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4/5 Cubs roster moves

The Cubs set their 25-man Opening Day roster Thursday. The Cubs have selected the contracts of pitcher Shawn Camp, infielder Blake DeWitt and outfielder Joe Mather. Outfielder Tony Campana and pitcher Casey Coleman were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Pitcher John Gaub was claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay. Right-handed pitcher Marcos Mateo has been placed on the 60-day disabled list with ulnar neuritis. The 40-man roster now stands at 40 players.

– Carrie Muskat

2/22 Extra bases

Lefty John Gaub, sidelined with back spasms, was expected to take part in on-field drills on Thursday. Gaub, who felt the spasms while weight lifting, said he hoped to start throwing.

* Right now, there’s no platoon set-up in Dale Sveum’s lineup. He does plan on using Jeff Baker against left-handed pitchers and take advantage of his versatility. Baker can sub in right field for David DeJesus, at first for Bryan LaHair, or at third for Ian Stewart if necessary.

“All that stuff is day to day, and how they’re swinging at the time and what they’ve been doing at the time,” Sveum said about the lineup. “Not every lefty is the same either. If a guy’s swinging the bat good, you still need those guys in the lineup.”

Baker batted .314 against lefties last season compared to .200 against right-handers, while DeJesus hit .174 against lefties, .265 against right-handers, and Stewart has a career .223 average against lefties, .240 versus right-handers.

“There’s no platoon situation in mind at all for anybody right now,” Sveum said.

* The Cubs are in the process of finalizing the plans for the new Spring Training facility, to be built in east Mesa. No date has been set for groundbreaking but the plan is to have the facility ready for 2014 Spring Training.

* The only position players yet to appear at Fitch Park are Alfonso Soriano and Starlin Castro, non-roster invitees Blake DeWitt and Jae-Hoon Ha. Position players must report by Thursday, with the first full squad workout scheduled for Friday. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts also was expected in camp Friday to address the team.

– Carrie Muskat

12/2 Winter league update

While the Venezuelan Winter League waits for Carlos Zambrano’s return to the mound, here is an update on Cubs prospects playing this offseason:

Austin Bibens-Dirkx is 5-2 with a 2.91 ERA in nine games (eight starts) for Zulia in Venezuela. He has given up 15 earned runs on 34 hits and 14 walks over 46 1/3 innings, striking out 28. Teams were hitting .204 against the right-hander.

Jay Jackson is 2-2 with a 5.11 ERA in four games (three starts) for Leones del Caracas in Venezuela. In his last start Nov. 30, he gave up five runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings, striking out four.

Bryan LaHair is batting .245 in 28 games with Navegantes del Magallanes in Venezuela. He took a break in November, and in four games since his return Nov. 27, he is 2-for-15 with one home run. He has struck out 34 times in 106 at-bats. LaHair is hitting .167 against left-handed pitching.

In Mexico, Blake Parker has a 3.76 ERA in 24 games, giving up 11 runs on 21 hits and six walks over 26 1/3 innings. Teams were hitting .221 against the right-hander.

In the Dominican Republic, lefty John Gaub has a 5.63 ERA in 13 games for Leones del Escogido, giving up five runs on five hits and four walks over eight innings. He has 11 strikeouts, and teams were batting .172 against him.

Also in the Dominican, lefty Scott Maine posted a 0.90 ERA in 12 games. He gave up four runs (one earned) on five hits and five walks over 10 innings while striking out nine. Teams batted .143 against Maine, who did not give up a hit to a lefty batter (0-for-8).

– Carrie Muskat

11/5 Winter ball updates

Pat Listach’s Ponce team won its opener, 4-1, over Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican winter league on Friday.

Bryan LaHair was 1-for-4 and scored a run in Magallanes’ 6-1 win over Caracas in Venezuela Winter League play Friday. He’s batting .292.

In Mexico, Blake Parker continues to have success. The right-hander, who is playing for Naranjeros de Hermosillo, has given up a hit in one of his 12 appearances, and that also was the only time he served up a run. So far, he’s struck out 12 over 12 2/3 innings, giving up three hits and two runs and walking two.

In the Dominican, Scott Maine also has been scored on in one of his six outings. He has six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings over six games for Estrellas de Oriente. John Gaub has given up four runs on three hits and four walks over 3 2/3 innings in seven relief outings for Leones del Escogido. He has not served up a hit or run in his last three games.

– Carrie Muskat

10/29 Winter ball updates

Bryan LaHair was 0-for-3 Friday in Magallanes’ 3-1 loss to Aragua in Venezuelan Winter League play. LaHair was batting .286 with six homers and nine RBIs. Here are some updates on other Cubs playing in winter leagues:

* Steve Clevenger was batting .211 in eight games in the Dominican.
* Marwin Gonzalez was hitting .314 in 12 games with Caribes in Venezuela.
* John Gaub has given up two runs in his last four outings, and did not allow a run or hit on Friday against Licey in the Dominican. He has four strikeouts over 2 2/3 innings.
* Scott Maine has a 3.86 ERA in four games in the Dominican, pitching for Estrellas. He has struck out three over 2 1/3 innings.
* Blake Parker has not given up a hit or run in 9 1/3 innings over nine games in relief for Hermosillo in Mexico. He has struck out 11 and walked two.

– Carrie Muskat

9/25 Tinkerbell, Hannibal Lecter & Minnie Mouse

Sunday was rookie hazing day, and probably the first time John Gaub, Rafael Dolis, Bryan LaHair and Tony Campana wore the costumes they did. Some didn’t quite fit — Gaub’s short ruffled dress didn’t quite close in the back and DJ LeMahieu had a tough time getting his bright blue skin-tight animal outfit zipper to close. Last year, the dress Casey Coleman was to wear ripped and had to be stapled. The veterans took it easy on Coleman this year, and he was given a bright orange prison jumper with a Hannibal Lecter mask. He seemed to be enjoying it. Tyler Colvin missed last year’s hazing because he didn’t finish the season with the team after being hit in the chest with a broken bat. He had a Minnie Mouse type dress to wear. Andrew Cashner was decked out in a MC Hammer type black and gold get-up. He had to wear his cowboy boots with it — there wasn’t another option. Campana was dressed in a bright green Tinkerbell-type fairy dress. He kept the wand tucked in his socks. The Cubs veterans didn’t spare anyone, giving costumes to the masseuse, video coordinator and one of the bullpen catchers. It’ll be a long flight to San Diego.

– Carrie Muskat

9/6 Gaub, LeMahieu & Montanez added

Left-handed pitcher John Gaub, infielder DJ LeMahieu and outfielder Lou Montanez were called up from Triple-A Iowa and added to the Cubs’ roster on Tuesday.

Gaub was acquired from the Indians in the Mark DeRosa deal on Dec. 31, 2008, and his first appearance will mark his Major League debut. LeMahieu, a second-round pick in 2009, and Montanez, who was the Cubs’ first-round selection in 2000, were both called up during the season. LeMahieu batted .243 in 23 games while Montanez hit .239 in 25 games from May 24-July 2.

At Iowa, Gaub, 26, posted a 3.42 ERA in 50 games, and was 7-for-11 in save opportunities. He struck out 75 over 55 1/3 innings, an average of 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings, and limited opponents to a .209 batting average. In five Minor League seasons, Gaub is 12-12 with 17 saves and a 3.60 ERA.

LeMahieu, 23, a right-handed batter, began the 2011 season with Double-A Tennessee and hit .358 with 15 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 32 runs scored and 27 RBIs in 50 games. He was promoted to Chicago on May 30, then optioned to Triple-A Iowa on June 28 and hit .286 with seven doubles, three home runs and 23 RBIs in 58 games. Combined, LeMahieu batted .319 in the Minors this season with 22 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 50 RBIs in 108 games.

Montanez, 29, batted .321 in 92 games with Iowa, hitting 22 doubles, seven triples and seven homers while driving in 69 runs. He hit .400 against lefties, .285 against right-handers.

Montañez spent seven seasons in the Cubs’ Minor League system before joining the Orioles before the 2007 season. He made his big league debut with Baltimore in 2008 and spent part of three seasons in the big leagues with the Orioles (2008-10) before signing with the Cubs as a Minor League free agent with an invite to Spring Training in January.

– Carrie Muskat

9/5 Gaub, LeMahieu & Montanez to join Cubs

The Cubs are expected to add more players from Triple-A Iowa now that the team’s season ended on Monday. According to the Des Moines Register, pitcher John Gaub, infielder DJ LeMahieu and outfielder Lou Montanez will be added to the big league roster. Gaub was acquired from the Indians in the Mark DeRosa deal on Dec. 31, 2008, and has never pitched in the big leagues. LeMahieu, a second-round pick in 2009, and Montanez, who was the Cubs’ first-round selection in 2000, were both called up during the season. LeMahieu batted .243 in 23 games while Montanez hit .239 in 25 games. Expect official word on Tuesday.

– Carrie Muskat

3/11 Gaub, Caridad to Iowa

The Cubs made their first roster cuts on Friday and optioned lefty John Gaub and right-hander Esmailin Caridad to Triple-A Iowa. The spring roster is now at 58 players. Caridad had appeared in 3 2/3 innings over four games, and given up three hits, three runs and one walk while striking out one. Gaub, acquired in the Mark DeRosa deal in December 2008, had pitched in two games and given up five runs on three hits and four walks over 1 1/3 innings. Expect more roster moves after this weekend’s split squad games.

– Carrie Muskat

12/29 Looking ahead

Will the Cubs be quiet on New Year’s Eve? Or will it be like last year when they signed outfielder Marlon Byrd to a three-year deal on Dec. 31, 2009? Remember New Year’s Eve 2008? On that date, the Cubs signed infielder Aaron Miles and traded Mark DeRosa to the Indians for Chris Archer, John Gaub and Jeff Stevens. Archer was named the organization’s Minor League pitcher of the year in 2010.

Heading into 2011, the Cubs’ only major piece of unfinished business is to sign arbitration eligible players Carlos Marmol, Tom Gorzelanny, Sean Marshall, Geovany Soto, and Koyie Hill. Jeff Baker also was arb eligible but he signed on Dec. 2 for $1.18 million. The arbitration filing period is Jan. 5-15, and figures are Jan. 18 if a resolution is not reached. Hearings take place in February.

Other dates to remember: The Cubs Convention will be Jan. 14-16 at the Hilton Chicago.

– Carrie Muskat

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