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* Third baseman Luis Valbuena was expected back in the Cubs lineup on Wednesday, four days after spraining the little finger on his right hand when he slid into third base. Valbuena, who injured his hand Saturday in Washington, has been able to take batting practice and work out at third Monday and Tuesday. He spent part of Tuesday with his little finger in a cup of ice to get the swelling down. Valbuena was batting .272 in 31 games with five home runs, five doubles and 13 RBIs.
* The Cubs have finally climbed above the Mendoza line when batting with runners in scoring position. Chicago entered Tuesday’s game batting .204 with RISP, still lowest in the Major Leagues. The team leads the National League with 87 doubles and 131 extra-base hits. But they rank 10th in runs scored.
* Arodys Vizcaino, coming back from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, will continue his rehab with the Cubs rather than in Mesa, Ariz. Vizcaino joined the team on Monday. Cubs manager Dale Sveum said the right-hander, acquired from the Braves last July in the Paul Maholm deal, was a couple weeks away from appearing in a game.
Scott Baker, who also is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery one year ago, remained in Mesa at the Cubs’ facility.
– Carrie Muskat
Scott Baker and Arodys Vizcaino both had good throwing sessions on Tuesday. Baker, coming back from Tommy John surgery, threw 25 pitches in a live BP session, while Vizcaino threw 25 in a bullpen session. If Baker stays on track, he could be ready by mid to late April. Vizcaino, also coming back from Tommy John, was not expected to be ready for big league action until later in the regular season.
– Carrie Muskat
* Josh Vitters got some extra infield work on Tuesday at third base with infield coach Pat Listach. Vitters made an impressive stop in the sixth inning Monday, snaring Cameron Maybin’s liner and getting to his feet in time to throw the speedster out.
“Watching him defensively taking ground balls, he’s gotten better than he was in Spring Training,” Dale Sveum said of Vitters. “Hopefully that continues. The one thing about third base that you have to get these guys to understand is that you have to use your athleticism at third base. It’s not that everything is cut and dried. You don’t do it mechanically like you do at shortstop and second base. You can go a whole week at third base and not get a routine ground ball.”
* Arodys Vizcaino, acquired from the Braves for Reed Johnson and Paul Maholm, worked out with the Cubs on Monday and Tuesday at PETCO Park. The right-hander is coming back from Tommy John surgery in March, and will continue his rehab in Mesa, Ariz., at the Cubs complex.
“I’m going to be ready next year in Spring Training,” Vizcaino said.
* The Cubs and Cubs wives will host the 10th annual Food Drive at Wrigley Field on Saturday prior to the game against the Reds. Proceeds from the event benefit the Lakeview Pantry in Chicago. Since its inception in 2003, the event has gathered more than 121,000 pounds of food. Fans making a donation of $20 will receive a 5-by-7 autographed photo of a Cubs player, limited to two photos per person while they last. Donations will be accepted outside Gate D at the corner of Sheffield Avenue and Addison Street. A $20 donation allows Lakeview Pantry to purchase 200 pounds of food.
* Who’s got the best name in Minor League baseball? It’s Class A Boise first baseman Rock Shoulders, who won the 2012 MiLB.com Moniker Madness contest. Shoulders, 20, easily triumped over Rougned Odor in the final, getting 60 percent of the vote.
– Carrie Muskat
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Q: With the possible exception of Arodys Vizcaino – and even he’s a question mark coming off Tommy John surgery — it appears the Trade Deadline came and went without the Cubs acquiring any high-level prospects. I was wondering when was the last time the Cubs traded a veteran for a prospect that ended up making a lasting impact at the Major League level? Do we really have to go back to Ryne Sandberg? — Aaron M., Lexington, KY
A: I asked Cubs historian Ed Hartig for some help, because I had a tough time coming up with names, and we both agreed with you that Sandberg was the last one.
Q: Darwin Barney has been making some great defensive plays this year to go along with the best fielding percentage in the NL. Do you think he could get a Gold Glove? — Ethan T., Pittsburgh.
A: He could. Barney would have to unseat the Reds’ Brandon Phillips, a three-time Gold Glove winner (2008, 2010, 2011).
Q: There was a lot of talk about Dillon Maples after the Cubs paid him big money in the 14th round last year to skip college. Since then, I haven’t heard his name mentioned. Is he pitching somewhere? — Gary J.
A: Maples had an elbow injury, and is pitching for the Cubs’ Rookie League team in Mesa, Ariz. In two starts, he’s given up one earned run on one hit and four walks over 2 1/3 innings.
Q: Is Anthony Rizzo considered a rookie this year? How many at-bats do you need to be a rookie? — Wesley H., Chicago
A: Rizzo is a rookie. A player is considered one unless during the previous season or seasons, he has No. 1, exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues, or No. 2, accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club during the 25-man limit in effect from Opening Day through Aug. 31. Rizzo came into this season with 128 at-bats and 68 days of service time, but 24 of those days were in September.
Q: With the recent trade of Jeff Baker, the Cubs got two players to be named later. Are those players coming from the Draft in 2013 or from the other team’s farm system? — Ray D., Columbus, OH
A: Usually, the two teams decide parameters before the deal. For example, the Cubs and Tigers might have agreed to players from the Class A level and set a soft deadline as to when the Cubs need to make a decision.
– Carrie Muskat