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3/20 Down to the wire

Justin Berg not only won the Cubs Idol competition on Saturday but also appears to have locked up a spot in the bullpen. Lou Piniella said there are four pitchers competing for one spot and that group includes John Gaub, James Russell, Marcus Mateo and Mike Parisi. When asked about Berg, Piniella said: “Berg is in. Berg has done a nice job.”

That means the ‘pen now consists of closer Carlos Marmol, John Grabow, Esmailin Caridad, Berg, and two of the four pitchers who don’t make the rotation. That list includes Carlos Silva, Jeff Samardzija, Tom Gorzelanny and Sean Marshall.

“I like the arms we have and I like the mix we have,” Piniella said.

Piniella said they have an idea as to which way they’re leaning but won’t announce anything yet. The staff will sit down after Monday’s game to discuss the roster.

As for the bench, that’s still to be decided. Andres Blanco has been out with an injury, which hasn’t helped his chances. “I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen there,” Piniella said.

They’d like to keep an outfielder who can play all three spots, especially because Xavier Nady is limited. And they like both Chad Tracy and Kevin Millar.

“There’s a lot to say about a veteran’s contribution and leadership from your bench players,” Piniella said. “There’s some nice subtle important decisions to make here over the next four, five days.”

— Carrie Muskat

3/9 Cubs Idol

Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson weren’t at HoHoKam on Tuesday but the Cubs didn’t need them as they are staging their own version of American Idol. Young players like Jim Adduci, Mike Parisi, Brett Jackson and Andrew Cashner had to perform. The auditions are being done in private and will continue on Wednesday.

“This is my fourth or fifth spring here and the mood is great,” Randy Wells said. “Guys are coming in, joking around every day. Marlon Byrd is entertaining people and even [Kosuke Fukiudome] is getting in on the jokes. It’s just fun to come to the clubhouse. You’ve got Kevin Millar, [Ryan] Dempster, Cubs Idol going on.

“It’s fun to show up at the ballpark. I think that’s something that was missing a little bit last year,” Wells said.

Stay tuned.

— Carrie Muskat


2/15 Early birds

Carlos Zambrano was among the early birds at Fitch Park on Monday. Pitchers and catchers do not have their first workout until Thursday, but Zambrano was throwing off the mound in Mesa along with Randy Wells, Jeff Samardzija, Sean Marshall, Jeff Stevens, Tom Gorzelanny, Michael Parisi, David Patton, Jeff Gray, John Gaub and Vince Perkins. Gorzelanny is one of many who said he decided to report early just to get out of the snow up north. Catcher Koyie Hill also reported early to camp.

— Carrie Muskat