2/25 Samardzija, Cashner get head start

Jeff Samardzija and Andrew Cashner threw live BP on Thursday before the full squad stretch, getting their work in early at Fitch Park. They weren’t the only ones on the field for extra work. Infielders Mike Fontenot, Ryan Theriot, Jeff Baker, Micah Hoffpauir and others did drills with coaches Alan Trammell and Ivan DeJesus.

Jeff Gray, who has been sidelined with a sore groin, did long toss in the outfield. Angel Guzman, slowed after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in January, is close to throwing off a mound.

— Carrie Muskat


What is Chad Tracy’s chance of making the opening day roster?

It depends on a lot of factors, and No. 1 is do they have enough depth defensively to carry an extra hitter. Lou likes versatile players. Tracy is taking grounders at third, can play first, and says his knee is not a problem. He’s left-handed hitter, which is a plus, and an experienced pinch-hitter. There are two spots open on the bench. We’ll see.

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