3/19 Outfield & bench options

Expect to see Kevin Millar in left field on Saturday in one of the Cubs’ split squad games. Millar and Jeff Baker worked with outfield coach Mike Quade for about 25 minutes early Friday. Said Quade: “The best part is they’ll do anything you ask.”

Xavier Nady also has been working at first base. Lou Piniella said they need to get his legs in better playing shape before the season starts. Nady, coming back from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, should get some time in the outfield and at first before Spring Training ends.

Also, Mike Fontenot will start at shortstop in one of the Cubs’ split squad games Saturday.

“We’re basically now starting to put our final thoughts together as to the makeup of the team,” Piniella said Friday. “I would think a week from now we’ll have definite ideas.”

– Carrie Muskat

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