled in Bryan LaHair as the starting first baseman.
  • John Gaub (back spasms) is the only injured Cub. He is expected to bat and throw tomorrow.
  • The 2012 Cubs bunt tournament starts tomorrow. According to Muskat, there are 64 entries, including manager Dale Sveum and strength and conditioning coach Tim Buss. Bussy took Chris Carpenter's spot when he was sent to Boston. Sveum will meet Kerry Wood in the first round.
  • Here's Paul Sullivan's pic of the entire bracket.
  • Sveum is hoping to have two left handers in the bullpen. He described Kerry Wood as the ideal setup man.
  • The first full squad workout is scheduled for Friday. Tom Ricketts is also expected to speak to the team on Friday.
  • Alfonso Soriano and Starlin Castro are the only position players on the 40-man roster who have not yet appeared in camp.
  • James Russell is expected to play a much more important role this season with John Grabow and Sean Marshall gone.
  • Be sure to check out the latest pictures on Sheridan's Blog.
  • Doug Padilla thinks that Jason Jaramillo has a good chance of beating out Welington Castillo for the backup catcher's job.
  • Bruce Levine predicts that Travis Wood and Paul Maholm will join Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza in the rotation, with Chris Volstad, Randy Wells and Jeff Samardzija battling for the final spot.

That's it for now, but I'll keep you posted on Everything Cubs as always!

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