3/23 Decisions, decisions
The Cubs will trim the spring roster to 30 on Friday. Right now, it’s at 40, but that includes pitchers Ted Lilly and Angel Guzman, who will both open the season on the disabled list. After Monday’s game, Lou Piniella met with GM Jim Hendry, the coaches and front office staff to discuss the final roster decisions.
The staff is weighing how it wants to handle the bench makeup. For example, they’d be more inclined to keep outfielder Tyler Colvin if he was going to get at least three starts a week to stay sharp rather than just come off the bench in a double switch.
So far, Mike Fontenot has looked fine at shortstop. If he can handle that, the team might be more inclined to keep someone like Chad Tracy or Kevin Millar, who are both non-roster invitees and both can contribute offensively.
“I think he’s done fine,” Hendry said of Millar. “He brings a lot to the table. We knew that when we signed him. It wasn’t just show up ‘cuz we like you. We have to balance how much does he have left, can he hit off the bench, the intangibles he brings.”
* Xavier Nady will begin playing in the outfield in the next 10 days, including some games at Fitch Park with the Minor League teams. There has been no talk about having Nady open the season on the DL. He’s coming back from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. If Nady is in the outfield in a regular season game, the Cubs will take precautions to protect his elbow. This is his second Tommy John procedure.
— Carrie Muskat