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3/15 Cubs split

Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs, driving in three runs, but it wasn’t enough as the Cubs lost, 9-4, on Saturday to the Mets in Las Vegas in split-squad games for both teams. Rizzo did not have a home run prior to Saturday’s game, and is now batting .417.

“It doesn’t matter,” Rizzo said of the lack of homers earlier. “It’s nice to connect with one, and run around the bases, and feel what that feels like again. I’ve just been pleased the last week or so with the progression at the plate and my approach. It’s been a good progression and where I want to be at this time.”

In Surprise, Ariz., Brett Jackson hit a three-run home run and a two-run single in the ninth to lift the Cubs to a 6-5 win over the Royals. Marcos Mateo, recently returned from the Diamondbacks, picked up the win in relief.

* On Sunday, the Cubs will play split squad games, with Chris Rusin getting the start in Las Vegas against the Mets, and Travis Wood facing the Indians at Cubs Park in Mesa. Wood is set for the rotation, and will be slotted second, while Rusin is battling for a spot. In Rusin’s last outing, he held the Giants hitless over three innings. The Cubs-Indians game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Chicago commercial free, and also available on

— Carrie Muskat

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

3/24 Mateo update

Cubs reliever Marcos Mateo has been told to shutdown and rest for at least 10 days and then have his right elbow re-examined. He underwent an MRI after he was pulled from Thursday’s game in Surprise. Mateo said Saturday that the discomfort is similar to what he felt last season. He was shutdown last July 5 because of right elbow soreness, and missed the rest of the season.

— Carrie Muskat

3/22 Cubs 11, Rangers 4

What went right:

The Cubs belted four homers, including Alfonso Soriano’s fifth, most in the Cactus League. Joe Mather, battling for a spot on the bench, had three hits, including a two-run homer in the second. Ian Stewart smacked his first spring homer leading off the sixth and also played solid defensively. Brett Jackson added a two-run shot in a four-run seventh. Matt Garza gave up three runs, none earned, on two hits and three walks over five innings. He threw 81 pitches, 48 for strikes.

What went wrong:

Darwin Barney, starting at shortstop, made two throwing errors in the fourth, which helped the Rangers rally to tie the game.


“The expectations are not real high but there is a lot of optimism there because we have a lot of good young players. We have good pitching, good defense and some guys are swinging it real well. If we can take that into the season and continue to play the way we have been the last week or so in Spring Training, you never know. The extra Wild Card — all it takes is just getting in, like in 2007 for the Rockies when we made that run. If we can stay in it by August, early September, we’ll be right there and it’ll be an exciting time and I look forward to it.” — Ian Stewart on the Cubs chances this year

Injury report:

Carlos Marmol, who had to leave his last start because of cramps in his right hand, threw on the side Thursday and had no problems. He was expected to get back into a game Monday. However, Marcos Mateo had to leave Thursday’s game after walking the first batter he faced in the sixth. The Cubs medical staff was looking at his right elbow but there was no official word. Reed Johnson is day to day after he was hit by a pitch on his left leg.


Andy Sonnanstine was assigned outright to the Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa roster on Thursday and taken off the 40-man roster.

Up next:

Jeff Samardzija, a leading candidate for one of the two openings in the rotation, will make his third start and fourth spring appearance on Friday when the Cubs face the Rockies in Scottsdale. Samardzija has not walked a batter over 10 innings so far. The game will be broadcast on

— Carrie Muskat

7/7 Demp, Z, Mateo & Bake

Ryan Dempster threw what he jokingly called an “epic” side session on Thursday and said he expected to start the second game of a three-game series against the Pirates on Saturday. Dempster missed his Monday start because of back soreness and stomach problems. He was hospitalized overnight for observation on July 2. But on Thursday at Nationals Park, he was able to do a normal side session in the bullpen and then went for a run with pitcher Chris Carpenter.

“As long as I feel good [Friday], I don’t see any reason why I can’t pitch on Saturday,” Dempster said.

* Carlos Zambrano, on the disabled list with lower back soreness, will make a rehab start on Friday for Class A Peoria. If all goes well, Zambrano could be back in the Cubs rotation for a July 16 start against the Marlins. Mike Quade’s brother Scott caught Zambrano in a side session on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

“If you’ve caught him before then you know what a Zambrano side is like,” Quade said. “[My brother] told me, ‘He’s the same as the guy I caught last year’ and thought he threw fine. It was a productive day for [Zambrano].”

* The Cubs expect MRI results on Marcos Mateo’s right elbow on Friday. He went to Chicago for the test.

* Jeff Baker was questionable for Thursday’s game. He’s trying to return from back spasms.

— Carrie Muskat

7/5 Extra bases

The Cubs placed right-hander Marcos Mateo on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow soreness and recalled Chris Carpenter from Triple-A Iowa. The team also selected the contract of Ramon Ortiz from Iowa, and optioned Casey Coleman to the Minor League team. Ortiz, 38, was to make his first start Tuesday against the Nationals. He’s the 10th starting pitcher the Cubs have used this season.

Mateo had an MRI on his right elbow in Chicago and results were expected on Thursday.

* Aramis Ramirez was named NL Player of the Week.

* Kerry Wood walked three of the seven batters he faced on Monday. It was his third outing since coming off the disabled list, and the Cubs right-hander wasn’t as sharp as his first on July 1 when he threw a 1-2-3 eighth against the White Sox.

“He feels fine, the finger is fine, but that doesn’t mean the feel of the thing is fine,”  Mike Quade said of Wood, who was sidelined because of blister on his index finger. “Part of that is pitching until you get that feel. Hopefully, he figures something out.”

* Reed Johnson, Blake DeWitt and pitching coach Mark Riggins took time Tuesday to visit veterans at Walter Reed Hospital.

“To me, it’s the right thing to do,” Johnson said. “Those guys are in there thanking us for coming in there and I’m almost embarrassed. What we do doesn’t mean hardly anything compared to what those guys are doing over there. They were thankful we’re taking the time.”

* Matt Garza and his family were among the Cubs contingent who watched the fireworks on the 4th of July from the Capitol steps at the invitation of Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin. They also got a tour of the rotunda at the Capitol.

“There’s a lot of history there,” said Garza, whose 9-year-old son was dazzled by the age of some of the items such as desks from the 1800s.

“My son was amazed at that,” Garza said. “He’s like, ‘No way.'”

— Carrie Muskat

5/10 Dominican players honored

The Cubs, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Gisselle Castillo-Veremis, the consul general of the Dominican Republic, will honor players from the Caribbean island in a pre-game ceremony tonight. They will present Starlin Castro, Carlos Marmol, Marcos Mateo, Carlos Peña, Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano as well as the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols and Miguel Batista with a special recognition award on behalf of the president of the Dominican Republic.

The first Dominican-born Cubs player was Roberto Pena, who was the team’s Opening Day shortstop in 1965. Pena played in 57 games for the Cubs (1965-66), 55 of thoee games at shortstop. The Cubs first Dominican-born pitcher was Jose Nunez in 1990.

Carlos Pena is the 46th Dominican player to appear in a Major League game with the Cubs.  Of those 46, Sammy Sosa played the longest at 13 years.  Aramis Ramirez (nine seasons), Carlos Marmol (six seasons) and Alfonso Soriano (five seasons) are next on the seniority list.

At least one Dominican-born player has played for the Cubs every season since 1989. Last year, there were seven with Soriano, Castro, Ramirez, Marmol, Mateo, Esmailin Caridad and Welington Castillo.  Seven Dominican-born players also played for the Cubs in 1997.

The Cubs have expanded their commitment to the Dominican. They are in the process of finalizing details for a new academy there. Chicago Cubs Charities donated more than $40,000 to the Dominican in the last year. The money was designated to fund a rural health care program and doctor visits to communities to identify patients at risk for diabetes, to expand a surgical center recovery room, and to construct a new facility at a local school.

— Carrie Muskat

12/15 Winter ball update

Starlin Castro was 1-for-4 with a double in Escogido’s 5-0 loss Tuesday to los Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Republic Winter League. Meanwhile, catcher Welington Castillo is batting .184 in 25 games and outfielder Brad Snyder is batting .306 in 13 games for Licey in the DR. First baseman Bryan LaHair was batting .300 in six games and Marcos Mateo is 2-0 with a 3.09 ERA in 10 relief appearances with Estrellas.

— Carrie Muskat

11/4 Winter ball update

Here is a list of Cubs prospects playing Winter Ball in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Statistics are through Wednesday’s games:


Tony Campana, Aguilas de Zulia, 14 games, .314, 1 double, 1 triple, 4 stolen bases.

Jason Dubois, Tiburones de La Guaira, 18 games, .302, 5 homers, 2 doubles, 13 RBIs.

Marwin Gonzalez, Leones de Caracas, 18 games, .333, 7 doubles, 1 homer, 15 RBIs.

Brandon Guyer, Tigres de Aragua, 16 games, .333, 2 doubles, 1 homer, 7 RBIs

Marquez Smith, Tigres de Aragua, 13 games, .267, 3 doubles, 3 homers, 12 RBIs

Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Aguilas de Zulia, 1-2, 1.90 ERA, 5 starts, 23 2/3 IP, 6 walks, 12 Ks

Eduardo Figueroa, Caribes de Anzoategui, 1-0, 5.59 ERA, 5 games (1 start), 9 2/3 IP, 6 walks, 1 K

Craig Muschko, Aguilas de Zulia, 1-1, 5.59 ERA, 3 games (2 starts), 9 2/3 IP, 1 walk, 4 Ks

Carlos Rojas, Caribes de Anzoategui, 0-0, 13.50 ERA, 3 games, 3 1/3 IP, 2 walks, 1 K

Dominican Republic

Welington Castillo, Tigres de Licey, 6 games, .190, 1 homer, 1 RBI

Junior Lake, Estrellas de Oriente, 2 games, .000,

Nelson Perez, Toros de Este, 3 games, .222, 1 double

Marcos Mateo, Estrellas de Oriente, 0-0, 13.50 ERA, 1 game, 2/3 IP, 2 walks, 1 K

Mexican League

Marco Carillo, Obregon 1-1, 5.12 ERA, 4 starts, 19 1/3 IP, 9 walks, 17 Ks

Oswaldo Martinez, Obregon, 0-0, 7.59 ERA, 8 games, 10 2/3 IP, 3 walks, 11 Ks

— Carrie Muskat

8/12 Rookies role call

So far, 14 rookies have appeared in a game for the Cubs with eight making their Major League debuts this year. That list includes Welington Castillo, Starlin Castro, Andrew Cashner, Casey Coleman, Thomas Diamond, Marcos Mateo, Brian Schlitter and James Russell. When Darwin Barney joins the team, he’ll be No. 15.

* The 14 rookies used matches the total the club used last season. The franchise mark is 27 used in 1902.

* The eight Major League debuts in the first 114 games are the most since 2000. The club premiered nine that year in 114 games (which is before the September call-ups).

* The Cubs are one of two teams to use 14 or more rookies this year. The Tigers have 15.

* With Castillo on the roster, the Cubs have 10 on the 25-man. Barney will make it 11.

— Carrie Muskat