4/18 Pass10n, Schlitter & more
The Cubs have found an effective one-two combo in Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney, and Aramis Ramirez is set at No. 4. But the rest of the lineup is still evolving. Marlon Byrd, the No. 3 hitter, is batting .292 overall but is 3-for-20 (.150) with runners in scoring position. Carlos Pena was 2-for-14 (.143) with RISP.
“I think the thing that’s great is that even with a kid like Castro, who has been [No.] two, one [in the lineup], could he wind up somewhere else? Absolutely,” Quade said.
“I like what those kids are doing at the top,” Quade said of Castro and Barney, “but I still think the entire thing is a bit of a work in progress.”
* The Cubs received new t-shirts on Monday designed by catcher Koyie Hill. The shirt says “PASS10N” on the front and on the sleeve it says, “Play like a 10.” The shirt commemorates Ron Santo and his passion for the game. He died in December at the age of 70.
* Right-handed pitcher Brian Schlitter, who was outrighted to make room on the 40-man roster when the Cubs signed free agent Kerry Wood, has been returned to the Cubs. He was claimed by the Yankees and then claimed by the Phillies but Schlitter had some problems with his right elbow. A Chicago area product, Schlitter will report to the Cubs extended Spring Training in Mesa, Ariz.
* Doug Davis, who signed a Minor League contract with the Cubs, has been throwing in Mesa. He was expected to be assigned to one of the Minor League teams early next month. Todd Wellemeyer, still bothered by a hip injury, and Augie Ojeda, slowed by back spasms, were both rehabbing in Mesa as well.
— Carrie Muskat