2/19 Spring camp news & notes

Only six position players are missing from Cubs camp. They include Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, Ryan Theriot, Kosuke Fukudome and Starlin Castro.

“[The other players are] getting a big head start on the rest of them,” Lou Piniella said.

Both Theriot and GM Jim Hendry were expected in Arizona on Saturday. They were in Tampa Friday for Theriot’s arbitration hearing, the last case to be heard in Major League Baseball. So far, the teams have the edge, 4-3.

Some notes:

* Xavier Nady worked with pitching coach Larry Rothschild on his throwing mechanics. Nady is coming back from two Tommy John surgeries. “I was an infielder until 2001 and then I moved to the outfield and it’s a completely different throw,” Nady said. “It’s a matter of finding a different arm slot.”

* The White Sox front office will be featured in a reality show on MLB Network. Would Lou Piniella consider doing something like that? “No,” he said. “I’ve got enough reality in the job I have. I don’t need to find anymore.”

* Piniella missed Tiger Woods’ news conference on Friday because he was meeting with former umpire Steve Palermo to discuss possible rule changes this season. Any feeling on whether Woods can repair his image?

“There’s no question that he can,” Piniella said. “He’s an intelligent guy. There’s no reason to assume with the help he’s gotten that he can’t repair the damage and continue as an ambassador for the game of golf and the competitor that he is. I think it all starts with feeling bad about the situation and feeling sorry and he feels contrite about it.”

* Ron Santo stopped by the Cubs’ workout at Fitch Park and says he’s feeling great. Santo said he has “new legs,” which, in his case, means new prosthetics. He’s had both legs amputated below the knee because of complications with diabetes.

— Carrie Muskat

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