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3/30 Bako, Stanton released; Hill named backup catcher

The Cubs released Paul Bako and Mike Stanton on Monday, naming Koyie Hill the backup catcher.

Bako, 36, had signed a free agent contract with the Cubs on Jan. 30, and was batting .364 this spring. That was helped by a 4-for-4 game on March 23 at Oakland. He was hitting .231 prior to that game.

This was Bako’s second turn with the Cubs, having played for them in 2003-04. He was behind the plate when Greg Maddux won his 300th game in August 2004. Last year, Bako batted .217 in 99 games with the Cincinnati Reds. An 11-year veteran, he has a career .231 average.

Stanton, 41, was out of baseball in 2008 after being released by the Reds on April 10, 2008. The left-hander has a career 68-63 record, 3.92 ERA in 1,178 games.

Hill, 30, was batting .381 this spring. He spent the majority of last season at Triple-A Iowa, coming back from a horrific hand injury suffered after the 2007 season in which he severed three of his fingers with a chain saw. The fingers were reattached, and he hit .275 at Iowa with 17 homers and 64 RBIs.

The move trims the Cubs’ spring roster to 28,and also means the position players are set and Micah Hoffpauir has made the Opening Day roster. The team now has 15 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders and five outfielders in camp.

– Carrie Muskat

President's day

President Barack Obama was to speak Wednesday at a Mesa high school about five miles from the Cubs training camp at Fitch Park but was not expected to stop by. Both Derrek Lee and Lou Piniella signed a baseball to be given to Obama from the Mesa mayor. The president will need a showcase in the White House. He received an autographed pair of shoes from Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O’Neal on Tuesday.

Extra bases:

  • Rich Harden threw off the mound on Tuesday, the second time for him since camp started. He’s progressing well.
  • Mike Stanton arrived much earlier Wednesday. On Tuesday, he couldn’t find a place to park in the Cubs’ lot, so he ended up across the street in one of the spaces used by the media and fans.
  • Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot are very good friends, but maybe not as much after Christmas. Fontenot gave Theriot’s kids a trampoline. They had to build it in the garage because it was raining at the time and the parents were a little concerned about the kids falling off onto the cement floor. Theriot said when Fontenot has kids, he’ll give them a set of steak knives.
  • One of the new faces in camp is Keith Stohr, the new advance scout for the Cubs. His job this spring is to find out what Lou Piniella, pitching coach Larry Rothschild and hitting coach Gerald Perry need to know about other teams.  

 – Carrie Muskat

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