3/20 Extra bases

* Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, slowed this spring because of tightness in his right shoulder, will throw two innings in a simulated game on Friday. Arrieta said he is on schedule in his rehab. Projected for the fifth spot in the Cubs rotation, Arrieta is back on a regular routine, and that’s helped, too.

“For me, that’s very important, so I can approach each day as I would throughout the season and get into that routine,” he said.

* James McDonald was feeling better after coming out of his last start with soreness in his right shoulder. McDonald threw two pitches on Monday before he was lifted because of discomfort.

* The Cubs have traded outfielder Trevor Gretzky, son of hockey legend, Wayne Gretzky, to the Angels for Matthew Scioscia, who is manager Mike Scioscia’s son. Matthew, 25, batted .194 at three Minor League levels last season, while Gretzky, 21, hit .274 at short-season Boise and Class A Kane County. Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto told reporters the deal gives the two players a “new opportunity.”

* Travis Wood, scheduled to follow Jeff Samardzija in the Cubs rotation, will tune up with a start in the Minor League camp on Friday, facing the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A team. Wood, 27, has given up seven runs on 14 hits and one walk over 10 2/3 innings, striking out 11.

* The Cubs assigned left-handed pitcher Tommy Hottovy to Minor League camp on Thursday, reducing the spring camp roster to 44. Hottovy, 32, had appeared in three spring games, and given up one hit and one walk, while striking out five.

* The Cubs wives will host a mystery baseball charity event on Saturday at Cubs Park to raise money for Paz de Cristo in Mesa, which helps feed, clothe and empower those in need in the east valley. Fans can purchase an autographed ball for $30. There also will be game-used bats, jerseys and other equipment for sale. The wives will be set up near the left field gate, inside Cubs Park.

— Carrie Muskat


I wonder if Matt is a catcher as was his daddy. Whenever I see or hear Mike Scioscia`s name invoked, it reminds myself of something Tommy Lasorda said regarding Mike Scioscia when Tommy was his skipper. Mike was notorious for being slow footed, and Tommy once said to him, “Mike, if you ever challenged a pregnant woman to a foot race, you would finish third.”

Nice Lasorda memory there jhosk. lol Young Scioscia is a 1st Baseman and 25 y/o. Gretszky a 1b/OF 21 y/o.
Dont understand this trade, unless it is just for a fresh start for both.
Looking at age & STATS, Cubs lose this trade hands down.

Appreciate that info., Jasper. Reading between the lines, I come away with the distinct impression both these young men are long shots to ever reach the majors.

jhosk, exactly my thoughts.

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