3/7 Maholm, pitching, Stewart & more
Paul Maholm threw a bullpen session on Wednesday and will do that again Friday before he gets a start in his first Cactus League game. The left-hander was slowed this spring because of the flu. He threw a simulated game Monday.
“Everything’s good,” Maholm said.
Looking ahead to the Cubs upcoming games, Chris Volstad will start Thursday against the Mariners followed on Friday by Travis Wood against the White Sox. Randy Wells and Rodrigo Lopez also are scheduled to pitch Friday. On Saturday, Ryan Dempster will make his second spring start against the Brewers, and Matt Garza was slated to go Sunday against the Dodgers. Dale Sveum said he’ll name the Opening Day starter within the next two weeks. Whoever it is will pitch against both the Nationals and Brewers in the Cubs’ first two series.
* Third baseman Ian Stewart was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup, but there was nothing wrong. Sveum admitted he goofed. The plan is for Stewart to play every other day for the first 10 days of camp, and he started at third on Tuesday. He’ll be back at third on Thursday. The Cubs also don’t want to overdo things with Stewart, coming back from a wrist injury.
* Sveum will try to get to the Cubs’ Minor League camp before Spring Training ends.
* The first round of roster cuts could come Friday or Saturday, Sveum said. The Cubs do have a stretch of four split squad games in a six-day span, starting March 15.
– Carrie Muskat