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


Nice add on signing Esteban German he should be the backup at 2nd base 3base and left field. I saw him play on winter league he has good plate pacience he don strikeout a lot and on the winter league batted over 300 and was the leader of his team nice sign by the cubs he should be given the backup role.

This must be the 10th day in a row that Geo Soto has not bothered to be in the Cubs lineup. I know he was rookie of the year, yada Yoda yada..but come on, get off to bench or get traded to the Orioles.

Soto is with the Puerto Rico WBC team.

Hmmm…I feel so much better about losing DeRosa,
we now have the fearsome Estaban German.
Hey, let’s see if Davey Rosello is available too.
Who knows, the only thing keeping Soto from being traded
to the orioles is that he IS busy playing
for Puerto Rico. Give him a chance to have a sophomore slump and mayby hendry will trade him to the O’s….
for Hill and Pie.

Will- Tell me about yourself, I have an english teacher I would like you to meet.

Let Fukudome fill in for Aram at 3b, he hits from the left side of the plate. Zambrano’s arm is pretty good, he could play 3b also and hit from the left side.

Rich Hill hits righty, good trade.

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