Monday quick hits
The Royals are playing at HoHoKam Park on Monday and insisted on using the designated hitter, so Milton Bradley will be the Cubs’ DH. Here’s the lineup: LF Alfonso Soriano, 2B Mike Fontenot, 1B Derrek Lee, DH Bradley, 3B Aramis Ramirez, RF Micah Hoffpauir, SS Aaron Miles, C Paul Bako, CF Joey Gathright.
Other news and notes:
- Lou Piniella asked hitting coach Gerald Perry to check the players’ hands and see if there were any blisters. Piniella isn’t happy with the lack of offense lately, and would like to see guys taking extra batting practice. No callouses to report.
- Piniella also would like to see the roster pared down soon. With the new faces in camp, it’s tough to develop good chemistry. Maybe one of the guys will have a team barbeque.
- If you’re in the Phoenix area Thursday, and want to see the Cubs, there are plenty of tickets available for their exhibition game against Team Japan. Game time is 1:05 p.m. Arizona time at HoHoKam.
— Carrie Muskat