3/24 Padres 5, Cubs 1
What went right:
Alfonso Soriano doubled and scored on Darwin Barney’s sacrifice fly in 5-1 loss to Padres. Travis Wood had his longest spring outing and was much improved. Randy Wells did well in relief and was expected to start in his next turn.
What went wrong:
Wood exited with two on and two outs in the fourth and Will Venable, the first batter Trever Miller faced, hit a two-run double for the go-ahead runs.
“I’m a guy who wants to keep going, keep going, keep going and it ends up getting faster and faster and faster instead of the same pace. I just have to try to relax and take it one pitch at a time.” — Travis Wood
Marcos Mateo has been shutdown for at least 10 days and will have his right elbow re-examined after that. The reliever, who had been a candidate for the bullpen, is experiencing the same discomfort he had last year. Mateo was shutdown on July 5 and missed the remainder of the season in 2011. Kerry Wood has not pitched since last Sunday and apparently had some back problems. Dale Sveum said the back is not an issue.
* Chris Volstad threw 65 pitches over six innings in a Minor League game at Fitch Park, then threw another 20 pitches in the bullpen to build up arm strength. The right-hander, acquired from the Marlins in the Carlos Zambrano deal, appears to have locked up a spot in the rotation.
* The Cubs have their last split-squad games on Monday, and Paul Maholm will face the Padres in Mesa while Jay Jackson will start the road game against the Diamondbacks in Scottsdale.
On Sunday, Rodrigo Lopez will start against the Indians in Goodyear and Ryan Dempster will start in a Minor League game at Fitch Park. The game in Goodyear will be broadcast on WGN TV and WGN Radio. The projected lineup will be: Reed Johnson in right, Blake DeWitt in left, Starlin Castro at shortstop, Soriano at DH, Bryan LaHair at first, Geovany Soto catching, Ian Stewart at third, Jeff Baker at second, and Joe Mather in center.
– Carrie Muskat