Saturday at Fitch Park
Brian Schlitter was eating breakfast in his Park Ridge, Ill., home when he got a phone call from the Cubs. There was an opening and the team wanted to know if he was ready to report to spring camp early. Are you kidding? “I didn’t know why they were calling but I’m glad I answered,” he said. It took the right-handed pitcher about two hours to pack, and he was on his way. He lives three blocks from Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, but that had nothing to do with the call. In fact, Schlitter said he didn’t even know there was a “Jim Hendry Way” in Park Ridge, designated late last year, until a couple weeks ago.
Other news on Saturday:
- Jeff Samardzija will start Wednesday’s Cactus League opener against the Dodgers.
- International scouts Steve Wilson, a former Cubs pitcher, was in camp with scouts from South Korea and the Czech Republic to look at the way spring camp is run. Wilson used to coach Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster in the basement of a sporting goods store in Vancouver, B.C.
- Condolences to Cubs hitting coach Gerald Perry, whose father passed away on Friday. Perry will be absent to tend to his family.
— Carrie Muskat