3/13 Quick hits
The Cubs are keeping their options open regarding a backup infielder, and Friday added Esteban German, who was released by the Royals. German, 31, is a career .277 hitter and has played with Oakland, Texas and Kansas City. He was in camp on Friday.
Corey Koskie was undergoing his physical on Friday, and once given the go-ahead, he’ll also be thrown into the mix. Koskie has not played in the big leagues since 2006 when he suffered a concussion.
Other news and notes:
- Five players were sent to the Minor League camp, including OF Richie Robnett, RHP Brian Schlitter, LHPs J.R. Mathes and Matt Smith, and C Steve Clevenger.
- Carlos Marmol will make his first appearance since the World Baseball Classic on Saturday when the Cubs play host to the Angels in Mesa.
- Cubs Minor League games begin on March 19.
- And, here’s Friday’s lineup in Mesa: LF Alfonso Soriano, CF Sam Fuld, 1B Derrek Lee, 3B Aramis Ramirez, 2B Mike Fontenot, RF Reed Johnson, C Koyie Hill, SS Andres Blanco and P Sean Marshall. It’s a split squad, and among the players headed to Tempe to play the Angels are Ryan Theriot, Micah Hoffpauir, Milton Bradley and Mark Johnson.
- On March 20 at HoHoKam, the Cubs wives will be collecting canned goods and donations as part of their annual spring food drive.
— Carrie Muskat