Sunday quick hits
Lou Piniella was asked about rumors that Curt Schilling may be interested in pitching for the Cubs. “This guy, he’s a pro,” Piniella said Sunday. “I don’t know how accurate [the rumors] are but you get a pitcher with his credentials and his winning habits, it would be something to explore.”
Other news and notes:
- Piniella is looking forward to seeing Corey Koskie, who signed a Minor League contract on Saturday. “This guy was a star quality player,” Piniella said of Koskie, who has not played in two years after suffering a concussion. “If we can get him back to close to where he was, he’d be a big asset for us. If he does as well as Josh Hamilton, I think we could use him.” That’d be quite a story.
- Milton Bradley took batting practice and did some running in the outfield. He’s still day to day. “We’ll get him out there whenever he’s ready,” Piniella said. “I’m not going to push him.”
- Piniella has had a tough time getting players who want to participate in the quick, day-night, two-game series to Las Vegas Wednesday and Thursday. The Cubs also have a split-squad game Wednesday in Goodyear against the Indians. Whoever plays in Vegas on Thursday will get Friday off. “I might even take the day off Friday,” Piniella said.
- Clarification: Rich Harden did face hitters on Saturday in his throwing session, the first time he’s done so this spring. There’s no timetable for when Harden will get in a game.
- Jeff Samardzija threw a simulated game early Sunday at HoHoKam Park.
— Carrie Muskat