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5/10 Extra bases

Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells, both on the disabled list, threw two innings each of live batting practice on Monday in Mesa, Ariz., at the team’s extended Spring Training complex. The next step for Wells will be an extended spring game on Thursday in Mesa. Cashner will have another live BP session Thursday.

* Manager Mike Quade says he’ll announce on Wednesday who will be the Cubs starter on Saturday against the Giants. James Russell has filled in and gone 0-4 with a 10.05 ERA in four starts.

* Starlin Castro was in the No. 7 spot in the Cubs’ lineup Tuesday, the lowest he’s been in the order since the season began. He’s battling a 2-for-25 skid in his last six games. He’s hitting .300 overall, but is .137 (7-for-51) in his last 12 games. Castro batted .393 in his first 20 games of the year.

“We’re protecting the kid and trying to help the club and trying to get him out of a bit of a mess,” Quade said. “It seemed appropriate to me. That’s just what we do.”

* Minor League pitcher Kyle Smit was placed on the disabled list because of a strained left shoulder. … Catcher Max Ramirez was claimed on waivers by the Astros.

* Justin Bour has opened some eyes in the Cubs organization. The first baseman was batting .289 with eight homers and 22 RBIs for Class A Daytona.

– Carrie Muskat

4/17 Cashner, Wells to be examined

Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells, both on the disabled list with shoulder and forearm problems, respectively, will be examined on Monday in Chicago to update their progress. Both were scheduled to see team orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo.

Neither pitcher has any pain or discomfort. Cashner, who has a strained right rotator cuff, and Wells, who has a strained right forearm, were placed on the disabled list April 7 and told they could not pick up a baseball for two weeks.

“I’ve picked one up,” Wells said Sunday. “I haven’t thrown one.”

There’s no timetable for their return.

– Carrie Muskat

3/23 Roster decisions, Silva, Z, & Casey

Manager Mike Quade lost some sleep Tuesday night while making some pitching decisions. On Wednesday, he’ll be tossing and turning over which regulars make the final 25-man roster. The Cubs need to pick an extra infielder and outfielder for the bench.

* Carlos Zambrano threw 82 pitches over four innings in the Cubs’ Minor League camp for the Triple-A team against the Diamondbacks.

* Casey Coleman had a solid 1-2-3 inning in relief in the seventh Wednesday. The right-hander could be an option in the bullpen. “Casey has been a starter,” Quade said. “You see an inning today [and think] could he come back and give you three [innings] in a couple days? Could he do that in the midst of being a Major League starter someday? It’s encouraging to see him get up in a bullpen situation, come in and get three outs there.”

* Carlos Silva had his best spring outing, giving up one run on three
hits over six innings in the Cubs’ 3-1 win over the Athletics. Now what?

“This means that decisions remain tough and we have to figure it out and
we’re thrilled that guys are competing and making it tough,” Quade
said. “We’ll see how this plays out and I’ll milk it as long as I can,
to be honest.”

Silva, competing with Andrew Cashner and Braden Looper for the final spot, took to heart some advice from pitcher Ryan Dempster.

“Today he said, ‘I don’t want you to give me 100 percent, I want you to
give me 80 percent,’” Silva said of his conversation with the Cubs’
Opening Day starter.

That might sound counter-productive, but the message was to try to not
do too much. Calm down, don’t overthrow, and trust your stuff. Wednesday
was Silva’s last chance.

“I needed this game,” Silva said. “It doesn’t matter if I make the
rotation, it’s personal. I needed a good game. I don’t know what the
decision will be but personally I needed this game just to start
building my confidence and trust myself a little more. Next time I’ll go
out with a more positive attitude.”

– Carrie Muskat

3/23 Cashner & Jaden

Jaden Justice got an inside look at the Cubs’ clubhouse on Wednesday, a guest of pitcher Andrew Cashner. Justice, 12, is an outpatient at Cardon Children’s Hospital in Mesa, and undergoing treatment for cancer. The trip was coordinated by Southwest Ambulance, part of a program called “Spring Training Transports.” Jaden came ready — he’d painted a Cubs red and blue “C” on the back of his head.

– Carrie Muskat

3/22 Decisions, decisions

Cubs manager Mike Quade may not get much sleep Tuesday night. Quade met in the morning with GM Jim Hendry, assistant GM Randy Bush, pitching coach Mark Riggins and bench coach Pat Listach to go over the roster, including the fifth spot in the rotation.

Randy Wells, who has a 1.35 ERA this spring, has secured the No. 4 spot, and it’s down to Carlos Silva, Andrew Cashner and Braden Looper for the last opening. Silva, who has a 15.88 ERA in four outings, will start Wednesday against the Athletics, while Carlos Zambrano, who is set, will go to the Minor League camp to get his work in. Cashner threw nearly 60 pitches over three innings Monday in the rain against the Angels but has not been stretched out to 80 pitches.

“I have a lot to sleep on and or not sleep on tonight regarding the pitching and other areas, too,” Quade said. “In the next couple days, we have to get this thing done. The truck’s leaving Sunday.”

That’s the truck that carries players’ personal belongings to Chicago.

– Carrie Muskat

3/21 Cubs lineup & more

Aramis Ramirez was scratched from Monday’s lineup. He went home Saturday with a 102-degree fever. Jeff Baker was scheduled to start at third against the Angels.

* Kerry Wood and James Russell were to throw in a Minor League game at Fitch Park on Monday.

* Angel Guzman shifted his rehab to the Minor League camp. He was scheduled to throw batting practice Wednesday and could get into a game there in one week. He’s coming off right shoulder surgery, which forced him to miss all of 2010. “He’s certain he’s coming back,” Mike Quade said of Guzman.

* Infielder Augie Ojeda was scheduled to have a cortisone shot on Monday. He’s been limited because of back spasms.

Winds are gusting up to 35 mph in the Valley today. Here’s Monday’s lineup:

RF Fukudome
SS Castro
CF Byrd
1B Pena
C Soto
LF Soriano
3B Baker
2B Barney
P Cashner

– Carrie Muskat

3/20 Cubs lineups vs Giants, Angels

Here’s Sunday’s Cubs lineup vs. the Giants split squad on Sunday in Mesa:

RF Matt Camp
SS Castro
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Moore
LF Soriano
2B Scales
C Hill
P Wells

Andrew Cashner will start Monday against. the Angels in Tempe. Here’s the lineup:

RF Fukudome
SS Castro
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Pena
LF Soriano
C Soto
2B Barney
P Cashner

– Carrie Muskat

3/19 Cubs lineup & more

Matt Garza starts Saturday for the Cubs in Peoria against the Padres and will be followed by Braden Looper. The game will be on WGN Radio and WGN TV. Looking ahead, Randy Wells will start Sunday against the Giants at HoHoKam Park and Andrew Cashner will start Monday against the Angels in Tempe. Here’s Saturday’s lineup:

RF Fukudome
2B DeWitt
LF Colvin
C Soto
1B Pena
3B Baker
SS Camp
CF Perez
P Garza

– Carrie Muskat

3/14 Sorting things out

Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner will each get another chance Tuesday to convince manager Mike Quade they are best suited for the rotation. Wells and Cashner will start in the Cubs’ final split squad games, with Wells facing the Rockies at HoHoKam Park in Mesa and Cashner going to Phoenix to start against the Athletics.  The two right-handers are vying for the vacancies with Carlos Silva, Casey Coleman, Braden Looper, Todd Wellemeyer and James Russell.

“I’m not closer to nailing stuff down but of that mix, whether it’s bullpen, whether it’s fourth and fifth, I think a lot of guys have been better lately and that’s what we’re looking for,” Quade said Monday. “Until I have to make a decision, we’ll let this thing play out.”

Cashner will be an interesting call. Has he developed his secondary pitches enough to be considered a starter? Do the Cubs feel he needs more experience and would benefit from pitching at Triple-A Iowa? Or, if he’s not ready to start, do they keep his talented arm in the bullpen with the big league team?

“My sense is he has Major League value in whatever role,” Quade said. “It’s a tough call. He’s in a competition with other people. I don’t have an opinion on [whether he start in Minors] yet but we’ve got two weeks after the off day, so obviously at some point these are the kind of tough questions down the stretch that have to be answered.”

– Carrie Muskat

3/14 Cubs extra bases – UPDATED

The Cubs have 16 Cactus League games remaining, including split squads on Tuesday. A few odds and ends:

* Starlin Castro ranks third in the Cactus League with a .485 batting average. He went 6-for-6 Saturday and Sunday, and notched his first two-homer game Saturday against the Reds in Las Vegas. Castro said he had never hit two homers in one game, not in the Minors or youth baseball. Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster both rank among the Cactus League leaders. Big Z has a 1.38 ERA; Dempster 1.50 ERA.

* John Grabow had a good side session on Monday and if he passes all tests, will pitch in a game Thursday. Grabow has been sidelined with tightness in his left shoulder.

* Outfielder Brad Snyder has been limited because of a strained oblique, Augie Ojeda has back spasms, and Brett Jackson has a bruised shoulder. Of the group, Jackson could DH on Tuesday.

* Mike Quade wasn’t too worried about Carlos Marmol’s rough outing in Las Vegas on Saturday. The closer gave up two runs, two walks and one run. “Maybe he got Vegas’d — who knows?” Quade said.

* Bench coach Pat Listach was the acting manager for the split squad teams in Arizona when Quade traveled to Las Vegas over the weekend. Listach wouldn’t sit in Quade’s chair in the manager’s office post-game. “Not yet,” Quade quipped. “I told him that a few weeks ago.”

* Matt Camp is showing his versatility. He’s played four positions so far this spring.

* Randy Wells will face the Rockies and Andrew Cashner will start against the A’s on Tuesday in the last split squad games. This will be Wells’ third start and fourth game, and Cashner’s second start and fourth game. Wells has not given up an earned run in nine innings.

– Carrie Muskat

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