Classic Cubs update
The World Baseball Classic will end Monday night with Japan vs. Korea playing for the championship in Los Angeles, which means Kosuke Fukudome is close to rejoining the Cubs. He’s expected back in the lineup on Thursday when the Cubs travel to Scottsdale for a night game against the Giants. He’ll be inserted into the No. 2 spot in the lineup and in center field. Lou Piniella said Monday he hasn’t watched enough of Team Japan’s games to gauge how Fukudome is doing.
— Carrie Muskat