5/13 Extra bases
The only thing certain about Cubs manager Mike Quade is that nothing is certain. Quade was discussing the lineup and said: ”At this point, I think you guys should realize I’ll do anything. We don’t have a set lineup. We have a set cleanup hitter and that’s it.”
The only player who hasn’t budged is third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who has batted fourth. Quade says he’s even thinking about moving him. “I still think that given the guys in front of him who have been getting on base, he’s in the right spot to drive in runs,” he said. “If you move him, who slides into the four-hole to give you consistent RBI at-bats?”
Ramirez is 9-for-37 (.243) with runners in scoring position, and 0-for-13 with RISP with two outs.
* Randy Wells threw two innings in an extended Spring Training game on Thursday in Mesa, Ariz., and the next step will be a Minor League rehab start next Tuesday with Class A Peoria. Wells has been sidelined with a strained right forearm since April 5.
Andrew Cashner, on the disabled list since April 6 with a strained right rotator cuff, threw two innings in live batting practice in Mesa. He was to throw on the side Friday and then the team would determine the next step in his rehab.
* Blake DeWitt was in the outfield on Thursday for the first time in his career, subbing in left. The infielder has been working out on his own for the last two weeks and Quade suggested outfield coach Bobby Dernier work with DeWitt as well. “He wants in, so why not?” Quade said.
* Congratulations to Minor Leaguer Matt Szczur, who is taking an indefinite leave from Class A Peoria so he can take part in graduation ceremonies at Villanova.
* Saturday will be a rare night game at Wrigley Field. The last Saturday night game was Aug. 31, 2002, in the nightcap of a doubleheader against St. Louis (a 10-4 Cubs loss). The contest was the re-schedule of a June 22 game that was postponed because of the death of Cardinls pitcher Darryl Kile.
The last regularly scheduled Saturday night game at Wrigley Field was June 20, 1998, against the Phillies. Kerry Wood started that game, and got the win and hit his first home run. The Cubs have a clause in their contract that allows them to have Saturday night games if they are part of a national television broadcast.
– Carrie Muskat