3/14 Quick hits
Infielder Corey Koskie worked out with Cubs strength and conditioning coach Tim Buss and athletic trainer Mark O’Neal early Saturday. Once cleared, Koskie will get a look at third base.
In other news:
- Ryan Dempster threw a simulated game early Saturday. He’s on schedule to be the Cubs’ No. 2 starter, following Carlos Zambrano.
- Carlos Marmol and Kevin Gregg, both competing for the closer’s job, will both pitch on Saturday. Lou Piniella cautioned not to read anything into who goes first.
- Rich Harden will start Sunday in Tucson, and was expected to go at least three innings.
- Piniella likes Aaron Heilman in the role of seventh inning set-up pitcher. Heilman was to go three innings on Saturday. He’s throwing on three days rest.
— Carrie Muskat