4/6 Minor matters
The Triple-A Iowa Cubs, under new manager Ryne Sandberg, open their season Thursday against Nashville. Sandberg will have quite a pitching staff, including John Gaub, Jeff Gray, Thomas Diamond, Blake Parker, Mitch Atkins, Jay Jackson, Jeff Stevens and Casey Coleman. In the outfield, the Iowa Cubs have James Adduci, Micah Hoffpauir, Brad Snyder, and Sam Fuld, with infielders Darwin Barney and Matt Camp.
Shortstop Starlin Castro, who hit a triple and a double in the final spring game Saturday in Arizona, was assigned to Double-A Tennessee along with pitchers Andrew Cashner, Alex Maestri, Marcos Mateo and Jeremy Papelbon; outfielders Brandon Guyer, Ty Wright and Russ Canzler; and catchers Robinson Chirinos and Steve Clevenger. The Smokies open on the road Thursday at Mississippi.
Brett Jackson, the Cubs’ 2009 No. 1 Draft pick, will open the season at Class A Daytona along with Michael Brenly, Kyler Burke and Josh Vitters. The Daytona Cubs open on Thursday against Brevard County.
— Carrie Muskat