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Hot corner

Koyie Hill was inserted into Thursday night’s game at third base in a defensive switch, the first time the catcher has ever played infield in a Major League game. Hill had taken grounders at third in St. Louis in case he was needed and on Friday morning, he was working with coaches Alan Trammell and Ivan DeJesus at the hot corner. Hill did play third in college. That’s it.

— Carrie Muskat

3/28 Quick hits

Cubs manager Lou Piniella missed Saturday’s game because he was feeling ill. A flu bug has been going around several of the camps this spring. Bench coach Alan Trammell was in charge for the Cubs game against the Rockies.

Other notes:

  • Sean Marshall and Chad Gaudin each had side sessions in Mesa. Chad Fox, Kevin Gregg and Luis Vizcaino pitched in a Minor League game at Fitch Park.
  • Mike Fontenot started at third and Aaron Miles at short on Saturday. Trammell said both need more than one game to get comfortable on the left side of the infield. “You need to get tested,” Trammell said.
  • Yes, that was first base coach Matt Sinatro wearing No. 80. He forgot his jersey in Mesa.
  • Former Cubs pitcher Jason Marquis will be either the third or fourth starter for the Rockies.

— Carrie Muskat

International rules

The Cubs will play Team Japan at HoHoKam Park in an exhibition game Thursday. Cubs bench coach Alan Trammell, who helps put together the lineup, was a little confused. Teams are using the designated hitter in the World Baseball Classic. But Thursday’s game was being played in a National League park. Would they use the DH or not? When told to ask Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano what he wanted to do, Trammell smiled. Everyone knows Big Z wants to hit.

— Carrie Muskat