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

1 Comment

Well, to Hendry’s credit should the NL adopt the DH by opening day they will certainly have that position covered by the likes of Soriano, Nady & Millar

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: