3/9 Extra bases
The Cubs trimmed the spring camp roster by four, sending right-handed pitchers Marco Carillo and Trey McNutt, outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha, and infielder Jonathan Mota to the Minor League camp. With the moves, the spring roster now is 59. McNutt battled injuries in a 5-6 season last year at Double-A Tennessee.
“He’s got the stuff, he’s got the makeup,” Dale Sveum said of the right-hander. “He’s just got to be more consistent with his breaking ball. He’s got to understand how to use it and when to use it. He works as hard as anybody. His makeup is great. It’s just a matter of going out there and being more consistent on an every start basis.”
* Alfonso Soriano has hit three homers and led off Friday’s game with his second double this spring. The left fielder has shortened his leg kick. Said Sveum: “It might have been time where he came up with it. As you get older, the bat slows down, and you’ve got to have a lot less moving parts to your swing, especially that big ol’ log he swings. Less moving parts, the easier.”
* Paul Maholm will make his first Cactus League start on Monday when the Cubs face the Reds in Mesa at HoHoKam Park.
– Carrie Muskat