#Cubs notes: Baez, Vegas, safety & more

*Javier Baez, one of the early birds in Cubs camp, worked out with outfield coach Doug Dascenzo on Tuesday in Mesa, Ariz. Baez played four games in winter ball in center, and the Cubs want to see him in the outfield. He worked with Albert Almora, Shawon Dunston Jr., and Kyle Schwarber in center on Tuesday. Is Baez an outfielder?

“I don’t know,” Baez said, smiling. “I guess we have to wait until the games start to see. I’m pretty sure I’ll be rotating.”

*Kris Bryant joined Baez and Schwarber camp on Tuesday. Pitchers and catchers don’t have to report until Friday, and position players don’t officially report until next Tuesday. Other position  players in Cubs camp include Jason Heyward, Anthony Rizzo, Chris Coghlan, and Miguel Montero. Most of the pitchers have arrived, including Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, John Lackey, Jason Hammel, Hector Rondon, Justin Grimm, Pedro Strop and Rex Brothers.

*There will be no additional screening added behind the plate at Sloan Park, the Cubs’ spring home. The screening already extends from dugout to dugout, and meets MLB’s safety requirements. However, fans will see a new stoplight at Rio Salado Drive and Clark Street, which should help pedestrians and drivers alike.

*Tickets for the Cubs’ exhibition games against the Mets to be played March 31 and April 1 in Las Vegas went on sale Tuesday at noon MT at the Las Vegas 51s box office and online. The games will start at 5:05 p.m. MT on March 31 and 1:05 p.m. MT on April 1 at Cashman Field.

— Carrie Muskat


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