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3/20 Extra bases

* Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, slowed this spring because of tightness in his right shoulder, will throw two innings in a simulated game on Friday. Arrieta said he is on schedule in his rehab. Projected for the fifth spot in the Cubs rotation, Arrieta is back on a regular routine, and that’s helped, too.

“For me, that’s very important, so I can approach each day as I would throughout the season and get into that routine,” he said.

* James McDonald was feeling better after coming out of his last start with soreness in his right shoulder. McDonald threw two pitches on Monday before he was lifted because of discomfort.

* The Cubs have traded outfielder Trevor Gretzky, son of hockey legend, Wayne Gretzky, to the Angels for Matthew Scioscia, who is manager Mike Scioscia’s son. Matthew, 25, batted .194 at three Minor League levels last season, while Gretzky, 21, hit .274 at short-season Boise and Class A Kane County. Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto told reporters the deal gives the two players a “new opportunity.”

* Travis Wood, scheduled to follow Jeff Samardzija in the Cubs rotation, will tune up with a start in the Minor League camp on Friday, facing the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A team. Wood, 27, has given up seven runs on 14 hits and one walk over 10 2/3 innings, striking out 11.

* The Cubs assigned left-handed pitcher Tommy Hottovy to Minor League camp on Thursday, reducing the spring camp roster to 44. Hottovy, 32, had appeared in three spring games, and given up one hit and one walk, while striking out five.

* The Cubs wives will host a mystery baseball charity event on Saturday at Cubs Park to raise money for Paz de Cristo in Mesa, which helps feed, clothe and empower those in need in the east valley. Fans can purchase an autographed ball for $30. There also will be game-used bats, jerseys and other equipment for sale. The wives will be set up near the left field gate, inside Cubs Park.

– Carrie Muskat

3/18 McDonald sidelined with tendinitis

Cubs pitcher James McDonald, pulled from Monday’s start after throwing two pitches, has some tendinitis in his right shoulder, and will be sidelined for a few days. McDonald, who was limited to six starts last season with the Pirates because of shoulder issues, said he felt some discomfort in the bullpen prior to the Cubs game against the Athletics.

“It felt a little sore warming up,” McDonald said Tuesday. “I had some soreness early last year. Me being a little precautious, it was something where I didn’t want it to end up being something worse, so I said something — ‘Hey, my shoulder is a little tender and sore.'”

He threw two pitches in the game, and was lifted. McDonald said the soreness is not the same as last year.

“It’s nowhere near the extent of where I was at last year,” he said.

The plan now is to rest and get the inflammation out, then resume throwing.

“Today I feel reasonably better,” McDonald said. “I did some stuff yesterday, did some stuff today. Maybe I’ll start throwing in a couple days or so.”

– Carrie Muskat

3/17 James McDonald update

James McDonald, a candidate for the fifth spot in the Cubs rotation, had to leave Monday’s game in Phoenix after throwing two pitches. McDonald, who started against the Athletics, was bothered by soreness in his right shoulder. He will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

“He’s shaking his arm when we went out there just to talk to him,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria told reporters in Phoenix. “ He felt that his arm wasn’t feeling right, so we just said, ‘OK, we’ll just not take any chances. Let’s go ahead and take him in and he’ll be evaluated.’”

McDonald was a candidate for the fifth starter spot, and there are only two weeks remaining in Spring Training.

“There are any number of ways we can do it,” Renteria said about building endurance. “ But right now, as it stands, I just want to make sure he’s OK.”

McDonald was limited to six games last season with the Pirates because of shoulder issues, and posted a 2-2 record and 5.76 ERA. Pittsburgh designated him for assignment in September, and outrighted him to Triple-A Indianapolis but McDonald refused the assignment, and elected free agency.

– Carrie Muskat

3/12 McDonald: “It’s a process”

Last year was a struggle for James McDonald, who admits there were times when he felt he’d given up in games. On Wednesday night, the Cubs right-hander got the competitive juices going again. The numbers weren’t pretty but McDonald was pleased with his start against the Mariners. He threw 64 pitches — 26 for strikes — over 2 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on two hits and five walks.

“I competed, and that’s all I can say,” McDonald said. “I took it out there and made pitches when I had to. It could’ve been a lot worse than it was. I battled, kept my guys in the game, and gave it 100 percent. Sometimes they go bad, sometimes they go good.

“This is a process,” he said. “I was working on some things. [I have to] be patient with myself and don’t get too frustrated, because when you get frustrated on the mound, you start tihnking crazy and not focusing on what you need to do.”

McDonald got into trouble in the second when the Mariners loaded the bases with one out but escaped when he got Kyle Seager to hit into a double play that shortstop Javier Baez started from his knees.

“In all, I would take this and say, ‘That’s the guy I remember, how to compete,'” McDonald said. “When I got in trouble, I always competed. There were times last year when I felt I’d almost given up. I felt like now, I felt like I’m competing. That’s all I can ask of myself is go out there 100 percent and compete.”

McDonald battled shoulder problems last season while with the Pirates, and says he’s healthy now. He’s also working on a two-seam fastball that will help him in ground ball situations. He got another double play using that pitch in the third inning.

“If I can get that pitch down, it’ll be a big pitch for me and I think I’m going to take off,” McDonald said.

– Carrie Muskat

3/12 Cubs lineup

James McDonald is scheduled to throw three innings tonight in Peoria, Ariz., when the Cubs face the Mariners in a rare night game. The game will be available on webcast on Cubs.com and you also can watch on MLB.TV, although it’s the Mariners’ broadcast. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Lake CF
Wells RF
Olt DH
Baez SS
Kalish LF
Valaika 1B
Villanueva 3B
Baker C

McDonald P

3/7 Cubs split games vs. Indians, Angels

Kris Bryant hit his second spring home run but it wasn’t enough as the Indians beat the Cubs, 7-2, on Friday in a split squad game at Cubs Park in Mesa. Edwin Jackson took the loss, giving up three runs on four hits over three innings. Jackson said he threw only fastballs because he wanted to work on his command. In the other game, Chris Valaika drove in two runs and Jorge Soler hit a RBI triple to lift the Cubs to a 3-2 win over the Angels. James McDonald gave up one hit over two innings.

On Saturday, the Cubs will face the Reds in Goodyear. Jason Hammel is slated to start for Chicago. Here’s the early lineup:

Bonifacio SS
Valaika 1B
Schierholtz RF
Castillo C
Kalish CF
Murphy 3B
McDonald LF
Soler DH
Watkins 2B

Hammel P

– Carrie Muskat

3/7 Cubs lineups – split squad

The Cubs will play two on Friday. James McDonald will make his first start for Chicago against the Angels in Tempe, while the other half of the squad will face the Indians at Cubs Park in Mesa. Edwin Jackson will start in Mesa. And if you’re not in Arizona, you are probably stuck in the snow. Remember, single game tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. CT. Go to Cubs.com for more information.

Here are the early Cubs lineups:

At Angels in Tempe:

Coghlan LF
Valbuena 2B
Lake CF
Olt DH
Valaika SS
Wells RF
Vitters 1B
Baker C
Ch. Villanueva 3B

J. McDonald P

**
Vs. Indians at Cubs Park

Barney DH
Roberts 2B
Rizzo 1B
Ruggiano RF
Sweeney CF
Baez SS
Kottaras C
Bryant 3B
Cunningham LF

E. Jackson P

* If you’re coming to the game at Cubs Park in Mesa, make sure you check out the food trucks parked in right field. Today’s offerings include Burgers Amore, Bent Fork, and DGP Fry Bread. Great eats so far.

3/6 Extra bases

* Reliever James Russell, who has yet to get into a Cactus League game because of some discomfort in his left arm, was scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday and could be in action next week. Russell, who has appeared in more than 70 games each of the last two seasons, was going through a “dead arm” phase, manager Rick Renteria said.

* Renteria has yet to name his Opening Day starter. On Wednesday, Jeff Samardzija said he was working toward Opening Day but Renteria didn’t want the media to read anything into that.

“I don’t want to lock myself in and we still have to see how everybody is falling in and staying healthy,” he said.

Told that Samardzija said he was preparing for the March 31 opener, Renteria smiled.

“That’s good,” the manager said. “[Travis] Wood said the same thing and Jake [Arrieta] said the same thing, and everybody else is saying the same thing. They’re getting ready for Opening Day.”

* Shortstop Starlin Castro is continuing to make progress in his rehab from a mild right hamstring strain. Castro, who was injured last Sunday, was expected to be sidelined seven to 10 days. He’s been receiving treatment all day at the Cubs’ complex.

* The Cubs will play split-squad games on Friday with James McDonald getting his first Cactus League start against the Angels in Tempe and Edwin Jackson starting in Mesa against the Indians. The Cubs-Angels game is another test of the new instant replay system available to managers. However, Renteria will be in Mesa for that game.

– Carrie Muskat

3/6 Looking ahead …

On Friday, the Cubs will have split squad games, sending half the team to Tempe to play the Angels, while the other half will be at Cubs Park to play host to the Indians. James McDonald will start in Tempe, Edwin Jackson in Mesa. Here are the early lineups (always subject to change):

At Angels in Tempe
Coghlan LF
Valbuena 2B
Lake CF
Olt DH
Valaika SS
Wells RF
Vitters 1B
Baker C
Ch. Villanueva 3B

J. McDonald P

**
Vs. Indians at Cubs Park
Barney DH
Roberts 2B
Rizzo 1B
Ruggiano RF
Sweeney CF
Baez SS
Kottaras C
Bryant 3B
Cunningham LF

E. Jackson P

2/21 Extra bases

* Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta is inching closer to throwing off the mound. The right-hander, projected as one of the Cubs’ starters, has been slowed this spring because of tightness in his right shoulder. He will have a flat ground session on Saturday, and the Cubs will decide if he’s ready to take that next step and get on the mound after that.

“We’re going to take it day by day,” Arrieta said Friday. “Every day’s been good. It’s gotten progressively better. If we stay on the same schedule, I’m optimistic I’ll be ready by Opening Day.”

Arrieta has competition for the rotation. The Cubs signed free agents Jason Hammel and James McDonald and also have lefty Chris Rusin in the mix.

* Jeff Samardzija is expected to start the Cubs’ Cactus League opener next Thursday against the Diamondbacks in the first game at the team’s new Spring Training stadium, Cubs Park. Manager Rick Renteria did not reveal the rest of his spring rotation. The Cubs will tune up for Cactus League play with an intrasquad game on Wednesday at the new stadium. Top prospects Eric Jokisch and Kyle Hendricks will start that game.

* James McDonald was happy with his live batting practice session on Friday. It’s the first time the right-hander has faced a batter in about 10 months.

“This is the first time I was throwing without thinking about my arm in a while,” said McDonald, who was limited to six games with the Pirates because of shoulder issues. “I was like, ‘OK, my arm feels good.’ It was fun to be able to get out there and throw off the mound to a hitter.”

His goal, besides staying healthy, is to be better at the end of spring than he was on Friday.

“A lot of times when you first see a batter, you speed up,” McDonald said. “You get a couple times out and you start relaxing and you’re good. The first time out, seeing batters in a while, I feel like I got a little [rushed].”

* The Cubs will be featured in three live Spring Training games on MLB Network, and the games will be available in the Chicago area. Those dates include March 12 against the Mariners at 9 p.m. CT; March 18 against the Rangers at 9 p.m. CT; and March 19 against the Rockies at 8:30 p.m. CT.

– Carrie Muskat

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