3/4 Cubs notebook
Even though the Cubs will be at home Saturday and Sunday at HoHoKam Park, they will use a designated hitter because the visiting clubs requested it.
“It’s good for us in a way because we can get [Xavier] Nady in there and get him some at-bats,” Lou Piniella said of the outfielder, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
Nady was expected to start at DH either Saturday or Sunday. Alfonso Soriano was expected to start in left field on Saturday.
* Kevin Millar will likely play first base and left field this spring for the Cubs.
* David Patton, the Cubs’ Rule 5 pick a year ago, will most likely start at Double-A Tennessee this year.
“That’s been the scuttlebutt as to where he’ll end up,” Piniella said of the right-hander. “Remember this kid was out of [Class A] ball. Basically the whole time he was here, we were a first place team or battling for first place. It wasn’t easy on him. He made it through the whole summer and now we have him in our system.”
* Former Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe showed up Thursday.
“I heard you were looking for a veteran starting pitcher,” Sutcliffe said to Piniella. “Where’s [Greg] Maddux at?”
Maddux actually has returned home, but will rejoin the Cubs after their trip to Las Vegas on March 13.
– Carrie Muskat