#Cubs notes: Leadoff man, pitching
*Who will lead off for the Cubs? Manager Joe Maddon said he’s looking at Jason Heyward or Ben Zobrist, and wants to talk to both about the role.
“I have not written anything down in pen whatsoever,” Maddon said Friday of his lineup. “I know ‘Zo’ is comfortable with it. I’ve got to hear Jason’s feelings about it and work it from there. We need to decide on No. 1 and everything will flow after that.”
*The Cubs will use Travis Wood, Trevor Cahill, Clayton Richard and Adam Warren as starters this spring partly to stretch them out and also to not overwork the projected five-man rotation. They want to make sure everyone is prepared for an extra month of games.
“They have to be ready and well on Opening Day,” Maddon said of the rotation of Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks. Arrieta and Hendricks both are coming off seasons in which they set career highs in innings pitched.
Wood, Cahill, Richard and Warren have all started in the big leagues, and having the versatile arms in the bullpen creates a unique situation.
“We might have our sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth starters all in our big league bullpen,” Theo Epstein said, noting that even though the Cubs rotation was fairly healthy last season, they still used 10 starters. “We’ll see how it shakes out.”
*Pitchers and catchers will have their first official workout Saturday at the Cubs complex in Mesa. Maddon will address the team first, and players were expected on the field around 10:30 a.m. MT.
— Carrie Muskat