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5/5 Lineup

Bobby Scales, called up Monday from Triple-A Iowa, will get his first big league start on Tuesday in the series finale against the Giants. Scales will start at second. It’s an interesting lineup as Lou Piniella is giving some of the regulars a day off during this stretch of 20 straight games. It’ll be CF Gathright, SS Miles, RF Fukudome, 1B Lee, LF Hoffpauir, 3B Fontenot, 2B Scales, C Hill and P Marshall.

Theriot joked before the game that nobody was in the lineup who could provide some pop. He’s hit home runs in three of the last four games.

“The fact remains that nobody is going to play 162 games,” Piniella said.

— Carrie Muskat

Cup of coffee

After 1,013 games, 3,303 at-bats, 942 hits, and stops in Ft. Wayne, Lake Elsinore, Portland, Mobile, Scranton, Pawtucket and Des Moines, Bobby Scales is finally in the big leagues.

Scales, 31, was called up Monday to take Carlos Zambrano’s spot on the Cubs’ 25-man roster after the pitcher was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Cubs don’t need a starter until Friday, and Randy Wells was expected to be called up from Triple-A Iowa at that time.

Scales’ days in the big leagues may be limited. He’s going to make the most of it.

“I’m happy he’s here for a couple reasons,” Lou Piniella said. “The biggest is because this man has endured for a long, long time in the Minor Leagues. He’s getting an opportunity here after 10, 11 years. It’s a really, really nice story. He’s earned it. He came to camp and worked hard. He contributed.”

Scales was batting .303 at Iowa with three homers and 10 RBIs in 21 games. He can play second, short, third, wherever the Cubs need him.

“He’s the kind of guy you root for,” Cubs player development director Oneri Fleita said. “He’s paid his dues, he’s rode the buses, he’s made all the 4 o’clock wake up calls in the [Pacific Coast League] and grinded it out and never said never. He’s a great example to all the kids out there. When you get an opportunity, make somebody rip your jersey off before you quit.”

Why did he stay with it this long?

“A lot of different things,” Scales said. “From the baseball side of it, just a belief I could play. It may sound hokey but I knew in the depths of my soul that I could play this game. I felt I could help a big league team win games in whatever capacity that a manager saw fit to use me. I knew that. That’s part of it and the support I got from my family. My wife, my mom and dad have been unbelievable.

“There’s a lot of people doing a lot worse than Minor League baseball players,” he said. “It’s tough sometimes to make ends meet. It’s harder on your family because you’re gone a lot, and there’s not money to fly home on off days. I just had the belief I could play here.”

— Carrie Muskat

5/4 Lineup & Zambrano update

Carlos Zambrano was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 2 left hamstring strain. Infielder Bobby Scales was called up from Triple-A Iowa and added to the 25-man roster. Zambrano was expected to miss at least two weeks. Right-hander Randy Wells was expected to be called up for next Friday’s game in Milwaukee to take Zambrano’s spot in the rotation.

Third baseman Aramis Ramirez was back in the lineup Monday. It’ll be LF Soriano, SS Theriot, RF Bradley, 1B Lee, 3B Ramirez, C Soto, CF Johnson, 2B Miles and P Dempster.

Make sure you bring a jacket if you’re coming to Wrigley Field. It’s cooler by the lake.

— Carrie Muskat

5/4 Early work

Bobby Scales was taking grounders at shortstop Monday at Wrigley Field with Mike Fontenot, Aaron Miles and Ryan Theriot. The Cubs have yet to officially announce whether they will put Carlos Zambrano on the DL, but one option may be to do so, and call up an extra infielder now — Scales, for example — and then call up a pitcher on Friday when Zambrano was scheduled to make a start.

— Carrie Muskat

4/30 No DL for Ramirez

The Cubs will continue to play shorthanded because Aramis Ramirez was not put on the disabled list Thursday. Ramirez ran in the outfield with both Lou Piniella and athletic trainer Mark O’Neal watching, and the team decided not to put the third baseman on the DL. If they did, he would not be available until the Milwaukee series, and Ramirez was expected back before then. The team was prepared. Infielder Bobby Scales was at Wrigley just in case.

— Carrie Muskat


One of the Minor League pitchers the Cubs will be watching is Mitch Atkins, who won 17 games last season at Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. Atkins was scheduled to start Thursday in the Iowa Cubs season opener at Round Rock. He pitched in six games for the big league team this spring, and gave up seven earned runs on 14 hits and three walks over nine innings.

Fifteen players are back on the I-Cubs roster, including Jeff Samardzija, who also is a candidate for that sixth starter spot Lou Piniella keeps talking about. Samardzija was to make one appearance out of the pen, then be slotted into the rotation. Iowa’s home opener is April 17 when the Cubs host Round Rock at 7:05 p.m. CT.

— Carrie Muskat

Play ball

Here’s the Cubs’ lineup for the first Cactus League game Wednesday vs. the Dodgers: LF Alfonso Soriano, SS Ryan Theriot, 1B Derrek Lee, DH Micah Hoffpauir, C Geovany Soto, 2B Mike Fontenot, CF Reed Johnson, RF Richie Robnett, 3B Bobby Scales.

Also, the Venezuelan team is listing Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano as part of their World Baseball Classic team but Big Z is not going. “No, I’m staying here,” Zambrano said Wednesday.

Soriano has been running well this spring. When Lou Piniella was asked if Soriano could steal 40 bases again, he said, no, but didn’t think 30, 35 was out of the question.

— Carrie Muskat