3/26 Instead of Japan, Camp comes to Mesa

The Cubs added another arm to the bullpen mix on Monday, signing right-hander Shawn Camp to a Minor League deal. He was in the Mariners camp this spring and released on March 21, right before Seattle was headed to Japan to play. Camp had his suitcase packed and was ready to go when he got the news. Last season, he appeared in 67 games with the Blue Jays and compiled a 4.21 ERA. In 2010, he had a 2.99 ERA in 70 games with Toronto. Camp has a career 4.40 ERA, and has pitched for the Royals, Rays and Blue Jays.

“I was a little surprised,” Camp said about being released. “I was having a good spring, came in on a Major League deal. They decided to go in a different direction. They decided to go with youth. For me, it was kind of a shock. To tell you the truth, it doesn’t surprise me.

“I’m glad to be here,” Camp said. “I played for Dale [Sveum] in the Minor Leagues. He’s a great manager.”

He is well aware there are openings in the Cubs bullpen.

“I’ll just come in and do what I do,” he said. “I can only worry about what I can control. The most important part is I just want to pitch.”

In seven games this spring, he’s given up two runs on eight hits and three walks over 8 1/3 innings for a 2.16 ERA with six strikeouts.

— Carrie Muskat

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