2/20 Cubs' Saturday notes

The pitchers were able to get their second bullpen sessions in on Saturday before the rains came. Among those who threw at Fitch Park were Carlos Zambrano, Randy Wells, Jeff Samardzija, Andrew Cashner, John Gaub, Carlos Silva, Sean Marshall, Tom Gorzelanny, Ryan Dempster, Rafael Dolis, Esmailin Caridad, Justin Berg, Carlos Marmol and John Grabow.

Other notes:

* Piniella was asked how he’ll decide who will be the starting second baseman between Mike Fontenot and Jeff Baker.

“We’ll let ’em compete,” Piniella said. “Baker last year did a real nice job and Fontenot had a really good first year. We’ll see how it shakes out this spring. I’m comfortable with either of them.”

* The team will take it easy with Xavier Nady as he continues to rehab from Tommy John surgery. He’ll be getting a lot of time as the designated hitter to get his bat ready.

* Piniella has tried to downplay his status but Saturday, a national baseball writer asked the Cubs manager about this possibly being his last year.

“I’m going to do the best I can, that’s all I can do,” Piniella said. “We’re going to prepare this team as well as we possibly can this spring and have the best team we possibly can and go from there.”

— Carrie Muskat 

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