Notes, Quotes

Notes and quotes from Cubs Spring Training.

  • RHP Carlos Zambrano made his first Cactus League appearance since returning from the World Baseball Classic and gave up two runs and struck out seven in five innings. Zambrano is scheduled to be the team's Opening Day pitcher against Cincinnati on April 3.

  • LHP Glendon Rusch, who was named to take RHP Mark Prior's spot for an April 5 start against Cincinnati in the second game of the season, suffered a bruised right shin after it was hit by a comebacker on Saturday against the White Sox. Rusch could miss a Cactus League start this week, but he is confident the injury is not serious.

  • RHP Greg Maddux, who is slated to start the Cubs' home opener against St. Louis on April 7, is progressing well in Cactus League play after an outing Friday in which he needed just 52 pitches to allow one run on five hits in four innings against San Francisco.

  • RHP Roberto Novoa's chances of making the parent squad appear to be slim after he missed close to two weeks with pneumonia. It's unknown when Novoa will be able to return to the mound, and with a well-stocked bullpen in spring training, the numbers are not in his favor. He likely will open the season with Triple-A Iowa.

  • LHP Sean Marshall could emerge as a dark horse in the race for the fifth staring spot in the wake of Mark Prior's shoulder injury. The 23-year-old, who never has pitched above the Double-A level, was stretched out to three innings in a simulated game last week and will make a Cactus League start Tuesday.

    BY THE NUMBERS: 1 -- Day the Cubs were in first place in 2005. It came after they beat Arizona 16-6 on Opening Day, April 4.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's true when they say time flies. You always hear the older coaches and the older players coming in and telling you to cherish the time you have now because it flies, and they were right. They were right." -- Veteran pitcher Greg Maddux, who turns 40 in April.

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