Cub shortstop Starlin Castro will try his hand at game competition for the first time since March 2. Castro, who has been rehabbing a strained hamstring, will get numerous at bats in a minor league game at the team’s Mesa complex this afternoon.
The Cubs figure to be cautious with Castro with 17 games in cold-weather cities to open the season.
Jeff Samardzija will make one more start and then have five days rest before the opener.
Fifteen scouts were in attendance to watch Samardzija work Thursday, a sign a trade is perhaps on the way.
The Cubs continue to insist Javier Baez will be the everyday shortstop at Triple-A Iowa.
Slowed by injury, Cubs infielder Mike Olt is hoping to squeeze into the platoon at third base.
Starlin Castro won’t return to game action until the team believes he’s 100 percent.
Detroit is also keeping its eye on Darwin barney.
Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro says he’s 80 percent healthy.
Cubs righty Jeff Samardzija is could be an ideal fit for Arizona, which wants another quality arm.
Due to the rehabbing status of Jake Arrieta, Carlos Villanueva will most likely begin the season as the Cubs 5th starter.
Samardzija isn’t worried about the inclement weather that may await in Pittsburgh.
The youngsters have been sent back down, giving us a better idea of what lies ahead.
The Cubs’ spring training roster now has 54 players on it.
Castro has only missed five regular-season games the past three years.
Matt Garza appreciated his time in Chicago, but he has a new mission now.
Javier Baez has three homers in spring training this year.
Manager Rick Renteria still hasn’t named his Opening Day starter.
The Cubs are stocked with young position players, while the White Sox have more youthful arms.
Kyle Hendricks may be a long shot to make the Chicago Cub rotation, however the young pitcher has made a good impression on the teams staff this spring.
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