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  1. Report: The Cubs have told Carlos Marmol’s agent to “expect” a trade

    Mar 9, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Carlos Marmol Getty

    There was a report earlier this week that the Cubs were looking to trade Carlos Marmol before the end of spring training. While that was quickly shot down, it appears that the erratic reliever could be on the move at some point in the future. According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, top team…

  2. Italy rallies in ninth, defeats Mexico 6-5

    Mar 7, 2013, 6:59 PM EST

    Drew Butera

    Thanks to some shoddy outfield defense from Edgar Gonzalez, Italy pulled off a shocker Thursday, defeating Mexico 6-5 to start Pool D play in the World Baseball Classic. Gonzalez, normally an infielder, misplayed two balls in left in the top of the ninth, opening the door for Italy’s two-run inning against Sergio Romo. Anthony Rizzo…

  3. Not so fast on those “Carlos Marmol is going to be traded soon” reports

    Mar 6, 2013, 9:08 AM EST

    Carlos Marmol

    Yesterday  Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reported that the Cubs “will most likely” trade closer Carlos Marmol before Opening Day. Au contraire says Gordon Wittenmyer: Nothing to reports of trade interest for Marmol, esp. w/ Detroit. Cubs don’t expect to move him till after season starts. Prob at deadline. — Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) March 6, 2013 So how…

  4. Anthony Rizzo: “our goal is San Francisco”

    Mar 5, 2013, 6:03 PM EST

    Anthony Rizzo

    The Team Italy-Athletics game just ended. The A’s won 4-3, with the final out coming when an Italian player was gunned down at the plate. Not too bad for a split squad major league team playing a WBC underdog. I spoke with Anthony Rizzo on the field after the game. Rizzo hit a long homer…

  5. Cubs likely to trade Carlos Marmol before Opening Day

    Mar 5, 2013, 5:27 PM EST

    Carlos Marmol

    Carlos Marmol was nearly traded to the Angels in November before Dan Haren‘s health squashed the deal, but Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the Cubs “will most likely” find another trade to move the closer before Opening Day. According to Levine “several teams, including the Detroit Tigers, are taking a hard look at”…

  6. Italy invades Phoenix, Mike Piazza handicaps the papal election

    Mar 5, 2013, 1:53 PM EST

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    Today’s matchup pits Team Italy against the A’s. The Italian team got here about an hour or so ago and is working out and taking BP now. They look like every other baseball team you’ll see. Except on this one, Nick Punto is probably the second best player. That doesn’t happen very often. Oh, and…

  7. Off to see the A’s vs. Italy

    Mar 5, 2013, 8:05 AM EST

    Italian Flag

    I’m going to Phoenix Municipal Stadium today to see the Oakland A’s play a game against team Italy from the WBC. It’s a warmup game for everyone, obviously. I just don’t know for which team it is a greater formality. The big names on team Italy: Anthony Rizzo. Chris Denorfia. Nick Punto, who I’ve already…

  8. With scouts watching, Rick Porcello turns in gem

    Mar 4, 2013, 6:24 PM EST

    Rick Porcello

    At least according to the numbers, Rick Porcello turned in one of the best outings of the spring so far Monday, striking out six in four scoreless innings against the Astros. The watchers were likely pretty impressed, too. With Porcello rumored to be available in trade talks, today’s performance came in front of a “ton”…

  9. Ernesto Frieri adds two pitches to arsenal

    Mar 3, 2013, 7:33 PM EST

    Ernesto Frieri

    86 percent of Angels reliever Ernesto Frieri‘s pitches thrown last season were fastballs. Despite the patently predictable approach, the 27-year-old has enjoyed immense success in his brief Major League career, owning a 2.32 ERA in 162.2 innings. He also has one of the highest strikeout rates among all relievers. Only five have posted a better…

  10. Jeff Samardzija named Opening Day starter for Cubs

    Mar 3, 2013, 2:50 PM EST

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    This is obviously related to the Matt Garza news. According to MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat, Cubs manager Dale Sveum announced Sunday morning in camp that Jeff Samardzija will get the nod on Opening Day — Monday, April 1 — against the Pirates. Garza would have been given the honor, but he has been ruled out until…

  11. Matt Garza ruled out for Opening Day and might not rejoin Cubs’ rotation until early May

    Mar 3, 2013, 1:19 PM EST

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    As first noted by Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs announced Sunday at their spring training complex in Mesa, Arizona that right-hander Matt Garza has been ruled out for Opening Day and probably won’t be ready until May due to lingering discomfort around his strained left lat muscle. Garza suffered the lat injury…

  12. Kyle Lohse is still available

    Mar 2, 2013, 10:00 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants - Game Seven

    You might have forgotten, in the excitement of the start of spring training baseball and the World Baseball Classic, that starter Kyle Lohse is still teamless. The right-handed Lohse, who finished 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA with the Cardinals last year, has been unable to find a team willing to give him the contract he…

  13. MRI on Starlin Castro shows minor hamstring inflammation

    Mar 2, 2013, 3:20 PM EST

    Starlin Castro

    Starlin Castro tweaked his left hamstring Wednesday and still felt bad enough yesterday that the Cubs sent him for an MRI exam, with the results showing what the team called “minor” inflammation. Manager Dale Sveum doesn’t seem very worried, telling Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune: It showed a little something. They said if you…

  14. Matt Garza probably won’t be ready for Opening Day

    Feb 28, 2013, 3:45 PM EST

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    Matt Garza played catch from flat ground today as he tries to recover from a strained lat muscle, but Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that the Cubs right-hander “seems braced for the possibility of opening the season on the disabled list.” “If I try to rush and be ready April 1, I might be re-injured…

  15. Matt Garza cleared to resume spring throwing program

    Feb 27, 2013, 9:37 PM EST

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    Good news tonight out of Cubs camp in Arizona. According to CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney, right-hander Matt Garza has been cleared to resume his throwing program on Thursday. Garza had been idle for a couple weeks with a mild lat strain. He’ll probably start off with flat-ground tosses before eventually graduating back to mound work.…

  16. Starlin Castro strained his hamstring

    Feb 27, 2013, 5:54 PM EST

    Starlin Castro

    Starlin Castro was batting here at Hohokam in the fourth inning when he pulled up lame, reaching back for his hamstring while running out an infield single. A trainer saw him and he came out of the game. The official word now is “left hamstring tightness” which has him day-to-day. Good news, I think. When…

  17. More observations from Hohokam Park

    Feb 27, 2013, 4:19 PM EST

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    Sorry I’m all photo crazy today. Just really jazzed to be where baseball is happening and I feel more like soaking it in than thinking too hard about it.  Here’s something to soak in: Seven bucks for an Old Style? Yikes. He told me I “looked like an Old Style Man.” I politely declined. I…

  18. Hello from Hohokam Park

    Feb 27, 2013, 2:51 PM EST

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    I landed in Phoenix just before 9:30 AM Mountain time, took the seemingly interminable bus ride to the rental car place and was met with an opportunity to see if NBC really appreciates me:   I asked if I could take the upgrade. So far no one has responded. I assume they’re still thinking it…

  19. What special skills does it take to be the Opening Day starter?

    Feb 25, 2013, 11:03 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija delivers a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of their MLB Cactus League spring training baseball game in Mesa

    Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that, because Matt Garza may not be healthy by then, Jeff Samardzjia could be the Cubs’ Opening Day starter. Here’s what Dale Sveum says about that: “We’re still waiting to see what happens with ‘Garz,’ how he comes along,” Samardzija said. “They know where I stand on it and how…

  20. Alfonso Soriano as a Granderson replacement seems far-fetched

    Feb 24, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Curtis Granderson

    The silver lining about a 10-week injury to Curtis Granderson: Opening Day is still more than a month away. Losing Granderson’s power is far from an ideal way for the Yankees to start the spring, but it’s hardly a season-wrecker either. And while there might be some concern over whether Granderson will regain his power…

  21. Scott Baker expected to join Cubs rotation in mid-April

    Feb 23, 2013, 10:19 PM EST

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    Gordon Wittenmyer, who serves as a beat writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, explains this situation: Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he anticipates right-hander Scott Baker getting his first spring start sometime in the middle of March, then opening the season on the disabled list and – barring setback – making his Cubs debut sometime in…

  22. Ian Stewart expected to miss 10-14 days with quad strain

    Feb 23, 2013, 1:05 PM EST

    Ian Stewart AP

    The Cubs non-tendered Ian Stewart in October before bringing him back on a one-year, $2 million contract with the chance to compete for the starting third base job, but he’s going to be a bit behind this spring. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Stewart will miss 10-14 days after an MRI revealed…

  23. Matt Garza diagnosed with mild lat strain

    Feb 19, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

    Matt Garza Getty

    The Cubs got some good news on Matt Garza, as an MRI exam on his lat injury revealed only a minor strain. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that Garza will rest for a week, which means his Cactus League debut will be pushed back, but so far at least the injury is nothing that should…

  24. Alfonso Soriano says he would accept a trade to “six or seven” teams

    Feb 18, 2013, 8:38 PM EST

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    Alfonso Soriano wasn’t shy last season in saying that he would veto a potential trade to the eventual World Series champion Giants, but he hasn’t ruled out accepting a trade elsewhere. According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, Soriano said today that he has given the Cubs a list of “six or seven” teams where…

  25. Matt Garza to undergo MRI on strained lat muscle

    Feb 18, 2013, 6:20 PM EST

    Matt Garza Getty

    Matt Garza was hoping to start 2013 on a healthy note after he was shut down last season due to a stress reaction in his throwing elbow, but things might not work out that way. Garza was 20 pitches into a batting practice session yesterday before he had to cut things short due to a…

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