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3/24 Cubs trim 5: Scales, Ojeda, Moore, Camp, Perez

The Cubs trimmed five more players from the spring roster, optioning outfielder Fernando Perez to Triple-A Iowa and assigning Bobby Scales, Augie Ojeda, Scott Moore and Matt Camp to the Minor League camp. The moves leave 31 in camp, including 16 pitchers, four catchers, six infielders and five outfielders.

Perez hit .143 in 16 games. His departure means Reed Johnson has made the Opening Day roster. It also would appear that Darwin Barney has made his first Opening Day roster.

Ojeda has been bothered by back spasms, limiting him to seven games. Scales hit .375, Moore .342 and Camp .200.

– 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

3/7 Cubs lineup vs Angels

Here’s Monday’s Cubs lineup vs the Angels in Mesa. Carlos Silva is starting, and expected to throw about 45 pitches. It’s his first start since his one inning last Wednesday in Maryvale when he gave up a pair of two-run homers, then got into a dugout scuffle with Aramis Ramirez.

2B DeWitt
RF Colvin
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Pena
LF Soriano
C Castillo
SS Ojeda
P Silva

– Carrie Muskat

2/22 Cubs notebook

Even though Cactus League games have yet to begin, the Cubs roster is nearly set. Manager Mike Quade does need to find one extra infielder and one extra outfielder for the bench. The extra infielder has to be able to backup at short, and Darwin Barney and Augie Ojeda are among the candidates. Reed Johnson, Fernando Perez and Brad Snyder are among the players they’ll look at for the extra outfielder job. Perez, listed as a right-handed hitter, will try switch-hitting this spring.

“Sometimes that works itself out and sometimes it doesn’t and it becomes a brutally tough decision,” Quade said Tuesday about filling the roster spots. “A lot of the people involved in this, we need to see play. This will be something [decided] at the end of camp that will be tough.”

* Tyler Colvin will continue to work both in the outfield and at first base this spring. “He can invest the time at first base to try to be as good as he can there without losing what I’d be concerned about in the outfield,” Quade said of Colvin, who will play at least once a week if not more at first this spring.

* Carlos Pena has been bothered by chest congestion, but has been able to do the workouts.

* The Cubs and WRTO 1200 AM extended their agreement to broadcast an expanded number of games in Spanish. This year, WRTO 1200 AM will broadcast 43 games after doing 35 games last season. The station’s first broadcast will be April 3 against the Pirates.

* Carlos Zambrano, Kerry Wood and Matt Garza are scheduled to throw live batting practice on Wednesday. Zambrano and Garza will pitch Sunday in the Cactus League opener.

* Someone on the Cubs pointed out to Quade that bullpen catcher Edgar Tovar’s 2010 jersey was being auctioned off for $400 while the manager’s jersey was available for $350. The price difference was posted on a piece of paper with the headline, “Who says Qaude doesn’t get any respect?” The typo of the manager’s name was on purpose. Quade received a package from Chicago with the error.

– Carrie Muskat

1/27 Non-roster invitees

The Cubs have invited 21 non-roster players to Spring Training, including Todd Wellemeyer, Braden Looper and infielder Augie Ojeda. Looper and Ojeda agreed to terms on Minor League contracts Thursday. Pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park in Mesa, Ariz., on Feb. 13, and their first workout is the next day. Position players report Feb. 18 and the Cubs’ first full squad workout will be Feb. 19.

Seven pitchers — including right-handers Looper, Wellemeyer, Chris Carpenter, Angel Guzman, Jay Jackson, and Trey McNutt and left-hander Scott Rice — have been invited to the Cubs’ camp along with catchers Steve Clevenger and Chris Robinson. The seven infielders invited include Ojeda, Matt Camp, Bryan LaHair, Scott Moore, Bobby Scales, Marquez Smith and Josh Vitters. Five outfielders were invited including Jim Adduci, Brett Jackson, Reed Johnson, Luis Montanez and Brad Snyder.

Looper, 36, is 72-65 with 103 saves and a 4.15 ERA in all or part of 12 Major League seasons with St. Louis (1998, 2006-08), Florida (1999-2003), the New York Mets (2004-05) and Milwaukee (2009). He last pitched in the big leagues in 2009, going 14-7 with a 5.22 ERA.

Ojeda, 36, is a career .234 hitter with 44 doubles, nine triples, seven home runs and 81 RBIs in 502 games with the Cubs (2000-03), Twins (2004) and Diamondbacks (2007-10). He’s seen action at second, third, and shortstop. Last season, Ojeda batted .190 in 59 games with Arizona.

Wellemeyer, 32, is 32-34 with three saves and a 4.83 ERA in 208 appearances, including 75 starts. He’s pitched for the Cubs (2003-05), Marlins (2006), Royals (2006-07), Cardinals (2007-09) and Giants (2010).

– Carrie Muskat

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