Sunday Notes

News and notes from in and around Spring Training.

  • RHP Carlos Zambrano, who settled for a $12.4 million, one-year deal to avoid arbitration, will be the Cubs' starting pitcher for Opening Day for the third consecutive year.

  • RHP Kerry Wood will pitch in the bullpen this year to save wear and tear on an arm that has suffered numerous injuries. He also plans on scrapping -- or rarely throwing -- his curveball because he won't need the extra pitch in one-inning situations.

  • CF Felix Pie, one of the top prospects in the organization, is vying for a spot on the 25-man roster out of camp, but with Cliff Floyd, Matt Murton, Jacque Jones, Alfonso Soriano and Angel Pagan on board, it might be tough for him to do that. The organization said that he won't come up until he can prove he can play in the majors every day. The Cubs have no intention of letting him bounce up and down from the majors to the minors.

  • LHP Sean Marshall suffered some shoulder pain toward the end of the 2006 season and received treatment during the offseason. He was a week behind in throwing during the start of camp but was confident he would catch up to the others by the time the games started. Marshall is one of four pitchers under serious consideration for the No. 5 spot in the rotation.

  • 2B Mark DeRosa's name has been mentioned as a possible backup outfield candidate since he has experience in right field, but manager Lou Piniella said he would keep DeRosa in the infield.

    BY THE NUMBERS: 12 -- The dollars prospect Jeff Samardzija spent on getting a haircut after manager Lou Piniella told the media that the pitcher's shoulder-length hair needed a little trim.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "We have a couple of chumps in the family who are Sox fans, but they'll come around." -- New Cubs left fielder Cliff Floyd, who grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago, joking about his family's allegiance.


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