2/8 Spring Training update

Nearly all of the Cubs pitchers have reported to Fitch Park for early workouts, and they’ve been busy. Kyuji Fujikawa threw off the mound around 8 a.m. on Friday. Matt Garza has had no setbacks and Edwin Jackson was spotted headed to the cage to work on his bunting.

Pitchers and catchers must be in Arizona by Sunday, but the first workout will be Tuesday at Fitch Park, beginning around 9:30 a.m. The workout is delayed one day so players can undergo physicals on Monday. There will be some working out early.

About 30 players were at Fitch on Friday, including early birds David DeJesus, Anthony Rizzo, Darwin Barney, Logan Watkins, Darnell McDonald and Steve Clevenger. The first full squad workout is scheduled for Feb. 17.

The Cubs are expecting about 62 players in camp, including outfielder Scott Hairston, whose contract has yet to be finalized. The front office will hold its organizational meetings Tuesday and Wednesday in the Phoenix area.

— Carrie Muskat


Is good to see so many players are reporting earlier than is required. Suggests they are eager to get their work in, in anticipation of the new campaign.

You are so right jhosk! These guys are raring to go! I think we fans are ready for the season to begin too. Hope Marmol can get the charges behind him and report soon. I am counting on Mamma Mia to report any and all info he can to those of us not able to be there. Got my computer all set today for the Spring training games to begin. Go Cubs!!!

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White, I read on another site that the Cubs would like to trade Marmol. As you know, the brain trust wants to go with youth and Carlos is certainly not part of the plan. Marmol’s large contract is problematical, and the Cubs would almost surely need to eat part of it for a deal to get done. It would be my hope that you attend a Cubs spring training game in Arizona. I’ve had that pleasure many times and, at the risk of being presumptuous, I think Mamma would agree it’s a relaxing and satisfying experience.

Will you be going to Spring Training this year jhosk? Afraid I can’t go – I am 77 years old and have MS pretty badly. My daily trip to the mailbox is an adventure these days – but that is okay as long as I have people like Mamma Mia to relay any and all events going on in Mesa. I look forward to my daily dose of Cubs news from my fan friends! It will be interesting to see how Marmol’s future unfolds. I do agree that he is not among the projected Cub’s long term plans but we do have to include him in the mix as of today. With so many new players this year I can hardly wait to see who makes it to Wrigley as a starter. To all of you in Mesa – whoop it up and play on.

I won`t be seeing any spring training games in 2013 as am spending this winter in Myrtle Beach. I have spent several winters in Arizona and that afforded me the opportunity to see some games. You are certainly a passionate fan and the Cubs are fortunate to have your support.

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