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Corey Koskie worked out with the Cubs regulars in Mesa on Sunday, and was then expected to go over to the Minor League camp and join in their drills. Koskie, trying to make a comeback after suffering a concussion in July 2006, could get in a Cactus League game as early as Tuesday.
Infielder Aaron Miles, who has a bruised right shoulder, also worked out Sunday in Mesa and could get back in a game on Tuesday. The Cubs will keep Miles at second base when he returns to avoid aggravating his shoulder on throws from short or third.
As the Cubs weigh what type of extra player to carry — infielder? outfielder? — Lou Piniella suggested teams expand their rosters.
“I was telling our general manager [Jim Hendry] the other day we need a 26-man roster and then we’d be covered in all areas,” Piniella said, “and he started to laugh.”
If given 26 players, most managers would want 27.
Sunday’s lineup is CF Joey Gathright, SS Ryan Theriot, LF Micah Hoffpauir, 1B Jake Fox, 2B Mike Fontenot, RF Doug Deeds, 3B Esteban German, C Koyie Hill and P Rich Harden.
Looking ahead, Jeff Samardzija will start Monday for the Cubs against the Brewers in Maryvale and Carlos Zambrano is slated to go Tuesday against the Dodgers in Glendale.
– Carrie Muskat