10/11 News from Mesa, AZ

There will be four new covered batting cages next to the existing cages at the Cubs’ facility at Fitch Park by Spring Training. I’m told they will be completed by Dec. 15. Crews were working on the site while the Cubs Instructional League is underway.

* Mike Parisi, whose season ended in early May because of a bone chip in his right elbow, was throwing off the mound on Monday at Fitch Park. The right-handed pitcher is hoping he can be back in the Cubs’ camp this spring to compete for a job.

* Bobby Dernier, who joined the Cubs as the first base coach when Mike Quade was named manager, was back at Fitch Park Monday to work with players on base running during the Instructional League.

— Carrie Muskat

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