2/21 Wake-up call
Eight pitchers are scheduled to throw live BP sessions on Friday at Cubs camp. The list includes James McDonald, Jose Veras, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Tsuyoshi Wada, Zac Rosscup, Tommy Hottovy and Brian Schlitter. McDonald is a candidate for the rotation. James, 29, had a tough time last season with the Pirates. He was limited to six games because of shoulder issues, and posted a 2-2 record and 5.76 ERA. Pittsburgh designated him for assignment in September, and outrighted him to Triple-A Indianapolis but McDonald refused the assignment, and elected free agency.
The Cubs players are scheduled to be on the field at 9:30 a.m. Arizona time to stretch. It should be another beautiful day in Mesa.
– Carrie Muskat