Sunday, February 19, 2012

News and Notes from Day 2 in Mesa

Today was the first official workout for Cubs pitchers and catchers! Here's the latest-
  • ESPN reports that Matt Garza never had a doubt he would return to the Cubs. Garza is fine with being the staff ace, but he listed Ryan Dempster and Kerry Wood as the clubhouse leaders.
  • Carrie Muskat tweets that John Gaub was the only player who didn't take part in practice today. He sat out with back spasms.
  • Dale Sveum said that Jeff Samardzija will be stretched out. "He might wow us, you never know."
  • Carlos Marmol has lost about 15 pounds and tweaked his delivery, according to ESPN Chicago.
  • Sveum told Marmol to dump the cut fastball.
  • According to Carrie Muskat, Dale Sveum mentioned today that three spots in the rotation are set. The first two are obviously Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza and Muskat speculated that the third is most likely Paul Maholm.
  • Bruce Levine tweets that the Cubs have the inside corners of bases painted blue so that runners can hit the inside part of the bag.
  • Matt Garza said today that he thinks Carlos Zambrano will be a Cy Young contender.

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

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