The Cubs are cautioning people not to take anything for granted as far as the second-base battle goes.
There should be a completely new feeling at spring training for the Cubs.
February 19, 2011
That didn't take long. After watching his team lose 3-2 to the Astros in 10 innings Sunday, Cubs manager Lou Piniella vowed a batting-order shakeup, at least against left-handed pitching.
Cubs manager Lou Piniella maintains that the Cubs are still sorting out their eighth-inning bullpen situation. They've been getting solid work from closer Carlos Marmol, but the bullpen has been a mixed bag.
Cubs manager Lou Piniella says he has no plans to bench or platoon left fielder Alfonso Soriano, but he did say he will get all five of his outfielders work.
CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Esmailin Caridad on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 12) with a right forearm strain and recalled right-handed pitcher Jeff Gray from Triple-A Iowa.
The Cubs will open the season with almost a completely new bullpen for 2010. Manager Lou Piniella has never been known for his patience with the pen, but he says he expects some trying moments, largely because the Cubs have three rookie relievers.
Spring training was a relatively quiet one for the Cubs, with precious few battles for positions on a mostly veteran team. That doesn't mean there aren't questions and concerns, however.