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Just in case you missed some of this from Monday:
* This will be the first season in which Nate Schierholtz is projected as an everyday player, and Cubs manager Dale Sveum hopes the right fielder doesn’t try to do too much. Schierholtz, a free agent who signed a one-year contract with the Cubs last December, has not gotten more than 335 at-bats with a team in a single season and that was in 2011 with the Giants. He boasts a .270 career batting average.
“He’s kind of working on a few different things than he has in the past,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of Schierholtz, who was batting .294 this spring. “He’s having an OK camp. That’s probably what he’d tell you, too.
“His defense, his arm, the ability to hit left-handed, that’s a guy who hopefully is very consistent but he’ll probably be a little more on the streaky side,” Sveum said. “He’ll have to get used to seeing his name in the lineup every single day and not try to do too much to think maybe he’s got to do a lot to stay in that because he’s worked so hard.”
Schierholtz had spent his entire career with the Giants until last season when he was dealt to the Phillies.
* The Cubs are realistic. They know they don’t have much speed on the roster.
“Let’s get one thing straight, we don’t have a lot of base stealers, we don’t have a lot of what I call larceny guys,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “You won’t see a whole lot of that going on. We’re not going to try to trick people, we’re going to have to do it by being smart on the bases and being aggressive.”
Tony Campana led the Cubs last season with 30 steals, but he’s now with the Diamondbacks. Next in line was Starlin Castro, who had 25 steals.
* Every morning, David DeJesus, Anthony Rizzo and Darwin Barney put their “Breakfast” shirts on, and go to work. The three have been following a rigorous training program this spring that they hope keeps them strong during the 162-game season. The players had shirts made up that say “breakfast” to wear and help motivate them.
“My trainer sent me something, [Rizzo's] trainer sent me something and we mix and match,” DeJesus said of the workout. “We make sure everything is incorporated. It’s core, and we want to build some strength but not go crazy. We’re not going to be body builders but want to stay strong.
“People have this myth they want to maintain, maintain, but as the season goes on, it gets hot and maintaining levels go down,” DeJesus said. “You want to increase, but very minimal increase weight. You want to stay strong.”
So far, no plans for t-shirts that say “lunch” or “dinner.”
* On Wednesday, the Cubs play another night game, this time in Surprise against the Royals. Scott Feldman gets the start against James Shields. First pitch is 6:05 p.m. Arizona time and the game will be broadcast on WGN Radio.
– Carrie Muskat
Nate Schierholtz hit a solo home run and Tim Saunders added a two-run shot but that wasn’t enough as the Rangers roughed up the Cubs, 8-5, on Sunday in a split squad game at Cashman Field. Carlos Villanueva started, and took the loss, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks. All of the runs off the right-hander came in the first and then he settled down.
“The good thing about today is that I know from experience that I’m going to have days like today,” Villanueva said. “To be honest, I felt I had nothing.”
There wasn’t anything wrong physically. His three previous outings had been fairly quick so it felt good to get his work in.
“Games like this I think are necessary, especially in spring,” he said. “You can’t really plan them out.”
* Up next: The Cubs travel to Peoria, Ariz., on Monday to face the Padres. Edwin Jackson will get the start. Javier Baez and Jorge Soler will be in the lineup, but on Monday, both will officially be assigned to the Minor League camp. The game will be broadcast on Cubs.com.
– Carrie Muskat
* Carlos Villanueva’s Cubs debut lasted five batters on Monday. He had a long at-bat against Dee Gordon, and eventually struck him out. Then Villanueva walked the next two batters, and one out later, Nick Punto hit a two-run single and the right-hander was lifted.
Here’s the lineup:
Other pitchers on the travel squad include Jensen Lewis, Blake Parker, Michael Bowden, Robert Whitenack and Barret Loux. Birthday boy Jorge Soler, who turned 21 on Monday, also was on the travel squad.
* Nate Schierholtz was listed in the Cubs lineup at first base for Tuesday’s game at HoHoKam. Schierholtz has never played first. Ever.
“I’ve never played first, I’ve never taken any ground balls, so I’m not sure if that’s a misprint or not,” he said.
“Not really, no,” he said. “If that’s the case, I’ll have to obviously start taking ground balls before I play in a game and get a first baseman’s glove.”
He can’t borrow one from Anthony Rizzo. Wrong hand.
“I have one at home here,” he said.
Turns out, he won’t need it. There was a typo in the lineup. Schierholtz actually gets Tuesday off and Rizzo will be starting at first.
* Scott Feldman will make his Cubs debut on Thursday. He’s been getting his work in before most people have their first cup of coffee.
“I’m working on my sleeping patterns now, trying to get up a little earlier, working on getting my body moving and grooving at 8 [a.m.],” he said.
Maybe they’re getting him ready for day games at Wrigley Field.
“I’ve been getting up before it’s even light out,” he said.
* Arodys Vizcaino, recovering from Tommy John surgery, will throw his first bullpen session on Tuesday. He has already been told that he’ll be staying in Mesa after Spring Training ends for extended spring workouts, possibly for a couple months. He most likely will not get into any Cactus League games.
* Besides being Soler’s birthday, Monday also would’ve been Ron Santo’s B-day.
* Rafael Dolis was wearing a large wall clock around his neck when he went onto the field for stretching Sunday. He didn’t have to do so Monday. Dolis was given the clock by the coaching staff because he was 15 minutes late for a 7:30 a.m. meeting. Parents, you may want to consider that when your kids are tardy.
– Carrie Muskat
GM Jed Hoyer’s search for an extra outfielder may be over. According to FOXSports.com, the Cubs have reached agreement with Scott Hairston on a two-year contract. A right-handed hitter, Hairston, 32, was expected to platoon in right with Nate Schierholtz.
Hairston has to pass a physical before the deal can be finalized. The Cubs’ 40-man roster is full, and they must make a move to open a spot for Hairston as well as pitcher Carlos Villanueva, who has yet to be officially added to the team.
Hairston’s older brother, Jerry, played for the Cubs from 2005-06.
Hoyer has said the team wanted to add some outfield depth. Alfonso Soriano, 37, will start in left with David DeJesus, 33, in center. Schierholtz, who turns 29 on Feb. 15, is a career .270 hitter covering all or part of the last six seasons with the Giants and Phillies. Hairston batted .263 with 20 homers and 57 RBIs last season with the Mets. He has an .825 OPS against left-handed pitchers. The Cubs’ other backup outfielders heading into Spring Training include Dave Sappelt and Tony Campana.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs have been busy adding pitchers this offseason. What about the outfield? GM Jed Hoyer said Wednesday that they project free agent Nate Schierholtz, who signed prior to the holidays, to be a regular in right field.
“He’s certainly going to play a ton for us,” Hoyer said. “We feel he’s a guy who has been undervalued and a guy who, with more at-bats, can thrive. He’s played in the NL West and playing 100 games that are tough hitters ballparks.”
Last season, Schierholtz batted .257 for the Giants and Phillies with six home runs in 114 games. He began the year with San Francisco, and was dealt to Philadelphia on July 31 along with two Minor League players for Hunter Pence. He made a good impression in his Phillies debut, hitting a home run against the Nationals. His playing time was limited when he fractured his right big toe on Aug. 13.
In six seasons, he has a .270 batting average, 24 home runs, 75 doubles and 123 RBIs. The Phillies decided to non-tender Schierholtz, who made $1.3 million last season. He would’ve received a raise, which wouldn’t have made sense for the Phillies because Schierholtz was projected as the fifth outfielder.
– Carrie Muskat
Did you stay in your holiday shopping budget? The Cubs have been busy spending recently. Here’s a breakdown on their offseason shopping spree so far:
OF Nate Schierholtz – one year, $2.25 million
3B Ian Stewart – one year, $2 million
P Scott Baker – one year, $5.5 million
P Shawn Camp – one year, $1.35 million
P Scott Feldman – one year, $6 million
P Kyuji Fujikawa – two years, $9.5 million
C Dioner Navarro – one year, $1.75 million
The Cubs have yet to finalize deals with Carlos Villanueva (two years, $10 million) and Edwin Jackson (four years, $52 million).
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs have finalized their deal with outfielder Nate Schierholtz on a one-year, $2.25 million contract. The addition of Schierholtz, 28, fills one of the items on the Cubs’ wish list as they were looking for a left-handed hitting outfielder who could play right field.
Last season, Schierholtz batted .257 for the Giants and Phillies with six home runs in 114 games. Schierholtz began the year with San Francisco, and was dealt to Philadelphia on July 31 along with two Minor League players for Hunter Pence. He made a good impression in his Phillies debut, hitting a home run against the Nationals. His playing time was limited when he fractured his right big toe on Aug. 13. In six seasons, he has a .270 batting average, 24 home runs, 75 doubles and 123 RBIs. The Phillies decided to non-tender Schierholtz, who made $1.3 million last season. He would’ve received a raise, which wouldn’t have made sense for the Phillies because Schierholtz was projected as the fifth outfielder.
His addition would allow the Cubs to start David DeJesus in center. Schierholtz does have one of the best throwing arms in the league. However, general manager Jed Hoyer has indicated the team is still in the market for another outfielder who can play right and center.
* In other roster moves, left-handed pitcher Jeff Beliveau was claimed off waivers by the Rangers and right-handed pitcher Sandy Rosario claimed by the Giants. Left-handed pitcher Gerardo Concepcion also cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Class A Kane County. The Cubs roster is now at 39.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs have reportedly filled an outfield spot on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with free agent outfielder Nate Schierholtz on a one-year contract. The Cubs would not confirm the deal, but reports are that Schierholtz, 28, will receive $2.25 million. He must first pass a physical.
The Cubs came into the meetings looking for a left-handed hitting outfielder who can play center or right. In six seasons with the Giants and Phillies, he has a .270 batting average, 24 home runs, 75 doubles and 123 RBIs. He has primarily played right field, and the addition would move David DeJesus to center.
Schierholtz batted .257 for the Giants and Phillies with six home runs in 114 games. He began last season with San Francisco, and was dealt to Philadelphia on July 31 along with two Minor League players for Hunter Pence. He made a good impression in his Phillies debut, hitting a home run against the Nationals. His playing time was limited when he fractured his right big toe on Aug. 13.
In his career, he has limited at-bats at Wrigley Field, playing in nine games, and going 7-for-18.
– Carrie Muskat