2/22 Extra bases

* Travis Wood will start the Cubs’ Cactus League opener Saturday against the Angels. Here’s the lineup for the game, to be played in Tempe and broadcast on WGN Radio. Len Kasper will be subbing for Pat Hughes, who will be in Arizona later this spring:

Watkins 2B
Sappelt CF
Rizzo 1B
Hairston RF
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Jackson LF
Lillibridge SS
McDonald DH

* Luis Valbuena hit a two-run homer and Edwin Maysonet added a three-run shot for the White team which beat the Blue team, 6-3, on Friday in a Cubs intrasquad game at HoHoKam Stadium. Brett Jackson was 3-for-3 for the Blue team.

Sveum has raved about Valbuena’s defensive skills and said this spring that third base is Ian Stewart’s job to win. But Stewart is sidelined with a strained left quad. Could Valbuena be the Cubs starting third baseman?

“Like I said, it was [Stewart’s] job to win, not to lose,” Sveum said. “Things might change because who knows when Stewart will be back to play. I know Valbuena can play third. He doesn’t need to play third to get his at-bats.

“The guy had good winter ball, and obviously put a good swing on a ball today,” Sveum said after Friday’s intrasquad game, in which Valbuena hit a two-run home run. “I’m not too concerned about Valbuena. I need to see him everywhere. If things work out that way, then yeah, he’ll be playing third base quite a bit. First half of spring you’ll see him a lot more at other positions.”

* Third baseman Josh Vitters was day to day with a strained left quad, which he injured running the bases during drills. He was not expected to undergo an MRI on his leg.

“I’m just going to take it easy,” Vitters said.

* Scott Baker, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, will throw a side session on Saturday, and then be re-evaluated. As of now, Baker has not been scheduled to pitch in a Cactus League game, manager Dale Sveum said. Baker, who had the surgery last April, was not expected to be ready by Opening Day.

— Carrie Muskat


Sounds like Sveum is giving Stewart a stern warning. Very happy about that. Am I wrong or does Stewart not have a guranteed contract?
He better start showing something.

I agree with you on that Jasper and it’s about time we hear something like that from Sveum instead of the same ol same ol as if we fans are not paying attention. I think Sveum favors the defensive option of Valbuena at third, I’m just concerned about the lack of run production from
that position and it seems that thrid base should be job #1 for Hoystein.

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It is kind of liitle league. We don’t have any school based sport teams.
All the sportclubs for any sport are available for every age. For baseball you can start at age 5 or 6 with organised baseball and the agegroups are 2 years combined (10 and 11y olds, 12 and 13y, and so on). At age 16 you can start playing with adults, but you can also keep playing with you agegroup or play both. All teams (even the very young ones) play at a competitive level and it’s always with promotion and relegation.
The youngest groups play with modified rules on a smaller field and from age 14 on they play with the normal rules. We also use the National League rules ( Pitchers batting) for all levels.
Most of the teams play 1 game a week (usually saturday or sunday), except for the top 2 levels for adults and the 19/20y old ones… they play twice a week (on saturday and sunday)

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